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Potter Has Given Me Rob Forever

Chris Brandes

Ron Knox is circled below from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

THE heartbroken mum of murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox told last night of her pride at seeing her son’s glittering movie debut.

Sally Knox, 51, spoke after watching an emotional private screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ahead of its star-studded premiere in London tomorrow.

It was the first glimpse Sally has had of 18-year-old Rob playing Hogwarts pupil Marcus Belby.

In an exclusive interview, she told The Sun: “Seeing the film made me feel immensely proud, but at the same time there’s an underlying sense of sadness at Robert not being there to see it for himself.

“It would have been the pinnacle of his career – but at least we have a memory that will last forever.”

Rob, from Sidcup, Kent, had just finished filming when he was stabbed to death outside a bar in May last year.


The brave youngster had been protecting his younger brother Jamie, now 18, when he was attacked by callous knife thug Karl Bishop, 22.

Sally and Rob’s father Colin, 56, had already been asked to attend the red carpet premiere of the film tomorrow in London’s Leicester Square.

But movie bosses decided to invite them and 50 of Rob’s family and friends to a preview at Warner Brothers’ London HQ on Saturday.

Sally said: “I don’t think I’ve ever felt more emotional than when we arrived. Part of it was not knowing what to expect when I saw Robert appear on screen.”

Rob’s role saw him appear alongside Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. In one scene, he is shown sitting around a table dining with Harry, Hermione and Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent). The scene is Rob’s longest in the film.

Sally recalled: “I remembered how he’d phoned me on the day they’d shot that scene. He said he was feeling sick. It turned out everyone else had been picking at the food through the takes while he’d been stuffing his face.”

Neither Sally nor Colin, who are divorced, have seen even a hint of remorse from Bishop, now serving life in jail. Sally said: “Frankly I’m not expecting anything from him.”

She added: “Robert never cared what anyone thought of him. I remember walking through a shopping centre and he slipped his hand into mine.

“I said, ‘You’re not going to get any street cred for that,’ and he told me, ‘I don’t care – I love my mum.’”

Original article found at | July 6th, 2009

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