Yesterday (21st August) significant what would have been Robert Knox (Marcus Belby)’s birthday. The eighteen year old actor to be tragically killed on 24th may 2008, apparently trying to protect his brothers from a violent incident including a stabbing.

According to a statement by his parents in The Telegraph Rob was:

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 “kind and also thoughtful and also would always help out others – he would constantly spend his last penny ~ above other civilization instead of himself. The life and also soul that the party, that was an extremely outgoing, love sports, and also would constantly strike up a conversation through people. He was respectful to others and adored by all his family and also friends. He to be an asset to the family.”

His role as Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and The half Blood Prince kickstarted his exhilaration career, and also Knox was also due to appear in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. 


Following his death, a concert for Rob was hosted at St. Man the Evangelist Church on second May 2009, The Bexley movie Festival also readjusted their surname to The rob Knox film Festival to salary tribute to him.

At the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the cast and also crew wore white wristbands as tribute (below), and various cast members attended his funeral.


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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe wearing white ribbons in ~ ‘Harry Potter and the fifty percent Blood Prince’ premiere in 2009

Mugglenet has additionally recently report on a church bench committed to the storage of Robert Knox, fundraised by a group of teens from the National citizens Service. The short article included a quote native Sally Knox, Rob’s mother:

“They were simply so moved by Rob’s story, and it made them really think about the choices they make…I was almost crying as soon as they called me. It’s simply amazing because when Rob first died us did some enquiries, but this is the an initial time I have actually been able come secure something prefer that in Rob’s memory… it’s a lovely place to sit and also remember him.”


Sally and also Collin Knox – Rob’s parents – also collection up The plunder Knox Foundation , dedicated to not only remembering their son, but also preventing street violence and knife crime with educational talks. The Foundation’s website states that speak are given in schools, groups and institutions across the U.K. to raise awareness the street violence:

“The speak are based on Robs story and also what happened to him through dicussions about what options young civilization can make to store safe and what they have the right to do to to avoid this happening in the future.”

Join united state as we raise our wands to Rob’s memory, and also visit The plunder Knox Foundation’s website here to see how you can help to avoid tragedies prefer this native happening in the future!