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Father of Murdered “Harry Potter” Actor Seeks to Educate About Knife Violence

By Hanako M. Ricks

HollywoodNews.com: Prior to last summer’s release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the cast and crew suffered a loss when Rob Knox, an 18-year old actor who played a minor role in the sixth film, was murdered as the result of a knife fight while trying to protect his younger brother.

Since the murder, Knox’s father Colin Knox has made it his mission to educate people about knife-related crimes. Knox recently screened the 16-minute short film Cold Kiss to some inmates, a few who were imprisioned for murders related to knife violence. Cold Kiss tells the story about a teenaged girl who becomes obsessed with the power of knives after her boyfriend has been murdered. The film was partially produced and directed by Knox, and stars actor Ray Winstone (The Departed, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), who waived his fee to appear in the film and also helped with post-production costs.

Knox and his former wife Sally (Rob’s mother) have both been honored in the U.K. for their fight against knife violence. They have set up a trust which helps to raise awareness of knife and gun violence, and also provides scholarship aid for students wanting to attend theater college.

Robert Knox was only 18-years old when he was stabbed to death in May 2008 while trying to protect his younger brother Jamie from a knife-wielding assailant. He appeared in the “Slug Club” scene of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Marcus Belby, the student who amusingly talks through a mouthful of food while being questioned by Professor Slughorn. Knox was murdered a mere four days after his filming for Half-Blood Prince had ended; 22-year old Karol Bishop was convicted of the murder last year and sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for the crime.

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