Actor Robbie Coltrane, best known as Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter Films died on Friday at the age of 72.
According to Deadline reports, Robbie Coltrane died in a hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland. The award-winning actor had been suffering from an illness for two years.
After his death, the all-star cast of Harry Potter mourns the loss of Robbie Coltrane.
According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Radcliffe starred Harry Potter alongside Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid, said in a statement: “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and always made us laugh on set as kids Prisoner of Azkaban as we all hid in Hagrid’s cabin for hours from the torrential rain and he told stories and cracked jokes to keep morale up. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and work with him and very sad that he has passed away. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”
Emma Watson who played the role of Hermoine Granger in Harry Potter said in a statement shared on her Instagram story: “Robbie was like the funniest uncle I’ve ever had, but most of all he was deeply caring and compassionate towards me as a child and as an adult. His talent was so immense It made sense that he played a giant – he could fill EVERY room with his brilliance.” Robbie, if I’m ever as kind to myself as you were on a movie set, I promise I will will do it in your name and in your memory. Know how much I adore and admire you. I will really miss your sweetness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughter and your hugs. You made us a family. I know you were that for us. There was no better Hagrid. You enjoyed being Hermione.”
Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, also took to Instagram to pay tribute to Robbie Coltrane. In a caption alongside a photo of Robbie Coltrane, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and himself, Draco Felton wrote: “One of my fondest memories from filming Harry Potter was shooting the first film at night in the Forbidden Forest. I was 12. Robbie nurtured and cared for everyone around him. Effortless. And made her laugh. Effortless. He was a big, friendly giant on screen, but even more so in real life. Love you mate – thanks for everything.”
Robbie Coltrane was born on March 30, 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a doctor and teacher. After graduating from Glasgow Art School, he continued his art studies at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
According to reports from The Hollywood Reporter, the cast reunited earlier this year for the HBO Max reunion special. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. Robbie Coltrane got emotional while reminiscing about his time filming on the series. In the special, Robbie Coltrane tearfully said that despite the franchise’s conclusion marking “the end of an era,” they will live on for generations to come. “The legacy of the films is that my kids are going to show them to their kids for you to see in 50 years, simple as that – I won’t be here, sadly, but Hagrid will be,” he said.