The cast of Harry Potter mourning the death of Robbie Coltrane.
It was announced on Friday that Coltrane has passed away at the age of 72. “As a wonderful actor, he was clearly brilliantly intelligent and witty, and after 40 years proud to be called a surrogate. I will miss him,” Coltrane rep Belinda Wright said of the actor in a statement.
Despite numerous film and television credits, Coltrane’s most notable role was his portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid, the custodian of the massive grounds at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in Harry Potter movies, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001.
Earlier this year, the cast reunited for the HBO Max reunion special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Back to Hogwarts. Coltrane became emotional while reminiscing about his time filming this movie. In the special, Coltrane tearfully said that although the franchise’s epilogue marks “the end of an era,” they will continue to live on for generations to come. “The legacy of the movies is that my kids will show them to them so you can watch them in 50 years, that’s easy – I won’t be here, sadly, but Hagrid will,” he said.
After news of his passing, Potter castmembers took to social media to pay tribute to their late co-star.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling posted on social media to remember Coltrane, wrote, “I will never know anyone from as far away as Robbie again. He’s an incredible talent, a perfect talent, and I’m so lucky to get to know him, work with him, and laugh with him. I send my deepest love and condolences to his family, above all his children.”
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter alongside Coltrane’s Hagrid, said in a statement, “Robbie is one of the funniest people I’ve met and often made us laugh non-stop as children on set. I especially remember the good memories of him that kept our spirits up Prisoner of Azkaban, when we all sheltered from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and joking to keep his spirits up. I feel extremely fortunate to have met and worked with him and am deeply saddened that he has passed away. He is an incredible actor and a lovely man. “
Emma Watson, who plays Hermoine Granger in 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 so caring and compassionate to me as a child. and as an adult. His talent is so great that he plays a giant – he can fill ANY void with his brilliance. Robbie, if you treat me like that on set, I promise to do it on your behalf and your memory. How much I love and admire you. I really miss your sweetness, your nickname, your warmth, your laughter and your hugs. You made us a family. Know you were the same with us. There is no better Hagrid. You made it a pleasure to be Hermoine. ”
Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, also took to Instagram to pay his respects to Coltrane. In the caption alongside a photo of Coltrane, Radcliffe, Watson and himself, Felton said: “One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter is the nighttime shot of the first movie in the woods. prohibit. I’m 12 years old. Robbie cares and takes care of everyone around. Easily. And make them laugh. Easily. He’s a friendly giant on screen but more than that in real life. Love mate – thanks for everything xx. “
James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley in Potter film, speak, “I will miss random conversations about all subjects under the sun. And I’ll never forget in September 2000, Robbie Coltrane came up to me very nervous 14 years old on my first day on a movie and said ‘Enjoy it, you’ll be great.’ Thanks for that.”
Meanwhile, James’ twin brother Oliver Phelps, who plays George Weasley, put on twitter to reflect on the first London premiere Potter film: “November 2001 – Leicester Square, London. ‘Take a dip in the boys, it’s like a Rolls-Royce for your first car’! Robbie [Coltrane] when he was next to me on the red carpet of the first HP launch. Over the years we have had some great conversations about history and travel. Rest in peace Robbie x. “
Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom, described Coltrane as someone who “always makes you smile.” He shared, “Robbie. Bobser. He calls me Space Boy. We shared a love of the ultimate frontier. He didn’t notice and it always makes you smile. A giant, in many different ways. We had a number of times x. ”
Heartbroken over the passing of Robbie Coltrane. Hagrid is my favorite character! Robbie portrayed Hagrid’s warmth, sense of family, and unconditional love for his students and magical creatures brilliantly,” wrote Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley. Instagram. “Robbie always treated me and my co-stars when we were kids like equal professionals on set. An attitude that builds confidence and a sense of belonging. Thanks for all the laughs. Miss you Robbie. Send love to your family. Rest in peace.”
David Thewlis, who plays Remus Lupin, wrote on Instagram while sharing a photo of Coltrane: “The richest, strongest and most mischievous laughter on set was all Robbie’s fault. “You are forever loved, dear man, and will be missed.”
Warwick Davis, who plays Filius Flitwick, shared, “I am saddened to learn that #HarryPotter’s colleague Robbie Coltrane passed away today. Always cheerful, he brings warmth, light and laughter to any set he walks into. RIP Robbie, Beloved Giant of Comedy.x”
Official Wizarding World BILLIONwiter account also paid tribute to the late actor, sharing a photo of Coltrane as Hagrid on set: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the wonderful Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid with such kindness, heart, and humor in the Harry Potter films. He was a great actor, a friend to all and he will be greatly missed.”