Tributes pour in after Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane dies aged 72

Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane passed away at the age of 72, sparking a wave of heartbreaking tributes from stars across the globe.

Late actor, known for playing the gentle giant Hagrid in Harry Potter serieswas presumed to have passed away on Friday, October 14, although the cause of death was not disclosed.

His agent and friend of 40 years, Belinda Wright, called Coltrane “a unique talent”.

“He will likely be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in Harry Potter film, a role that brings joy to children as well as adults around the world, driving a weekly stream of fan letters for more than 20 years,” she said in a statement.

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Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. (Village Roadshow / AP)

“For me personally, I will remember him as an absolute loyal customer … as well as a great actor, he was really smart … very witty. And after 40 years Proud to be called his agent, I will miss him.”

In her statement, she also thanked the medical staff at the Royal Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert, near his home in Scotland, for their “care and diplomacy”.

Limit line Reported that the actor has been “in poor health for the past two years.”

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Daniel Radcliffe, left, who plays Harry Potter in the new film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid in the film, arrive for the film's premiere in New York on November 11, 2001.
The Harry Potter star paid tribute to Coltrane. (AP Photo / Darla Khazei)

Many of Coltrane’s co-stars paid tribute to James Bond and Harry Potter star.

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe says People in a statement that Coltrane “is one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to make us laugh non-stop as kids on set.

“I especially love the memory of him keeping our spirits high (2004 .) Harry Potter and) Prisoner of Azkabanwhen 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. “

He said he “feels incredibly fortunate that” he “got to meet and work with” Coltrane, adding that he was “so sad to have passed away”.

“He’s an incredible actor and a lovely man,” said the 33-year-old actor.

Co-star Emma Watson, the actress behind Hermione Granger, wrote a statement on Instagram following the news of Coltrane’s death.

Emma Watson
Emma Watson shared her own tribute on Instagram. (Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)

“Robbie was like the funniest uncle I’ve ever had but most of all, he was very caring and compassionate to me as a child and as an adult,” Watson said. “His talent is so great that it makes him able to play a giant – he can fill ANY void with his brilliance.”

“Robbie, if I can be that kind to me on set, I promise I’ll do it on your behalf and your memory,” Watson said. continued in her post.

“Know 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 are like that to us.”

“There’s no better Hagrid. You made it so much fun being Hermione.”

James Phelps, who plays one half of the mischievous Weasley twins, Fred, wrote on Twitter “I’ll miss random conversations about all sorts of topics under the sun. And I’ll never forget in September 2000, Robbie Coltrane came to see me very nervous 14-year-olds on our first day of school. me on set and said ‘Enjoy it, you’ll be great’. Thank you for that x.”

Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Harry Potter, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps
James Phelps plays Fred Weasely and knows Coltrane through the entire series. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

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Actress Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley, shared her thoughts in a poignant message.

She wrote: “Robbie has brilliantly portrayed Hagrid’s warmth, sense of family and unconditional love for his students and magical creatures.

“Thanks for all the love and laughter. Miss you Robbie. Sending love to your family.”

Author JK Rowling also spoke out about Twitter.

“I’ll never get to know anyone from as far away as Robbie again. He’s an incredible talent, a perfect talent, and I’m so lucky to know him, work with him, and laugh with him. him,” she wrote.

“I send my deepest love and condolences to his family, above all his children.”

Stephen Fry, who co-starred with Coltrane in a TV comedy miniseries Alfrescoback in the 80s, also posted his condolences on Twitter.

“I first met Robbie Coltrane almost 40 years ago. I felt fear / horror / love at the same time. Such depth, strength and talent: humorous enough to cause noises. hiccups and helpless whistles as we made our first TV show.” Alfresco,” he wrote, “Farewell, old friend. “

Coltrane reflected on his legacy as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Back to Hogwarts, which aired earlier this year. Not only was he the first to introduce Harry to the wizarding world, he was also the welcoming arm to audiences as they dived into the 10-year magical series across eight films.

“I just thought it was the end of an era. It was 10 years of my life, my children grew up in that time,” he said in the special issue.

“The legacy of the movies is that my generation of children will show them to their children, so you can watch it in 50 years, that’s easy.”

“I won’t be sad here, but Hagrid will. Yes.”

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