Emma Watson delivers touching tribute to Robbie Coltrane

Emma Watson has joined the legion of supporters who took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor Robbie Coltrane following his death on October 14. In a statement to the BBC, Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright revealed the Scottish entertainer has died aged 72. Coltrane rose to fame as the star of the British drama series Cracker, in which he played a criminal psychologist. However, Coltrane’s role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter series helped propel him to global superstardom. The actor starred in eight films as Hagrid from 2001 to 2011.

Following Coltrane’s death, Harry Potter author JK Rowling shared a touching tribute to the actor on Twitter. “I will never meet anyone like Robbie again,” she tweeted. “He was an incredible talent, one of a kind, and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to know him, to work with him, and to laugh my heart out with him.” Rowling is not alone in her grief, as Emma Watson has shared her experiences with spoken to the beloved actor.

Emma Watson says Robbie Coltrane was like an uncle to her

Emma Watson starred alongside Robbie Coltrane in all eight Harry Potter films. Watson was only 10 years old when they began filming for the franchise, which ended when she was 21. During this time, Watson apparently developed a strong relationship with Coltrane, who she said was like an uncle to her.

“Robbie was like the funniest uncle I’ve ever had but most of all he was very caring and compassionate towards me as a child and as an adult,” Watson wrote on her Instagram Story (via Glamour). “His talent was so immense that it made sense that he was playing a giant – he could fill ANY room with his brilliance,” she said. The Beauty and the Beast star went on to express how much she loved and adored the late actor, who she said made the entire Harry Potter crew feel like family. She concluded by praising Coltrane’s performance as a fictional half-giant, half-human gatekeeper, saying, “There was no better Hagrid. You made it a pleasure to be Hermione.”

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Matthew Lewis and Daniel Radcliffe have also paid tribute to the late entertainer, among many others from the popular franchise.