Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, has died at the age of 72, according to BBC News. While his cause of death has not been announced as of press time, his agent Belinda Wright told the outlet that Coltrane passed away in a Scottish hospital. Deadline reports that he suffered from health issues for two years before his death.
English actor Stephen Fry has already posted a tribute to Coltrane on Twitter, saying: “Farewell old fella. You will be missed so terribly.” Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon also tweeted: “Scottish entertainment legend – you will be missed dearly.”
According to Upworthy, author JK Rowling insisted that Coltrane play Hagrid due to her involvement in the casting choice, and even vetoed the idea of legendary actor Robin Williams taking on the role after he expressed interest . “There was a ban on American actors,” Williams told The Guardian, which worked pretty well for Scottish Coltrane. It seems that Coltrane never forgot the controversial Rowling sticking his neck out, because years later, when the author faced backlash for comments many considered transphobic, Coltrane spoke in her defense.
Robbie Coltrane argued that JK Rowling’s critics are waiting to be offended
Since 2020, ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling has commented on her views on gender and gender issues both on social media and on her personal blog, including supporting a controversial British tax specialist who was fired after he explained that men cannot become women. per glamour. After declaring that transgender women aren’t real women because they don’t share the same biology as those born with female genitalia, Rowling has been labeled a TERF, or Trans Exclusive Radical Feminist, and has met with backlash from the LGBTQ+ community .
Meanwhile, the late actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, said her critics are “waiting to be offended.” Speaking to the Radio Times (via Insider), he said: “I don’t think what she said was really offensive. I don’t know why, but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people hanging around waiting to be insulted. You didn’t win the war, did you?”
However, fellow Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch and Noma Dumezweni condemned her comments, according to Entertainment Weekly. Fantastic Beats star Eddie Redmayne told Variety, “As someone who has worked with both JK Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to be absolutely clear about where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments.”