Robbie Coltrane, the actor best known for playing Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 72. His agent Belinda Wright confirmed his death in a statement to the BBC but gave no further details about the actor’s death. “Personally, I will remember him as a loyal customer,” Write said. “Not only was he a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly funny and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent I will miss him.”
Coltrane gained international popularity through his leading role as Hagrid, which he played in all eight parts of the franchise. However, the actor has also appeared in a number of film and television productions – including two James Bond films and a starring role on ITV’s Cracker. Following the entertainer’s death, fans and members of the Harry Potter family have expressed their sorrow – including series writer JK Rowling.
JK Rowling called Coltrane an ‘incredible talent’
There has been no shortage of praise for actor Robbie Coltrane after his death. Daniel Radcliffe, who starred in the title role in the Harry Potter series, was among those who shared opinions about the actor. In a statement to Variety, Radcliffe called Coltrane “one of the funniest people” he’s ever met. Radcliffe went on to tell a story about how Coltrane comforted the cast during a rainstorm, using humor to “keep morale up”.
Similarly, Harry Potter author JK Rowling also shared a touching tribute to her friend online. “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, work with him and laugh my ass off with him.”
Fans of the late actor have also taken to social media to share their favorite moments from Coltrane’s career. A supporter tweeted a clip from the HBO Max 20th Anniversary reunion special, Return to Hogwarts, in which Coltrane gushed about the magic of the Harry Potter films. “The legacy of the films is that my children’s generation will show them to their children,” Coltrane said in the clip. “I won’t be here, unfortunately, but Hagrid will be.”