Robbie Coltrane, widely recognized for his role as Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald, known in the television series “Cracker,” died on October 14. His agency confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter – he turned 72. The actor, who was born Anthony Robert McMillan, has starred in several notable television series and films such as The Lenny Henry Show, Boswell for the Defense, and A Kick Up in the Eighties to name a few, per IMDb. Born in Scotland, he was not only active on the big screen, but also as a comedian and writer.
“I just think I’ve had such an interesting life,” he said in a 2014 interview with The Scot (via Daily Record). “I’ve written three books, I’ve done more than 700 hours of television, I’ve done 78 films, I’ve done a lot … I’ve been fortunate to be connected to a lot of really important dramatic moments.” Given all that Coltrane has also created a lasting legacy and impact with his character portrayal of Hagrid in all eight Harry Potter films.
And while he’s always been a favorite among Harry Potter lovers, little did fans know that his most recent on-screen appearance would be his last.
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Robbie Coltrane was recently part of HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion. The actor filmed an emotional interview for the reunion, in which he discussed what it was like spending over a decade with the franchise and how his role as Hagrid played a significant role in the film’s story. “It’s the end of an era,” he said during the special. “10 years of my life. My kids grew up in it.”
Not only did he talk about how the film impacted the masses, he also shed light on how the Harry Potter franchise will continue to inspire generations to come. “The legacy of the films is that my children’s generation will show them to their children. So you could easily watch them 50 years from now,” he added. Coltrane’s parting words during the reunion mean so much more now that he’s gone. “I won’t be here, unfortunately, but Hagrid will be,” he continued.
The actor’s agent, Belinda Wright, told the BBC how her client’s role as Hagrid impacted everyone who saw the film. “[He] brought joy to children and adults alike around the world.” According to the outlet, Coltrane is survived by his sister, his two children and his children’s mother.