‘Harry Potter’ Cast Pays Tribute to Robbie Coltrane: “You Made Us a Family”

‘Harry Potter’ Cast Pays Tribute to Robbie Coltrane: “You Made Us a Family”

The cast of Harry Potter are mourning the death of Robbie Coltrane.

It was announced on Friday that Coltrane passed away at the age of 72. “As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent and brilliantly witty, and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him,” Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright said of the actor in a statement.

Despite having varied film and television credits, Coltrane’s most notable role was his portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid, the giant groundskeeper at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in the Harry Potter films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001.

Earlier this year, the cast reunited for the HBO Max reunion special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. Coltrane became emotional as he reflected on his time filming the series. Coltrane cried as he said that even though the end of the franchise marked “an end to an era”, they will continue to be remembered by generations to come. “The legacy of the movies is that my children will show them to their children so you could be watching in 50 years times, easy — I’ll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will,” he said.

Potter castmembers took the opportunity to use social media to remember their fallen co-star after learning of his passing.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took advantage of social media to recall Coltrane , writing. “I’ll never again know anyone remotely similar to Robbie.” He was an amazing talent and a complete one-off. I was so fortunate to have known him, worked with him, and laughed my head off with him. I send my deepest sympathy and love to his family .”

, especially his children.

Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter alongside Coltrane’s Hagrid, said in a statement, “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set. I have fond memories of him keeping us all sane on Prisoner in Azkaban , when we were hiding from the torrential rain in Hagrid’s hut. He was telling stories and making jokes to keep our spirits up. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. He was an amazing actor and a wonderful man

Emma Watson ,, who played Hermoine Granger

shared a statement on her Insta story ,: “Robbie was like the best uncle I’ve ever had. But most importantly, he was deeply compassionate and caring towards me as a child, and as an adult.” His talent was so great that it made sense that he could fill any space with his brilliance. Robbie, if you ever have the opportunity to be as kind to me on a set of film, I promise to do it in your memory and name. You know how much I love and admire you. I will miss you, your smile, your nicknames and warmth, as well as your laughs and hugs. We were a family because of you. We know you were so kind to us. There was no better Hagrid. It was a pleasure to be Hermoine.

Rupert Grint, who played Ronald Weasley in the series, posted on his Instagram, saying that he was “heartbroken” about the loss of Coltrane. “I will never forget the scent of cigars and beard glue – it was a wonderful combination. Robbie is the only person who could have played Hagrid. A giant-hearted man who still looked out for us decades later. His family is in my thoughts and prayers. Bobser, we are here for you.”

Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, also took to Instagram to pay tribute to Coltrane. Felton wrote, “One of the fondest memories of filming Harry Potter is a night shoot in the forbidden forest.” I was 12. Robbie took care of everyone around him. Effortlessly. They laughed. Effortlessly. He was a friendly giant on screen, but even more so in real life. We love you, mate, and thank you for everything. xx .”

James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley in the Potter films, said, “I will miss the random chats about all subjects under the sun. And I’ll never forget in September 2000, Robbie Coltrane came over to a very nervous 14yr old me on my 1st ever day on a movie set and said ‘Enjoy it, you’ll be great.’ Thank you for that.”

Meanwhile, James’ twin Oliver Phelps, who starred as George Weasley, took to Twitter to reflect on the London premiere of the first Potter film: “November 2001 – Leicester Square, London. “Soak it in, lads. It’s like a Rolls-Royce to your first car.” Robbie [Coltrane] was right next to me at the HP premiere’s red carpet. We had many great conversations about travel and history over the years. Rest in peace Robbie x.”

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, described Coltrane as someone who “always made you smile.” He shared, “Robbie. Bobser. He called me Space Boy. We shared a love for the final frontier. He was a great guy and made you smile. He was a giant in many ways. We had some times x .”

“Heartbroken at the loss of Robbie Coltrane. Hagrid was my favorite character! Robbie portrayed Hagrid’s warmth, sense of home and unconditional love for his students and magical creatures so brilliantly,” Bonnie Wright, who portrayed Ginny Weasley, wrote on Instagram. When we were young, Robbie treated us and our cast mates like equal professionals on a movie set. This attitude instilled confidence, and a sense that we were all part of a team. Thank you for all your laughter. Miss you Robbie. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Rest in Peace.

“The richest, mightiest and most mischievous laughter on set was all big Robbie’s fault,” wrote David Thewlis, who played Remus Lupin, on Instagram while sharing a photo of Coltrane.

Warwick Davis, who portrayed Filius Flitwick, shared, “I was saddened to learn that fellow #HarryPotter cast member, Robbie Coltrane died today. He was always jovial and brought light, warmth, and laughter to every set he walked onto. Robbie, the Beloved Giant in Comedy.x

The official Wizarding World Twitter account also paid tribute to the late actor, sharing a photo of Coltrane in character as Hagrid on set: “We are hugely saddened to hear of the passing of the magnificent Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid with such kindness, heart and humour in the Harry Potter films. He was a great actor, friend to all, and he will be greatly missed.”

I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again. Robbie was an amazing talent and a complete one-off. I was so fortunate to have known him, worked with him, and laughed my head off with him. I send my deepest condolences and love to his family, especially his children. pic.twitter.com/tzpln8hD9z

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 14, 2022

I will miss the random chats about all subjects under the sun.And I’ll never forget in September 2000, Robbie Coltrane came over to a very nervous 14yr old me on my 1st ever day on a movie set and said “Enjoy it, you’ll be great”. Thank you for that x

— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) October 14, 2022

November 2001 – Leicester Square, London. “Soak it in, lads. It’s like a Rolls-Royce to your first car.” Robbie Coleraine was right next to me at the HP premiere’s red carpet. We had many great conversations about travel and history over the years. Rest in peace Robbie x

— Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) October 14, 2022

Robbie. Bobser. He called me Space Boy. We shared a love for the final frontier. He was a great guy and made you smile. He was a giant in many ways. We had some times x

— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) October 14, 2022

I was saddened to learn that fellow #HarryPotter cast member, Robbie Coltrane died today. He was always jovial and brought joy to every set he walked onto. RIP Robbie, Beloved Giant of comedy.x pic.twitter.com/NGT644dA7K

— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) October 14, 2022

We are hugely saddened to hear of the passing of the magnificent Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid with such kindness, heart and humour in the Harry Potter films. He was a great actor and friend. We will miss him greatly. pic.twitter.com/CCofb6BMo6

— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) October 14, 2022

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