'Harry Potter' Star Robbie Coltrane Passes Away At Age 72

Many 'Harry Potter' fans and actors alike have shared their tributes to the acclaimed Scottish artist.

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Robbie Coltrane known fondly to most film viewers as Hagrid from the Harry Potter series has passed away. He died on 14 October 2022 at the ripe old age of 72 and was a part of many millennials' childhood. His presence on screen as Hagrid made the films interesting and colorful to watch. He portrayed a gentle giant in the films and according to many actors also emulated that energy on set. 

Tom Felton, who played the character Draco Malfoy wrote, "One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12. Robbie cared & looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly. And made them laugh. Effortlessly." Adding, "He was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so In real life. Love you mate - thank you for everything xx" Additionally, his fellow actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson also made a comment on the demise of their friend.


Radcliffe mentioned, "Robbie was one of the funniest people I've met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on that set. I've especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid's hut and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up. I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he's passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man." While Watson wrote on Instagram, "Robbie, if I ever get to be so kind as you were to me on a film set I promise I'll do it in your name and memory." She also expressed how there was "no better Hagrid" and he "made it a joy to be Hermione." 


Coltrane has been a part of another big franchise, which is the James Bond franchise. On the official Twitter account, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli wrote, "Robbie Coltrane’s passing is a tragic loss to the world. He was an exceptional actor whose talent knew no bounds. He was beloved to Bond audiences as Valentin Zukovsky in GOLDENEYE and THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH as well as to millions who saw him in his multitude of roles." Concluding with, "We shall miss him as a dear friend. Rest in peace Robbie." Other famous actors like Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who worked with him on Alfrescos also wrote a little tribute for him. Fry wrote, "Such depth, power and talent: funny enough to cause helpless hiccups and honking as we made our first TV show Alfresco. Farewell, old fellow, you'll be so dreadfully missed." While Laurie recounted their trips to Manchester and the way he was able to make people laugh around him.


For young viewers, Robbie Coltrane became the pinnacle of pop culture with Harry Potter. His portrayal of Hagrid will never be forgotten.