Robbie Coltrane, best known for his role as the semi-giant Rubius Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” franchise,Friday at the age of 72. Fans around the world are mourning the beloved actor, including his “Harry Potter” co-star.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, paid tribute to the late Coltrane on his website, calling him “an incredible actor and a lovely man” who made everyone on set laugh.
Radcliffe wrote, “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and constantly made us laugh as kids on set.” “I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and work with him and am very sad that he has passed away.”
In his statement, Radcliffe also recalled a specific time on set when Coltrane worked his wits to entertain the child actors during bad weather.
Radcliffe said, “I especially have fond memories of his keeping our spirits on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’, when we were all hidden from the torrential rain in Hagrid’s hut for hours.” “He was telling stories and telling jokes to keep morale up.”
Emma Watson, who played Hermoine Granger on the series, reflected on her time with Coltrane in an Instagram story, crediting it with making it “a pleasure to play Hermoine.”
Watson wrote, “Robby was like the funniest uncle I’ve ever had, but above all he was deeply caring and kind to me as a child and an adult.” “His talent was so great that it made sense that he played the role of a giant – he could fill any space with his talent.”
James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley, tweeted In memory of Coltrane, sharing his initial conversation with the actor.
Phelps said, “I’ll never forget in September 2000, on my first day on a movie set, Robbie Coltrane came up to a very nervous 14-year-old and said “Enjoy it, you’ll be great.”
“I will miss random chats about all the topics under the sun,” he said.
Oliver Phelps, who played Fred Weasley’s twin George, Remembered that Here’s what Coltrane told her on the red carpet for the premiere of the first film in the series.
“November 2001 – Leicester Square, London. ‘Soak it in boys, it’s like a Rolls-Royce for your first car,'” Phelps wrote.
Bonnie Wright, who played the youngest Wesley brother, Ginny, noted Coltrane’s kindness.
“Robbie so brilliantly portrays Hagrid’s warmth, sense of home and unconditional love for his students and magical creatures,” Wright wrote in an Instagram post. “Robby always treated me and my fellow actors when we were like equal professionals on a film set. The kind of attitude that instilled confidence and a sense of togetherness.”
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, wrote About his and Coltrane’s shared interest in space.
“They called me Space Boy. We shared a love of the last frontier,” Lewis wrote. “He didn’t give the f— and it always makes you smile. A huge one, in more ways than one.”
Writer JK Rowling, who wrote the series “Harry Potter”, reflected on her friendship with Coltrane, and sent her connection to his family.
“I’ll never get to know someone from a distance like Robbie again,” Rowling tweeted, “She was an incredible talent, totally off, and I was lucky enough to know her, to work with her, and to laugh my head off with her.”
David Thewlis, who played werewolf Remus Lupine, posted an old photo of Coltrane on Instagram and showed off the actor’s sense of humour.
“The richest, mightiest and most mischievous laugh on set was Robbie’s fault,” Thewlis wrote. “You are loved forever, dear man, and will be greatly missed.”
Coltrane’s death was announced Friday by his agent, Belinda Wright. In a statement honoring his memory, she said: “As well as being an amazing actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and proud to be called my agent after 40 years, I will miss him.” “