Robbie Coltrane: Final tributes after Scottish Harry Potter star dies aged 72

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling, actor Daniel Radcliffe and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have paid tribute to Robbie Coltrane, who died aged 72.

News of the Scottish actor’s death has been confirmed by his 40-year-old agent, Belinda Wright. She said Coltrane died on Friday October 14 and thanked medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, near Falkirk in Scotland, for their “care and diplomacy”.

“Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of World Records award for winning three consecutive Best Actor Baftas for his portrayal of Fitz in the television series Granada. Cracker in 1994/1995/and 1996 with Sir Michael Gambon,” she said in a statement.

“He will probably be best remembered for decades as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. A role that has delighted children and adults around the world, prompting a flood of fan letters every week for over 20 years.

“James Bond fans also write to applaud his role in golden eye and The world is not enough. For me personally, I will remember him as a loyal customer in addition to being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliant in mind and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I will miss him.

Read more tributes to Coltrane in our live blog.


Coltrane compared young Harry Potter stars to his own children

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter franchise last year, Coltrane gave a touching interview in which he discussed his relationships with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

The three young actors were only 10, 11 and 12 years old respectively when they started filming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“Now they’re big adults with lives of their own,” Coltrane said in 2021, acknowledging that Grint was now also a father.

“Watching them grow up is a lot like watching your own children grow up.”


Coltrane reflected on his Harry Potter legacy shortly before his death

In HBO Back to Hogwarts special that aired last year, Coltrane opened up about the legacy he created with Rubeus Hagrid.

“The legacy of movies is that my kids’ generation will show them to their kids,” he said. “So you could watch it 50 years from now, easy.”

“I won’t be there, unfortunately…” he said, breaking off with a chuckle. “But Hagrid will. Yes.”


Emma Watson calls Coltrane ‘the funniest uncle I’ve ever had’

On her Instagram Story, Emma Watson – who played Hermione Granger on the show – posted a statement mourning Coltrane.

“Robbie was like the funniest uncle I’ve ever had, but most of all he was deeply caring and compassionate towards me as a child and an adult. His talent was so immense it only made sense that he was playing a giant – he could fill ANY space with his genius.

“Robbie, if I ever get to be as nice as you were to me on a film set, I promise I’ll do it in your name and in your memory,” Watson continued.

“Know how much I adore and admire you. I will truly miss your sweetness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughter and your hugs. You made us a family. Know that you were that to us.


“You Are Loved Forever”: David Thewlis on Robbie Coltrane

David Thewlis, who played Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter movies, shared his thoughts on late co-star Robbie Coltrane on Instagram.

“The richest, most powerful, mischievous laugh on set was entirely the fault of the great Robbie,” Thewlis wrote. “You are loved forever, dear man, and you will be sorely missed.”


Ginny Weasley actress Bonnie Wright heartbroken over Robbie Coltrane’s death

Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, said she was “heartbroken by the passing of Robbie Coltrane”.

Write about Twitter, she added: “Hagrid was my favorite character! Robbie brilliantly portrayed Hagrid’s warmth, sense of home, and unconditional love for his students and magical creatures. Thanks for all the laughs. I miss you Robbie. Send love to your family”


Reverend Richard Coles remembers Robbie Coltrane’s big pants

The Reverend Richard Coles, a Church of England priest and former member of the Communards, has expressed his sadness at the death of Robbie Coltrane.

“We shared a dressing room once and he had the biggest pants I’ve ever seen, which he wore with incredible style,” he said. added on Twitter. “We were friends from then on.”

Coles later clarified that he was referring to underwear.


“Brilliant, delicious and ridiculously funny”: Jack Dee on Robbie Coltrane

Comedian Jack Dee has added his voice to those who praised the late Robbie Coltrane, calling him “brilliant, delightful and ridiculously funny”.

“What a fabulous actor and man he was,” he added. “Love to his family.”


“I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much or learned so much in my life”: Hugh Laurie on Robbie Coltrane

Hugh Laurie, who co-starred with Robbie Coltrane and Stephen Fry in a comedy variety show in 1983 Outside fondly remembered his time with the late star.

“I used to ride with Robbie Coltrane between Manchester and London in his somehow restored MGA,” he wrote on Twitter. “I would roll him cigarettes while he chattered about the ways of the world, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or learned so much in my life.”

The duo also worked together on black viperas fans recalled on social media:


Robbie Coltrane compared young Harry Potter stars to his own children

Last year, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter franchise, Coltrane gave a touching interview in which he reflected on his relationships with fellow cast members, especially the film’s younger stars. Learn more here:


‘Extraordinarily funny’: Eric Idle on ‘Nuns on the Run’ co-star Robbie Coltrane

Monthy Python’s Eric Idle shared his sadness on Twitter following the death of Robbie Coltrane. They starred together in a 1990 crime comedy nuns on the run.

“Such a bright, brilliant man,” Idle wrote. “An accomplished actor, an extraordinarily funny comedian and an incredible actor. He was also a very good friend. I will miss him very much.

He also retweeted a photo of the couple on set together:

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