The Blog That Must Not Be Named is deeply saddened that Robbie Coltrane, known for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, has passed away at the age of 72.
Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright announced the news with a statement, calling the actor an “intelligent and brilliantly witty” client.
Coltrane had an illustrious career, appearing in well-known projects including two James Bond films, GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough. Most will know and remember Coltrane for his role as Hogwarts’ lovable groundskeeper Hagrid in the Harry Potter film franchise. Coltrane brought warmth, heart, and an incredible amount of charm to Hagrid – who will live as a beautiful reminder of Coltrane’s immeasurable talent.
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’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.”
Coltrane most recently appeared in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special on HBO Max, where he reflected on the impact that Hagrid will have for years to come:
“The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children, so you could be watching it in 50 years’ time, easy. I’ll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will.”
Coltrane’s performance will forever live in the hearts of Harry Potter fans, and we here at The Blog That Must Not Be Named are grateful for his beautiful performance.