For the generation who grew up with the films and books, it’s difficult to separate the Scottish actor from his larger-than-life (at least for muggles) portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid, the official keeper of the keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Robbie Coltrane’s career began long before the first Harry Potter film debuted in 2001.
Following the news of his passing on Friday, fans of the show and Coltrane’s co-stars paid tribute to him on social media. Coltrane was the actor who gave the lovable half-giant character life with catchphrases like “Yer a wizard, Harry,” among others.
The actress who played Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, recalled Coltrane for his kindness and the effect he had on her during the production.
He could fill ANY room with his brilliance, therefore it made natural that he portrayed a giant, Watson wrote. “Robbie, I swear I’ll act in your honor and memory if I ever get the opportunity to be as good to someone as you were to me on a movie set. Please know how much I love and respect you. Your sweetness, your pet names, your warmth, your laughter, and your embraces will be sorely missed. You united us as a unit. You were that to us, you know. No Hagrid was better than he was. You made being Hermione enjoyable.”
Coltrane made an impression on Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, during filming, and she recalled him for his kindness.
His talent was so great that it was only fitting that he portrayed a giant because, as Watson put it, “He could fill ANY room with his genius.” “Robbie, I swear I’ll treat people with the same consideration you showed me on the set of a movie in your honor and memory. Understand how much I adore and respect you. I will sincerely miss your kindness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughter, and your embraces. You molded us into a unit. You were that to us, I know that. No Hagrid was more effective. Being Hermione was made enjoyable by you.”
Hagrid, played by Coltrane, frequently made spectators smile as he encountered absurd scenarios involving magical creatures. But he was frequently endearing due to his loving and caring nature.
“Hagrid served as a metaphor for unwavering love. a sincere buddy. I appreciate Robbie for making this character come to life “tweeted a supporter.
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Coltrane discussed how his beloved character outlived him in the HBO program Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.
“I anticipate that my children’s generation will pass on the movies to their offspring as their legacy. So it’s possible that you’ll be viewing it in 50 years “stated Coltrane. “Unfortunately, I won’t be here, but Hagrid will, certainly,”
Hagrid would not exist without Coltrane, as Harry Potter famously remarked, “There’s no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid.”