Harry Potter celebrity dies: Honors are paid to the Hagrid actor

Robbie Coltrane, a UK actor, who was best known for his role as Hagrid in Harry Potter films, has passed away at the age of 72.

“Robbie will likely be remembered best for decades as Hagrid… A role that brought joy to children, adults alike, prompting an endless stream of fan mails every week for more than 20 years,” Belinda Wright, his agent, stated in a statement.

Wright said: “As well forensically intelligent and brilliantly witty, he was also a great actor. After 40 years of being proud that I was his agent, i will miss him.”

Wright claimed that he died today in a Scottish hospital. She didn’t give any cause.

Coltrane was a tough-bitten detective who rose to fame in 1990’s series “Cracker” for which he won the British Academy Television Awards best actor three times running.


Robbie Coltrane, a UK actor, who was best known for his role as Hagrid in Harry Potter films, has passed away at the age of 72. Photo / Getty Photos

In all eight Harry Potter films released between 2001-2011, he played Hagrid, the gentle, half-giant Hagrid who acts as a mentor for the boy wizard.

You can also play the role of a Russian crime boss, as well as a James Bond villain in “GoldenEye” or “The World is Not Enough”.

Coltrane received rave reviews for his portrayal of a TV star who might harbor a dark secret in “National Treasure”, a 2016 miniseries.

Coltrane’s sister Annie Rae, Rhona Gemmell, and his children Spencer & Alice are his survivors

Tributes pour in for Harry Potter’s star:

J.K Rowling is leading the tributes. Twitter user J.K Rowling called Coltrane “incredible talent” saying that she will never meet “anyone remotely similar to Robbie” again.

In a Variety statement, Daniel Radcliffe expressed his sadness at the loss of his former star – with whom he shared many scenes – and thanked Variety.

Radcliffe stated that Robbie was “one of the most funny people I’ve ever met” and kept us all laughing as children on the set.


After the tragic death of Robbie Coltrane, Daniel Radcliffe issued a statement. Photo / Supplied

“I have fond memories of him keeping us spirits up on “Prisoner of Azkaban”, when we were all hiding from torrential rain in Hagrid’s shelter for hours. He was telling stories and making jokes to keep our spirits up. It was an honor to have had the opportunity to work alongside him. I am also very sad that he has passed. He was an amazing actor and a wonderful man.”

James Phelps, the actor who played Fred Wesley during the highly successful Harry Potter films, thanked Coltrane for some advice he gave him in 2000.

Stephen Fry, an English actor, took to Twitter to show his respect for his friend and admit that he would be “dreadfully missing”

Hugh Laurie, House star, paid tribute to Coltrane by saying that he has never “laughed so much” in his life.