Daniel Radcliffe has said that Robbie Coltrane was “one of the funniest people I have ever met” in a statement, he released after Coltrane’s death. Coltrane, who died at age 72, played Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movies. He and Daniel Radcliffe were in a lot of scenes together.
From “Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001 to “Death Hallows – Part 2” in 2011, the two actors were in all eight “Harry Potter” movies. Radcliffe’s statement says, “Robbie was one of the funniest people I have ever met. He always made us laugh when we were kids on the set.”
“One of my favourite memories of him is from ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,’ when we were all hiding from the rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut, and he kept our spirits up by telling stories and making jokes. I feel fortunate to have met and worked with him, and I am sad that he is gone.
He was a great actor and a nice person. Many people will never forget Coltrane as Hagrid from the “Harry Potter” movies, but he was also in two James Bond movies, “GoldenEye” in 1995 and “The World Is Not Enough” in 1999.
Coltrane recently returned to his “Harry Potter” roots by appearing in the “Return to Hogwarts” 20th-anniversary reunion special on HBO Max with Daniel Radcliffe and other stars like Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. In the special, Coltrane said, “The movies’ legacy is that my children’s children will show them to their children.”
“So it would be easy for you to watch it in 50 years. Sadly, I will not be here, but Hagrid will be, yes.” Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the series, wrote on her Instagram Story (via EW):
Heartbroken by the passing of Robbie Coltrane. Hagrid was my favourite character! Robbie portrayed Hagrid’s warmth, sense of home & unconditional love for his students and magical creatures so brilliantly. Thanks for all the laughter. Miss you Robbie. Sending love to your family pic.twitter.com/Gbl3NCsrlA
— Bonnie Wright (@thisisbwright) October 14, 2022
“Robbie was like the most fun uncle I have ever had, but most of all, he was very caring and kind to me as a child and as an adult. He had so much talent that it made sense that he played a giant. His brilliance could fill ANY space.”
“Robbie, if I ever get the chance to be as nice to someone on a movie set as you were to me, I promise I will do it in your name and memory,” Watson said. “You should know how much I love and respect you.
I will really miss your kindness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughs, and your hugs. You brought us all together. Know that we thought that of you.” Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movies, wrote, “Heartbroken by the death of Robbie Coltrane.
Hagrid was the one I liked best.
Robbie did a great job of showing Hagrid’s warmth, sense of home, and love for his students and magical creatures. Thanks for making me laugh. Miss you, Robbie. Your family has my love.”
I'll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again. He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children. pic.twitter.com/tzpln8hD9z
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 14, 2022
J.K. Rowling, the controversial author of the “Harry Potter” books, also paid tribute to Coltrane. She wrote on Twitter, “I will never know anyone close to Robbie again. He was a one-of-a-kind genius with a lot of talent, and I was so lucky to know him, work with him, and laugh with him. I send his family, especially his children, my love and deepest condolences.”