By Corey Atad and Melissa Romualdi.

Fans and colleagues are mourning the loss of Robbie Coltrane.

The actor, best known for playing the half-giant groundskeeper Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” series, passed away Friday at age 72. His agent, Belinda Wright, confirmed to BBC News that Coltrane died in hospital in Scotland, calling him a “unique talent” and adding that his performance as Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world.”

She added, “For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him.

Along with the “Potter” series, Coltrane was also well remembered for his role in the detective TV series “Cracker” and his role in the James Bond entries “Goldeneye” and “The World Is Not Enough”.

News of Coltrane’s passed brought an outpouring of remembrances from fans, celebrities and more.


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Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played the eponymous boy wizard in the series, shared a statement with People and said that he “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,” he said. Radcliffe added that “feel(s) incredibly lucky that to (have) meet and worked with” Coltrane. “He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”

Radcliffe’s “Potter” co-star Emma Watson, who portrayed the levelheaded, always logical and book-smart Hermione Granger, also paid tribute to the late actor on her Instagram Story, writing “there was no better Hagrid.”

“Robbie was like the most fun uncle I’ve ever had but most of all he was deeply caring, and compassionate towards me as a child and an adult,” the actress said. “His talent was so immense it made sense he played a giant — he could fill ANY space with his brilliance.


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“Robbie, if I ever get to be so kind as you were to me on a film set I promise I’ll do it in your name and memory,” Watson continued in her statement. “Know how much I adore and admire you. I’ll really miss your sweetness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughs and your hugs. You made us a family. Know you were that to us.

“There was no better Hagrid,” the 32-year-old concluded. “You made it a joy to be Hermione.”

Photo: Instagram/ EmmaWatson
Photo: Instagram/ EmmaWatson

Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the films, shared that one of his “fondest memories of filming ‘Harry Potter’ was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest,” he wrote in his tribute. “I was 12. Robbie cared & looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly. And made them laugh. Effortlessly. He was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so In real life. Love you mate — thank you for everything xx.”

Other members of the “Harry Potter” cast who worked with Coltrane, including actors James and Oliver Phelps- who portrayed Fred Weasley and George Weasley respectively- Matthew Lewis [Neville Longbottom], Bonnie Wright [Ginny Weasley] and David Thewlis [Remus Lupin] remembered the beloved actor on social media as well.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who famously wrote Hagrid with Coltrane in mind, shared her sadness at the loss on Twitter.

 

The official Wizarding World Twitter account posted an image of Coltrane dressed as Hagrid on set alongside a statement commemorating the “magnificent” actor.

Others who mourned included actor Stephen Fry, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, broadcaster Richard Coles and more.





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