“Harry Potter” Fandom Says Goodbye to Hagrid Actor Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane at the New York Premiere of
Robbie Coltrane at the New York Premiere of "Great Expectations" in 2013. Photo by Mediapunch/Shutterstock (3333306q)

The British actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for playing the beloved Hogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise, passed away at 72. Potterheads are mourning his loss and many of his former co-stars came forward to celebrate his legacy.

Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright confirmed he died at a hospital in Larbert, Scotland on October 14. She described him as a “unique talent” and asked the public to respect his family’s privacy at this distressing time.

“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,” said Wright.

Many of Coltrane’s past collaborators honored his legacy on social media, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, and comedians Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, among others.

Despite being best known as Hagrid from the Harry Potter series, Coltrane established himself as one of Britain’s most prolific performers long before being cast in this role. He also starred in the James Bond series as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky and won several BAFTA TV Awards for his role in the crime drama Cracker.