Hagrid from Harry Potter, Robbie Coltrane, Dies Aged 72

by Hailey Greg
Hagrid from Harry Potter, Robbie Coltrane, Dies Aged 72

Coltrane, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan and was born on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, near Glasgow. He is a renowned actor, comedian, and author: best known for his role as Hagrid from Harry Potter.

He also had a starring role in the cult classic BAFTA-winning BBC miniseries “Tutti Frutti” opposite Emma Thompson in 1987. His role as hard-drinking criminal psychologist Dr Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the ITV series “Cracker” brought him fame and more accolades (1993-2006).

Along with Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) and Hugh Laurie (The Office), he portrayed the English author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson in the third season of “Blackadder” (“House”).

Coltrane has been in films including “Neil Jordan’s” criminal thriller “Mona Lisa” (1987) and “Nuns on the Run” (1990), in which she co-starred with Eric Idle of Monty Python fame.

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On a worldwide scale, however, he will always be known as Rubeus Hagrid, the half-giant, half-human gamekeeper and Keeper of the Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter film series by J.K. Rowling.

Spencer and Alice Coltrane, as well as their mother Rhona Gemmell, are among many who will miss him.

Belinda Wright, his agent, commended the personnel at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, “My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday, October 14.” She futher went on to lament the actor calling him, “a unique talent”.

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Potter star Daniel Radcliffe paid homage in a remark: “Robbie 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. I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”

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Emma Watson, who starred as Hermione Granger in the movies, noted on her Instagram Story, “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. His talent was so immense that it made sense he played a giant — he could fill ANY space with his brilliance.” “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 resumed. “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.”

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