A Scottish actor and comedian, Robbie Coltrane, worldwide well-known for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, passed away at 72 on October 14, 2022.
Coltrane died at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert after being ill for two years. His cause of death is unknown. He led a quiet life. He leaves behind two children, a son and a daughter.
Robbie Coltrane made appearances in two James Bond movies: ‘Goldeneye’ & ‘The World Is Not Enough’, and the ITV detective drama ‘Cracker’. But Coltrane is best known for co-starring with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in all eight Harry Potter movies as the lovable half-giant Rubeus Hagrid.
JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, showed her the tributes on Twitter, calling Coltrane an “incredible talent”.
He will be remembered for the joy he brought to audiences – his legacy will be a long one.
Earlier this year, in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special, aired on HBO Max on New Year’s Day, 2022, Coltrane shared some wisdom about the legacy of the Harry Potter films.
Coltrane said in his last interview, at the end of the special episode, “The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children. You can be watching it in 50 years’ time, easy.”
Later, he adds a quote with a laugh, “I’ll not be here, sadly. But Hagrid will. Yes.”