The cast of the fantasy film series paid tribute to the actor, who starred as half-giant Rubeus Hagrid, after he passed away aged 72, with his co-stars lauding him for his “warmth and brilliance”
Emma Watson described Robbie as a “fun uncle” (Image: Daily Mirror)
The cast of the Harry Potter films have paid tribute to Rubeus Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane, following his death at age 72.
Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the film franchise, led the tributes to the actor who “made it a joy to be Hermione”.
She uploaded a photo of the pair together to her Instagram stories, writing: “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 it made sense he played a giant – he could fill ANY space with his brilliance.
The cast made comment on Robbie’s warmth and kindness
The cast made comment on Robbie’s warmth and kindness (Image: PA)
“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.
“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. You made it a joy to be Hermione.”
Emma’s co-star and lead of the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe, described Robbie as as “one of the funniest people” and an “incredible actor”.
The actor, who worked closely with Coltrane, shared fond memories from set saying: “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.”
The cast spoke of how Robbie was kind to them as child actors
The cast spoke of how Robbie was kind to them as child actors (Image: PA)
Other actors from the fantasy series paid tribute, including Warwick Davis, who starred as Professor Flitwick, saying: “I was saddened to learn that fellow #HarryPotter cast member, Robbie Coltrane died today.
“Always jovial, he brought warmth, light and laughter to any set he walked on to. RIP Robbie, Beloved Giant of comedy.x”
Actors who played characters in the Weasley family spoke about their fondness of the actor, with Ginny Weasley actor, Bonnie Wright, writing: “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.”
Oliver Phelps, who played George Weasley, tweeted: “Over the years we had some great chats about history and travel. Rest in peace Robbie x”
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