Robbie Coltrane, a gentle half-giant who lived at Hogwarts and died on Friday, is being remembered by actors from the “Harry Potter” world.
In a statement given to Source by a representative, Daniel Radcliffe called Coltrane, 72, “one of the funniest people I’ve met.” Coltrane played Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movie series, and Radcliffe said the actor “kept us kids on the set laughing all the time when we were kids.”
Radcliffe said of the third movie, “Prisoner of Azkaban,” “I have fond memories of how he kept our spirits up when we were all hiding from the pouring rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and making jokes to keep us going.” “I feel so lucky to have met and worked with him, and I’m very sad that he’s gone. He was a great actor and a nice person.
Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, also wrote an Instagram Story on Friday to remember her late co-star.
She wrote under a picture of the two of them, “Robbie was the most fun uncle I’ve ever had.” “His talent was so big that it made sense that he played a giant. His brilliance could fill ANY space,” she said later. “Robbie, if I ever get the chance to be as nice to someone on a movie set as you were to me, I promise I’ll do it in your name and memory,” Watson said, adding that Coltrane “made us a family.”
Tom Felton, who was known for playing Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies, also wrote a tribute to Coltrane on Instagram on Friday. He said, “One of my favorite memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12. Robbie cared about everyone around him and looked out for them. Effortlessly. And they laughed. Effortlessly. He was a big, friendly giant on the screen, and even more so in real life.”
In a recent HBO Max special called “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” Coltrane also talked about how much he enjoyed working with the young actors in the movie. Warner Bros. Discovery owns both CNN and HBO.
“Watching them grow up was kind of like watching your own kids grow up, you know? He said, “Because you were kind of looking out for them.” “I’ve always been surprised by how brave they were.”
J.K. Rowling, who wrote the “Harry Potter” books, said on Twitter, “I’ll never meet anyone even a little bit like Robbie again. He was a one-of-a-kind genius with a lot of talent, and I was so lucky to know him, work with him, and laugh with him. I send his family, especially his children, my love and deepest condolences.”
And Warwick Davis, who played Professor Filius Flitwick and the goblin Griphook in the movies, remembered Coltrane as someone who was “always happy” and “brought warmth, light, and laughter to any set he walked on to.”
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