Robbie Coltrane Has Passed Away at 72
MuggleNet is deeply saddened to report that Robbie Coltrane, known for his performance as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, has passed away at the age of 72. The actor’s agent, Belinda Wright, confirmed that he died on Friday at a hospital near Falkirk, Scotland.
Born in Scotland on March 30, 1950, the actor was known for his impressive work both on the screen and on the stage. His extensive filmography proved his ability to nail both comedic and dramatic roles. He was awarded three consecutive BAFTAs in 1994, 1995, and 1996 for his role on the television series Cracker. He was previously nominated at the ceremony in 1987 for his work on Tutti Frutti and most recently for his starring role on National Treasure in 2016.
His role in all eight Harry Potter films as the lovable half-giant Hagrid has earned him a place in the hearts of so many. Wright discussed the impact of the role in her statement about Coltrane’s passing:
He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role [that] brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world, prompting a stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years.
He recently reprised his Potter role for a short film attached to the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride at Universal Orlando Resort and appeared in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special on HBO Max.
In the reunion special, Coltrane reflected on the impact his time in the franchise has had:
The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children, so you could be watching it in 50 years’ time, easy. I’ll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will.
Coltrane’s performance will be forever cherished by Potter fans, and we express our utmost gratitude for his work. The late actor is survived by his children, Spencer and Alice, as well as their mother, Rhona Gemmell, and his sister Annie Rae. Our sincerest sympathies are with Coltrane’s loved ones during this difficult time.