Remembering Robbie Coltrane


Alan Davidson

Robbie Coltrane with his costar Daniel Radcliffe.

On Oct. 14, Harry Potter fans around the world were saddened by the loss of Robbie Coltrane, 72, who played Rubeus Hagrid.
His agent, Belinda Wright, confirmed his death near Falkirk, Scotland.
“Brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world,” Wright said, talking about his role as Hagrid.
Coltrane’s cause of death has been released and declared that he had multiple health issues. He was diagnosed with sepsis, a lower respiratory tract infection, and a heart block.
Before Coltrane’s role in Harry Potter, he starred in the 1990s show “Cracker”, as an antihero detective, a K.G.B. agent who became allies with James Bond in two films, and a gangster disguised as a nun in “Nuns on the Run” (1990).
None of the roles prepared Coltrane to play the role many readers imagined. Coltrane embodied the role of the 8-foot-6 half-giant groundskeeper. Hagrid appeared in all eight films and taught the witches and wizards to fight against evil. He was a mentor to the wizard, Harry, and the films ran from 2001-2011.
Some of his former co-stars from the film have honored Coltrane.
“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set,” said Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter.
In 2016, Coltrane became very popular in his role in the miniseries “National Treasure.”
Wright, Coltrane’s agent said, “As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty, and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him.”
Robbie impacted many people around the world and he will always be remembered.