If you’re reading this chances are you’ve either read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies, because the JK Rowling series created a tidal wave when it hit the US way back in 1997.
My personal favorite book was Prisoner of Azkaban, mainly due to the heavy focus the Forbbiden Forest, which both absolutely enthralled and terrified me as a reader.
There seemed to be only one character that wasn’t afraid of the dark woods. A fierce and lovable half-giant who guarded the edge of the woodline and was the first magical person Harry, Rubeus Hagrid. And while I will never say the movies are better than the books, one character that really held up between the pages and the big screen was Hagrid, played by Robbie Coltrane.
Unfortunately, the news broke earlier today that Robbie has passed away at 72 years old. He hadn’t been actively acting due too poor health, however his agent said his death was not immediately apparent, so it comes as a slight surprise.
Tributes poured in from all over the Harry Potter world to celebrate his life and legacy.
We are hugely saddened to hear of the passing of the magnificent Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid with such kindness, heart and humour in the Harry Potter films. He was a wonderful actor, a friend to all and he will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/CCofb6BMo6
“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set … I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him … He was an incredible actor and a lovely man” pic.twitter.com/rQzARZtTd8
I hope it’s OK to spout memories: I used to ride with Robbie Coltrane between Manchester and London in his sort-of-restored MGA. I’d roll him cigarettes while he discoursed on the ways of the world, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or learned so much in my life.