His Hagrid. Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute Robbie Coltranehe’s late Harry Potter costar who died on Tuesday, October 14, at the age of 72.
“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and was constantly making us laugh like kids on set,” Weird: The Al Yankovic Story the actor, 33, said in a statement the same day. “I especially have fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’, when we were all sheltering from the pouring rain in Hagrid’s hut for hours, and he told stories and cracked jokes to keep morale up. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to meet and work with him and very sad that he has passed. He was an amazing actor and a wonderful man.”
JK Rowlingthe author of the book Harry Potter book, also paid tribute to the Scottish actor via social media on Tuesday.
“I will never know anyone like Robbie again,” she shared on Twitter, alongside a photo of herself holding the late star’s hand. “He was an incredible talent, a total prodigy, and I was very lucky to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, especially his children.”
Coltrane’s representative confirmed his death in a statement to Us Weekly on Tuesday. “We can confirm that Robbie Coltrane has died,” the rep said. “He is survived by his sister Annie Raehis children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell.”
The Crackers star, who played the beloved Hagrid in all eight Harry Potter movies, which recently looked at the character’s legacy — and how it will live on even after his death.
“I think it’s the end of an era,” he said in January Back to Hogwarts especially about the movies, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first movie. “My kids grew up during that, of course. The legacy of the movies is that my kids’ generation will show them to their kids, so you’ll be able to watch them in 50 years, easy. I won’t be here, unfortunately, but Hagrid will.”
Radcliffe, for his part, got emotional during the reunion special.
“The crew on these films was incredible. There are people in these films who are the foundation of who I am.” The woman in black the star shared at the time, misty-eyed. “As a person and as an actor, I feel lucky to be where I am and to have the life that I have and to be able to work with the people that I work with now, but none of that would be possible without this.”