Beloved ‘Harry Potter’ Star Robbie Coltrane Dies After Long Illness

the agent of Robbie ColtraneBelinda Wright, confirmed to TheDailyBeast than the actor died in a hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland. He added to the BBC that Coltrane had been ill for the past two yearsbut No revealed what the disease was.

“For me personally, I will remember him as a permanent loyal customer. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically smart, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, he will be missed,” added Wright. “Respect the privacy of the family of robby at this distressing time.”

In a statement to TheDailyBeast, Daniel Radcliffe called his Harry Potter co-star “one of the people more fun I have known” and recalled how Coltrane “He used to make us laugh constantly when we were kids on set.”

“I have especially fond memories of him keeping spirits up in Prisoner of Azkaban, when we all hid from the pouring rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he would tell stories and joke around to keep morale up,” Radcliffe, who played the main character of the series, added. “I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to meet and work with him and it is very sad that he passed away. He was an amazing actor and a lovely man.”

born as Anthony Robert McMillian in 1950, the prominent role of Coltrane It was on Jimmy McGovern’s series Cracker, in which he played Dr. Edward “Fits” Fitzgerald until 2006.

He won multiple British Academy Television Awards for his role as the crime-solving criminal psychologist.

Coltrane He also participated in two James Bond films, but rose to international fame playing rubeus hagrid, the half-giant half-wizard Hogwarts ranger in the eight-film franchise of Harry Potter.

On the 20th anniversary of the first film in the successful saga, several of the stars of the series recalled the kind behavior of Coltrane in the set. “He was a boy. So immature and just…so funny,” he said. Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, in a 2022 reunion HBO special. “He loved making us laugh, and he was incredibly good at it.”

In his own interview for the special, Coltrane he was moved when describing the impact his character had on his career and how it could affect future generations. “I suspect that the legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children. So you could be seeing it 50 years from now, easy. I won’t be here, sadly, but… But Hagrid will be, yes,” he said. Coltrane while wiping away a tear.

Several other members of the Harry Potter community offered their condolences online. James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley on the series, tweeted that he will miss the “random chats about everything under the sun” with Coltrane.

JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, also tweeted a heartfelt tribute to the actor, calling him “an incredible talent” and saying she was “beyond lucky to meet him, work with him and laugh out loud with him. ” matthew lewiswho played Neville Longbottomtweeted that he and Coltrane shared “a love for the final frontier” and recalled that the actor “didn’t give a shit and always made you smile.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed her condolences on Friday, tweeting that “he had such a range and depth as an actor, from brilliant comedy to gritty drama. I think my favorite role out of all his roles was Fitz in Cracker.”

“Robbie Coltrane, Scottish entertainment legend, you will be sorely missed. RIP,” he added.

Coltrane married sculptor Rhona Gemmell in 1999. The couple separated in 2003 and share two children.