Fans and co-stars mourn loss of beloved ‘Hagrid’

Bella Lee, Staff writer

The “Harry Potter” world has been deeply affected by deaths over the past several years.

From Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon Dursley) in 2013 to Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) in 2016 to Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) in 2021, actors and actresses of major characters in this massive series have been lost.

The latest blow, however, came on Friday, Oct. 14, when it was announced that Robbie Coltrane, known as beloved groundskeeper and Care of Magical Creatures professor Rubeus Hagrid, died at the age of 72.

Born Anthony Robert Mc- Millan, he chose the surname of Coltrane for his stage name in honor of his favorite jazz musician, John Coltrane.

Prior to the “Harry Potter” series, Coltrane gained recognition as Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the TV series “Crack- er” and as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films “GoldenEye” and “The World is Not Enough.” However, it was in 2001 when he first portrayed Hagrid in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” that he gained worldwide recognition.

It was announced that Coltrane died of multiple organ failure complicated by sepsis, a lower respiratory tract infection, and heart block.

He had also been diagnosed with obesity and Type 2 diabetes. He had been ill for two years prior to his death.

His last appearance in the media was in the 20th Anniversary: “Return to Hogwarts” special that was released earlier this year.

His statement about “Harry Potter” and his beloved character was made a lot more impactful following the news about his death.

“The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their chil- dren. So you could be watching it in 50 years’ time, easy. I’ll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will, yes,” Coltrane said.

Tributes poured in from all over with the news of Coltrane’s death, but none hit

harder than the ones that came from his fellow “Harry Potter” costars.

“Robbie was like the most fun uncle I ever had but most of all he was deeply caring, and compassionate towards me as a child and an adult,” Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) said. “His talent was so im- mense it made sense he played a giant—he could fill any space with his brilliance. There was no better Hagrid. You made it a joy to be Hermione.”

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) remembered his time with Coltrane fondly as well.

“One of my fondest mem- ories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12. Robbie cared and looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly. And made them laugh. Effortlessly,” Felton said.

“Robbie was one of the fun- niest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set,” Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) said. “I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him… He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”

Coltrane gave a heartfelt performance as the most loved half-giant for ten years, and his presence will be deeply missed. There’s no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid.