Harry Potter fans pay tribute to Robbie Coltrane on social media

Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane

Following the passing on of Robbie Coltrane on, Friday Harry Potter fans and Coltrane’s co-stars have paid tribute to him on social media.

For the generation who grew up with the films and books, it’s difficult to separate the Scottish actor from his larger-than-life (at least for muggles) portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid, the official keeper of the keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Robbie Coltrane’s career began long before the first Harry Potter film debuted in 2001.

Following the news of his passing on Friday, fans of the show and Coltrane’s co-stars paid tribute to him on social media. Coltrane was the actor who gave the lovable half-giant character life with catchphrases like “Yer a wizard, Harry,” among others.

The actress who played Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, recalled Coltrane for his kindness and the effect he had on her during the production.

He could fill ANY room with his brilliance, therefore it made natural that he portrayed a giant, Watson wrote. “Robbie, I swear I’ll act in your honor and memory if I ever get the opportunity to be as good to someone as you were to me on a movie set. Please know how much I love and respect you. Your sweetness, your pet names, your warmth, your laughter, and your embraces will be sorely missed. You united us as a unit. You were that to us, you know. No Hagrid was better than he was. You made being Hermione enjoyable.”

Tom Felton, whose Draco Malfoy was frequently Harry Potter’s adversary, claimed that Coltrane and Hagrid were more comparable in their compassion for others.

One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12. Robbie cared & looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly,” Felton wrote on Instagram. “And made them laugh. Effortlessly. He was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so In real life. Love you mate – thank you for everything xx.

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