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Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane's heartbreaking message about legacy of playing Hagrid

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane's heartbreaking message about legacy of playing Hagrid

The actor, who was best known for playing Hagrid in Harry Potter, sadly passed away today aged 72

Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane once left fans in tears as he spoke about the legacy the movies had created.

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The Scottish star, who sadly passed away today aged 72, played Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise and earned himself an army of fans over the years. 

Coltrane appeared alongside numerous other cast members for HBO’s Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts reunion show earlier this year. 

On the show, he opened up about the legacy of the franchise and how they’ll still be shown to future generations. 

He said: "It's the end of an era. Ten years of my life. My children have grown up during it.”

Appearing to become emotional, he added: "The legacy of the movies is that my children's generation will show them to their children... So you could be watching it in 50 years time, easily. I'll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will, yes."

Robbie Coltrane passed away today at the age of 72.
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Posting on Twitter at the time the reunion show aired, one fan wrote: "I sobbed. Hagrid’s always been a favourite of mine. Robbie Coltrane did such a beautiful job with his character."

Another said: "Anyone else find the Harry Potter thing quite moving? I love Robbie Coltrane. So many great actors have been part of it.”

While a third commented: “Emotional Robbie Coltrane is not something I can mentally deal with right now."

The Hagrid actor passed away earlier this evening, his agent Belinda Wright confirmed. 

In a statement, she said: “My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday October 14.

"Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of Records’ Award for winning three consecutive Best Actor Baftas for his portrayal of Fitz in Granada TV’s series Cracker in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with Sir Michael Gambon.

“He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role which brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world, prompting a stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years.

Fans have been sending in tributes to the late actor.
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“James Bond fans write too to applaud his role in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

“For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him.

“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.

“Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.”

Featured Image Credit: HBO Max

Topics: Harry Potter