Daniel Radcliffe remembers Robbie Coltrane as ‘incredible actor,’ ‘lovely man’ on ‘Harry Potter’
“Harry Potter” co-stars are recollecting Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish entertainer who acquired overall approval as Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” film series. Coltrane passed on Friday at age 72, as indicated by his representative Belinda Wright.
The actor is perhaps known best to “Harry Potter” fans as Hagrid, the good-natured half-giant groundskeeper of Hogwarts and a mentor to Harry as he navigated the wizarding world.
Daniel Radcliffe, the nominal star of the “Harry Potter” series, recollected Coltrane as “perhaps of the most amusing individual I’ve met” as he reviewed recollections of him welcoming happiness on set.
“(He) used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set,” Radcliffe said Friday in a statement to USA TODAY. “I’ve especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,’ when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut.”
“He was making stories and breaking wisecracks to keep resolve up. I feel unquestionably fortunate that I got to meet and work with him and extremely miserable that he’s passed. He was an inconceivable entertainer and a wonderful man,” Radcliffe added.
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More “Harry Potter” stars sent their condolences on social media, including the book saga’s writer, J.K. Rowling.
“I’ll at no point ever realize anybody somewhat like Robbie in the future. He was a mind blowing ability, a total oddball, and I was past lucky to know him, work with him and dismiss my head with him,” Rowling composed on Twitter. “I send my affection and most profound sympathies to his family, over the entirety of his youngsters.”
Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, shares fond memories of working with Coltrane in his upcoming memoir, “Beyond the Wand: The Magic & Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard,” out Tuesday.
“Robbie was consistently quick to advise us that we weren’t there to fix disease,” Felton composes. “We weren’t saving the world. We were basically making a film. We ought to recollect that, not outgrow our boots and attempt to triumph ultimately en route.”
Felton writes highly of Coltrane’s effusive sense of humor and willingness to play along with practical jokes on set.
“That was Robbie through and through,” Felton adds. “He had a cutting sense of humor as an adult, but he was brilliant with the kids, too.”
Felton also tweeted Friday that Coltrane “was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so In real life.”
Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” films, shared she was “heartbroken” by the news on Twitter.
“Hagrid was my favourite character!” she continued. “Robbie portrayed Hagrid’s warmth, sense of home & unconditional love for his students and magical creatures so brilliantly. Thanks for all the laughter. Miss you Robbie. Sending love to your family”
James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley in the film series, remembered his first impression of Coltrane when filming the movies.
“I will miss the arbitrary talks pretty much all subjects under the sun,” Phelps composed on Twitter. “I will always remember in September 2000, Robbie Coltrane approached an exceptionally anxious 14yr old me on my absolute first day on a film set and said ‘appreciate it, you’ll be perfect.’ Thank you for that.”
Coltrane rose to noticeable quality with his job as Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the ITV show series “Wafer,” assisting police with settling violations as a criminal clinician, which procured him three back to back BAFTAs for best entertainer. Different appearances incorporate a Russian kingpin in the James Security thrill rides “GoldenEye” and “The World isn’t Sufficient,” voice work in the energized film “The Story of Despereaux” (close by “Potter” co-star Emma Watson) and jobs in 2004’s “Sea’s Twelve” and the 2016 miniseries “Irreplaceable asset.” Sovereign Elizabeth II designated Coltrane with an OBE in 2006.