An actor, best known for his role in “Harry Potter,” has died.
Robbie Coltrane, who played Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movie series based on J.K. Rowling’s books, died at the age of 72, his agency WME told The Hollywood Reporter.
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Coltrane was a Scottish-born actor who got his start in comedy and theater, acting in two James Bond films as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in “GoldenEye” and “The World Is Not Enough.”
His filmography also includes “Cracker,” “Nuns on the Run,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Mona Lisa.”
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He defended Rowling when she was accused of being anti-trans on Twitter:
“I don’t think what she said was offensive really,” Coltrane told Radio Times in 2020. “I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they? That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, ‘Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight and carry on.’”
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Last year, Coltrane took a look back at the legacy of “Harry Potter” and the ongoing impact for HBO Max’s “Return to Hogwarts” 20th anniversary special.
“The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children,” he reminisced with tears in his eyes. “So you could be watching it in 50 years’ time, easy. I’ll not be here, sadly, but… Hagrid will, yes.”
Tributes poured in online:
Very sad news. He had such range and depth as an actor, from brilliant comedy to hard-edged drama. I think my favourite of all his roles was Fitz in Cracker.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 14, 2022
Robbie Coltrane, Scottish entertainment legend – you will be hugely missed. RIP https://t.co/z9OCf4c83p
Very sorry to hear Robbie Coltrane has died. We shared a dressing room once and he had the biggest pants I have ever seen, which he wore with tremendous flair. We were friends from then on. pic.twitter.com/b1Wr5wUuz9— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) October 14, 2022
Robbie Coltrane, famously known as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, has died at 72 pic.twitter.com/p3dlagqphD— Fandom (@getFANDOM) October 14, 2022
RIP Robbie Coltrane 🕊— Chicks in the Office (@ChicksInTheOff) October 14, 2022
“What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet when it does.” – Hagrid pic.twitter.com/Q3qSXR4qLT
“You can be watching (the Harry Potter moveis) in 50 years time. I won’t be here sadly, but Hagrid will.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) October 14, 2022
Listening to Robbie Coltrane, you wonder where he ended and Hagrid began, seemed like the genuine article. pic.twitter.com/5rM0E4dj9E
“There’s no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid” – R.I.P. Robbie Coltrane 😭 x pic.twitter.com/tkbsrS1uim— Steven Bonaventure x (@absolutegazelle) October 14, 2022
RIP Robbie Coltrane, the best Hagrid we could have ever asked for pic.twitter.com/eS5c382eFu— Daily Harry Potter (@TheDailyHPotter) October 14, 2022
This is a developing story.