Emma Watson wrote a sweet post in memory of Robbie Coltrane, who died last year.
The actor, who was known for playing the giant Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movie series, died on Oct. 14, his agent Belinda Wright told TODAY in a statement. He was 72.
Watson, who was known for playing Hermione Granger, posted a picture of the two of them from their “Harry Potter” reunion on HBO Max in January.
“Robbie was like the most fun uncle I’ve ever had, but what I liked most about him was that he cared a lot. “They were kind to me as a child and as an adult,” Watson said on her Instagram story. “His talent was so big that it made sense that he played a giant. His brilliance could fill ANY space.”
“Robbie, if I ever get the chance to be as nice to someone on a movie set as you were to me, I promise I’ll do it in your name and memory,” she said. “You should know how much I love and respect you. I’ll really miss your kindness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughs, and your hugs. You brought us all together. Know that we thought that of you.”
“There was no better Hagrid,” she said in the end. It was fun to be Hermione because of you.”
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Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, also posted a picture of himself with Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane, and Emma Watson.
“One of my favourite memories of making the first Harry Potter movie was a night shoot in the forbidden forest. “I was 12 years old,” Felton said on Instagram. “Robbie cared about everyone around him and looked out for them. Effortlessly. And they laughed. Effortlessly. He was a big, friendly giant on TV, but he was even nicer in person. Love you, mate, and thanks for everything xx.”
This clip of Robbie Coltrane in the Harry Potter reunion was really impactful. Even more, now. ❤️pic.twitter.com/JwhCNq1Gec
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) October 14, 2022
Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, also released a statement. He said that Coltrane was “one of the funniest people I’ve ever met” and that he always made the kids on the set laugh.
“On ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,’ when we were all hiding from the pouring rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut, he kept our spirits up by telling stories and making jokes,” Radcliffe said in a statement to TODAY. “I feel so lucky to have met and worked with him, and I’m very sad that he’s gone. He was a great actor and a nice person.
In the wake of Coltrane’s death, a video of him talking about his time as Hagrid has been shared on social media.
In a clip from the HBO Max special, the Scottish actor said, “The movies will live on because my kids will show them to their kids.” He said, “So you could be watching in 50 years.” “I’m sorry, but I won’t be here, but Hagrid will be.”
Coltrane’s agent says that every week for more than 20 years, fans have written to him about his role as Hagrid.
Coltrane’s two children, Spencer and Alice, as well as their mother, Rhona Gemmell, and his sister, Annie Rae, are still alive.
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