Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, has died aged 72

Daily mail- Harry Potter and Cracker actor Robbie Coltrane has died aged 72, his agent has said.

Mr. Coltrane played Hagrid in the eight-film series. The actor, formerly known as Athony Robert McMillan, was awarded an OBE and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows in addition to the Harry Potter franchise. Robbie Coltrane’s agent, Belinda Wright, said the 72-year-old Harry Potter star died on Friday.

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 Cracker TV series in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with Sir Michael Gambon.

“He will probably be best remembered for decades as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role that brought joy to children and adults everywhere, prompting a flood of fan letters every week for more than 20 years.

“James Bond fans also write in to applaud his role in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

Shit. Rest in peace Robbie Coltrane who was a fantastic actor in every way but also played Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series. When I read that he was only 72 I was honestly shocked. There are not many details available yet on what happened, but at 72 it must be health related I think. Man.

For those of us who live and breathe Harry Potter, Hagrid is such an important and loving character throughout the series. I’ve said it before, but casting Harry Potter must have been nearly impossible. There are so many fanatics who need the characters to be RIGHT or else it won’t translate to the movies. Robbie Coltrane was the ABSOLUTE perfect man for the job when the books hit the big screen, so much so that we feel like we’ve lost someone close to us personally.

It’s weird to think about death when it comes to celebrities playing your favorite characters, and kinda hard to figure out where the attachment comes from when you’re trying to think logically. I think it makes perfect sense to be upset. This person impacted your life no matter how, and now you feel grief for the version of her that she was to you. It doesn’t matter that we don’t know Robbie personally, we felt his love and protection through Hagrid.

Here are some clips from HBO’s reunion special and some nice words from Robbie about how he won’t always be there, but Hagrid will be.

Andrea G. Henderson