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The Muggle world mourned when it was announced that Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane died last Friday.
Coltrane’s death broke the hearts of many, especially millennials, and prompted people to pay homage.
Several of the cast members of the Harry Potter films joined the world in paying tribute to Coltrane on social media.
When news emerged of Coltrane passing away, the Harry Potter author shared a heartfelt message on Twitter, writing:
“I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again.”
“He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him.”
“I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children.”
Warwick Davis, who also doubled as Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the movies, described his co-star as someone who was always “jovial.”
Davis also said Coltrane “brought warmth, light and laughter to any set he walked on to.”
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe described Coltrane as one of the funniest people he has ever met.
Radcliffe said Coltrane would constantly make the young cast members laugh on set in the early movies.
“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 and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up,” said Radcliffe.
“I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”
In pure Hermione Granger fashion, Emma Watson posted a lengthy, heartfelt message on Instagram with a photo of herself with Coltrane.
“Robbie was the most fun uncle I’ve ever had,” she wrote.
“His talent was so immense it made sense he played a giant – he could fill ANY space with his brilliance.
“Robbie, if I ever get to be so kind as you were to me on a film set I promise I’ll do it in your memory.”
While Tom Felton played the antagonistic Draco Malfoy, he maintained a close bond with his co-stars.
Felton recalled a moment they filmed the first movie, paying tribute to the late Robbie Coltrane on Instagram.
“One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12.”
“Robbie cared & looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly. And made them laugh. Effortlessly.”
“He was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so in real life.”
HBO Max released a Harry Potter special to commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary titled “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.”
The reunion was Robbie Coltrane’s last appearance in any entertainment media.
During the reunion special, he recalled some happy memories with the young stars, like an uncle.
“Watching them grow up was kind of like watching your own kids growing up, you know? Because you were sort of protecting them,” he said.
“I was always astonished at how fearless they were.”
Millennials won’t soon forget one of Coltrane’s words in the reunion, which many will hold close to their hearts upon rewatching.
“The legacy of these movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children,” said Coltrane.
“So, you could be watching them in 50 years’ time, easy. I’ll not be here sadly… But Hagrid will.”