Daniel Radcliffe Beautifully Pays Tribute To Robbie Coltrane

In the wake of Robbie Coltrane's passing, his Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane pays a touching tribute.

By Douglas Helm | Published

Harry Potter fans around the world are mourning after the passing of Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the films. Of course, his fellow Harry Potter actors are among the mourning and have made various statements paying tribute to the man, his talent, and his legacy. In his statement, Daniel Radcliffe said that Robbie Coltrane was “one of the funniest people I’ve met” adding that “He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”

Variety reported Daniel Radcliffe’s statement about Robbie Coltrane and the statements from others involved in the series, including Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, and the controversial author of the series, JK Rowling. You can see Radcliffe’s full statement in Variety’s article. Coltrane’s death at the age of 72 was confirmed by his agency today.

Starring alongside Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the Harry Potter crew as Hagrid is likely what most people will know Robbie Coltrane for, but the Scottish actor has had a long and storied career. Along with appearing in the worldwide phenomenon that was the Harry Potter films, Coltrane had notable roles in another major franchise. Coltrane appears in two James Bond films with Goldeneye and The World is Not Enough.

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Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Fittingly, Robbie Coltrane’s most recent appearance was alongside Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the Harry Potter cast and crew in the HBO Max special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. In an almost prescient way, Coltrane spoke about his legacy and how Hagrid will live on when he spoke about the Harry Potter films in the reunion special. Now more than ever, the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special will be well worth checking out for fans of the films and fans of Coltrane’s portrayal as the gentle half-giant.

Before he appeared alongside Daniel Radcliffe and company on the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, Robbie Coltrane played Orson Welles in episodes of the TV series Urban Myths in 2019 and 2020. Before that, Coltrane starred in the 2016 limited Hulu series National Treasure, which portrayed a comedian (Coltrane) who is accused of sexual abuse. The film won several BAFTAs including Best Mini-Series and Coltrane earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Leading Actor.

Robbie Coltrane slowed down with his acting roles in the last decade, but we still have these fairly recent performances and his iconic roles in the Harry Potter and James Bond films. Along with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane was a consistent presence throughout all of the Harry Potter films. You can line up any of them for a movie night and you’ll be treated to Coltrane’s pitch-perfect performance of the beloved book character.

While Daniel Radcliffe and Robbie Coltrane left the Harry Potter series behind long ago, we’ll be able to see those films time and time again. Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe has moved on to a more eclectic film career, with recent performances in the action comedy The Lost City and the comedic biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

Make sure to check out Robbie Coltrane in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts if you missed it. The reunion special is available to stream on HBO Max. You can see Daniel Radcliffe’s most recent performance in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story on the Roku channel.