‘Harry Potter’ actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson pay tribute to Robbie Coltrane


Stars of the “Harry Potter” universe are paying tribute to Hogwarts’ gentle half-giant resident Robbie Coltrane, who died Friday.

In a statement provided to CNN by a representative, Daniel Radcliffe called Coltrane, 72, who played Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, “one of the funniest people I’ve ever met” and recalled how the actor “kept us with him.” Constantly laughing like children on the set.’

“I have particularly fond memories of keeping our spirits up in ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,’ when we were all hiding from the pouring rain in Hagrid’s hut for hours and he was telling stories and making jokes to keep morale up,” Radcliffe said. , referring to the third film. “I feel incredibly lucky to have met and worked with him and I feel very sad to have lost him. He was an incredible actor and a beautiful man.”

Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the franchise, paid tribute to her colleague’s passing in an Instagram Story on Friday.

“Robbie was the funniest uncle I’ve ever had,” she wrote under a photo of the pair. “His talent was so immense that it only made sense that he played a giant – he could fill ANY space with his brilliance,” he later added. “Robbie, if you ever manage to be as nice to me on a movie set, I promise I’ll do it in your name and in your memory,” Watson continued, adding that Coltrane “made us a family.”

Tom Felton, who famously portrayed Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, also posted a tribute to Coltrane on Instagram, writing on Friday: “One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was the night shooting of the first forbidden film in the forest. I was 12. Robbie around him he looked after and cared for everyone. Effortlessly. And he made them laugh. Effortlessly. He was a gentle giant on screen, but even more so in real life.”

Coltrane also shared fond memories of working with the film’s young stars in a recent HBO Max special, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts.” (CNN and HBO are both part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)

“Watching them grow up was like watching your own children grow up, you know? Because you were protecting them,” he said. “I was always amazed at how fearless they were.”

Radcliffe wasn’t the only “Harry Potter” alum to pay tribute to Coltrane on Friday. It was written by author JK Rowling Twitter: “I will never meet anyone remotely like Robbie again. He was an incredible talent, absolutely, and I was lucky enough to meet him, work with him, and laugh with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, especially his children.”

And Warwick Davis, who played Professor Filius Flitwick and the elf Griphook in the films, remember Coltrane was “always cheerful” and “brought warmth, light and laughter to any group he walked with.”