The Muggle world wept when it was announced that the actor behind Hogwarts’ beloved gamekeeper, Robbie Coltrane, had passed away last Friday.
Coltrane’s passing away broke the hearts of many, prompting people to post tributes.
The cast of the Harry Potter films joined the world in paying tribute to Coltrane on social media.
The author of the Harry Potter books shared a heartfelt message on Twitter: “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.”
Daniel Radcliffe, who has become synonymous with his Harry Potter character, described Coltrane as one of the funniest people he has ever met.
According to the actor, Coltrane had a personality that couldn’t stop making the young cast members laugh on set.
“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.”
The Harry Potter heroine took to social media to honor Robbie Coltrane and shared a photo of them on Instagram.
“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.”
Although Tom Felton played Harry Potterrival Draco Malfoy, the actor maintains close ties with several of his co-stars, including Coltrane.
He also posted on Instagram and wrote:
“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.”
Warwick Davis, who also played the roles of Professor Filius Flitwick and the Griphook in the movies, described the late Robbie Coltrane as always “jovial.”
He also said that Coltrane “brought warmth, light and laughter to any set he walked on to.”
Earlier this year, HBO Max released a special called Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, which would mark Robbie Coltrane’s final appearance in any medium.
During the reunion special, he shared happy memories with the young stars.
“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.”
Robbie Coltrane also said something that will resonate with millennials for years.
“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.”