Harry Potter Fans Mourn Loss of Actor Robbie Coltrane

October 14, 2022, 3:21 PM · Harry Potter fans are mourning the loss today of actor Robbie Coltrane, who portrayed Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films and multiple Universal Studios theme park attractions.

Coltrane, 72, passed away in his native Scotland after a long illness.

For Universal, Coltrane appeared on screen in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey as well as providing the vocal narration for Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Coltrane was not able to attend the 2019 opening of the Hagrid coaster in person, but he was on hand for the media debut of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley in June 2014.

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Robbie Coltrane, center, with Domhnall Gleeson and Warwick Davis at the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley in 2014. Photo by Brian Niles

One of the privileges I have enjoyed in bringing you Theme Park Insider is the opportunity to meet some of the people who create the attractions that so many of us love. Having met Robbie during the Diagon Alley press event, I can report that he impressed me as someone just as kind and considerate as the character he played in those eight Harry Potter films.

Actors may pass, but their work endures for so long as we care to pay it attention. With countless Wizarding World fans around the world, I suspect that the work of Robbie Coltrane - along with Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, and Helen McCrory - will be remembered for many lifetimes. Here is Coltrane's final performance as Hagrid, on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

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Replies (3)

October 15, 2022 at 12:08 AM

Cracker was a fantastic show.

October 16, 2022 at 8:11 AM

To us Brits, Robbie was so much more than Hagrid. Easily one Britain's finest actors over the last 40 years. A very sad loss, indeed.

October 16, 2022 at 11:27 AM

After Robbie's passing, I saw the video where he say that people will still be watching Harry Potter movies in 50 years and he said "I won't be around, sadly, but Hagrid will be." Then I saw the kids (well, not kids anymore) from the movie talking about what a good man he was as Robbie, not just as Hagrid. How he protected them and supported them when when off camera. He spent ten years with the cast, and it obviously meant a lot to him (and to all of us).

Hagrid lives on, even though we've lost a fantastic human being.

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