RIP Hagrid enjoy the dragons who’ll always protect you
How Did Robbie Coltrane Die? | The Daily Prophet Obituary
The wizarding world mourns the passing of one of its most iconic figures. Robbie Coltrane, the indomitable spirit behind our beloved Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts, Rubeus Hagrid, has passed away at the age of 72.
Born in 1950, Coltrane was a versatile actor, but it was his portrayal of Hagrid in the Harry Potter series that etched him into the heart of every witch, wizard, and Muggle alike. Over a decade, from 2001 to 2011, Coltrane donned the giant-sized coat and wild beard, bringing warmth, wisdom, and unmistakable charm to the gentle giant. His towering presence, both in stature and talent, became synonymous with Hagrid’s character, making it hard to discern where Hagrid ended and Coltrane began.
In the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special that aired earlier in 2022, an emotional Coltrane reflected on his time portraying Hagrid. His words resonated with millions: “The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children, so you could be watching it in 50 years’ time, easy,” he remarked. And then, with a twinkle in his eye and the poignant insight that endeared him to all, he added, “I’ll not be here sadly, but Hagrid will.”
It’s a testament to Robbie Coltrane’s brilliance that Hagrid became not just a character but an enduring emblem of loyalty, kindness, and unconditional love. While Coltrane has bid us goodbye, his sentiment remains accurate – through Hagrid, he has achieved immortality. Generations to come will know the rumble of Hagrid’s laugh, the twinkle in his eye, and the depth of his heart, all crafted masterfully by Robbie Coltrane.
Beyond the magical universe, Coltrane’s legacy spans an illustrious career in film and television. But for many of us, he will forever remain the gentle half-giant who introduced young Harry to the wonders of the magical world and, in doing so, captivated all of our hearts.
The Daily Prophet extends its deepest condolences to Robbie Coltrane’s family, friends, and fans across the world. In his memory, let us raise our wands to the skies and remember: while the man may have departed, legends never truly die. Rest in peace, dear Hagrid. Your magic lives on.