Harry Potter’s Hagrid, Dies at 72

The baby-faced comedian and character actor Robbie Coltrane has passed away. Among his many roles were the kind-hearted half-giant Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” films and a psychologist who solves crimes on the TV show “Cracker.” He was 72.

Coltrane passed away on Friday in a hospital in his native Scotland, according to his agent Belinda Wright, who did not immediately provide any information. She praised him in a number of ways, calling him “forensically clever” and “brilliantly humorous” among others.

Actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Harry Potter's Hagrid, dies at age 72
Actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Harry Potter’s Hagrid, dies at the age of 72

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who decades ago had said Coltrane was her first choice to play Hagrid, tweeted Friday that he was “an incredible talent, a complete one off.”

“I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him,” she wrote.

Hagrid Dies
Hagrid was one of the most loved characters in Harry Potter

When he made his breakthrough as a tough detective in “Cracker,” the 1990s TV series for which he won best actor at the British Academy Television Awards three times, he already had a distinguished screen career, with credits that included “Mona Lisa,” “Nuns on the Run,” and Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of “Henry V.”

He went on to appear in all eight “Harry Potter” movie as the young wizard’s mentor and had a wide variety of other parts, including a Russian crime boss in the James Bond thrillers “GoldenEye” and “The World is Not Enough” and Pip’s guardian Mr. Jaggers in a 2012 adaptation of Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”

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