Wands up for everybody’s favorite half-giant, Rubeus Hagrid from Harry Potter fans worldwide.
Scottish actor, Robbie Coltrane who plays the beloved character has passed away at the age of 72 according to his agent. Coltrane has been battling ill health for the past 2 years and died at a hospital near his home in his native Scotland.
The actor was a mainstay through out the Harry Potter films, featuring in every movie from 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 in 2011. He also featured in two James Bond films, 1995’s “GoldenEye” and 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough,” and crime comedy thriller, Oceans Twelve.
Born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, he adopted the stage name Coltrane in his early 20s as a tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.
He was also made an OBE in 2006.
“He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, a role which brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world prompting a stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years,” his agent, Belinda Wright told Variety. “For me, personally, I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty, and after 40 years of being proud to be to called his Agent, I shall miss him.”