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16th Oct 2022

Emma Watson pens heartfelt tribute to Robbie Coltrane

Charlie Herbert

She described the late actor as ‘deeply caring’ and ‘compassionate’

Emma Watson has taken to social media to share a touching tribute to her Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane.

On Friday, Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright confirmed his passing, saying that he had died in hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland.

Coltrane was best known for playing the iconic role of half-giant, half-human gamekeeper and Keeper of the Keys Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

He appeared alongside Watson in all eight of the films over the course of a decade.

Taking to Instagram, Watson paid her respects to the late actor.

She wrote: “Robbie was like the most fun uncle I’ve ever had but most of all he was deeply caring, and compassionate towards me as a child and an adult.

“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 name and memory. Know how much I adore and admire you.

“I’ll really miss your sweetness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughs, and your hugs. You made us a family. Know you were that to us.

“There was no better Hagrid. You made it a joy to be Hermione.”

Many from across the world of television and film also paid tribute to the late actor, who was also known for his roles in Cracker and the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

Stephen Fry said he was in “awe/terror/lovestruck all at the same time” after meeting Coltrane who had such “depth, power, and talent” and was funny enough to “cause helpless hiccups and honking”.

Meanwhile, Hugh Laurie said: “I used to ride with Robbie Coltrane between Manchester and London in his sort-of-restored MGA.

“I’d roll him cigarettes while he discoursed on the ways of the world, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or learned so much in my life.”

And fans have been sharing an emotional clip of Coltrane discussing the legacy his role as Hagrid will leave, and how the character will outlive him.