JK Rowling: “Robbie Coltrane was complete” | Entertainment

JK Rowling has hailed the late Robbie Coltrane as a “complete” and thanked him for making her laugh.

The ‘Harry Potter’ writer has paid tribute to those involved in the film franchise following the death of the actor, who played beloved Hogwarts guardian Hagrid, on Friday (14.10.22) at the age of 72.

She tweeted about half an hour after news of his death was announced: “I will never know someone like Robbie from a distance again. He was an amazing talent, a complete, and I got more lucky to know him , to work with him and to laugh with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, especially his children.

‘Harry Potter’ actor Daniel Radcliffe added that Robbie “used to make us laugh constantly” on the set of the wizarding movies in his tribute.

He said in a statement to Variety: “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and constantly made us laugh when we were kids on set.

“I have very fond memories of him keeping my spirits up on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’, when we would all hide from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he would tell stories and crack jokes for keep morale.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to meet and work with him and very sad that he passed away,” Radcliffe added. “He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”

Fred Weasley actor James Phelps recalled Robbie Coltrane’s kindness to the Potter films, saying on Twitter: “I’ll never forget September 2000 Robbie Coltrane came to a very nervous 14 year old me during from my first day on a movie set and said “Enjoy it, you’ll be awesome” Thanks for that x.

Among the other cast members paying tribute was Line of Duty’s Daniel Mays, who tweeted: “Incredibly sad to hear about the great Robbie Coltrane. Knockout in so many performances, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘National Treasure’, but it’s Fitz in the TV classic ‘Cracker’ that stands out for me.

“No one else could have played this role like he did. Lead acting at his best.

Robbie’s old friend and former co-star Stephen Fry tweeted: “I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago. I was amazed/frightened/in love at the same time.

“Such depth, power and talent: funny enough to cause helpless gasps and honks as we did our first TV show, ‘Alfresco’.

“Farewell, old man. We will miss you terribly.

The First Minister of Scotland has called Glasgow Robbie an “entertainment legend”.

She praised his “range and depth” as an actor, “from brilliant comedy to gritty drama”, adding that her favorite was also his role as the alcoholic, rage-fueled, chain-smoking “Cracker”.

Ms Sturgeon added: ‘Robbie Coltrane, Scottish entertainment legend – you will be sorely missed.

Tributes have been pouring in since Robbie’s agent, Belinda Wright, announced on Friday: “My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday October 14th… for me personally, I will remember him as a loyal client.

“As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I will miss him.”

She added that he is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell, a sculptor whom Robbie married in 1999 and divorced four years later.


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