This is a sad message for fans of Harry Potter stories. The actor who played the friend of the main character — Rubeus Hagrid in the films about the boy wizard has died.
Robbie Coltrane was 72 years old, and in recent years he was literally confined to a wheelchair. The famous actor suffered from osteoarthritis, which caused severe pain in his legs.
In this disease, joints are particularly affected. Three years ago, Robbie couldn’t walk on his own at all. The actor even had to decide to replace one of his kneecaps. Doctors recommended he lose weight urgently in order to reduce the load on his sore joints. What exactly caused the death is still unknown.
Anthony Robert McMillan, that’s actually the name of Robbie Coltrane, has two children left from his marriage to actress Rhona Gemmell.
The performer of the role of Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, called his colleague in all eight series of Potteriana a cheerful cheerful person who helped young artists to open up on the set.
“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and made us laugh all the time… I have particularly fond memories of his support during the filming of Prisoner of Azkaban when we all spent hours hiding from the pouring rain in Hagrid’s hut, and he told stories and joked to keep up morale. I was incredibly lucky to have met and worked with him, and it’s very sad that he left. He was an incredible actor and a wonderful person.”,
— quotes Radcliffe edition of Variety.
Other actors who starred with him in Harry Potter films and other projects also said kind words to Robbie. Everyone notes his talent and incredibly friendly easy character.