Emma Watson was among several Harry Potter cast members who paid tribute this weekend to her beloved co-star Robbie Coltrane, who died on Friday at the age of 72.
Taking to her Instagram Story, Watson shared a sweet photo of her and Coltrane meeting while filming HBO Max’s Harry Potter reunion special last year. In the fantasy films, Watson played the brilliant young witch Hermione Granger, while Coltrane played the gentle half-giant wizard Rubeus Hagrid.
“Robbie was the funniest uncle I’ve ever had, but most of all he was deeply caring and compassionate towards me, both as a child and as an adult,” wrote Watson, who was 11 when the first Harry Potter film took place the cinemas came out in 2001.
“His talent was so immense that it made sense that he was playing a giant – he could fill ANY room with his brilliance.”
Watson and Coltrane shared several scenes across the eight Harry Potter films – including an emotional sequence in which Hagrid comforts Hermione after Hogwarts bully Draco Malfoy calls her a “dirty little mudblood” (a fictional insult aimed at witches and wizards) named with non-magical parents).
According to Watson’s Instagram post, Coltrane was just as benevolent off-screen as his fan-favorite character was on-screen.
“Robbie, if I’m ever as kind to myself as you were on a movie set, I promise to do it on your behalf and in your memory,” she said.
“You know how much I adore and admire you. I will really miss your sweetness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughter and your hugs. You made us a family. Know that you were that for us.”
Other Harry Potter graduates honoring Coltrane this week included Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.
“Heartbroken to hear Robbie is gone,” Grint wrote on Instagram. “I will never forget the smell of cigars and beard glue – a wonderful combination. Nobody else on this planet could do that [have] played Hagrid, only Robbie. … A man with a huge heart who still looked out for us decades later.”
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and work with him and am deeply saddened that he has passed away,” Radcliffe said in a statement. “He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”
In addition to the Harry Potter films, Coltrane has appeared in other films and TV series such as Cracker, The Comic Strip Presents and Tutti Frutti, as well as in the James Bond episodes Goldeneye and The World. Is not enough.”
“There was no better Hagrid,” Watson wrote on Instagram. “You made it a pleasure to be Hermione.”
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