Lumos! Bearded Rupert Grint turns the Highgate Christmas tree lights

Lumos! Bearded Rupert Grint harks back to his Harry Potter days as he turns the Highgate Christmas tree lights on with his magic wand

Rupert Grint harked back to his Harry Potter days on Wednesday night when he turned the Highgate Christmas tree lights on with his magic wand. 

The iconic actor, 34, was sporting a bushy beard for the outing as he took to an outdoors stage for the magical Christmas moment. 

Sporting a big smile, he delighted Potter fans who gathered round to catch a glimpse of Rupert, who is best known for playing Ron Weasley. 

Lumos! Bearded Rupert Grint harked back to his Harry Potter days as he turned the Highgate Christmas tree lights on with his magic wand on Wednesday

Lumos! Bearded Rupert Grint harked back to his Harry Potter days as he turned the Highgate Christmas tree lights on with his magic wand on Wednesday 

Happy days! Sporting a big smile, he delighted Potter fans who gathered round to catch a glimpse of Rupert, who is best known for playing Ron Weasley

Happy days! Sporting a big smile, he delighted Potter fans who gathered round to catch a glimpse of Rupert, who is best known for playing Ron Weasley

He wore an all-black ensemble, including a padded coat to keep out the warm and a baseball cap.

Lots of fans were pictured taking photos and videos on their phones as they delighted in catching a glimpse of the star. 

Afterward, the choir from New End School, Hampstead sang modern carols outside Barclays Bank as the Christmas tree and lights were illuminated at 2.45pm.

Possible: Rupert (pictured in the role of Ron Weasley in 2007) said: 'It was a huge part of my life and I'm very fond of that character and their stories'

Possible: Rupert (pictured in the role of Ron Weasley in 2007) said: ‘It was a huge part of my life and I’m very fond of that character and their stories’

The outing comes after ‘heartbroken’ Rupert took to Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute to his Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane

The late actor, who portrayed gamekeeper Hagrid in the franchise, passed away at aged 72 on Friday 14 October – with a flurry of tributes now pouring in for the star. 

Rupert mourned the loss of the ‘warm, compassionate and hilarious star’ and said he had still been ‘looking out for him’ decades after starring in the films together. 

He penned: ‘Heartbroken to hear that Robbie is gone. I’ll never forget the smell of cigars and beard glue- a wonderful combination.

Waving his wand: Rupert appeared to really be getting into the spirit of things

Waving his wand: Rupert appeared to really be getting into the spirit of things 

Special times: Afterward, the choir from New End School, Hampstead sang modern carols outside Barclays Bank as the Christmas tree and lights were illuminated at 2.45pm

Special times: Afterward, the choir from New End School, Hampstead sang modern carols outside Barclays Bank as the Christmas tree and lights were illuminated at 2.45pm

‘No one else on this planet could of played Hagrid, only Robbie.

‘Just as Hagrid was in the books and films Robbie was in life- warm, compassionate and hilarious. 

‘A giant hearted man who was still looking out for us even decades later. Sending love to his family. See you on the other side Bobser.’

Other co-stars such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Tom Felton have also rushed to social media to extend their condolences and tributes, while Harry Potter author JK Rowling saluted the actor as ‘a complete one off’.

Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright announced his death on Friday evening, describing the late actor as a ‘unique talent’ as she explained he had died earlier that day.

Devastated: 'Heartbroken' Rupert (left) took to Instagram recently to share a heartfelt tribute to his Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane (second left)

Devastated: ‘Heartbroken’ Rupert (left) took to Instagram recently to share a heartfelt tribute to his Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane (second left)

Tribute: Ron Weasley actor Rupert, 34, mourned the loss of the 'warm, compassionate and hilarious star' and said he had still been 'looking out for him' decades after starring in the films together

Tribute: Ron Weasley actor Rupert, 34, mourned the loss of the ‘warm, compassionate and hilarious star’ and said he had still been ‘looking out for him’ decades after starring in the films together

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