Tom Felton pays tribute to Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane following his death aged 72

‘He was a big friendly giant and looked after everyone’: Tom Felton pays tribute to the late Robbie Coltrane as he shares throwback snap with Harry Potter co-star after his death aged 72

Tom Felton has paid tribute to his late Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane, following his death on Friday aged 72.

The Draco Malfoy actor, 35, reflected on a night shoot with the ‘big friendly giant’, who ‘looked after everyone around him’ and ‘made them laugh’.

Reminiscing on the franchise’s first installment, 2001’s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, he shared a throwback group shot with Robbie, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson to Instagram.

'He was a big friendly giant and looked after everyone': Tom Felton has paid tribute to his late Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane following his death aged 72 on Friday

‘He was a big friendly giant and looked after everyone’: Tom Felton has paid tribute to his late Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane following his death aged 72 on Friday

Emotional: Tom wrote on Instagram: 'One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12'

Emotional: Tom wrote on Instagram: ‘One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12’

Tom wrote in his caption: ‘One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12.

‘Robbie cared & looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly. And made them laugh. Effortlessly.

‘He was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so In real life. Love you mate – thank you for everything xx.’

Elsewhere, in a heartfelt statement JK Rowling accompanied with a touching image of the pair together, Rowling described the late Scottish actor as ‘a complete one off’ as she saluted his performance as gamekeeper Hagrid.

Talented: Robbie played Hagrid, the Hogwarts Gamekeeper, in all eight of the Harry Potter films and was the first to be cast in the movies after JK Rowling personally picked him out

Talented: Robbie played Hagrid, the Hogwarts Gamekeeper, in all eight of the Harry Potter films and was the first to be cast in the movies after JK Rowling personally picked him out

‘I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again,’ she said in a tribute on Twitter.

‘He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him.

‘I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children.’ 

Robbie’s co-star and lead actor in the movie series, Daniel Radcliffe, also paid tribute, praising him for how he managed to keep the youg actors constantly laughing on set.

He shared his fond memories in a statement, saying: ‘Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set. 

Old pals: In a heartfelt statement, accompanied with a touching image of the pair together, JK Rowling described Robbie Coltrane as 'a complete one off'

Old pals: In a heartfelt statement, accompanied with a touching image of the pair together, JK Rowling described Robbie Coltrane as ‘a complete one off’

Tragic: The Harry Potter author said she would 'never know anyone remotely like Robbie again'

Tragic: The Harry Potter author said she would ‘never know anyone remotely like Robbie again’

‘I’ve especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up.

‘I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.’ 

This was followed by fellow star Emma Watson, who played Hermione Grainger in the adored films.

In a moving Instagram post, she recalled his ‘warmth’, his ‘laughs’ and his ‘hugs’.

‘Rest In Peace, Robbie Coltrane,’ she said. ‘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.

Throwback: Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, also paid tribute to his co-star Coltrane, remembering him as 'one of the funniest people' and an 'incredible actor'

Throwback: Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, also paid tribute to his co-star Coltrane, remembering him as ‘one of the funniest people’ and an ‘incredible actor’

Teary-eyed: Emma Watson, who played Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter films, gave an emotional tribute to the late actor

Teary-eyed: Emma Watson, who played Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter films, gave an emotional tribute to the late actor

Awful: Robbie died at the age of 72, his agent has announced, and is survived by his wife, sister and two children

Awful: Robbie died at the age of 72, his agent has announced, and is survived by his wife, sister and two children

‘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.’ 

Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright had announced his death this evening, describing the late actor as a ‘unique talent’ and said the 72-year-old Harry Potter star died on Friday.

She added: ‘Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.’

Coltrane was rumoured to have had serious health issues earlier this year after he was forced to pull out of London’s Comic Con in June due to medical reasons. 

Gang: Coltrane (left) pictured alongside his Harry Potter co-stars (L-R) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman (behind)

Gang: Coltrane (left) pictured alongside his Harry Potter co-stars (L-R) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman (behind)

In a statement, she said: ‘My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday October 14. Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of Records’ Award for winning three consecutive Best Actor Baftas for his portrayal of Fitz in Granada TV’s series Cracker in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with Sir Michael Gambon.

‘He will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, a role which brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world, prompting a stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years.

‘James Bond fans write too to applaud his role in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

‘For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly 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 shall miss him.

‘He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.’

Deserving: Coltrane was awarded an OBE for services to drama in the 2006 list of honours (pictured after receiving the OBE)

Deserving: Coltrane was awarded an OBE for services to drama in the 2006 list of honours (pictured after receiving the OBE)

The Scottish star, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, was best known for playing the beloved Hogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid and starring as criminal psychologist Dr Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald in the ITV drama. 

He leaves behind his wife Rhona Gemmell, sister Annie Rae and his children Spencer and Alice.

Coltrane was one of the UK’s most-loved comedians before turning to acting and landing his big break playing Fitz in ITV’s drama series Cracker.

He was awarded an OBE for services to drama in the 2006 list of honours.

Back in the day: Coltrane pictured while starring in The Pope Must Die - one of many films for which he received high praise

Back in the day: Coltrane pictured while starring in The Pope Must Die – one of many films for which he received high praise

Tributes have begun to flood in to the star, from members of the Harry Potter cast and from all of the acting world.

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films alongside Coltrane, said: ‘Robbie. Bobser. He called me Space Boy. We shared a love of the final frontier.

‘He didn’t give a f*** and it always made you smile. ‘A giant, in more ways than one. We had some times x’.

And Oliver Phelps, who starred alongside Robbie Coltrane as George Weasley in the Harry Potter films, paid tribute to the actor following his death.

‘Over the years we had some great chats about history and travel. Rest in peace Robbie x’. 

Bonnie Wright, who played George’s sister Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the news of Robbie Coltrane’s death.

‘Thanks for all the laughter. Miss you Robbie. Sending love to your family.’

Paying respects: Matthew Lewis (pictured), who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films alongside Coltrane paid tribute

Paying respects: Matthew Lewis (pictured), who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films alongside Coltrane paid tribute

Sad: Oliver Phelps (left), who starred alongside Robbie Coltrane as George Weasley with his brother Jamie Phelps, in the Harry Potter films, paid tribute to the actor

Sad: Oliver Phelps (left), who starred alongside Robbie Coltrane as George Weasley with his brother Jamie Phelps, in the Harry Potter films, paid tribute to the actor

Meanwhile, Tom Felton, who played the nemesis of Harry Potter – Draco Malfoy, also recalled fond memories with Coltrane.

Along with a sweet photograph of the pair alongside a young Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, he said: ‘One of my fondest memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot on the first film in the forbidden forest. I was 12. 

‘Robbie cared & looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly. And made them laugh. Effortlessly. He was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so In real life. Love you mate – thank you for everything’ 

Warwick Davis, who starred alongside Coltrane as Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter films, paid tribute to the ‘always jovial’ actor who has died aged 72.

‘I was saddened to learn that fellow #HarryPotter cast member, Robbie Coltrane died today, Davis wrote.

‘Always jovial, he brought warmth, light and laughter to any set he walked on to. RIP Robbie, Beloved Giant of comedy.x’.

The official Twitter account for James Bond also paid tribute to the late actor who starred as Valentin Zukovsky in Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

The Tweet, attributed to James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said: ‘Robbie Coltrane’s passing is a trafic loss to the world. He was an exceptional actor whose talent knew no bounds. 

‘He was beloved to Bond audiences as Valentin Zukovsky in GOLDENEYE and THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH as well as to millions who saw him in his multitude of roles.

‘We shall miss him as a dear friend. Rest in peace Robbie.’ 

Fans: Tributes from the acting would have poured in as they remember the late Robbie Coltrane

Fans: Tributes from the acting would have poured in as they remember the late Robbie Coltrane

Meanwhile Stephen Fry, who starred with Coltrane in the comedy series Alfresco, said on Twitter: I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago. I was awe/terror/love struck all at the same time.

‘Such depth, power & talent: funny enough to cause helpless hiccups & honking as we made our first TV show, ‘Alfresco’.

‘Farewell, old fellow. You’ll be so dreadfully missed.’

Tony Robinson, who starred alongside Coltrane in British sitcom Blackadder, has paid tribute to the actor following his death. Coltrane appeared on Blackadder the Third.

‘Robbie! You were such a sweet man and so talented as a comic and as a straight actor,’ Robinson wrote on Twitter.

‘Dictionary was my favourite episode of the Adder ever and it was all down to you mate. Rest well.’

Icon: Coltrane leaves behind an incredible legacy behind as actors from across the industry paid tribute

Icon: Coltrane leaves behind an incredible legacy behind as actors from across the industry paid tribute

Fellow Blackadder star Hugh Laurie has recalled memories of his time with Robbie Coltrane following his death aged 72.

‘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.’

Meanwhile actor Robert Lindsay said: ‘Now I’m in shock at the death of my dear pal Robbie Coltrane We shared a Hollywood journey that will live with me forever. Another great star to light the heavens.’

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘Very sad news. He had such range and depth as an actor, from brilliant comedy to hard-edged drama.

‘I think my favourite of all his roles was Fitz in Cracker. Robbie Coltrane, Scottish entertainment legend – you will be hugely missed. RIP.’

Comedian Reverend Richard Coles added: ‘Very sorry to hear Robbie Coltrane has died.

‘We shared a dressing room once and he had the biggest pants I have ever seen, which he wore with tremendous flair. We were friends from then on.’

Comedian Jack Dee tweeted: ‘The brilliant, delightful and ridiculously funny Robbie Coltrane has left us. What a fab actor and man he was. Love to his family. RIP Robbie.’

Meanwhile the official Twitter account for the Harry Potter films said the team was ‘hugely saddened’ by the news of Robbie Coltrane’s death aged 72.

‘He was a wonderful actor, a friend to all and he will be deeply missed.’

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