“It made sense he played a giant”: Emma Watson Pays Tribute to Hagrid Actor Robbie Coltrane Despite Ideological Differences With Harry Potter Star

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Emma Watson joins the cartel of Harry Potter stars who poured in their love after the widely famous Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane passed away. The movies, inspired by the J.K. Rowling book series, garnered immense love and popularity worldwide. And soon after the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the franchise and the actors helming the iconic roles never had to look back. Robbie Coltrane’s loss is undoubtedly a painful feeling for all the Potterheads out there.

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Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid

The way the Hermione Granger actress wrote about her on-set experience with Coltrane, fans once again realized how good of a human being Emma Watson is. She didn’t let the ideological differences stop her from giving the respect the late actor deserves.

Emma Watson pens a long message for Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane got widespread acclaim for his role as Rubeus Hagrid, the half-giant and half human and the gamekeeper at Hogwarts. Besides he was also famous for his role as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond movies. After his sudden demise at the age of 72 a few days ago, the internet was filled with numerous mourning fans as well as celebrities.

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Emma Watson

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Emma Watson also took to her Instagram account to describe her fond memories with the GoldenEye actor. Take a look at it:

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The message penned by Emma Watson

The Beauty and the Beast actress wrote that Robbie Coltrane was one of the “most fun” elders she ever got. She continued to praise him by saying that he was extremely compassionate towards her and was so talented that the role given to him fit him.


“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 that it made sense he played a giant — he could fill ANY space with his brilliance.” 

Adding more to her statement, Watson wrote:

“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 Hermoine.”

It is undoubtedly a universal statement that Hagrid was an integral part of the Wizarding World and even that feeling of his being gone will continue to hurt a part of all the fans out there. But it is also true that previously some comments by Robbie Coltraine created some major ideological differences between him and the Little Women star.

Also Read: “She’s such a male pandering clown”: Feminist Fans Turn Their Back on Emma Watson for Blasting JK Rowling But Staying Silent on Ezra Miller’s Insane Shenanigans


Robbie Coltrane defended J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has an immense contribution both in the world of literature as well as pop culture. The vast world of Harry Potter is no less than a magical creation still it can’t be denied that some of the comments by the author can’t be accepted in the present times. When Rowling presented some of her anti-trans views, she faced an immediate backlash from everywhere ranging from fans to the stars.

Also Read: “This is cult-like behavior”: Harry Potter Fans Slam Trans Activists for Celebrating Robbie Coltrane’s Death Because He Supported J.K. Rowling

The actors and actresses from her own Harry Potter franchise came forward to prove her views wrong. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson took to the Internet to prove their support for the Trans community. The tweet by Emma Watson reads:


But among this crowd, Robbie Coltrane was among the few who actually stood for J.K. Rowling. While speaking to Radio Times, the actor said that he doesn’t want to get involved in the brawl due to all the hate but he didn’t find anything offensive in what she said.

“I don’t think what she said was offensive, really. I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they? That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight, and carry on. I don’t want to get involved in all of that because of all the hate mail and all that sh*t, which I don’t need at my time of life.” 

Despite their differences in reacting to Rowling’s comments, Emma Watson didn’t refrain from the bare minimum she could do for our beloved Hagrid. It also presents a lesson to some merciless fans who link these comments with the unfortunate demise of Robbie Coltrane and continue to bash him.


The present absence of Robbie Coltrane is also a reminder to a section of fans that slowly they are leaving behind some beautiful pieces of their childhood.

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Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.