Why Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid Never Got The Recognition He Deserved Despite Being The SWEETEST Character Ever In The Harry Potter Movies

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News about the unfortunate passing of Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane shocked fans all across the world. He played the iconic role of Rubeus Hagrid, the 8-feet tall giant who became Harry Potter’s mentor and friend.

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Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter

For years, his famous line, “You’re a wizard, Harry!” has become a reminder to all fans of Hagrid’s love and support for the young wizard. Aside from Harry Potter, the Scottish actor is also known for his roles in Cracker, GoldenEye, and James Bond. His departure at the age of 72 is truly heartbreaking, but the actor has always struggled throughout his life and career.

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Hagrid Is The Most Underappreciated Character In Harry Potter

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Robbie Coltrane in Harry Potter movies

While Hagrid is one of the warmest and most lovable characters in J.K. Rowling’s popular franchise, the gentle giant never got the recognition he deserves. Many would agree that he is an underrated character, and his role’s significance mainly relies on being a father figure to Harry.

Ask someone who their favorite character is from the Harry Potter movies or books, and quite rarely, someone would say Rubeus Hagrid. In a Reddit forum, a fan said, “Harry outgrows Hagrid, and probably many readers do, graduating to other father figures: Lupin, Sirius, Dumbledore.” Hagrid is the first friend of Harry, and as the story progressed, the young wizard met new interesting characters who have more significant roles.

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Some fans would also attribute it to Hagrid’s naivety – the character has the mentality of a child. While it’s fun to play pretend and have our own magical world, it gets tiring in the long run. Many fans also find him annoying at times. A Redditor pointed out, “He is ‘innocent’ and naive in a very annoying way, especially to be in his 60s.

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Rubeus Hagrid with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger

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Robbie Coltrane Did A Fantastic Job As Rubeus Hagrid

Rubeus Hagrid has always meant to be a supporting character who would shape Harry Potter’s journey in Hogwarts. His sweetness and compassion appealed to so many children all over the world, but as any growing child, they also want the characters to grow with them.


Robbie Coltrane’s portrayal of Hagrid is indeed unparalleled. No one could give the character the kind of warmth that the actor has shared, and that is why he is a ray of sunshine to many fans. He may have been typecast in his role in Harry Potter, but still, Hagrid never matched the appreciation most fans have for characters like Sirius Black, Snape, or Dumbledore.

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