Hagrid Actor Robbie Coltrane Goes Viral With Beautiful Sentiment About The Legacy Of The ‘Harry Potter’ Films

Robbie Coltrane Goes Viral With Quote About Legacy Of The 'Harry Potter'

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  • HBO Max released a Harry Potter 20th anniversary special on New Year’s Day.
  • The special featured appearances from most of the main cast, including Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane.
  • Coltrane has since gone viral for his wildly moving comments about the legacy of the films.

I remember when I was a kid reading the Harry Potter books before the movies came out, Hagrid, the beloved Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was the easiest character for me to imagine in my mind (other than Harry Potter himself, who was always featured on the cover illustration.) And how could he not be? He’s an 8’6″ tall giant with a heavy metal haircut and a lumberjack beard.

As a result, other than Potter and Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid was the character that I had the most expectation for when the movies hit theaters, and needless to say, Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor who played him in all eight films, absolutely crushed it as he was able to imbue Hagrid will all of the warmth that made him one of Harry’s most trusted allies ever since the story first began.

Truth be told, I never knew Coltrane’s name — turns out he’s had himself quite a career outside of the Wizarding World franchise — until this delightful clip of him detailing what the legacy of Harry Potter are and what they mean to him. In case the powers that be start scrubbing the video from the internet, I’ve transcribed the quote and tossed in a couple of ways to view it below:


“I just think it’s the end of an era,”
Coltrane said of his time working on Harry Potter. “My children had grown up during it, of course. The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children, so you could be watching them in 50 years’ time, easy. I’ll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will.”

Unsurprisingly, longtime fans of the franchise took to Twitter to share how touching they thought Coltrane’s comments were. Making art that you know will outlive you must be such a spiritually rewarding emotion. What a guy.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is now streaming on HBO Max. The next film in the Wizarding World franchise — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — will hit theaters on April 15, 2022.

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