Universal Orlando, parkgoers pay tribute to Hagrid actor, Robbie Coltrane

Actor died at the age of 72

A life-like Hagrid, based on actor Robbie Coltrane, will guide guests through the Forbidden Forest as part of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. (Image: Universal Orlando)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is paying tribute to Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played the gentle half-giant Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movies.

Coltrane’s agent said he died Friday at a hospital in his native Scotland, and did not immediately offer other details.

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In a post on social media, the resort released a statement about the actor who helped bring many of its “Harry Potter” themed attractions to life.

Coltrane can be seen throughout the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, appearing in attractions including Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Flight of the Hippogriff and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Crowds of guests arrived outside Hogwarts Castle at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park Friday to raise their wands and pay tribute to the late actor.

Viewers submitted pictures and video showing the crowds paying tribute, which can be viewed below.

Guests raise their wands outside Hogwarts Castle at Universal's Islands of Adventure in honor of late actor Robbie Coltrane. (Danny Turner)
Guests raise their wands outside Hogwarts Castle at Universal's Islands of Adventure in tribute to the late Robbie Coltrane. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)
Video shows guests honoring the late Robbie Coltrane — who played Hagrid in the "Harry Potter" movies — after his death Friday (courtesy: Shannon Ganley).

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.