Harry Potter Star Rupert Grint Explains Why He Didn’t Go To Robbie Coltrane’s Funeral

Rupert Grint has explained why he didn't go to Robbie Coltrane's funeral after the pair co-starred in the Harry Potter franchise together.
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Rupert Grint has explained why he didn’t go to Robbie Coltrane’s funeral. 

Grint, 34, rose to fame in his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series.

While Coltrane, who died aged 72 in October, also starred in the franchise as the lovable half-giant, half-human gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid.

The pair worked on the movies together for a decade and developed a close bond at the time.

Despite this, Grint chose not to go to Coltrane’s funeral – and he’s now explained why he made that decision.

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In an interview with GQ, he says Coltrane, Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) and Richard Harris (who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two films) made him feel like he was part of a family.

Describing the trio, he says: “Not parents, but uncles or grandparents.

“They all had this kind of subconscious presence in my life.”

Grint adds that learning of Coltrane’s death was ‘particularly tough’, as the actor was ‘the most wonderful being’.

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The Moonwalker star says that despite having a great relationship on set, he didn’t go to Coltrane’s funeral as he didn’t know him ‘outside work’.

Instead, Grint wrote an emotional and lengthy tribute to the Cracker actor on Instagram.

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Rupert Grint has revealed why he didn’t go to Robbie Coltrane’s funeral after starring in Harry Potter together. Credit: Warner Bros. Studio

He writes: “Heartbroken to hear that Robbie is gone.

“I’ll never forget the smell of cigars and beard glue – a wonderful combination.

“No one else on this planet could have played Hagrid, only Robbie.

“Just as Hagrid was in the books and films, Robbie was in life – warm, compassionate and hilarious.

“A giant-hearted man who was still looking out for us even decades later.

“Sending love to his family. See you on the other side Bobser.”


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Robbie Coltrane passed away on October 14, 2022, at a hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland.

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At the time, his long-time agent Belinda Wright said: “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.”

Shortly afterwards, the actor’s cause of death was disclosed.

It was confirmed that the James Bond star had died as a result of ‘multiple organ failure’.

The Scot’s death certificate is said to have noted that Coltrane had been suffering from sepsis, lower respiratory tract infection and heart block.

He’s also believed to have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, as per the Daily Record.

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Written by Aimee Walker

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