Hagrid dies: why is it so important in Harry Potter?

5 reasons why Hagrid is important in the Harry Potter saga

Today  fans of the Harry Potter saga  around the world are in  mourning . We have just learned of the  death of Robbie Coltrane  at the age of 72 and  Hagrid’s family says goodbye: JK Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint … His character, loved by any  self-respecting potterhead  , accompanies the main character to throughout the entire saga. And despite the fact that  his appearance on screen  is constant in the seven films, it  is always for very brief moments  in the background. So  why is Hagrid so loved? These are the reasons.

1. He is one of the first characters

JK Rowling created Hagrid the first day  she set about writing  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone . For this she was inspired by the Forest of Dean, in the county of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. He has the appearance of a big, bearded man who goes into the mountains, but his personality is friendly and compassionate.

2. Harry’s father figure

Hagrid  is from the beginning at the side of the protagonist  as a kind face to turn to when seeking advice. He is one of Harry Potter’s greatest confidants and it is not for less: already in the first film  Hagrid is the one who takes him as a baby to the house of his Dursley uncles  when Voldemort murders his parents. And then Robbie Coltrane was in charge of filling the character with tenderness on the big screen. In fact, Hagrid is Harry’s father figure: he takes care of him as if he were his own son: if he is even the one who gives him Hedwig! From now on it will be much harder to see the final scene of  Harry Potter and the secret chamber  in which Harry tells him: “Hogwarts is nothing without you”.

“”Hogwarts no es nada sin ti”pic.twitter.com/2s7Y609O5a“

— Lord Voldemort (@LordVoldemort_S) July 29, 2020

3. Robie Coltrane was the perfect person to be Hagrid.

Robbie Coltrane played Hagrid in all the film adaptations of the Harry Potter novels. And is that  JK Rowling had the Scottish actor in mind for the role from the beginning . When the writer was asked who she wanted to bring the Hogwarts ranger to life, she was clear. For Coltrane, being a part of the wizarding world of Harry Potter was “a fantastic thing to be involved with.” Rowling said that he was perfect because  like Hagrid, Robbie Coltrane was “lovable, quite likable and comical but also with a certain tenacity” . So much so that at the 20th anniversary reunion of the Harry Potter films, Robbie Coltrane tearfully assured: “The legacy of these films is that my children’s generation will play them for their children . They will still be seeing each other in 50 years, for sure. Although I will no longer be, unfortunately. But Hagrid does .”

“I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again. He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children. pic.twitter.com/tzpln8hD9z“

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 14, 2022

JK Rowling has been the first to say goodbye to the actor  through her social networks. On Twitter, the British writer has published a photograph where she appears with Robbie Coltrane and an emotional text: I will never know anyone remotely like Robbie again. He had an incredible talent, completely unique, and I was more than lucky to meet him, work with him and laugh out loud with him. I send my love and condolences to his family, especially his children.”

4. Hagrid’s peculiar pets

Hagrid is a lover of magical creatures . But as everyone knows, not the ones that are cute and you feel like squeezing. One of the characteristics of the character is his kindness, which is transmitted throughout the films also by how he cares for a  multitude of pets . The first he had was  Aragog , the acromantula for which he was expelled from Hogwarts and for which he failed to graduate as a wizard.

In  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanthe hippogriff Buckbeak  becomes a crucial plot point. It is in this same film that Hagrid is promoted from ranger to care of magical creatures teacher, albeit only for one course. In addition, it must be remembered that  the three-headed dog that guards the Philosopher’s Stone, Fluffy , is another of Hagrid’s pets, as well as the Great Dane that accompanies him everywhere, Fang. Finally there is the  dragon Norbert , which Hagrid acquired when he was still an egg and ends up being kept by Ron’s brother, Charlie Weasley, at the insistence of Harry, Ron and Hermione to save him trouble.

5. Hagrid: The sad story of a wizard

On top of all this,  Hagrid has a sad story . The son of a human and a giantess named Fridwulfa,  Rubeus Hagrid was raised by his father  after she abandoned him. Later his  little brother of his, Grawp, arrived . They were left alone when  his father died while Hagrid was in his third year at Hogwarts , shortly before he was expelled for having Aragog. Always separated from the rest of the children,  Dumbledore offered him a home and appointed him a ranger at Hogwarts , the school of witchcraft and wizardry that  mourns the death of another wizard one year after the death of  Helen McCrory , the silent heroine of the universe of Harry Potter.

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