Tom Felton paid tribute to his late ‘Harry Potter’ co-star, Robbie Coltrane, calling him “endlessly playful.”
The Draco Malfoy actor, 35, first starred with the Hagrid star, who died in October 2022 on the age of 72 after years of ailing well being, within the opening installment of the wizarding franchise, ‘Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone” from 2001.
He stated in an essay for E! Information in honor of what would have been Robbie’s 73rd birthday on March 30: “Someway, Robbie has managed to be an grownup and a baby on the identical time, protecting a footing in each camps.
“His information of the world was astounding. He was effectively versed in any topic you care to say, from engineering to geography to historical past to journey, and that meant he had one thing to contribute to any grownup dialog that is likely to be going down on set. You might inform the older actors appreciated and revered his expertise.
“We guys, although, did not have a lot time for that stuff. We simply wished to be, effectively, youngsters: mischievous, mischievous, and in an excellent temper. But additionally Robbie. He had extra mischief in him than a standard room stuffed with Slytherins. He might joke with one of the best of us. He could have had the thoughts of an grownup, however he really had the center of a kid.”
Revealing his earliest reminiscence of the ‘Cracker’ actor, Tom added: “Robbie was all the time making an attempt to lighten the temper and make us chortle. My first reminiscence of him was learn on the dinner desk earlier than the primary movie began taking pictures. It was intimidating, 40 or 50 of us all sitting round an enormous desk studying the script for the primary time collectively.
“Earlier than we began, all of us launched ourselves: ‘I am Dan and I will play Harry Potter.’ ‘I am Tom, and I will be taking part in Draco Malfoy.’
“Robbie and Emma have been sitting aspect by aspect. When their flip got here, she satisfied her to modify characters. “I am Emma and I will be taking part in Rubeus Hagrid.” ‘I am Robbie and I will be taking part in Hermione Granger.’
“All of us giggled in our scripts as this big, pleasant, charming, smiling man reminded us with that little joke that we should always strategy this enterprise with a way of enjoyable.
“We have been simply making a film. We weren’t saving lives.”
However Tom stated of Robbie’s work ethic: “That is to not say he wasn’t a real skilled. Robbie knew how vital it was to know your traces, to be on level, to behave in entrance of the digital camera.
“We realized our commerce by watching him. He set an awesome instance for all of us on how one can nail the fundamental abilities of being on set, however by no means in a boring or patronizing approach. Though he commonly needed to take care of an insane quantity of hair, make-up, attire and stilts, someway he nonetheless managed to create an atmosphere that allowed us all to be playful.
“And Robbie was endlessly playful. He was continuously cheeky. Above all, he was all the time variety.
“He by no means takes himself too severely – and people traits underlie all the pieces, I believe, as a result of if Robbie took himself too severely, if he forgot what it means to be good, Hagrid would not be there.
“With out Hagrid, there isn’t any Hogwarts. And nobody might, would, or ever will play that light half-giant like my dearest pal Robbie Coltrane.”