NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05:  Actor Robbie Coltrane attends the New York premiere of "Charles Dickens' Great Expectations" at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on November 5, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
Robbie Coltrane
Loved Harry
Potter Before He
Was Ever
A Part Of It
Robbie Coltrane is best known to the movie-loving masses for portraying Rubeus Hagrid, the half-giant keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Coltrane's performance exuded an infectious amount of unadulterated glee which was in no doubt due to his love of the franchise's source material before he ever dreamed of actually playing Hagrid.
In a candid 2001 interview, Robbie Coltrane admitted he was indeed a big fan of the Wizarding World of "Harry Potter" long before he scored his most iconic role. It seems the books ended up on Coltrane's radar in less than magical fashion with the actor explaining that he learned of the series through "word of mouth.”
Coltrane confirmed he was blown away when he read the books. The actor went on to bask in the knowledge that he was now part of something that kids and their parents are likely to enjoy for generations to come, a notion he wistfully revisited during the recent HBO reunion special.