This evening, fans unofficially gathered in front of Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to honor the passing of Robbie Coltrane, who portrayed Hagrid in all eight “Harry Potter” films.
Fans of the Harry Potter series raised their wands to the sky in front of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure to honor the actor, who passed away today at age 72. Some even raised pink umbrella toys, which Hagrid used to conduct limited amounts of magic in the books and films.
A similar gathering occurred in 2016 as well when Alan Rickman, who portrayed Severus Snape, passed away. The custom of raising wands originated in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to honor the passing of Albus Dumbledore.
The renowned Scottish actor was most famous for his roles as Hogwarts gamekeeper and later Professor Rubeus Hagrid in the eight “Harry Potter” films, as well as Valentin Zukovsky in the James Bond films “GoldenEye” and “The World is Not Enough.”