For more than a decade, the epic Harry Potter has given us a multitude of characters who have deeply impacted and captivated us throughout the saga. Unfortunately, several of these individuals, who have given us the most memorable characters to life, have bid us farewell with the most recent death of renowned actor Michael Gambon. In light of his loss, fans are reflecting on the actors who demised in recent years from the franchise, including the beloved Robbie Coltrane.


Paul Grant

Actor Paul Grant Died

Paul Grant, an actor and stuntman known for his appearances in popular fantasy film franchises like Harry Potter and Star Wars, died in March 2023 at the age of 56. Grant has a height of 4 feet 4 inches, and he suffered from a rare genetic disorder called Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia Congenita. This medical condition caused him to have short trunks and extremity issues.

Grant is known for his role as Gringott Goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). He also played an Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983). Additionally, Grand made his appearance in the 1986 movie Labyrinth and also served as a stuntman for the character Hoggle. He also performed stunts in other films, like Willow and Legend. 

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Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer portrayed Griphook
Verne Troyer as Griphook in Harry Potter

Verne Troyer portrayed Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The American actor Troyer is also a stuntman, most known for his role as Mini-Me in Austin Powers. He passed away on April 21, 2018. His death was determined to be a suicide later. The 49-year-old Troyer was known for his small stature, standing at 2 feet 8 inches (81 cm) tall, and had a successful career in Hollywood.

Apart from his iconic Mini-Me, he also appeared in movies like The Love Guru and the 2015 movie Gnome Alone. Troyer was undergoing complications related to alcohol intoxication. The information was confirmed by the press release issued from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office.


Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy played Cornelius Fudge
Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge


Robert Hardy, the acclimated British actor who played Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, passed away on August 3, 2017, at the age of 91. The actor’s family confirmed his death in a statement to the BBC, although they did not provide a cause of death.

Hardy has donned the Minster of Magic in four Harry Potter films, such as Chamber of SecretsPrisoner of AzkabanGoblet of Fire, and Order of the Phoenix. He was known for his wide range of roles in films and TV shows, notably All Creatures Great and Small and Demons of the Mind. 

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Robbie Coltrane

Image of Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane

Rubeus Hagrid of Harry Potter was one of the beloved characters of the franchise. Portrayed by Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid, earned him widespread acceptance and became the fan favorite of Harry Potter. The lovable half-giant gamekeeper Hagrid has appeared in all eight Potter films.

Coltrane died in October 2022 due to osteoarthritis, a medical condition that causes the gradual breakdown of cartilage, leading to reduced mobility. According to the BBC, Coltrane, who died at 72, had been ill for two years before his death.

A still of Rubeus Hagrid
Rubeus Hagrid

In Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, a special program aired on HBO MAX, the actor reflected on his Hagrid role.

“The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children, so you could be watching them in 50 years’ time, easy,” he said. “I’ll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will.”

Outside of the Harry Potter movies, Coltrane has also had a successful career in both film and television. He appeared in movies such as Golden Eye and The World Is Not Enough, playing the character of Valentin Zukovsky. Additionally, he starred in the popular TV series Cracker, for which he received critical acclaim and several awards.


Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy, the wife of Lucius Malfoy and mother of Draco Malfoy,
Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy

Helen McCrory, best known for the portrayal of Narcissa Malfoy, the wife of Lucius Malfoy and mother of Draco Malfoy, died in April 2021 due to cancer at her home in London.

Her death was announced via Twitter by her husband, Damian Lewis. She thrived on her Narcissa Malfoy in the 2009 film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and continued through the final two films in the series. The 52-year-old actress was also notable for her role in the BBC’s popular show Peaky Blinders. Her unexpected demise was met with deep sadness and loss among fans and colleagues alike.

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The 23-year-old franchise, which served us with several memorable characters, has already witnessed many tragic demises. These characters, with their exceptional talent, have left a lasting impact on the franchise and the industry as a whole. Their contributions will continue to cherish the legacy of the magical saga for generations.


Source: BBC and Twitter

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