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Thursday 18 September 2014

Coltrane's goodbye to a goodie

Robbie Coltrane will miss playing a good guy

Robbie Coltrane has revealed what he would miss most about Hagrid in the Harry Potter films - playing a good person.

Aside from his portrayal of the half-giant, the Scottish star is better known for playing Bond baddie Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky and Cracker's criminal psychologist Fitz.

"The great thing about Hagrid was he was a good man. It was the first time in my entire career I've played a thoroughly good man," he said.

"I've played gangsters, transvestites, murderers, everything you can imagine but it's the first time I've played a man like him - and I played it for ten years. [He's] a character that young people could totally trust in. That was an irony for me, a bit of acting was required there."

Saying goodbye to the Harry Potter saga has made Robbie emotional.

"Most of us who have been involved in it have become emotionally tied into it, and we're pretty sad now that it's over. It's been wonderful and I think we are all desperately proud," he added.

The 61-year-old's favourite film prop is a pink brolly: "In the first episode, they explained that Hagrid wasn't actually allowed to do magic because he failed his exams. They gave me a pink umbrella that Audrey Hepburn could have been carrying in 1952. That was my favourite thing that I had. I hadn't seen it for years until we were in New York and there it was."

:: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 opens in cinemas on July 15.

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