Woke Twitter digitally danced on “Harry Potter” actor Robbie Coltrane’s grave after the announcement of his death at 72 on Friday, over to his support of “transphobe” series author J.K. Rowling.
“Robbie Coltrane defended she-who-must-not-be-named in her transphobia. Glad to know the world has one less transphobe today because of his passing,” a Twitter troll spat.
“Robbie Coltrane AKA Hagrid was a transphobe and the world is a better place with him dead,” wrote another.
The Scottish actor, who appeared in James Bond flicks “GoldenEye” and “The World Is Not Enough,” was best known for his portrayal of hairy half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” franchise.
He became persona non grata with transgender social media activists for standing behind Rowling in the immediate aftermath of being a declared a trans-exclusionary radical feminist for defending women’s rights and effectively cancelled.
“I don’t think what she said was offensive really,” he said said in a interview. “I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they?”
Coltrane isn’t the only “Harry Potter” star to defend Rowling, Lord Voldemort actor Ralph Fiennes said it was “disturbing” how former fans turned on the author for mocking a 2020 article that referred to women as “people who menstruate.”
“I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her,” he remarked in 2021. “I can understand the heat of an argument, but I find this age of accusation and the need to condemn irrational. I find the level of hatred that people express about views that differ from theirs, and the violence of language towards others, disturbing.”
Draco Malfoy portrayer Tom Felton faced backlash when he told an interviewer that he was “grateful” to Rowling for uniting generations with her magical series.
“I am quick to remind myself and others that Potter for some reason has brought more people together across the world and more generations than probably anything else has in the past 20 years and I’m quick to celebrate that,” he commented. “It came from one person and that’s her so I’m very grateful.”
One detractor pointed out that, “The guy who played a bully and pretty d–ningly evil character is expected to convince us that the person who created his character and helped launch his fame is not on a hate tour against trans women (never mentioning trans men).”
Felton memorialized Coltrane following the report of his death at a Scottish hospital on Friday. “Robbie cared & looked after everyone around of him. Effortlessly. And made them laugh. Effortlessly,” he tweeted. “He was a big friendly giant on screen but even more so In real life.”
Series star Daniel Radcliffe said that Coltrane was “one of the funniest people” he’s every met, and “constantly” kept the child actors laughing on set.
“I’ve especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,’ when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut, and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up,” he said in a statement.
“I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed,” Radcliffe added. “He was an incredible actor and a lovely man,” Radcliffe concluded.
Co-star Emma Watson noted that “Robbie was like the most fun uncle I’ve ever had, but most of all, he was deeply caring and compassionate towards me as a child and an adult,” Watson wrote. “His talent was so immense that it made sense he played a giant — he could fill ANY space with his brilliance.”
The series author wrote her own devastated tribute to Coltrane, whose cause of death was not made public.
“I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again,” she posted. “He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him.”