Harry Potter fans and cast remember how Robbie Coltrane brought Hagrid to life

Robbie Coltrane's career began long before the first Harry Potter movie premiered in 2001

but for the generation that grew up with the films and the books

it's hard to separate the Scottish actor from his larger-than-life portrayal of Rubeus Hagrid,

Following the news of his death on Friday, fans of the series and Coltrane's fellow actors took to social media to remember the man that brought the loveable half-giant character to life

Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, remembered Coltrane for his compassion and the impact he had on her while they were filming

"His talent was so immense it made sense he played a giant – he could fill ANY space with his brilliance," Watson wrote. 

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