'Harry Potter' Star Robbie Coltrane, a.k.a. Hagrid, Is Hospitalized On The Way To A Convention, But He’s Going To Be OK
Usually when Harry Potter news comes out, it's J.K. Rowling releasing secrets about the books, but unfortunately this time, it is bad news for one of the film's stars. Robbie Coltrane, a.k.a. Hagrid, was hospitalized after getting sick on a British Airways flight from London to Orlando on Friday. Coltrane reportedly experienced "severe flu-like symptoms" and was met by paramedics at the gate before being rushed to the hospital, according to TMZ. His agent told BBC News that the actor is "resting" and "would be fine" now, adding that any previous reports of the star drinking heavily in the airport lounge are completely untrue.
The saddest part about this is that Coltrane was on the way to a Harry Potter convention at Universal Orlando, which runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. One of his co-stars was reportedly on the flight with him: Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore. If they were in character, I'm sure Gambon would have swept in to save the day mid-flight, basically the wizard version of Liam Neeson. Also in attendance at the expo will be Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), plus some "special guests." It's unlikely that will be Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint, but we can dream, right? No matter what, I'm sure the stars will be by Coltrane's side as he recovers.