JK Rowling pays tribute to Harry Potter's Robert Hardy

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

From Digital Spy

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is joining the chorus of fans and friends saying goodbye to the late Robert Hardy.

The noted film and television star's family sadly confirmed on Wednesday (August 2) that the 91-year-old had passed away at Denville Hall, London's famed home for retired actors.

Throughout the peak of his career from the late '70s through to the '90s, Hardy became indelible in the minds of many for his portrayal as country veterinarian Siegfried Farnon in the BBC's adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

However, for a generation of younger people he'll likely be best remembered for his role as Britain's Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter film series.

Robert Hardy's casting in the Harry Potter franchise clearly meant a great deal to author JK Rowling, who shared a loving tribute to him on Twitter on Wednesday.

"So very sad to hear about Robert Hardy," Rowling wrote. "He was such a talented actor and everybody who worked with him on Potter loved him."

Hardy made his first appearance as Cornelius Fudge in 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and carried over through 2007's The Order of the Phoenix.

It was the late actor's family who shared the news of his passing through a moving statement paying tribute to his indelible spirit.

"It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Hardy CBE today announced his death, following a tremendous life: a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years," his family said.

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