British actor Robert Hardy, who was best known for playing Cornelius Fudge in the ‘Harry Potter‘ films, has died age 91.
His children confirmed the news in a joint statement:
“Dad is also remembered as a meticulous linguist, a fine artist, a lover of music and a champion of literature, as well a highly respected historian, and a leading specialist on the longbow.
“He was an essential part of the team that raised the great Tudor warship The Mary Rose. Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”
As well as the bumbling Minister for Magic, Hardy also played Siegfried Farnon on BB1‘s beloved ‘All Creatures Great and Small‘ from 1978 to 1990, as well as portraying Winston Churchill numerous times throughout his long career.
Speaking to the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2011, Hardy told the audience that playing Fudge in four of the ‘Harry Potter’ films (‘Chamber of Secrets‘, ‘Prisoner of Azkaban‘, ‘Goblet of Fire‘ and ‘Order of the Phoenix‘) was “absolutely splendid”.
“I was kicked out in the end because I was too expensive,” the then 85-year-old said, referring to the insurance needed to cover him on set. “It was great fun while it lasted, the boys and girls were all absolutely splendid.”
Tributes are flowing for the man, and ‘Harry Potter’ fans are raising their wands.
So very sad to hear about Robert Hardy. He was such a talented actor and everybody who worked with him on Potter loved him.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 3, 2017
Sad to hear Robert Hardy has died. Best known for All Creatures Great And Small and of course as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films. pic.twitter.com/n253w8eoAm
— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) August 3, 2017
BBC news tells me Robert Hardy, the Minister of Magic has died. Terribly sad. He was a very kind man who told wonderful stories. xx
— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) August 3, 2017
The ministry has fallen. Rest in Peace Robert Hardy. pic.twitter.com/QKIEpOQEQS
— Rosie 🎭🌟📚 (@rosiefreckle) August 3, 2017