Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane seen in wheelchair as he battles 'constant pain' of osteoarthritis
The sight of the actor being wheeled in and out of a London event left many fans shocked, as they're used to seeing him standing strong and tall as Hagrid
Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Rubeus Hagrid the half-man, half-giant in the franchise movies, has been confined to a wheelchair because of debilitating pain caused by his osteoarthritis.
The 69-year-old actor is not able to walk at the moment as he awaits for a knee joint surgery to take place.
The well-loved actor made his first public appearance in the wheelchair at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London on March 11 night to launch Universal Studios Orlando's new ride, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
A source close to the actor told The Sun: "Robbie has been in constant pain for years now, with his knee constantly deteriorating. It’s left him unable to walk without any assistance and he’s been given a wheelchair while he waits to have a special surgical procedure in America to repair his joint."
The source continued: "He was wheeled in and out of the Harry Potter event on Monday which came as a big shock to fans given they’re so used to seeing him standing strong and tall as Hagrid. It’s hugely frustrating for him but he’s really hoping to be back on his feet after getting the operation."
Coltrane spoke about the wheelchair at the Potter event and admitted that he is "due a new knee".
He was also quick to add, however, that once he finally gets the surgery done he'll be "leaping around like an elf". The actor had used a walking stick in the Channel 4 drama 'National Treasure' in 2016 after he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
Talking about the condition, which is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the body, Coltrane said: "I’m in constant pain all day. I had an exploratory operation and they discovered I had no cartilage left in one of my knees. It’s completely disintegrated. And they told me it’s osteoarthritis. People are probably wondering why I’m hobbling about in the way I am and that is why."
The 127 kgs (280lbs) actor also claimed that the doctors had told him to lose 44 kgs (97lbs) before the surgery takes place. The surgeons will be reportedly fitting artificial components, including durable plastic polyethylene, to repair the actor's joint during the procedure.
According to the NHS, osteoarthritis is a condition that causes joints to become painful and stiff. The main symptoms of the condition are joint pain and stiffness. Some people who are affected by it experience swelling, tenderness, and a grating or a crackling sound when they move the joint that is affected by the condition. Almost any joint in the body can be affected by osteoarthritis but the condition affects mostly the knees, hips, and the small joints of the hand.