Longtime Harry Potter Actor Robert Hardy Passes Away at 91 Years Old

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It’s a sad, sad day for the Harry Potter fandom. Mere hours after learning the good news that seven of the original West End cast members will be reprising their roles for the Broadway edition of Cursed Child, the world learned that Robert Hardy, who portrayed Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in four of the eight Harry Potter movies (Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix), passed away on August 3; he was 91 years old.

According to BBC, his family said the actor had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years,” over 30 of those years (from 1981-2015) playing Winston Churchill in seven TV & film projects. He won a BAFTA in 1982 for his portrayal of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.

“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,” his children, Emma, Justine and Paul, said in a statement. “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.”

The late talent reportedly died at Denville Hall, a retirement home for actors in the outskirts of London.

As the HP community mourned the deaths of John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and more than a dozen other actors from the franchise, the community is leaning on one another to mourn Robert as well.