HARRY Potter actor Robbie Coltrane is now confined to a wheelchair due to crippling pain from his osteoarthritis.
The star, 69, who played friendly giant Rubeus Hagrid in all eight films of the hit franchise, is currently unable to walk while he awaits life-changing knee surgery.
The beloved actor made his first public appearance in a wheelchair at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London on Monday night to launch Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike ride in Universal Orlando.
A source said: “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.
“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.”
Robbie opened up about being in a wheelchair at the Potter event, admitting he’s “due a new knee”.
However, he was quick to add that once he finally has surgery he’ll be “leaping around like an elf.”
The actor used a walking stick in Channel 4 drama National Treasure back in 2016 after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
Speaking about the condition, which is caused by a breakdown of cartilage, he 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 20-stone-star also claimed doctors had ordered him to lose seven stone before he’s allowed to have the operation.
During the procedure, surgeons will use artificial components, including durable plastic polyethylene, to repair Robbie’s joint.