Things About Luna Lovegood:
One of the most loved and unique characters in the Harry Potter universe is that of Luna Lovegood. Luna is a whimsical person who sees the light in every dark situation and believes in things and people that others don’t believe in. She is a pure soul and is extremely clever and insightful which makes her a true Ravenclaw.
10. The symbolism of her name
The word ‘Luna’ has its roots in Latin and means ‘the moon’. It is also the source for the word ‘lunatic’ and lunacy which in ancient traditions was believed to be a state caused by the moon. Therefore, Luna is often called Loony by some kids who believe she is weird and somewhat different.
9. Lily Moon to Luna Lovegood
In the first book when Harry and friends are getting sorted into their houses there is a character named Lily Moon who was also in their year. According to JK Rowling, Luna was supposed to be Lily Moon and was in fact in the same year as Harry. However, she later decided to make changes and even changed the character name to Luna Lovegood and eventually introduced her in the fifth book.
8. She is a true Ravenclaw
Ravenclaws are supposed to be witty and clever and Luna has all those qualities. One of those instances is when Harry needs to get into the Ravenclaw common room but is not able to solve the riddle that is supposed to be the entry procedure, Luna easily solves it and helps him to enter. Also, Luna was friends with Helena Ravenclaw who is the daughter of the founder of Ravenclaw’s house.
7. The death of Luna’s mother
When Luna was at the tender age of nine, her mother Pandora Lovegood died during spell experimentation that went horribly wrong. Luna witnessed the death of her mother. Her father Xenophillius Lovegood was left to raise her on his own. This traumatizing event might explain why Luna’s head is so often in the clouds and why she is able to speak about death so casually. This is also the reason she can see the thestrals.
6. Her Patronus
Most people know the Patronus of Harry, Hermione, Snape, etc but not many know Luna’s Patronus. Her Patronus takes the form of a hare. It perfectly suits her nonchalant personality and the fact that she was able to perform the Patronus charm in her fourth year also shows her talent.
5. Saoirse Ronan auditioned for the role of Luna
When the auditions for the fifth film were going on, many young girls hoped to get the part and one of them was the now critically acclaimed actress Saoirse Ronan. Saoirse was a frontrunner for the role but as soon as the casting directors saw Evanna Lynch in her audition tape, they decided she was perfect and in fact was Luna herself. We are sure Saiorse would have played the part well but we absolutely love Evanna Lynch.
4. The Anti- Hermione
JK Rowling has often described her characters in the most interesting ways. She calls Luna the “anti-Hermione.” As she stated,
“She’s slightly out of step in many ways but she’s the anti-Hermione. Hermione’s so logical and inflexible in so many ways and Luna is likely to believe ten impossible things before breakfast.”
The two girls are very different and are amazing role models in their own ways.
3. She did not marry Neville
If you haven’t read the books then maybe you think Neville and Luna really end up together as they did in the movie but that is not true. Neville and Luna were never a thing in the books and in fact, it was totally the decision of the filmmakers to bring them together in the last movie. According to JKR, Luna actually married Rolf Scamander (grandson of Newt Scamander) and Neville married Hannah Abbott.
2. Following in Newt’s footsteps
After school, Luna obviously did not get any boring ministry job but went her own way. She went on to become a Magizoologist which might be how she met Rolf Scamander who also worked in the same profession. Newt Scamander was also a Magizoologist and the grandfather of Luna’s husband. It makes sense that Luna wished to work with magical creatures and fantastic beasts.
1. How JK Rowling helped Evanna Lynch
Years before she was cast as Luna, Evanna Lynch got a letter from J.K. Rowling that was instrumental in helping her get over her long struggle with anorexia. Lynch wrote to Rowling as a fan and told her about her condition, in return, JK Rowling encouraged her to overcome the disease. When Lynch was selected for the role she later revealed her correspondence with the author.