JKR and Evanna on LunaLynch
In response to many of your inquiries yesterday, we asked a representative if Jo Rowling was aware of the coincidence that she had once written Evanna Lynch, the new Luna Lovegood, a response regarding her low hopes of being cast as Luna because she was from Termonfeckin (Ms. Lynch's mom said the response read, "Don't be too hard on Termonfeckin; it has a lovely name").
Jo is aware and "quite amazed" at the excellent coincidence.
Evanna Lynch herself speaks in an interview today, addressing casting, her life as a Harry Potter fan, and the fans' reaction to her being cast. The interview is in the Drogheda Independent, in which Ms. Lynch talks about being cast, and about Harry Potter. The article requires registration, but is free. Some highlights:
"Lynch says: 'Sometimes I'm stress and I'msick of things and I need to forget about them for a while, so in Harry Potter you're taken to this wonderful imaginary world where everything is so different...but also the main characters are completely real and modern so you can relate to them.'
Regarding the auditions, she said, 'I knew ifI didn't [go] I probably would regret it for the rest of my life...[When I got the role] I was completely shocked, I thought it was some awful joke or they were testing me or something but I still got so excited...It was a shock to be on the news.'
'To all the fans that are disappointed in the choice for Luna having seen the photo of me in the papers, is that this was my first photo shoot and I felt a bit awkward. I promise to work hard to do a good Luna!'