Luna Lovegood

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Luna Lovegood was born c. 1981 to Xenophilius Lovegood and his wife and started attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1992. She is a Ravenclaw and a member of Dumbledore's Army. Her unusual beliefs gain her the nickname of "Loony" Lovegood. Her family are first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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[edit] Character development

From the beginning she is outspoken in her belief in Harry's story of Voldemort's return. However, her many oddities do not lift Harry's spirits, at least not at first. She believes in Nargles and Wrackspurts, reads the Quibbler upside down while wearing Spectrespecs, and sports a full-on roaring lion's head in support of Gryffindor at Quidditch matches, to name a few.

Harry gains a greater appreciation for Luna when he comes to understand why Luna can see Thestrals. She supports him and Dumbledore's Army, even after the group is disbanded, and is one of the few to help defend Hogwarts when it is attacked by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. She is one of only two living captives held hostage at Malfoy manor for any recorded duration of time in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and readily fights alongside Harry and the rest of Dumbledore's Army in the final battle.

In the same way that Hermione comes to represent reason and logic for Harry, Luna comes to represent faith in that which cannot be seen. This makes her character both inspiring and more than a little odd.

[edit] Appearances

[edit] Fifth book

Harry meets Luna on the Hogwarts Express as he begins his fifth year at Hogwarts. Ginny Weasley introduces Luna to Harry and Neville Longbottom ("There's only Loony Lovegood in there... She's all right."). Harry thinks she gives off an aura of dottiness and is a bit odd. Luna is reading The Quibbler on the train, and explains that her father is the editor. Luna tells Harry she is able to see horses pulling the carriages as well. [1] Luna becomes a member of Dumbledore's Army and fights along side Harry at the Ministry.

After Sirius Black's death, Harry runs into Luna in the hallway, putting up fliers for the return of items that her roommates stole from her. She is the one person who is able to ease Harry's grief.

[edit] Sixth book

Luna has three primary appearances in the sixth book: Slughorn's party, commentating a Quidditch match, and the battle with the Death Eaters.

Harry invites Luna to attend Slughorn's party with him ("as friends") as Ginny was still involved with Dean Thomas. She readily accepts and spends a good amount of her time at the party talking with Professor Trelawney and a vampire named Sanguini.

While commentating the Quidditch match, she loses track of the score while rambling on about Loser's Lurgy. Her commentating among other things distracts Harry resulting in a loss for Gryffindor and a visit to the hospital wing.

In the battle with the Death Eaters, she with Hermione are assigned to watch Snape's office. The pair are mislead by Snape to care for Professor Flitwick, who had reportedly fainted at the news that Death Eaters were in the castle.

[edit] Final book

Luna's first appearance in the Deathly Hallows is at Bill and Fleur's wedding. She and her father are invited and Xenophilius comments on this, saying, "It was nice of the Weasleys to invite us". Luna recognizes Harry, in spite of the fact that he has used Polyjuice Potion to disguise himself as Ron's cousin Barry; apparently it is Harry's expression that gives him away. She comes to talk to Harry and Ron for a bit.

Not until Harry, Ron and Hermione go to see Xenophilius Lovegood about the unknown rune is there any further mention of Luna. Harry sees Luna's room; on the ceiling, Luna has painted portraits of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Neville, surrounded by the words friends... friends... friends... written in golden letters.

At the end of the chapter Harry discovers that Luna was captured because of what Xenophilius had been writing about hiim. Mr. Lovegood hopes to get Luna back if he hands over the trio and has been stalling them during their meeting to buy time for Death Eaters to arrive. The trio escape but are very anxious about Luna's safety and Hermione is afraid she is held in Azkaban. Ron comments that she is probably teaching all the inmates of Azkaban about Wrackspurts and Nargles.

A little time later, the trio is captured and brought to Malfoy Manor where they are imprisoned in the cellar. Luna is also there. When Harry calls for help, by shouting at the fragment of Sirius's mirror in which an eye is staring, Dobby appears and brings Luna, Dean Thomas and Mr. Ollivander to Bill and Fleur's home. Luna recovers at Shell Cottage and she is not seen again until the Battle of Hogwarts.

At the Battle of Hogwarts she arrives with Dean Thomas. She received a message from Neville Longbottom via the enchanted galleon used for the DA meetings and is there to fight.

She and Harry go to Ravenclaw Tower, where Harry hopes to find a Horcrux. When they reach Ravenclaw Tower, a voice coming from an eagle asks them a question and Luna answers correctly, which opens the door. This is the moment that we see the real Luna. Throughout the series she is portrayed as an "oddball" but here we see that she really belongs in Ravenclaw House.

During the fight little is known about Luna's actions other than she survives and when the dementors attack she helps Harry in making a patronus. This is the moment were her courage and loyalty to Harry and his cause is shown. During times of sorrow and darkness she remains the light in Harry's life.

After Voldemort dies she is one of the first to reach Harry, and she is the one who provides a distraction to let him go with Ron and Hermione to Dumbledore's office.

Though the book does not reveal it, Harry and Ginny name their daughter Lily Luna, honouring the girl who not only proved to be a real friend but also a light in the darkness.

[edit] Portrayals within films

Luna Lovegood is played by Evanna Lynch.

[edit] Characterisation

[edit] Outward appearance

"She had straggly, waist-length, dirty-blond hair, very pale eyebrows, and protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look"[2]

J.K. Rowling said in an interview that Evanna Lynch "is" Luna Lovegood. So her looks, voice and other outward signs can be assumed to resemble Luna Lovegood.

[edit] Personality

She comes across as very "out there" and eccentric, but she is also very blunt and honest. She has a propensity to believe in things in which she has no proof, preferring this line of thinking to a more traditional form of knowledge, embodied by Hermione (who puts a great deal of stock in books).

Her quirky personality is disconcerting for people, inspiring the nickname "Loony Lovegood."

[edit] Magical accomplishments and skills

She is able to cast a Patronus.[3] In the final book, she (along with several other former DA members) conjures a Patronus under very difficult circumstances during the Battle of Hogwarts.

She is also able to fend for herself when she, Neville, Ginny and the trio go to the Ministry of Magic to save Sirius Black ( Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ).

In Harry's sixth year, her fifth, she makes a hat shaped like a lion that roars. She uses it to demonstrate her support of the Gryffindor Quidditch team against Slytherin.

Other than this very little is known about her skills and accomplishments. She proves to be skilled enough during battles (in fact, she is the only one of the six students other than Harry who isn't injured at the Department of Mysteries). But maybe her biggest skill is her ability to cope with danger and the unknown.

[edit] Possessions

Luna's most noted possessions are her necklace of Butterbeer corks and her radish earrings (which actually turn out to be made of dirigible plums). She also has a pair of Spectrespecs that she wears during the train ride to Hogwarts during Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

[edit] Family

Luna Lovegood is an only child. Her mother, who is unnamed, died from an experiment going wrong when Luna was nine years old. Her father is called Xenophilius Lovegood and is the editor of 'The Quibbler'. The Lovegoods are presumably pure-bloods as Luna returns to Hogwarts for her sixth year after Voldemort takes control of the ministry.

[edit] Reception

Both funny and touching, Luna's character is one of the most beloved of those introduced in the later books of the series. There was strong sentiment after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that she—rather than Ginny (or Hermione)—might turn out to be Harry's ultimate romantic partner.

[edit] In popular culture

Luna Lovegood's wand [[1]]

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[edit] Additional Canon

After Luna finishes Hogwarts she travels the world looking for various mad creatures. She becomes the wizarding equivalent of a naturalist. As Luna matures she realizes not everything her father believed is true and that there are some creatures that don't exist. However, she is still very open-minded and will likely discover things no one's ever seen before.[4]

There was also much speculation that Luna would end up with Neville Longbottom. J.K. Rowling shot down this rumour on her website saying, "I see Neville and Luna as very different kinds of people and while they share a certain isolation within Hogwarts, I don’t think that’s enough to foster true love - friendship, perhaps, although I think that Neville would always find Luna’s wilder flights of fancy alarming." [5] However, in an interview after the completion of the series J.K. Rowling admitted she started to feel "a bit of a pull" between these two characters and deliberately left the possibility of relationship between Luna and Neville open because it "felt too neat" not to do so.[4]

Later, J.K. Rowling squashed the possibility once and for all that Luna will end up with Neville in an on-line webcast interview, when she stated that Luna eventually marries the grandson of Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.[4] named Rolf. She revealed behind the hidden door on her [6] that Luna and Rolf had two children, Lorcan and Lysander.

[edit] References

  1. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10, "Luna Lovegood"
  2. J.K. Rowling OotP 10
  3. In the film of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, her Patronus takes the form of a hare—which is associated in the West with madness ("mad as a March hare"), while in China it is closely associated with the moon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.K. Rowling Post-Deathly Hallows Interview
  5. J.K. Rowling Website
  6. J.K. Rowling Website

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