I think that in each one of us, there surely lies a hidden inclination towards bizarre objects, thoughts and theories. At least, that’s true for me. Luna Lovegood’s character is something that I’ve always been able to relate to, since her introduction. In this post, I am going to take you through a journey of her life as we know it from the books, coupled with a few tidbits of her life after Hogwarts.
Born to Pandora and Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna lost her mother at a very tender age as a result of an experiment gone fatally wrong. Ever since, she was brought up by her father – editor of The Quibbler, a wizarding magazine. Her fascination for unusual magical creatures like Wrackspurts, Crumple-horned Snorkacks and Nargles is surely an influence of her father, who is slightly obsessed with them.
We are introduced to her in the Order of the Phoenix, where Harry meets her for the first time in a compartment in the Hogwarts Express. Described as a fourth-year Ravenclaw with dirty-blonde hair, dreamy eyes with a permanently surprised look and pale eyebrows, Luna’s introduction is more than enough to give us a gist of her queerness.
The girl gave off an aura of distinct dottiness. Perhaps it was the fact that she had stuck her wand behind her left ear for safekeeping, or that she had chosen to wear a necklace of Butterbeer caps, or that she was reading a magazine upside down.
As they get down the train at Hogsmeade, Harry gets rather worried when he sees the Thestrals (winged – horses that are invisible to people who haven’t witnessed death) pulling the carriages. He had never seen them before and no one else seemed to notice them. Just as he doubts if he had begun to go mad, Luna comes to his rescue.
“It’s all right,” said a dreamy voice from beside Harry as Ron vanished into the coach’s dark interior. “You’re not going mad or anything. I can see them too.”
“Can you?” said Harry desperately, turning to Luna. He could see the bat-winged horses reflected in her wide, silvery eyes.
“Oh yes,” said Luna, “I’ve been able to see them ever since my first day here. They’ve always pulled the carriages. Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.”
Though this might not have been a huge relief to Harry, who had serious doubts regarding her sanity, it slightly unburdens him of his mental strain.
As the days progress and the Dumbledore’s Army is set up, Luna joins it and it is then that we see her exceptionally good magical ability. She proves to be a highly skilled witch and goes on to fight in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries that ensues, and comes out alive, with only a few scratches.
Many other students find her weird and some actually call her “Loony” Lovegood, but she never is embarrassed and remains accepting of people around her. The ‘weirdness’ is true, yes, for she has acutely absurd views on certain matters. For instance, in the Half Blood Prince, Harry is completely taken aback by her notion of Rufus Scrimgeour, the Minister for Magic.
“There’s supposed to be some vampire coming.”
She also strongly believes that the Aurors of the Ministry are a part of some conspiracy, for when Harry expresses his ambition of becoming an Auror to Slughorn, she says:
“I don’t think you should become an Auror, Harry. The Aurors are part of the Rotfang Conspiracy, I thought everyone knew that. They’re working from within to bring down the Ministry of Magic using a combination of Dark magic and gum disease.”
Apart from this, she also believes that Cornelieus Fudge had his own army of heliopaths!
Luna, as Harry thinks, has ‘the knack of speaking uncomfortable truths’. For example, in the Half Blood Prince, she says plainly about Ron:
“He says very funny things sometimes, doesn’t he?… But he can be a bit unkind. I noticed that last year.”
“I s’pose”, said Harry. Luna was once again demonstrating her usual knack of speaking of uncomfortable truths; he had never met anyone quite like her.
In spite of all this eccentricity, she sometimes displays the depth in thinking that would stun a philosopher. An excerpt from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, where she comforts a grieving Harry after Sirius’ death, by telling him of her Mom’s death:
“I still feel very sad about it sometimes. But I’ve still got Dad. And anyway, it’s not as though I’ll never see Mum again, is it?”
“Er-isn’t it?” said Harry uncertainly.
She shook her head in disbelief. “Oh, come on. You heard them, just behind the veil, didn’t you?”
“In that room with the archway. They were just lurking out of sight, that’s all. You heard them.”
Luna is someone who can be both funny and serious without being aware of it. She staunchly believed in Zacharias Smith suffering from Loser’s Lurgy and what more, she was almost ready to singe her eyebrows for Slughorn’s party thinking Harry had done it purposefully! Also, she is a person with amazing loyalty to her friends, as seen from her bedroom that she had decorated with portraits of all her friends linked together by chains that had some million hand-written replicas of the word ‘FRIENDS’ on them. She is a person who stays brave during times of danger, as understood from her courage during those harsh times at Malfoy Manor. She is amazingly kind, as can be interpreted from her love for Dobby when he was killed and her nursing of injured people during the Battle of Hogwarts. Above all, she is one person the Harry Potter series couldn’t have done without.
After putting up a tenacious fight at the Battle of Hogwarts, she comes out alive and is now married to Rolf Scamander, magical-zoologist and grandson of Newt Scamander, author of ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them’. She has twin kids, Lorcan and Lysander. She works as a magi-zoologist too and leads a happy life with her family.
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Also, do tell me if I’ve left out something about Luna, for she is a character with so many dimensions that I might have missed out on one or two.