Luna Lovegood

Luna Lovegood

    Harry Potter Series
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… with her father, Xenophilius, near the village of Ottery St. Catchpole. Luna’s mother was a very experimental witch and one day, when Luna was only 9, one of her mom’s spells went badly wrong, resulting in her death. Since then, Luna’s lived alone with her father, who is the editor of The Quibbler, a magazine often derided as kooky and unreliable.

Living… at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in Ravenclaw Tower. Luna is quirky and weird, but she’s also very intelligent. That’s why she is in the house “where those of wit and learning will always find their kind.”

Profession… student. Luna meets Harry Potter and Ron Weasley when they are in their fifth year at Hogwarts and she’s in her fourth. She is a friend of Ron’s younger sister, Ginny. When Luna meets Harry, she informs him that she and her father both fully support Harry and Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who the Daily Prophet and Ministry of Magic claim are lying about Voldemort’s return.

Interests… Dumbledore’s Army, the secret Defense Against the Dark Arts society. Harry forms the group to teach other students defense methods in light of their terrible new professor, Dolores Umbridge, who refuses to even let them use their wands. Luna is more than happy to join and becomes extremely dedicated to the group, saying that “it’s like having friends.”

Relationship Status… single. For now, it’s highly unlikely that any boy would want to date someone whose nickname is “Loony,” despite the fact that she’s really a sweet girl. But a lot can change during the teenage years.

Challenge… making friends. Luna’s not concerned with “fitting in,” but she sometimes grows weary of girls her age teasing her and hiding her belongings as a prank. She is a loner; people often avoid her simply because she’s different. When she meets Harry, he is also feeling like an outsider, so the two connect. Harry becomes one of Luna’s first true friends at Hogwarts.

Personality… strange, honest, and kind. Luna is used to the weird looks she gets when she wears radishes as earrings, but she is unabashedly herself in spite of how unaccepting many people are of those who are different. She gives good (if a bit unconventional) advice to Harry, and bonds with him at a time when he is struggling. 


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