Why ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Are so Fascinated by Luna Lovegood

The Harry Potter series excited fans from the beginning. There are many fan-favorite characters in the series, but even amongst them, Luna Lovegood stands out. She is unique enough to stand out amidst the crowd.

She is refreshing to many fans. As Evanna Lynch, who portrays Luna in the Harry Potter movies, once said, she is “a breath of fresh air.” Many fans would likely agree with this sentiment from the actress.

Why is Luna Lovegood from ‘Harry Potter’ so refreshing to fans?

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) at the 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' premire
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter) at the Fantastic Beasts premiere | Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Again, Lynch says it best. Luna is refreshing to fans because she is “so funny and really honest.” Both are definitely true. Though Luna is often funny without realizing it.

She says things that are funny without meaning them to be, she’s just stating things the way she sees them. She is also definitely very honest, always saying exactly what she thinks and feels. Fans likely admire her for both of these traits, especially the latter. It’s hard to be vulnerable and put yourself out there the way Luna always does, yet in the end, it can be worth it.

Why else is Luna so fascinating?

Luna also has a keen sense of intuition. In the Harry Potter books, she recognizes Harry at Bill and Fleur’s wedding, even though he is disguised as a relative of the Weasleys and is under the effects of Polyjuice Potion. Some may wonder how this is possible, but apparently it is possible for Luna.

Her ethereal air and eccentricities make her all the more magical for fans. In the books, she also spends time commentating on the Hogwarts Quidditch matches, though she doesn’t mention the sport much. She also is one of the few people to believe Harry about Voldemort being back in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She even interviews Harry about it for her father’s magazine, The Quibbler.

How else does she help Harry throughout the books?

Not only does Luna interview Harry for The Quibbler, which helps to change the mind of the Wizarding World, she also is one of the first to join Dumbledore’s Army when Harry starts the group in Order of the Phoenix. She also is one of the few to believe Harry about Voldemort being back, perhaps because she knows what it’s like to be dismissed and mistreated. Her helping Harry as a member of Dumbledore’s Army doesn’t end when Harry leaves school either. While Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on a hunt for the Horcruxes, Luna, Neville, and Ginny try to steal the sword of Gryffindor from Snape’s office, to try to help Harry.

Luna does not give up trying to help her friend just because he is not there. She is stronger than people might think, and this is proven over and over again. She is part of Dumbledore’s Army during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, even though it is risky to do so. Also in Deathly Hallows, she survives being locked up in Malfoy Manor in horrific conditions, remaining optimistic through it all until Harry, Ron, and Hermione manage to save her.

In general, Luna is definitely very refreshing. She is a wonderful addition to the Harry Potter universe and fans consider ourselves lucky to have her.