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Old October 4th, 2006, 9:47 pm
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Luna Lovegood: Character Analysis

"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure."

Luna's been a very colorful and interesting character since book 5. She believes in 'things as long as there's no proof at all.' Luna's behavior and fashion sense cause others to find her odd, and she marches to the beat of her drum. A few questions to start the discussion:
  • With a permanently surprised look on her face, her butterbeer cork necklace, radish earrings, and wand tucked behind her ear, she gives off a 'distinct air of dottiness'---but is it for real? Or is it a facade? Her voice certainly lost its 'dreamy' quality at Hermione's comment about the Quibbler.
  • She's been friends with Ginny, a puplic supporter of Harry, joined the DA; through her father's magazine she got Harry's message out to the wizarding world, and has assisted in the trip to the MoM in book 5. What other ways has she contributed to the story? Will she be of help in the final book and if so, how will she be utilized?
  • Luna has the habit of 'speaking the uncomfortable truth'. Where does she get this from, and does she do it as a part of her nature, or is it her way of garnering a reaction from others?
  • She's one of the few who saw Thestrals like Harry, because she'd lost her mother at an early age. How has this loss affected her, and does it help explain why Luna is the way she is?
  • She appeared to be the only one besides Harry to hear the whispering behind the veil. What did she hear? Is she right to assume it was the voices of loved ones lost? How is this significant to the theme of death {"There's nothing to fear in death" & "Death is just the next great adventure"} ?
  • We've been introduced to various creatures by Luna.
    • Nargles
    • Blibbering humdingers
    • Crumpled-horned Snorkacks
    • Wrackspurt
    • Aquavirius maggots
    • Heliopaths
    Most people believe these creatures do not exist, but according to Newt Scamander {author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them}, new species of magical beasts are being discovered yearly, necessitating 'newly revised editions' of his top-selling book. Could we actually see one of Luna's creatures in the final book, and if so, which one?
Please remember that this is a discussion thread. Criticism should be constructive. There will be no character bashing. Posts considered to be bashing may be deleted by staff. Also posts made for the sole intent of discussing 'mental illness/defects' may be deleted, as there's no canon evidence to support that Luna suffers from any such defect.


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Old October 12th, 2006, 6:25 pm
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I think that Luna will contribute to the final book in some way, perhasp even significantly so. Most of the other charatcers have done so, and all those at the MoM did, I think that Luna will do so too, perhaps she can can give information about creatures, or help with the 'something of Ravenclaws', she hasn't seemed to play a key part yet, but I think she will.
Luna's way of speaking the blunt truth is probably a bit harsh at times, and being almost detached from her own emotions is a little odd, but this could be a good thing, perhaps she will be able to perfrom a certain task without being afraid or emotioanlly involved. She seems to have an 'air of dottiness' but I think Luna's a lot smarter and more aware of what's going on than she lets on.


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  • With a permanently surprised look on her face, her butterbeer cork necklace, radish earrings, and wand tucked behind her ear, she gives off a 'distinct air of dottiness'---but is it for real? Or is it a facade? Her voice certainly lost its 'dreamy' quality at Hermione's comment about the Quibbler.
I don't think all of it is a facade. Her father and mother both seem eccentric so it makes sense that she would have her oddities too, but I think the way she acts at Hogwarts is an exaggerated version of it. She talks about how she doesn't have friends and how the other kids treat her very matter-of-factly, almost like she doesn't want to think about it. Just speculation, but I think maybe she's just odd enough normally for the other kids to avoid and so to stop anyone from feeling sorry for her she just plays along like she doesn't mind.
  • She's been friends with Ginny, a puplic supporter of Harry, joined the DA; through her father's magazine she got Harry's message out to the wizarding world, and has assisted in the trip to the MoM in book 5. What other ways has she contributed to the story? Will she be of help in the final book and if so, how will she be utilized?
She knows a lot of weird stuff, stuff that other people don't think of. The seventh book is going to be full of problem-solving with Harry trying find the Horcruxes and figure out what they are, and thinking outside the box can always be useful in problem solving. I think she'll be most useful in that way, and she is capable of participating in battle like in the MoM so that's a possibility too.
  • Luna has the habit of 'speaking the uncomfortable truth'. Where does she get this from, and does she do it as a part of her nature, or is it her way of garnering a reaction from others?
Like I said with the first question, she may act odd just to make people believe she's okay with how she's treated, but she doesn't really have any other reason to garner reactions. I think it's just part of her nature, like her father. He runs a tabloid, which of course is mostly made up, but Idoubt he would be opposed to speaking uncomfortable truths.
  • She's one of the few who saw Thestrals like Harry, because she'd lost her mother at an early age. How has this loss affected her, and does it help explain why Luna is the way she is?
It probably just makes her feel even more misunderstood than she is naturally. She wasn't at Hogwarts when her mother died, and since wizarding families, especially single-parent wizarding families, seem to be few and far between, it made her really emotionally isolated, which is something else she can cover up with her exaggerated weirdness.
  • She appeared to be the only one besides Harry to hear the whispering behind the veil. What did she hear? Is she right to assume it was the voices of loved ones lost? How is this significant to the theme of death {"There's nothing to fear in death" & "Death is just the next great adventure"} ?
I don't know much about the veil, but I think she's right to assume that the dead exist in some other world. If they do, that world must be something like the "living" one, so unless it's divided into a type of Heaven and Hell, there's really no reason for them to fear it.
  • We've been introduced to various creatures by Luna.
    • Nargles
    • Blibbering humdingers
    • Crumpled-horned Snorkacks
    • Wrackspurt
    • Aquavirius maggots
    • Heliopaths
    Most people believe these creatures do not exist, but according to Newt Scamander {author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them}, new species of magical beasts are being discovered yearly, necessitating 'newly revised editions' of his top-selling book. Could we actually see one of Luna's creatures in the final book, and if so, which one?
We may see them all! I don't know, but I would really want to read about crumple-horned snorkacks.


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Re: Luna Lovegood: Character Analysis

luna rocks! she is a freind to everyone no matter how mean they are to her she's sweet and kind and the world would be a beeter place if ther were more Luna lovegoods out there.


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I think my favorite thing about Luna is how she was able to help Harry emotionally in OoTP. She has a voice of sympathy and compassion for those who seek it.
I think that Luna shows us that you don't have to be popular to be smart or powerful.


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Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure.
Probably one of the best lines from Luna in a way. Luna Lovegood can see the world differently to most wizards and witches making her creative minded as seen by her quidditch commentry in HBP. Luna made the quidditch match probably the best one I have ever read with her being more interested in the clouds than the match itself. Luna's ability to see beyond the normal makes her very valuable indeed. It is Luna's ability to believe in things that hold little weight that probably drew her to believing in Voldemort's return enough so that she convinced her father to write the article in the Quibbler. I feel Luna will become the observant one in the group and will not rule out the impossible where others might. It is this ability to see beyond the normality of life and to dream of possibilities that forced Luna to keep the coin all year around in hope that one day Harry might call up on her assistance or restart the DADA lessons again. For me Luna is a great symbol of hope for Harry and a voice of understanding due to the connection of the loss of a parent and through the mere fact that she was the first to stand side by side another student in another house and be united against a common enemy. This quality I admire in Luna and her bravery is great.
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  • With a permanently surprised look on her face, her butterbeer cork necklace, radish earrings, and wand tucked behind her ear, she gives off a 'distinct air of dottiness'---but is it for real? Or is it a facade? Her voice certainly lost its 'dreamy' quality at Hermione's comment about the Quibbler.
Luna could be amusing herself as she believes wit is mans greatest treature. Intelligent people do get bored rather easily and can drift away into all tangents but with Luna when things get serious she delievers a sturn approach. The day dreaming goes away in battle during OotP and the battle at MoM, instead Luna is alter to what is happening around her. This difference suggests that what Luna craves is the challenge and that dueling provides this where as lessons do not.
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  • She's been friends with Ginny, a puplic supporter of Harry, joined the DA; through her father's magazine she got Harry's message out to the wizarding world, and has assisted in the trip to the MoM in book 5. What other ways has she contributed to the story? Will she be of help in the final book and if so, how will she be utilized?
I think her dottiness will reveal a serious and important side. I do believe that Luna may hold the key to the Ravenclaw Horcrux, perhaps she has already stated what it is in one of her strange speeches or what might be facing them when they go for that horcrux. Luna being a Ravenclaw probably knows more about Rowena than Harry and could probably been a fountain of knowledge in that area. Luna also being the first to join the Gryffindors is the first to unite and do what the sorting hat states is so important; fight a common enemy. I feel that Luna may be the one who encourages others to join and unite along side Harry as she already has.
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  • Luna has the habit of 'speaking the uncomfortable truth'. Where does she get this from, and does she do it as a part of her nature, or is it her way of garnering a reaction from others?
I would say after seeing her mother die the uncomfortable truth probably comes easy to her. Luna new her mother had died, it happen right in front of her face and hence perhaps this is why she is so blunt now. In a way the uncomfortable truths being spoken by Luna seem to make others feel more at ease and in a way most characters would trust Luna as they know where they stand with her or they would not laugh at her so much.
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  • She's one of the few who saw Thestrals like Harry, because she'd lost her mother at an early age. How has this loss affected her, and does it help explain why Luna is the way she is?
Yes the death of her mother probably does explain Luna's reactions and especially those when she is defending her father. Luna only has her father and I get the impression that she would defend him to the death. Luna watched her mother die and was helpless to do anything about it. This could explain why she defends her father and his dreams and aspirations so much because it makes her feel as though she is protecting him in a way she could not protect her mother. I think again this is why Luna takes up the challenge and danger when facing the death eaters. Luna appears to want to protect those that she can protect in the way she would have liked to of protected her mother.
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  • She appeared to be the only one besides Harry to hear the whispering behind the veil. What did she hear? Is she right to assume it was the voices of loved ones lost? How is this significant to the theme of death {"There's nothing to fear in death" & "Death is just the next great adventure"} ?
Luna does not seem to fear death in the same way as others might, she has seen it first hand and has already accepted it I think. I think at the funeral, like Harry, Luna would not remember Dumbledore the way he is described but instead she would remember him by those few little words, wit is man's greatest treature. Luna was strength for Neville at the funeral as she helped him into his chair suggesting that Neville was taking the death very badly. I got the impression that Luna was always there for those who needed support over the loss of a loved one and always turned up for those that needed it as though she new who was in greatest need.
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  • We've been introduced to various creatures by Luna.
    • Nargles
    • Blibbering humdingers
    • Crumpled-horned Snorkacks
    • Wrackspurt
    • Aquavirius maggots
    • Heliopaths
    Most people believe these creatures do not exist, but according to Newt Scamander {author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them}, new species of magical beasts are being discovered yearly, necessitating 'newly revised editions' of his top-selling book. Could we actually see one of Luna's creatures in the final book, and if so, which one?
Well out of the list I would go with Heliopaths as Helio was the son of Helios (sun god diety) who died trying to ride his fathers chariot. So Helio might have something to do with death. Not to mention Jo loves Latin and Helio is a latin word again to name the son of Helios.


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i think Luna will provide a wealth of information on her house, well as on Rowena Ravenclaw.
She must be quit intelligent because she is in ravenclaw. We haven't been told of any super-intelligence although her odd statements seem to let on that she's not just dreamy, lost-in-thought girl.

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She's one of the few who saw Thestrals like Harry, because she'd lost her mother at an early age. How has this loss affected her, and does it help explain why Luna is the way she is?
i think that her mother's death made her slightly over-protective of her remaining parent, as we see on OoP. She gets insulted enough to lose te dreamy quality in her voice. she thinks almost nothing of herself, but one word aginst the Quibbler, or her father and you've found yourself a new enemy. A dangerous one too.


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I just hope we get to see her in action in book 7.

I don't think everyone realizes that Ron and Ginny would probably both be dead if Luna hadn't been there to help them through the DoM. She escorted a cursed Ron and a crippled Ginny through an uncharted maze, while being pursued by Deatheaters, and came out of it unscathed. W00t.

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Luna is such a great character!
What drew me to these books is the fact that not all the characters are "black & white" characters, stereotypes we come to expect from the media, yet they still make sense, are believable, and just fit in the literary context.
I think I'm endeared to her because I'm a bit spacey myself (NO!!!!!) and people often percieve me as being stupid.....so I just love that here's this girl everyone dismisses, especially Hermoine, but she's in Ravenclaw.


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I think the fact that she is in Ravenclaw will play a huge part in helping Harry find and destroy the Ravenclaw horcrux. I think even after two books of her some people still underestimate her roles. She has done a great deal already to help Harry as has already been mentioned. I think that since she doesn't care what others around her think she is able to stand up and fight without any fear. I wonder what Luna's greatest fear would be.


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I think the reason behind many of these things is that Luna chooses not to give herself over to her emotions, which makes her tranquil and almost never showing surprise or sadness. (EX. Saying, "I still feel rather sad about it" seems like an odd comment to be making about the death of one's mother. "Rather sad" seems like the type of comment you would use to describe your feelings on the death of your gerbil.)

So Luna, logically, also wouldn't give herself over to embarassment or any other kind of emotion that would make her confrom, and therefore would wear what tickled her fancy no matter how weird it is and state her father's views like they're fact.

It's also connected to the part about "uncomfortable truths". If you pay a lot of attention to your emotions, you don't see what you don't want to see. ("Sometimes things have to be believed to be seen.") Since Luna doesn't really give herself over to the emotions, she doesn't really have any thing to keep her from seeing the less comfortable side of things.

That's not to say she's completely emotionless. It seems more of the kind of thing where she feels the emotion and decides whether or not it's worth listening to.


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  • With a permanently surprised look on her face, her butterbeer cork necklace, radish earrings, and wand tucked behind her ear, she gives off a 'distinct air of dottiness'---but is it for real? Or is it a facade? Her voice certainly lost its 'dreamy' quality at Hermione's comment about the Quibbler.

I don't think it is a facade at all. In Luna Lovegood's case, what you see is what you get. Or at least to me because she has never failed to live up to the expectations of an odd but lovely person, throughout the two books. (OotP and HBP) Starting from the train ride to the Quidditch commentary - she has qualified to be a funny and weird character in my mind.

I explain Lunas dreamy voice as what we call 'daydreaming.' You know when you snap back to reality, after someone disturbs your 'drifting thoughts'? That's how I see Luna losing her 'dreamy'-ish voice. I believe in it strongly because Luna is someone who loves getting lost in her own little world. For example, in OotP, when Luna, Hermione, Harry, and Rita Skeeter are in the Three Broomsticks - I believe - the others find Luna humming something that sounded similar to 'Weasley is our King'. It's just normal for Luna to prance about in her own world.
  • She's been friends with Ginny, a puplic supporter of Harry, joined the DA; through her father's magazine she got Harry's message out to the wizarding world, and has assisted in the trip to the MoM in book 5. What other ways has she contributed to the story? Will she be of help in the final book and if so, how will she be utilized?

Even if Harry doesn't recognize it yet, Luna Lovegood provides him with support, encouragement and reassurance. Proof:

OotP"I've been able to see them[thestrals] ever since my first year here. They've always pulled the carriages. [snip]"


OotP"I believe He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back, and I believe you fought him and escaped from him."


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OotPHarry nodded curtly, but found that for some reason he did not mind Luna talking about Sirius. He had just remembered that she too could see thestrals.
[snip]

She walked away from him, and as he watched her go, he found that the terrible weight in his stomach seemed to have lessened slightly.


Harry only recognized that in the end of OotP, and I'm glad he did because Luna is definitely going to play a big role in Book 7. Her loyalty to the D.A. proves it and Harry needs her, along with Ron and Hermione, in his final battle.
  • Luna has the habit of 'speaking the uncomfortable truth'. Where does she get this from, and does she do it as a part of her nature, or is it her way of garnering a reaction from others?

It's just a part of who Luna is: odd, honest and frank. She doesn't care about what people think of her which makes her so special! Having 'no friends' is a touchy subject, indeed, but how Luna handles it is so absurd that it just amuses me every single time.
  • She's one of the few who saw Thestrals like Harry, because she'd lost her mother at an early age. How has this loss affected her, and does it help explain why Luna is the way she is?

Maybe. Maybe not. I don't have an answer for this. It could explain how she recognizes Harry's feelings since she has gone through all this stuff, sometime in her life. But honestly, I think what that loss explains the most, is her loneliness. Maybe she thinks she should avoid others and not create close relationships so that she doesn't have to go through the same pain again? Sounds odd, I know but it is true and it happens in our world too. Which reminds me of Jo's mother's death - maybe Jo added her earlier reactions after her mother's loss in Luna's character, similar to the 'Mirror of Erised' chapter?

  • She appeared to be the only one besides Harry to hear the whispering behind the veil. What did she hear? Is she right to assume it was the voices of loved ones lost? How is this significant to the theme of death :"There's nothing to fear in death" & "Death is just the next great adventure"} ?

Umm not to be picky or anything, but Neville and Ginny were a bit entranced [sp] by the veil too. I never linked death with the veil - well in some ways - but mostly I thought the veil symbolizes dark experiences in the past. Similar to the dementor thing because all four of them (Harry, Neville, Ginny, and Luna) would be affected more than the others.

I've said it before and I'll say it again : The veil is vital and we will learn more about it in Book 7. It's just a gut feeling
  • We've been introduced to various creatures by Luna.
    • Nargles
    • Blibbering humdingers
    • Crumpled-horned Snorkacks
    • Wrackspurt
    • Aquavirius maggots
    • Heliopaths
    Most people believe these creatures do not exist, but according to Newt Scamander {author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them}, new species of magical beasts are being discovered yearly, necessitating 'newly revised editions' of his top-selling book. Could we actually see one of Luna's creatures in the final book, and if so, which one?

Well, I don't think we'll see all of them but Crumpled-horned Snorkacks interest me, and so do Heliopaths. Let's not underestimate Luna's absurdity, now.


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With a permanently surprised look on her face, her butterbeer cork necklace, radish earrings, and wand tucked behind her ear, she gives off a 'distinct air of dottiness'---but is it for real? Or is it a facade?
I don't think Luna is dim witted at all or else she'd be in Hufflepuff instead of Ravenclaw the house she's in. We hear many times that our Hermione should have gone into this house because of how smart she is. The only reason she comes off with a "distinct air of dottiness" is because, she thinks outside of the box and says things people have never heard before. Yes she is an eccentric person but even Dumbledore has been called that by others at one time.


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Will she be of help in the final book and if so, how will she be utilized?
I think she will be a big help in the last book. Not only to help with finding the Ravenclaw Horcrux but in the last great battle between good and evil. We already she can hold her own in battle because we see her fight of Death Eaters single handedly in OOTP. In fact she's the only one who comes out of that whole sense without a scratch on her. Heres the cannon of that so there's no agrument: "..whispered Luna, who was bending over her and who alone seemed to be unhurt." -Chap 35, bottom of pg. 795, US hardcover verison of OOTP.


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Luna has the habit of 'speaking the uncomfortable truth'. Where does she get this from, and does she do it as a part of her nature, or is it her way of garnering a reaction from others?
I think she gets this from her father. His paper is all about getting the truth out there even if nobody will believe half of it. I think Luna is the voice of reason where no one expected one.

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She's one of the few who saw Thestrals like Harry, because she'd lost her mother at an early age. How has this loss affected her, and does it help explain why Luna is the way she is?
I'm not sure how her mothers death has affected her but, there's no doubt that it has. To some degree it does explain how Luna got the way she is, however you have to think of what Luna has said about her mother, an experimenter and all that, would she have turn out the same if her mother lived? I think she still would be the odd ball Luna that we all know.


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I think that Luna Lovegood will play a very important role in the last book. She is, I must admit, odd, but it shows that she has a strong imagination, and that she will believe and trust the others, whatever they say. She is compassionate and kind also. I think she will always be different, and nothing will change that in her. But the fact that she is unique makes her a very strong character.

Her odd appearance is interesting, and I truly think that it will be in fashion one day. I mainly say this because I can console with her, as I have a pencil behind my ear and wear a guitar pick as a necklace. But I think that she is different because that is the way she was brought up, it is in her genes. Maybe she holds on to her strange beliefs because it is a reminder of her mother (assuming her mother also was like this) and it keeps her strong. But my main belief about Luna is that she is NOT loony, or crazy, but a unique and great character in the series.


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Luna's great, shes so different. Her bizzarness adds great humor to situations. I love how she speaks the truth in awkward ways, and i love how she believes in wacky creatures.


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Re: Luna Lovegood: Character Analysis

I really love Luna. I see her as someone who is never really there. She always has something on her mind, and it completely takes her over. That explains her dreamy appearance.
She seems very attached to her father, probably because he is the only parent she has left. This is probably why her voice loses its dreamy quality when Hermione insults the Quibbler--she might see it as an attack on her father's credibility.

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I don't think Luna is dim witted at all or else she'd be in Hufflepuff instead of Ravenclaw the house she's in.
Aww, not all Hufflepuffs are dim-witted.


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Old October 16th, 2006, 6:59 pm
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"With a permanently surprised look on her face, her butterbeer cork necklace, radish earrings, and wand tucked behind her ear, she gives off a 'distinct air of dottiness'---but is it for real? Or is it a facade? Her voice certainly lost its 'dreamy' quality at Hermione's comment about the Quibbler."

I definatly think it's for real,but contrarly to most people i don't think it's because she's "not with us" or "on another planet",i think she just has a different way of seeing things than us.When we see a cork,we don't really see any use for it (apart from putting it on a bottle),Luna sees something to make a neckless out of.
So again,she's not on a different planet she's on the same one as ours,she just sees it differently.Though she doesn't see everything differently,i think most people would react the same way as she did if someone called their father's newspaper "rubish".
But i have the impression most readers,just like most hogwarts students,just see her as a weirdo,and that makes her,in my opinion,one of the most underrated character of the HP series.I remember when the first picture of Luna in the movies came out and some people said "she doesn't look dumb enough to be Luna".She's in Ravenclaw a house that values inteligence and,yes,you guessed it,wit!Of course i get mad when people say "she'd be in hufflepuff (the "dumb people house") if she were dumb",last i heard crabbe and goyle weren't in hufflepuff.
And of course you can be inteligent and eccentric,look at Dumbledore,a man who made a welcome speach that said "Nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak." and that Ron described in PS/SS as "Mad".
Luna's real strengh is her self esteem,you've got to have real confidence in yourself to affirm your personality despite sociaty not accepting it.She seems to be able to ignore all critism,or at least,let them not affect her.

"She's been friends with Ginny, a puplic supporter of Harry, joined the DA; through her father's magazine she got Harry's message out to the wizarding world, and has assisted in the trip to the MoM in book 5. What other ways has she contributed to the story? Will she be of help in the final book and if so, how will she be utilized?"

You forgot she also fought in the "battle of the tower" in HBP,and as someone else said,she was there for Harry when he needed it,she had experienced death of a close one,she also beleived Harry when almost no one else did (since beleiving in voldemort's return was as foolish as beleiving in Crumpled-horned Snorkacks for most people)
To me she's part of the "secondary trio" made up by Neville,Ginny,and Luna.What I find interesting in that trio is that she's the only one not related to the "primary trio"
neville-prophacy could have concerned him,he wants to revenge his parents.
ginny- her brother,boyfriend and (best?) friend make up the trio
Luna- first,contrarly to the other too,she's not present since book 1,but only since OoTP,she really stands out,she's also the only non gryffondor of the two trios.

So it seems she might not get a big role in book 7,because she's really an outsider compared to the other 5,but i think that if that's the case,some of her qualities will be missed,i think her outside the box thinking makes her a really good problem solver,that's where her inteligence comes from to me,not from facts and books but from her different prospective of things,she might have a proposition that's "crazy enough" to work (for exemple (i HIGHLY insist that it's an exemple),she might discover that Snape is good(if he is)).Not to mention she seems like a really really good dualist,as other people have already mentionned,she came out of the MoM battle in one peace,something,hermione,neville,ron and ginny can't say.
So i think that she's too valuable not to have,and i hope book 7 will maybe show people her full potential.

"Luna has the habit of 'speaking the uncomfortable truth'. Where does she get this from, and does she do it as a part of her nature, or is it her way of garnering a reaction from others?"

I think it's in her nature,some people are like that,people say the same thing about me lol,and it's true,i can make people really nervous sometimes with my unnintentional "brutal honnesty".

"She appeared to be the only one besides Harry to hear the whispering behind the veil. What did she hear? Is she right to assume it was the voices of loved ones lost? How is this significant to the theme of death {"There's nothing to fear in death" & "Death is just the next great adventure"} ?"

well she wasn't the only one,ginny and neville heard them too,though they seemed more passive like "entranced" while luna and harry seemed to be in full possession of their mind,though i could be wrong,the veil really isn't my area of experties and listening to mugglecast and pottercast talking about the veil recently just gave me a headake
Though i'll trust Luna on this one,it seems to be the kind of weird thing she would know about,to me "mysteries" are her domain,her area of experties,i think i might trust her more than hermione about these things.
I think the fact that Luna isn't really scared of death could forshadow a sacrifice in book 7,i would absolutly hate it since she's my favorite character but i think she's the kind of person that thinks there are "things worth dying for" and that for her "death is just the next great adventure"

Concerning the creatures,it wouldn't surprise me if it were mentioned one of them was finally discovered,it happens in real life too,some animals that are thought to be imaginary are discovered from time to time.But i don't think it would play an important role,maybe it would be mentionnedin the final chapter prologue.

Finally i'd like to add that one of the most interresting things is that Luna beleives in,Trelawney's predictions don't seem to be one of them,in fact,she doesn't seem to have a real interest in divinition.Or have I just not noticed it?


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I believe that Luna adds quite a bit to the storyline of the Harry Potter series. She is first introduced in OOtP as a spacy indivdual, and ends up being an important person to Harry, and also a close and trustworthy loyal friend. Harry and Luna, although different in ways, share similaries. For example, both have seen death--and can see thestrals, and both have been mocked before for being "out there" or in Harry's case making up his whole story about Voldemort in OOtP.

Luna's mother and her strange death could have affected Luna, and how she precieves subjects such as death. I always found it important that Luna was the one who made Harry feel better after Sirius's death in OOtP. Luna believes that death is just another stage, and that people never truely go away--a belief that is similar to Dumbledore's.

I also wonder what her mother was doing that led to her death, and if it could be important latter on, perhaps she was working on something that could help Harry in book 7. I also find her odd references to these theories such as rotfang conspiracy, could yield some truth in book 7. It would be interesting to see if any of Luna's quirky sayings and such come true--Luna is a smart individual, and it wouldn't surprise me if she knows quite a bit, but her dreamy aura makes her not be taken seriously all the time.


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With a permanently surprised look on her face, her butterbeer cork necklace, radish earrings, and wand tucked behind her ear, she gives off a 'distinct air of dottiness'---but is it for real? Or is it a facade? Her voice certainly lost its 'dreamy' quality at Hermione's comment about the Quibbler.
I believe there is much more to Luna than we see on a regular basis. I believe she may have put up a façade of dottiness, perhaps in order to not let things get to her. While I’m sure that behind her dottiness Luna is an intelligent person, I do think she does have a bit of an airy quality that’s part of her nature. As hermy_weasley2 mentioned, it makes sense that she may be quirky since her parents are also a bit odd. Luna also strikes me as someone who is a bit secretive and who doesn’t show her true emotions. So perhaps that part of her behavior that is a façade serves the purpose of making herself just unassuming enough so that people might not pay her too much attention. But when someone hits on something too important or too close to home (like Hermione mentioning the Quibbler), she drops the façade and her voice becomes serious.

She's been friends with Ginny, a puplic supporter of Harry, joined the DA; through her father's magazine she got Harry's message out to the wizarding world, and has assisted in the trip to the MoM in book 5. What other ways has she contributed to the story? Will she be of help in the final book and if so, how will she be utilized?
Luna contributed a great deal in the DoM, showing us her Ravenclaw quality. I think shakes up the story a bit, and presents an unorthodox viewpoint which we can look at and say, “hmm, maybe what’s logical doesn’t tell the whole story”. Luna also contributed to what I believe to be foreshadowing about the veil in the DoM with her remarks to Harry. Luna will likely contribute a lot to the next book with her unorthodox ideas. She’s a wealth of knowledge that most people find to be rubbish, and maybe a lot of it is, but you never know if something could turn out to be incredibly helpful to Harry as he searches for the horcruxes. I think she’ll come along for the quest, and possibly lead Harry to the Ravenclaw horcrux, as Tane mentioned.

Luna has the habit of 'speaking the uncomfortable truth'. Where does she get this from, and does she do it as a part of her nature, or is it her way of garnering a reaction from others?
I tend to think it’s a part of her nature, as I don’t really see Luna as someone who is interested in garnering a reaction from anyone. As I mentioned above, I think if Luna believes in something strongly enough or if someone says something that touches too close to home, she reacts and will speak her mind.

She's one of the few who saw Thestrals like Harry, because she'd lost her mother at an early age. How has this loss affected her, and does it help explain why Luna is the way she is?
The loss of Luna’s mother probably makes her stronger in other ways, kind of like Harry losing his own parents. It’s possible she might have retreated into herself a bit in order not to let it get to her, and perhaps as I said above, the façade of dottiness she puts up could be linked to the loss of her mother.

She appeared to be the only one besides Harry to hear the whispering behind the veil. What did she hear? Is she right to assume it was the voices of loved ones lost? How is this significant to the theme of death {"There's nothing to fear in death" & "Death is just the next great adventure"}?
I’d always assumed she heard her mother, who died in the experimental charms accident. I think she may be right in assuming they were the voices of loved ones who had died before. In regards to the theme of death, I think it might be another way of showing that the ones we love never really leave us and are always with us in some form. It’s interesting that Luna talks so calmly and matter-of-factly about the veil, like she’s very confident about it and not spooked out.

We've been introduced to various creatures by Luna. Could we actually see one of Luna's creatures in the final book, and if so, which one?
Hmm, of the creatures on the list, I’d like to see Heliopaths and Crumple-horned Snorkacks because they sound the most interesting. I’m not sure if we’ll actually get to see them, but I kind of hope so. It would make people take Luna more seriously I think.

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I don't think Luna is dim witted at all or else she'd be in Hufflepuff instead of Ravenclaw the house she's in.
Not to be off-topic, but I don't believe it’s fair to say people who are dim-witted end up in Hufflepuff. Luna has several traits that Hufflepuff valued, such as loyalty and fairness.


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Re: Luna Lovegood: Character Analysis

There is a view that most of the protagonists in the series look through. They use that view to make judgements on others, formulate their own ideas, and try to discover something new. However, Luna has one that is completely different to the trio, Ginny, or Neville. That' what makes her so valuable in their little circle. She believes that the dead never truly leave us, and thought that they are still alive because of the veil.

It was a great idea for JKR to have Luna in the novels, since her ideas get us confused with the general idea, and makes the reader stop and think about something, since it gets more mysterious by every passing page.


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