I’ve had trouble with this question and have spent much time racking my brains. There are so many characters I love, and that includes side characters. How does anyone pick their favourites? I find it especially hard when someone or something asks you on the spot, you can’t immediately recall every book you have ever read, all its characters and the reasons you love them. No doubt, after I have written this post I will think of many I should have included and be annoyed, but for now I have settled on one that came to me first off the top of my head. 🙂
This character is from a little book series called Harry Potter, perhaps you’ve heard of it? 😛
From the moment Luna Lovegood (known by many as Loony Lovegood) stepped onto the scene I knew she was something special. In all honesty it’s terrible, but I can’t remember which scenes were in the book as opposed to the films, the two have become tangled in my mind even though I have read and watched both multiple times! One thing remains unforgettable though, and that is my love for her character. Quirky, eccentric people always seem to become my favourites and Luna certainly ticks all these boxes, along with many other I didn’t even realise were on the form.
The video shows when the group first talk to Luna in the film adaption:
Instantly recognisable by her straggly blonde hair, random fashion sense and dreamy personality Luna stands out in the crowd. What I love about her most though is her strength, acceptance of others and how comfortable she is in herself.
Luna is often standing by the sidelines to provide comfort, kind words and some much needed advice to the more central characters. I think her part is often underestimated and people tend to like her mainly because she is odd. While this is an important part of her and one of the things we love most about Luna, there is a lot hiding just underneath the surface that can be easy to overlook.
Luna is one of those selfless characters that provides help without being asked and wants nothing in return. She is motivated first and foremost by her good intentions. Where would Harry be at those crucial moments when he feels lost and his main friends don’t quite understand? Where would he be without Luna’s unwavering belief in him? She is always on the sidelines pulling extremely small strings that in the grand scheme of things, end up being key to the story. She seems to have an unwavering acceptance of others, never judging them or questioning whether what they are doing is right or wrong and instead just listening, and understanding. Two highly underrated traits. I love that she sees the best in people.
Her acceptance of others also seems to be rooted in her acceptance of herself. Even in a universe of diverse creatures and magic, Luna is seen as ‘different’. Most of Hogwarts pupils view her in a negative or cautionary light due to her bizarre beliefs, outlooks and behaviours (as you can see from Hermione, Ron and Neville’s lukewarm reactions to her in the video above). Despite this, it doesn’t seem to bother her; she shrugs it off without a moments thought. Whether this is because she is in her own world and it doesn’t reach her, or simply because she is very accepting of herself will probably always be disputed, but I think it is the latter. She may often appear far away but she can also be intelligent and highly aware. Plus, she’s in Ravenclaw, the house of intelligence and wisdom so that has to count for something! 😛
A friend did once say she thought I was like Luna (probably because I have blonde hair and can be random at times) but I think it is too big a compliment. Her qualities do however, give me something to aspire to. 🙂 Thanks for being awesome Luna!
Do you have a favourite side character from a book? Do you have an opinion on Luna? 🙂
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