Another interview, this time from France! Evanna and the cast sat down with the reporters of 24 Heures in early July, to talk ‘Half Blood Prince’, Luna Lovegood (of course!), ‘Lord of the Rings’ and real life. Also present in the article, a clearer version of the frequently used Luna picture with her Spectrespecs.
In ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ the Irish 18-year-old Evanna Lynch, finds Luna Lovegood a crazy, intricate learner.
Daniel Radcliffe had this to say about Evanna: “she is the biggest fan of ‘Harry Potter’.” A smile passes on the opalescent face of the girl. “There are so many fans of Harry around the world, but I love thinking that it is me who likes it the most. I began reading it when I was 8-years-old. I could not stop after that. I have a very private link with the series, and I thought I was the only one in the world of Harry Potter. Then I spent hours with the fans on the Internet and I began to feel like a member of a community.” Chosen from 15,000 candidates to represent Luna, an eccentric, Spectrospec wearing witch in ‘Order fo the Phoenix’, Evanna tells of finding ‘Half Blood Prince’ as landing in a menagerie of a magical potion.
- By interpreting Luna, as a fan, you crossed to the other side of the mirror …
This makes me uncomfortable, all this adoration. I’ve been on many red carpets and every time, these people who howl, who ask for autographs, I wonder what I did to deserve this! I was a fan, like them, and the situation seems ridiculous now.
- How do you explain the success of ‘Harry Potter’ during all these years?
It’s true magic. Me, I used it as an escape from the daily grind. On top of that, unlike the Lord of the Rings, I became identifies with the characters. They have their magic, but it is similar to the devotion to a piano or a violin. They cannot save the world, yet they remain normal people.
- How did you react when readin the script, finding out that the character of Luna had been reduced?
Of course, they changed her knack. But there isn’t all that much in comparrison to other characters. Luna still has pretty retorts and while she does not speak, she still has some close-ups.
- Did you talk with J. K. Rowling?
Oh yes! She gave me information before the publication! She entrusted in me that Luna would take a more important role, and that she would get marries. I remember we spoke about the potential fiancée, I did not agree with her. I felt like that Luna marries Professor Dumbledore, then it was revealed to me that he was homosexual, and nobody else knew it! I was stunned and on top of that, I could not discuss it with other fans. It would have caused a scandal, then it was bruoght out. I could not betray Jo’s secrets.
- When you debuted at the age of 16, you disembarked into this team which had already made four ‘Harry Potter’ movies toegher – did you feel as though you were arriving at Poudlard?
They accepted me as Luna! I was the outsider among the stars. And how would I have been able to be considered next to them? It was the strongest vogue of Harry Potter. Then I started correcting them when they made mistakes in theiir dialogue and when they forgot their lines. Rupert Grint had this habit of leaving lollipops in his mouth, which cause mad, irrepressible laughter. This reassured me.
- How do you image life after ‘Harry Potter’?
In the end, there has already been one after ‘Harry Potter’ when the last book came out. I felt an infinite sadness. But Luna teaches you that you should not be allowed to be overtaken by grief, then I realised. I have another year of school, then I am going to try become an actress. I have a dream to work with Tim Burton, but he impresses me so much that I have never dared to approach him – but then he came to the first screenings of ‘Order of the Phoenix’ and ‘Half Blood Prince’!
Plus new interviews have appeared: one from Evanna’s Milan tour from late June, and another from mid-July when Matthew and Evanna were promoting ‘Half Blood Prince’ in Switzerland. Hunting down translations as we speak.