Not every person embraces the quirkiness they have. Life brings a lot of jolts and some are enough to make us forget the beat that we should be dancing to, or the things we believe in. There are some characters in the world of Harry Potter that tell me to embrace that quirkiness. One of them is Luna Lovegood.
Luna Lovegood is a character that we are introduced to in the fifth book, Order of the Phoenix. She’s this extremely quirky girl who is calm and easygoing, hard working and quite unafraid to express the quirky ideas that she has about the magical world around her. Her father prints the magazine called The Quibbler. She’s similar to Harry in that she can see the beasts that pull the Hogwarts carriages. She’s quite wise in her simple ways, which is what I feel the Sorting Hat saw when it sorted her into Ravenclaw house.
The calmness that Luna has vanishes when someone makes fun of her father and the Quibbler, which showed how protective and fond she is of her only family, her father. Her qualities, the dreamy nature, the sweetness, the quirkiness that not every Hogwarts student or teacher appreciates… those feel more amazing when you come to know that she saw her mother die. Even from her mother, Pandora Lovegood, we have something to learn… that we needn’t stop experimenting if we are being ourselves.
One beautiful aspect of her character is the appreciation she shows for her friends. Though she has only few, the way she expressed it was strongly seen through the last three books. She’s one of the few who still keep checking the DA coin even after the DA disbands, showing that she wants to be there when her friends need her. She’s brave to help lead the group of six (Harry, Hermione, Ginny, Ron, Neville and herself) to the Ministry of Magic when Harry feels Sirius is in danger. She, along with other students, conjures Patronuses to save Harry, Hermione and Ron in the last battle. But the thing that made me most impressed about her were the painted faces of Harry, Hermione, Ginny, Ron and Neville on her room’s ceiling, linked closely by the word Friends written a thousand times in golden ink.
She’s one of the few who seem to respect other creatures and not consider them beneath humans. Like when she calls Dobby sir, or when she’s gentle with the thestrals (though this is in the movie).
When a character tells me to not change the quirkiness I have, and to dance to the beat of my own heart, it somehow makes me feel closer to that character. In a world where there is pressure to actually do the opposite of that, I feel a few Luna Lovegood’s would do a lot of good.
(© 14th April 2016)