- Love yourself, there’s no one else like you and if there were, life would just be boring.
Luna Lovegood from a very young age had the rare quality of knowing and accepting who she was. She was 100% authentic no matter who she interacted with. Some people might have found her unusual sense of style as too flamboyant for their personal taste, but Luna owned her style and wasn’t afraid of what other’s had to say…
“Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you’re brave enough to be yourself.”
Instead, Luna owned her style, was confident, and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind…
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.”
- Self-awareness is the first step to accepting yourself for who you are
“They think I’m odd…”
I think while many may look at Luna like she’s a little wack-a-doodle…according to Luna “you’re just as sane as I am…” thus, in my book, we’re a little wack-a-doodle in our own way. We’re all unique, have our own sense of what’s real and what’s not real, and we’ll never see eye-to-eye 100% of the time. That’s part of the beauty of and knowing the importance that… “being different isn’t a bad thing.”
- She had a good sense of humor
I love that Luna understands that humor is an important quality to have…”Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” There have been so many times in the past I’m glad I’ve got a sense of humor and can laugh at myself and/or the absurdity of a situation. Just about a week ago I was really tired and feeling a bit loopy and out of it as a result. I went to sit on an office chair with wheels and somehow ended up on my bottom on the floor…I was down on the floor laughing hysterically at myself and the situation, all the while my friend/co-worker is looking down at me worriedly asking if I’m okay. It was just one of those situations where I knew the humor of the moment and could laugh at both myself and the situation without feeling embarrassed because I know “we’ve all been there before” (metaphorically speaking of course).
- Her ability to see the silver lining and be an optimist, even in difficult situations
Beyond being a blogger and artist, I’m a Prevention Specialist and work with kids k-8th grade teaching bullying prevention, conflict resolution, peer pressure refusal, Effective Communication, Self-Confidence/Self-Esteem Building, etc. I’m forever giving examples of times that I’ve been in where it’s easy to feel hopeless or as if you have your back up against the wall with no way to escape, but yet I’ve been able to see the silver lining and know that hope is around the corner and things aren’t as bad as they may seem. Luna too is an optimist and is able to find the light of hope in the dark tunnel.
“…things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”
It’s such an important trait to have. Life has taught me that being a confident, self-aware person who accepts themselves, for who they are, is the baseline for being an optimist.
- Her Kind-Hearted, Empathetic, and Understanding Nature
She’s a very honorable character in how she stands up for others, kind and whole-heatedly warm to others, despite how they may laugh at her, call her names, or make fun of her behind her back. When Harry realizes he can see the Thestrals, Luna tries to comfort him…
“You’re not going mad…I see them too… You’re just as sane as I am.”
- A wonderful imagination and magical view of the world around her
“I believe Nargles are behind it.”
“A Wrackspurt… They’re invisible. They float in through your ears and make your brain go fuzzy, I thought I felt one zooming around in here.”
“Oooh, look, a blibbering humdinger!”
“You can laugh! But people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or the Crumple-Horned Snorkack!”
“Well, that makes sense. After all, Cornelius Fudge has got his own private army.”
“What?” said Harry, completely thrown by this unexpected piece of information.”
“Yes, he’s got an army of heliopaths,” said Luna solemnly.”
“No, he hasn’t,” snapped Hermione.”
“Yes, he has,” said Luna.”
“What are heliopaths?” asked Neville, looking blank.”
“They’re spirits of fire,” said Luna, her protuberant eyes widening so that she looked madder than ever. “Great tall flaming creatures that gallop across the ground burning everything in front of -”
“They don’t exist, Neville,” said Hermione tartly.”
“Oh yes they do!” said Luna angrily.”
“I’m sorry, but where’s the proof of that?” snapped Hermione.”
“There are plenty of eyewitness accounts, just because you’re so narrow-minded you need to have everything shoved under your nose before you -”
I love Luna’s ability to stand her ground. Hermione is wonderful, but plainly logical and can’t seem to accept these characters as real. In our world, some people believe in fairies, ghosts, witches, spirits, angels and the like; while many people deny the existence of such magical beings. At the same time, others believe in them in varying ways.
For me, I personally like to feel like there is magic in the world, preferably good, even if we can’t see it, or it seems illogical. For me, my imagination is a wonderful and magical place and a lot of beautiful and colorful art is the end result. Beyond this, it helps me stay connected with my inner child, which helps me to be more playful and adventurous. Luna too is an artist and dabbles in painting; it’s not uncommon that artists are seen as odd, eccentric, flamboyant, weird, strange, loony, crazy, insane, etc. However, in my opinion, it’s just a lack of understanding that much like Luna Lovegood, I’ve come to expect and accept.
- While highly misunderstood and taken for as “Loony Luna” she was quite wise and highly intelligent in her unique offbeat way
“That’s right, Harry … come on, think of something happy …Something happy?’ he said, his voice cracked…We’re all still here… she whispered, we’re still fighting. Come on, now …There was a silver spark, then a wavering light, and then, with the greatest effort it had ever cost him, the stag burst from the end of Harry’s wand.”
Her ability to see through Harry’s Polyjuice Potion…
“Hello, Harry…Er – my name’s Barny, said Harry, flummoxed…Oh, have you changed that too…she asked brightly…How did you know…Oh, just your expression, she said.”
Luna Lovegood is an excellent example of looks can be deceiving …just because you appear or think differently doesn’t mean you’re crazy, or that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Next time tells me I’m weird or the like, I’m going to remember to take a lesson out of Luna Lovegood’s book and proudly smile and say thank you!