Evanna Lynch talks "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Parts 1 & 2
Luna Lovegood is one of the quirkest, most beloved characters in the "Harry Potter" series - probably more so because the of the perfect casting of Evanna Lynch, who seems to actually be Luna in real life. When last we see Luna in "Deathly Hallows" Part 1 (out on DVD April 15), she's escaping Malfoy Manor and helping eulogize Dobby, and when we catch up with her again in Part 2 (out in theaters July 15), she's fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts. Lynch talks about growing up, mourning Snape, and what happens to Luna after the series ends.
Q: You've grown up so much from when you first appeared in these films, for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"...
A: I had to! [Laughs]
Q: Did they make an exception that let you grow up even more, by letting you appear in the epilogue scene in Part 2?
A: No. I don't. It's not in the epilogue in the book. Luna's not mentioned there. And to be honest with myself, I don't want to see myself 20 years older or whatever! But she is mentioned. J.K. Rowling did a Web chat where she said that Luna marries Rolf Scamander, who is the grandson of the guy who wrote "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." And so I'm happy with that.
Q: Well, sometimes they change things that are in the books...
A: I think they wanted to leave it open, what happens to Luna, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione, they're the main ones. And they have changed some things, like some people wanted there to be a Neville and Luna thing [laughs], and they have changed that in the films, definitely more than the books.
Q: Of all the characters who die in "Deathly Hallows," which affected you the most?
A: I think Snape, because his whole life is devoted to the memory of Lily Potter. He loved her so much. I was kind of touched that he didn't even need anything back from her. I think that is really, really strong. He just wanted to honor her. He wanted to save Harry for her. And even though he hated James so much, he never tarnishes the memory of him. He does everything out of love for her. And he dies, and no one, I think it's really sad no one's crying over Snape, because he's got this creepiness about him. Everyone admires what he does, but they don't even seem to realize what a sacrifice he made.
Q: While you're in town, are you going to see Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"?
A: I saw it! It was brilliant. Yeah, he's on fire.
Q: We were joking earlier that it meant now you could do "Harry Potter the Musical"...
A: I would, in an instant! They actually have a Harry Potter musical on YouTube, made by fans. It's not very canon to the books, but it's really, really fun.
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