Sometimes when we write articles for The Smith’s Hirakata Soapbox page, we try to tell many different types of stories, some inspirational, some up beat, or some that are just plain “feel good”. The later being the focus of this article. I recently came upon a very interesting bit of information about a young actress that you may have seen, and I thought that her story was something that others might find interesting as well.
The actresses name is Evanna Lynch, and you may have seen her in the last few Harry Potter movies as the character “Luna Lovegood”. I looked her up on the website IMDB.com, because her character is so unique and very quirky. I wanted to know more about her and why she stared acting. And this is what I found…
(((( Note: This info was taken directly from the “EvannaLynchfans.com” website. ))))
– As a younger child, she continuously wrote to JK Rowling and, in one such letter, commented about how much she would love to act in a Harry Potter film but doubted this would happen as she lived in this sleepy little place called Termonfeckin, where nothing ever happened. And to Evanna’s surprise, Rowling wrote back, “Don’t be too hard on Termonfeckin; it does have a brilliant name! And I come from a very sleepy place.”.
– In 2003, aged eleven years old, Evanna was disappointed that she would miss the release of the novel “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” as she had been hospitalized. However, the hospital released her for a morning on the day of the launch where a local bookstore arranged for her to receive a copy that was signed by author J.K. Rowling. On the day, Evanna was dressed in a Harry Potter t-shirt and having scrawled ‘I love Harry Potter’ down her arms. She had also painted her nails blue with Harry Potter written on every second nail and the golden snitch on every other one as well as sporting painted-on black Harry Potter glasses on.
– Her father flew her to London to the open audition for the part of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Her mother did not believe she had much of a chance of winning the role so initially refused to let her apply.
– On January 23rd 2006, she discovered she had beaten out over 15,000 girls, from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, for the much coveted role of Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
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I personally enjoyed reading about a girl from a small town who loved a book so much that she found a way to get out of the hospital, so that she could go and buy the book on the day it came out, and not only that, but dressed up in her own Harry Potter fashion. Then later, auditioned against 15000 other girls to finally win the role. As far as I’m concerned that’s a little inspirational.