This post is part of a month-long series of pre-dated posts running while I am on holiday. Feel free to comment, I’ll get back to you when I return!
Please note that any “reviews” I write here are simply my own opinion and that I am not doing any objective, informative reviews for this challenge. If there are any spoilers in a post, I will indicate it at the top.
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Would anyone believe me if I said that it’s really hard for me to find words to describe what I am feeling? Usually I don’t have trouble with this, but to describe how (and why) I feel about certain characters is just really difficult. So just to say that I am crazy about Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter… it doesn’t seem enough. Why? Since when? How? I don’t seem able to make sentences about this. Writing about Luna has the added disadvantage that I have to write about how I was bullied at school at the same time to explain, and that is not something that I write easily about. I get emotional and that doesn’t help my coherence.
Luckily, there is harrypotterconfessions.tumblr.com. That something that I cannot find in words, I can find in the graphics they post.
A couple of days ago I wrote about how identifying with a character plays a role in choosing a favourite. While I do identify with Luna’s character, I identify more with the way that people treated her. Everyone pushed her away, ridiculed her and called her loony. I was also badly bullied at school: for reading books; for having uncool, old clothes; for being “different”. Then, enter Luna into my life. And she showed me that it was okay to be all these things. She taught me not to let the bullies have any say over my life. It was my life and I was allowed not to conform to the norms of others. It was one of the most liberating experiences of my life to have the example of Luna. She has to be the single book character that I owe the most to and who worked the most change in me. Remember how she used to wear radish earrings? One day at school, on a non-uniform day, I tried emulating her and wore parrot earrings. People laughed at me and I took them off, but I was ashamed. I felt like I was letting Luna down. Today, I am wearing my parrot earrings and who cares who is laughing at me behind my back?
It took years, but I know the entrance of Luna Lovegood into Harry Potter helped to shape me into the person that I am today. I stopped caring what people think. I stopped even trying to fit in, because I never have and never will fit into the niche that people tried to cut for me.
Not all of my family have accepted who I am and how I am, and whenever I feel ashamed for disappointing people for not being the way they would like me to be, I can just remember how wonderful Luna was when she refused to conform. It’s okay when people laugh at me. I may not get bullied anymore, but in a way it is still there when people laugh and point fingers. I can remember that Luna didn’t give a damn what anyone else thought of her and it was that which shaped her character.
At the risk of sounding as sentimental as everyone else posting Harry Potter Confessions, I say that I will always be grateful to Luna for being such a great example to a girl who was trying to be herself and failing. I can only hope to one day be half as strong as Luna was, because I know how much it hurts when people call you crazy, just because you happen to be different from them.
You’re just as sane as I am. – Luna
Part 2 of this post will follow tomorrow!