Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts, and is a fantastic way to keep the Harry Potter magic alive year round, even when not reading the books!
The Theme This Week: Best moment by Luna Lovegood
And anyway, it’s not as though I’ll never see Mum again, is it?”
“Er-isn’t it?” said Harry uncertainly.
She shook her head in disbelief. “Oh, come on. You heard them, just behind the veil, didn’t you?”
“In that room with the archway. They were just lurking out of sight, that’s all. You heard them.”
(Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Oh, Luna. As a self-proclaimed Ravenclaw I adore Luna, and her unconventional way of looking at the world while still being extremely smart (she reminds me a lot of Dumbledore in that way). What I really love about her is that she doesn’t shy away from taboo or uncomfortable topics, leading Harry to really being able to mention to Sirius’ death at the end of book five only to Luna. She’s someone who wouldn’t judge his grief or try to soothe him, but rather someone who would accept his feelings as valid and offer up her own theories about the afterlife. I love that Luna’s really one of the only characters who discusses her ideas about mourning and faith, whether it be spiritual or religious, and that she presents the idea of a transcendent soul or person-hood in the series, seeing the veil as not something evil but rather as proof that those lost to the living continue to exist. It also begs the question as to what sort of connection her and Harry share, as they were the only ones (that we know of) that could hear the whispering beyond the veil. Is it similar to how they can both see threstrals? Are they linked by having their lives both touched by death at a young age, or rather are they both linked by the fact that they feel tethered to their deceased parents in a tangible way? (Which Harry does, whether through his belief that James saved him in POA or his parents appearing and guiding him out of Voldemort’s want in GOF). Though the world is full of extraordinary things, there are still things beyond normal perception that other wizards may disregard or scoff at, but Luna is truly a character who’s belief and imagination knows no bounds.