Potter Portaits #8: Luna Lovegood (and bunny patronus)
I think we probably all went to school with someone like Luna Lovegood at some point. You know, the kid who would be sitting in the desk right next to you, but was also on a completely different planet.

Luna Lovegood's father published The Quibbler, the Wizarding World's equivalent of The National Enquirer. This was one of the reasons Luna was often ostracized by other kids, given that that Quibbler would write about outlandish, unbelievable creatures with silly names like The Crumple-Horned Snorkack. I never understood this. What made any of the creatures mentioned in the Quibbler seem any stranger than the outlandish, unbelievable creatures with silly names that the students of Hogwarts ENCOUNTERED ON A DAILY BASIS? These are kids that have dealt with Blast-Ended Skrewts without snickering about their names.

How does any story seem outlandish when you live in the wizarding world where dark wizards hide on the back of people's heads and government workers head into the office via magical toilets? How do you see the line between reality and bonkers tabloid story? WHERE IS THE LINE?

Anyway, what was I talking about? Oh yeah - Luna. Luna is a pretty great kid. She's a Ravenclaw, the house known for smart kids, despite showing constant bravery against both evil wizards and societal pressures. She's way braver than, say, Gryffindor's Seamus Finnegan. Sometimes I think that sorting hat is just picking houses for kids at random. It's a terrible system.

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