“She was quite an extraordinary witch, but she did like to experiment and one day one of her spells went badly wrong. I was nine.” Luna admits to Harry, who also mourned the untimely death of his mother, “it was rather horrible” and matter-of-factly states that she does “feel very bad about it sometimes.
Though some fans may not remember Luna’s tragic backstory, they can easily remember her most charming moments. Luna provided a sense of levity, honesty, and comic relief in dark times. When nobody believed Harry’s assertion that Voldemort was coming back, Luna stood by and reassured him that both she and her equally eccentric father, Xenophilius, believe him (his name is formed from the Latin roots for “love” and “strange,” go figure). And it’s hard to forget memorable Luna lines like: “I hope there’s pudding” when she and the group travel to Hogwarts or her telling Harry he looks “exceptionally ordinary” after fixing his broken nose.
For all her awkward charm, don’t forget that Luna also fought in Battle of Hogwarts, bravely challenging Bellatrix Lestrange. She also helped Harry locate one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, in the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. It’s no wonder fans like to ship Luna and Harry, which is evident in many a YouTube video or Reddit thread espousing the idea. Luckily, while Harry marries Ginny, according to J.K. Rowling from a 2007 webchat, Luna marries Rolf Scamander, the grandson of Fantastic Beasts Magizoologist Newt Scamander, later in life. This unique pairing might be for the best, as Newt and his family’s quirks likely pair up more fittingly with the traits of the Lovegoods.