Actress Evanna Lynch, known for playing free-spirited Hogwarts student Luna Lovegood in the “Harry Potter” films, appeared at Sydney’s Oz Comic Con over the weekend, along with real-life boyfriend and costar Robbie Jarvis, who played a young version of Harry’s father, James. The two participated in two Q&A sessions and of course had plenty to say about “Harry Potter,” including some tidbits Lynch gleaned from writer J.K. Rowling, details on their auditions and casting experiences, their on-set friends, and more. Read on for highlights of their discussion, thanks to fansites SnitchSeeker and Mugglenet’s presence and reporting at the panels.
In addition to their panels, the actors were also available for photo ops with fans and autographs during the convention.
Newt Scamander’s grandson almost made it into “Deathly Hallows”
With the upcoming spin-off film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” filming now, fans have been hearing plenty about magizoologist Newt Scamander, known for writing one of the textbooks on magical creatures that Hogwarts students use. But it was his grandson, Rolf, that almost made an appearance in the final book of the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Lynch revealed that during the filming of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”–when Rowling was finishing the final installment–Rowling admitted she almost added Rolf.
Lynch and Rowling still keep in touch
While Lynch and Rowling maintained a close correspondence while Rowling wrote “Deathly Hallows,” the two do still write to each other–on pen and paper. Rowling once e-mailed Lynch, but Lynch didn’t like the immediateness of it and asked to return to pen and paper.
Rowling also told Lynch that the Crumple-Horned Snorcack isn’t real, but much like her character, Lynch refuses to believe her.
Luna is at times used for comic relief, which Lynch isn’t a fan of. In part because of the way Luna helped Harry deal with death, Lynch feels Luna has a deep spirituality to her. Lynch also revealed that Rowling trusts her with the character.
Despite admitting to being a huge fan of the Marauders, Jarvis wrote a letter to producer David Heyman asking to be cast as Cedric Diggory, who was ultimately played by pre-“Twilight” Robert Pattinson. Jarvis also specifically chose his agent because they had a lot of actors cast in the “Harry Potter” series. In his audition for James, Jarvis and 50 other boys had to play a game in which they were instructed to run around the room and tap four people on the head–Jarvis tapped the producers, including Heyman, and director David Yates. Yates said Jarvis was cast in that moment because it was something James would do.
As for Lynch, contrary to some rumors, Rowling did not recommend her for the role–she had to audition. She also said she wasn’t nervous because the audition was about Luna, not Lynch herself. But in 10 years, she said we might see her auditioning for the part of Divination professor Trelawney, should the series be redone. And it probably will.
Lynch thinks Neville Longbottom is “too weird” for Luna because of his desire for things like marriage and a stable job.
Jarvis tried to steal James’ glasses numerous times. Since he said “tried,” we assume he never succeeded.
If they could be other characters, Lynch would be house elf Dobby–who she actually did portray in a childhood play–while Jarvis would be Professor McGonagall. He called her “a badass” who is “on the right side but mean.”
Magical items and places
If they could have an item from the wizarding world, Jarvis would have a broomstick because of his interest in flying. Lynch, meanwhile, would like portkeys to be real because she’s always late.
They also revealed their favorite wizarding world shops–Lynch’s is Honeydukes; Jarvis’ is Ollivander’s wand shop.
What got left out
Like many fans, Lynch wanted Harry’s meltdown in Dumbledore’s office in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” included in the film, as well as the larger plot about house elves.
True to his character, Jarvis wanted more of the Marauders’ story, though he also said the series isn’t just for “Harry Potter” fans but is also for movie lovers.
What they learned
Much like the “Harry Potter” book series has taught fans life lessons for years, Lynch and Jarvis both learned a lot from their time filming the movies. Lynch said she learned it’s possible to do anything with enough passion, not to deify things because it creates distance, and that everyone has something unique to contribute.
Jarvis learned that everyone makes mistakes, but your mistakes don’t define you. He said to move forward with the best intentions and either make it right or do better the next time.
Of their castmates, Lynch was the closest to Katie Leung, who played Cho Chang, because they went through the same process. Jarvis was the closest to the Boy Who Lived himself, Daniel Radcliffe.