Monday, April 28, 2014

X is for Xenophilius Lovegood

Here is a man who, despite everyone thinking he's completely mad, never gives up on what he believes in and never stops trying to discover new things.  For that, I respect Xenophilus Lovegood, father of one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As the editor of the Quibbler, Xeno publishes his wild stories, which most people discount immediately as a rule because they are coming from the unreliable paper.  Of course, the Quibbler does report some true stories, as I've mentioned in my Quibbler post, including the articles about Voldemort's return.  He also was right in believing that the Deathly Hallows existed, which most people thought was ridiculous, including Hermione:
"Mr. Lovegood, how can you possibly believe -?"
"Luna has told me all about you, young lady," said Xenophilius.  "You are, I gather, not unintelligent, but painfully limited. Narrow.  Close-minded" (The Deathly Hallows, 410).

It's not only the magazine that has the reputation of being a little off, it's also the man behind the writing.  Harry described him as "a most eccentric looking wizard. Slightly cross-eyed, with shoulder-length white hair the texture of candyfloss, he wore a cap whose tassel dangled in front of his nose and robes of an eye-watering shade of egg-yolk yellow" (The Deathly Hallows, 139).

Xeno may be eccentric and a little too anxious to believe any myth, but his daughter Luna is his priority, and that perhaps makes him more sane than we give him credit for.  Their bond is undeniable as she defends Quibbler and spreads his theories.  Luna was so proud of her father's paper because he didn't pay to have articles written and he didn't care about the money.  All he wanted was to share the things he thought the world needed to know.

10 comments:

  1. Great topic for the letter 'X'-this letter is making all of us get creative :)

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    1. Definitely! It was the second hardest for me to come up with a topic for! ;)

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  2. JK Rowling must have had a lot of fun writing the eccentric Xenophilius and Luna! But Xeno is certainly to be admired for not being afraid to stand up for what he believes in.

    xx Rachel
    Favorite Book Covers: XVI vs X Isle

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    1. Oh I bet! And the name Xenophilius actually means admirer of the strange, or something like that :)

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  3. I never got that far in the Harry Potter series, but it reminds me of one of my first freelance writing gigs--writing about Halloween costumes. I had to write 500 words about the Luna Lovegood costume without knowing a darn thing about the character!

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    1. Haha that would be quite challenging! Thank goodness for Google, right?

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  4. Here is a man who, despite everyone thinking he's completely mad, never gives up on what he believes in and never stops trying to discover new things.

    I LOVE this description of him, Michelle. And absolutely agree. I love him for just those reasons :)

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    1. Thank you! That's why I love Luna, too!

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  5. Great description of him. He was looney but he certainly loved his daughter. I bet he was a lot of fun to live with LOL

    Cheers, Michelle

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    1. He would be fun to be around - in small doses. I could see if you had to interact with him all the time or were trying to do something important, his eccentricities could get in the way.

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