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Irish actress Evanna Lynch, known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter franchise, lost out in the US Dancing With The Stars final despite receiving a perfect score last night.

Despite missing out on the glitterball trophy, the 7-year-old actress received numerous special good luck messages from her former co-stars.

"Evanna, you are in the final! Can we just say this again? You are in the final. I am so proud of you. We love you. We are rooting for you. Kill it tonight, girl," Emma Watson shared in a video wishing her luck.

Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, joked about their differing Hogwarts houses: "Despite all of our differences at Hogwarts, I want to wish you all the very best tonight!"

Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Katie Leung, and Neville Longbottom himself Matthew Lewis all shared good luck messages to Evanna as she headed into the finals of the popular US dance show.

J.K. Rowling also cheered on the actress: “Best of luck, Evanna. Hope you win!” Rowling had been a huge support to Lynch during her adolescence.

Radio personality Bobby Bones was eventually crowned winner, each of the four contestants were tasked with performing two dances: Firstly their most memorable from the season, and then a freestyle performance.

Judge Bruno Tonioli  gave Evanna's dance with partner Keo Motsepe high praise, saying; "It was bright, it was colourful, it was quirky."

The duo received a 30 out of 30 for the dance, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to get Evanna the crown.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Could she not have just used her wand and chanted "Accio trophy" though? 

Evanna had been the favourite to take the trophy, but either way, she did the Irish (and Gryffindor) proud on the stage.

Mischief managed, we say.

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Harry Potter was a key part of our childhood.

Fond memories of awaiting the release of the movies or books that would open up a world of magic – gives us those nostalgic feels. 

And for one of our all-time favourite characters, Luna Lovegood, played by Evanna Lynch, the series didn't just make her a household name, it changed her life.

The 27-year-old revealed how the franchise and in particular J.K. Rowling helped her through "a really difficult time” as she battled an eating disorder.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While making moves on Monday's Dancing with the Stars episode, the actress opened up about her most memorable year, 2006.

Evanna secured the role of Luna in January 2006 and she revealed that she was "the biggest fan" of Harry Potter.

“It was just my great love at that time. So then suddenly I was in the world, living the dream," she said.

“I just adored the Harry Potter franchise and Luna Lovegood was my favourite character, so it was just like a lot of things to process at once.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Though the role was a huge deal for Evanna's career, Harry Potter meant so much more to her, as it offered a positive feeling through the darkness of an eating disorder.

“When I was like 11, 12, I was battling an eating disorder. Anyone who’s had an eating disorder knows it completely takes over your life,” she said.

And this is where the author came in to lend a hand, as the books were the only thing that could take Evanna's attention.

“I started writing to J.K. Rowling and she wrote back and we became pen friends after that,” said Lynch. “I was in and out of hospital and I would be getting these letters.”

The interaction with J.K. Rowling began to build up the actress' desire to fight.

The “books and her kindness really made me want to live again.” 

“Being in Harry Potter changed my life because it proved to me that I could do something, that I had something to offer the world,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now before you start with any speculation, Evanna made it clear that the author had no influence when she secured the role of Luna. 

“We were pen pals. We were writing to each other for years, but then when the open audition happened, it happened within two weeks from the audition to getting the part and I didn’t have a chance to tell her,” she explained.

If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, there's a wealth of information here.

What an incredible story.

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Back in 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein anonymously. Female authors weren’t respected 200 years ago, but today they are amongst some of the most successful writers that grace the shelves of bookshops around the world.

Women like J.K Rowling, Emily Bronte, Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood will forever be remembered for their wonderful words. They are historical icons in the literary world and have paved the way for many female authors.

There was a point in history when women’s voices were silenced, but we are now louder than ever.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Scarlet Curtis has perfectly captured the strength of women today with her book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies.)

The Pink Protest co-founder hopes to bridge the gap between the feminist hashtags and scholarly texts in this honest and raw collection of women’s stories.

She enlisted the help of some of the most empowering contributors including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Jameela Jamil, Chimwemwe Chiweza, Dolly Alderton, Adwoa Aboah and Beanie Feldstein.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) isn’t about learning how to be a ‘perfect’ feminist. It’s about reading the stories of our fellow sisters.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The stories shared in this gripping collection of essays are as diverse as the list of contributors.

“This is not a guide on how to be the perfect feminist, nor is it a full or adequate interpretation of one of the most complex movements in global history. This book is a collection of women’s stories,” author Scarlet Curtis commented.

Royalties of each copy sold will go to Girl Up, an initiative hosted by the United Nations Foundation.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) will be published by Penguin Random House on October 4, 2018.

Be sure to pick up a copy of this collection of essays by our fearless fellow feminists.

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Pottermore is the place to go for all the Harry Potter and it's like a bible for any JK Rowling fans out there.

One of the website's newest features is being able to find out what your Patronus is.

If you can't remember from the movie, a Patronus is like your animal guardian that protects you against those rotten dementors.

So, when one former Harry Potter star logged on to her account to see what her guardian animal is, she was none too pleased to find out she got a… Salmon.

Evanna Lynch took to Twitter to complain to Pottermore and said: "I don't geddit @pottermore… all of my happiest memories are spent in the presence of cats.

"Why oh why is my Patronus a SALMON?!" 

To be honest, we'd be pretty miffed too.

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The stars who worked with Alan Rickman for one of his most memorable roles, Harry Potter's Professor Snape, were among the first to share their tributes yesterday.

Alan's family confirmed the actor had passed away from cancer at the age of 69, after a battle with the disease that he had kept a secret from the public.

One of the most beautiful tributes we've seen so far comes from Evanna Lynch, the Irish actress who played Luna Lovegood in the seven films.

Taking to Facebook last night, the Louth native admitted that she gave Alan a "wide berth" during her years working on the Harry Potter franchise, but finally got to know him better during a chance meeting some time later.

"Truthfully, I was terrified of him as Snape and throughout the course of the films," she explained.

"I assumed he WAS Snape and made myself small whenever he went gliding past in those big, shadowy black robes.

I don't have many stories to share about Alan Rickman because, truthfully, I was terrified of him as Snape and…

Posted by Evanna Lynch on Thursday, 14 January 2016

"It wasn't until a few years later that I had the chance to meet Alan as himself. It was at a charity dinner and our nameplates were next to each other."

After getting over her nerves, Evanna explained how she took her seat and was pleasantly surprised by Alan's kindness towards her.

"I sat down and much to my shock he greeted me warmly and by name. My real name! 

"The conversation got round to acting quickly and at the time I was stressing about the pressure I felt to already be a successful actress and that I'd run out of time to make mistakes.

"He said not to worry about getting 'there' and instead to focus on feeding my soul and following my heart from place to place."

The actress goes on to explain how the conversation stuck with her for a long time afterward.

"After that meeting I thought about him a lot and what a truly lovely, kind, generous person he was.

"For someone as established, wise and revered as he, the greatest gift you can give someone is your full attention and presence in the moment. 

"Please honour his memory and what he gave us by talking about and sharing stories and continuing to celebrate his legacy so then he will be here, as we like to say, 'Always'."

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Irish film maker Simon Fitzmaurice made his appearance at the festival to show his film after five long years of hard work.

The director, who has made called by many an inspirational figure, has Motor Neuron Disease. His film My Name is Emily was written entirely using an iris-recognition screen. He then went on to direct the film using the same method and completed the project earlier this year.

The film, which sees Evanna Lynch in the lead role, follows the story of teenage Emily and her Robert on their mission to find her father.

Simon’s opportunity to have his film screened at the festival which has landed him the title of “Ireland’s most promising film-maker.” Speaking about his appearance the 39-year old said:

“Getting to Toronto is the result of a lot of people’s work and support, including Culture Ireland, and I’m so grateful to everyone involved.”

In 2008 he was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease shortly after he finished his second short film The Sound of People. That short went on to be screened the Sundance Film Festival.

The father-of-five refuses to allow his disease to affect his dreams of becoming a feature film director despite the extra challenges he faces.

One of these being the extra costs of travelling to events such as TIFF as he faces higher transportation costs than most others. Culture Ireland sponsored Simon in order to allow him to represent his film in person at the festival.

Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, said:

“Simon Fitzmaurice is a hugely talented award winning Irish film maker and I am delighted that Culture Ireland is supporting his presence at Toronto International Film Festival to attract the attention both he and his film deserve worldwide

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Irish actress Evanna Lynch has taken to Facebook to in order to get young actors in the audition doors this July.

If you know any pint-sized Harry Potter lovers then Evanna, 23, wants you to encourage them to get themselves to London for the open auditions for J.K Rowling’s magical spin-off series Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will also be appearing.

According to the MuggleNet website, Warner Bros. has made the announcement that there will be an open call casting for a young woman’s role in London next Saturday.

The character is called Modesty  a “haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness.” Sounds like someone Evanna is familiar with. Modesty has “an ability to see deep into people and understand them.”

Evanna has drawn comparisons between her own character Luna and Modesty of the spin-off series. She also thinks that the opportunity is there for any mega-fans like her to land the role of their dreams, just as she did.

Saw this on Mugglenet this morning and have to repost!! Warner Bros. are holding an open casting call on Saturday for…

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On Facebook, Evanna wrote a post about the casting call that encouraged all the Potter fans out there to give it a try. She said:

“I was shy, awkward, too-sensitive-for-this-industry, had not one professional credit to my name and I faced many a raised eyebrow and skeptical comment when voicing my dream to audition.”

Evanna says she loved the character so much which was what ultimately got her the role even though she wasn’t a trained actor.

 

At the Galway Film Fleadh for the premiere of My Name Is Emily yesterday!  #MyNameIsEmily #GalwayFilmFleadh

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“I only went out of love for the books and a fierce desire to tell Luna’s story the right way. But I was by all means, NOT ready or trained to audition for a role in a mega movie franchise.”

We think she did a pretty good job considering her character became loved by Potter fans around the world.

 

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Evanna wrote that she just wants to encourage any girls who feel like they’re too shy or might not fit the Hollywood ideal to try what they love. “Put all those alleged obstacles out of your mind and just go as you, nothing more, nothing less,” she wrote to her fans.

Nicely done, Evanna. 

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Love seeing new movies before anyone else? Then read on!

The team behind Irish film My Name Is Emily, starring Evanna Lynch and George Webster, are looking for cinema fans to come along to a test screening in Dublin next week.

The screening will take place in Movies@Dundrum, at 6.30pm on January 20th. Entrance is free, but all attendees will be required to fill out an anonymous questionnaire at the end of the film.

Featuring music from Irish stars Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow, the movie is described as "a compelling story about loss, independence and first love." 

Registration is essential as we reckon this will fill up fast!

To get your name down, simply email testscreening14@gmail.com with your details.

Please note the use of mobile phones will not be permitted during the screening.

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