Evanna Lynch Warns About Unhealthy 'Harry Potter' Fan Culture

Written by on June 23, 2020

Evanna Lynch solemnly swears fan tradition is as much as no good.

In an interview from the “Speaking Tastebuds” podcast that’s now making the rounds, the “Harry Potter” actor opened up concerning the risks of fandom. Lynch defined she was an obsessed “Harry Potter” fan lengthy earlier than she was solid as Luna Lovegood at age 14 in 2006, typically visiting fansite MuggleNet and writing letters to the solid.

“It was so bizarre to go from being a fan who used to stalk Daniel Radcliffe to being somebody that folks would ship fan mail to,” Lynch stated.

After she joined the movies, she realized how carefully her “Harry Potter” fandom was tied to her personal id.

“The entire fan tradition I feel is a bit unhealthy, being obsessive about an individual. As a result of once I met Daniel and Emma [Watson] and Rupert [Grint], I knew every thing about them. I knew their pet’s names, I knew their birthdays, I knew their mother and father’ names. And I needed to fake I didn’t,” Lynch stated.

She added, “My complete id was poured into theirs and to sort of adoring them that I used to be simply instantly confronted with like, ‘Who the hell am I?’ Once they requested me what I’m focused on, I can’t, what do I say? After which I spotted being an obsessive fan is sort of — it’s disempowering.”

Being on the opposite facet of issues disarmed her previous perspective sooner than you’ll be able to say expelliarmus. Now that Lynch is on the receiving finish of letters from obsessed followers who assume they’re her “greatest good friend,” it’s not so magical.

“I don’t reply to these individuals, as a result of I don’t — it’s simply not wholesome. And I feel it’s arduous as a result of some individuals, they don’t have the expertise the place they see it from the opposite facet as I do, or they don’t have remedy or issues like that. However I do, yeah, I simply assume fan tradition is sort of harmful and you’ll lose your self in it,” Lynch stated.

That’s to not say you shouldn’t be a fan in any respect. As just lately as 2017, Lynch advised HuffPost she nonetheless adored the collection, saying, “The books virtually have a resetting impact on me. They bring about me again to who I’m.” 

It’s clear within the podcast that the actor is looking out overly obsessive, typically dehumanizing, fan habits. As an example, earlier within the dialog, Lynch, who’s a vegan and an animal lover, speaks about Netflix’s “Tiger King” and animals being exploited for images, relating it to unhealthy fan interactions.

“I get individuals calling me Luna and that actually irks me. Or they’ll be like, ‘Can I’ve an image?’ After which they’ll take it with out asking,” Lynch stated, explaining these followers don’t take her emotions into consideration.

“That hurts me and places me in a nasty temper, and picture that’s what we do to animals in captivity on a regular basis,” she added.

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