Why the Body Bind is My Nightmare

What would your Boggart be? I’ve no doubt that all of you have pondered this question many a time and come up with a plethora of suggestions. Spiders, failure, heights, ghosts, rejection, fear itself (oh, how noble of you!)–these are just a few Boggarts that spring to mind. Personally, I have an acute fear of being paralysed, like being hit with a permanent Body Bind curse. I have a recurring nightmare of suddenly being totally paralysed. In my dream, people I know keep appearing and saying provocative things to me. My mind is screaming replies but my body just can’t deliver. For this blog I have decided to elucidate on the reasoning behind this fear (though fear is never truly reasonable, when you break it down).

I don’t believe in mental blocks. I don’t believe in what other people tell me I can and can’t do. Basically, I have very little regard for the idea of “can’t”. Take the example of running a marathon: your mind tells you that you can’t do it, and other people may laugh and scoff when you tell them your ambition. But the truth of the matter is these statements are just illusions. You can run the marathon regardless of the naysayers. However, if you break both legs two days before the aforementioned marathon I don’t think anyone will contest that “can’t” becomes the cold hard truth.

This reality is why the physical body bind is my greatest fear and it is also why I think it’s so important that we love and care for our bodies as best as we can. It’s true that the mind is where all ideas are born, but the body is the tool that translates and expresses those ideas to the wider world. It is nothing but a vehicle for our greater creative purpose but if we don’t give it fuel and keep it in good working order it instead becomes another obstacle to transcend, a physical one, as well as the many million fictitious mental ones that society presents.

Unfortunately so, so many people are letting their own Negative Body Image be another type of body-bind that prevents them from living their life to the fullest. We feed ourselves negative thoughts about our body, thoughts like “I’m too fat”, “I’m too short”, “I’m too ugly.” Very quickly we glumly accept them as the truth, and thus we become imprisoned in our own body. We use them as excuses NOT to fulfill certain ambitions and lock ourselves into a cosy self-contained prism of isolation and fear. While writing this blog, the song by Arcade Fire, “My Body is a Cage” is playing in my mind. My body is a cage that keeps me / from dancing with the one I love / But my mind holds the key.” I’m no genius at interpreting indie band lyrics, but to me this song summed up the pain and frustration of someone who is in love with someone else but who refuses to act on these feelings because they feel their body isn’t good enough. They can’t let themselves be free. To anyone who has let their body cage their dream, I say to you, isn’t it true you might as well have been paralysed, hit with the curse?

These are harsh words, I realise, though I want them to be a wake up call to you. If you don’t use your body to its full potential, as a means of achieving your dreams, you are wasting it. You are no better off than someone who is locked in a total body bind curse. At the same time I realise how difficult it is to overcome this state of mind, and I know what a firm, unrelenting grip these thoughts can get on you. A few years ago I was haunted by destructive, negative thoughts like these. I used to get so angry and frustrated because I felt my mind didn’t match up with my body and that it prevented me from things I knew I was capable of doing. It took me a while to realise that all of this was an illusion. If I continued to abuse my body by giving in to my negative thoughts, I didn’t deserve to have the health and fitness I was blessed with. I would recommend all of you watch the film of “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” a story about a man who suffers a terrible accident that leaves him paralysed. He is left with only the use of his left eyelid, and yet, all the odds against him, the man wrote a book about his life and journey by dictating it to a transcriber through that one left eyelid. That story really spoke to me and put things in such clear perspective. Continuing to allow such trivial things as body insecurities to control and dictate your day-to-day behaviour is continuing down a road of destruction and cowardice.

On the other hand, I don’t believe in sweeping these insecurities under the carpet. Doing that is almost as destructive as obsessing over these insecurities. Perhaps many of you bookish individuals who come from bookish families have been brought up to believe that beautifying oneself is a vain, self-seeking, and wasteful practise, as it does nothing to enhance one’s knowledge of the world. My mother grew up in a very loving, intelligent family, but she was not brought up to believe she was beautiful. Sometimes I ask her about her youth and the things she did, and so often her reply is “I didn’t have the confidence for that.” I’m trying to tell you that ignoring them is not the right way to deal with insecurities! Ignoring pain or problems doesn’t make them go away. The fact is you have a body and, as it encases the rest of you, it’s important that you are happy with it.

So I am giving you permission to make yourself feel beautiful! Do whatever it is you have to do to make yourself feel beautiful. If that’s keeping fit and healthy then go for a walk or run in the mornings and be determined to keep it up. Do your makeup, or if you’re bored and want to change your appearance, then dye your hair a different colour. Eventually, by doing these little things and feeling more beautiful, you will break through all the self doubt and find the negative obsession fading away. Don’t get lazy and tell yourself there’s no point; it’s important! Nowadays I know what I need to do to be happy with my appearance: I spend a few minutes in the morning picking out an outfit that will make me feel confident, and then I have the rest of the day, free from the old destructive thoughts, to pursue my creative pursuits– the most important thing!! But I know that if I didn’t take care of my body, I would get really down and feel incapacitated to do even the most menial everyday tasks. Do you ever have a day when you aren’t happy with your hair, or you get a spot, and then for the rest of the day that’s all you can think about?! Basically, my view on taking care of one’s appearance is that it’s important insofar as it helps you to forget your appearance!

We’re damn lucky to have our bodies, these strange, multi-functional machines, that let us leave our legacy on the planet. I hope you realise how powerful they are and decide that today you’re going to start treating it with love and kindness. Think of it like a child; if you were to continue to feed it on mental and physical abuse, and starve it of love and nourishment, how would it grow into anything other than an angry, embittered, cold-hearted delinquent? Whereas if you tell that child everyday that it’s beautiful, loved, and can do anything, there’s no limits on what it can grow up to be. It’s pretty simple: Serve your body best so it can serve YOU best. :)

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146 Comments

  1. Alanna

    January 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm
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    Evanna, thank you so much for this amazing, inspiring post. I’m so glad that you got the part of Luna, because I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more, and you sure as hell earned it. Keep on shining, girl!

    • Navjot Singh

      January 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm
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      Wow Awesome post everything u wrote in there was what my dad always said to me every single day and by the way your my sisters favorite actor in hp. P.S. im only an 11 year old my sister is 12 and its not everyday an 11 year old stumbles on a website like this oh by the way can i plz have ur email? if u have one.

  2. January 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm
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    Wow. I have never thought of my body that way before. You made me look at myself in a different light. Thanks for this.

  3. January 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm
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    This was totally inspiring and a really freat read. Thank you, Evanna, for believing in all of us so selflessly.

  4. January 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm
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    *great! Gah.

  5. Vanessa

    January 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm
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    WOW, this is really great! Thank you so much! I completely agree with you, what makes our bodies so important is that it is the vehicle for our true selves. You did a lovely job articulating that!
    I personally can’t stand exercise, and I have been making it my goal to exercise more during this month. It’s not fun, and it’s not easy, and oftentimes I am a little sore afterward, but I feel better in the long run, because I am now able to stretch my body to reach the same goals as my mind.

    It is so important that we take care of these precious vehicles, without which we would cease to exist. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. fancywallpaper

    January 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm
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    Evanna, that was really beautiful and inspiring. :) <3

  7. January 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm
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    What beautiful, inspiring words. Thank you, Evanna, for being a role model to so many and for sharing this with all of us. xxx

  8. January 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm
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    Being paralyzed or losing a limb has always been my number one fear in life. I’ve never taken the time to think about why I might be afraid of it, like you did here. This is a great way to take that fear, analyze it and turn it into a positive look out on life and the relationship with our bodies. Thank you so much for your sublime ideas and writing!

  9. Shrima

    January 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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    Goodness, this was wonderfully written. I appreciate you guest blogging for us!
    One part that really stood out to me was,”I felt my mind didn’t match up with my body…”
    My heart must have skipped a beat when I read that because it’s exactly what I’ve been thinking for the past few weeks or so (and I have journal entries to prove it!). My mind really does not match up with my body and I sometimes surprise myself when I look in a mirror and don’t see the mental image of myself.
    I don’t know…I just thought it was really creepy that you wrote just that.
    Thank you so, so much, again, for writing this!

  10. January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm
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    Evanna, You rock. Thank you so much for posting this <3

  11. January 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm
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    This is so relevant to my life right now, and I’m sure it’s relevant to most other people right now as well in their own way. These words speak a harsh, honest, vital truth. I want to draw excerpts of this on my walls as a constant reminder. It’s definitely a potential art project next time I’m feeling imprisoned in my own body and fears.

    In other words, PREACH IT, SISTA.

  12. January 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm
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    Evanna, thank you so much for this wonderfully inspiring post! You truly have a way with words and your message is one that really resonates with me, and I am sure many others. Thank you!

  13. Brenda

    January 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm
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    your writing’s crazy poignant. ♥

    but, yeah, completely agree. i don’t think most people realize how important being confident is, just because — i mean, people can’t change what they’re given, or what happens to them, but they can choose how they feel about it. they can choose to make themselves happy, but a lot of people don’t just because they’re not confident enough to.

    UGH BE HAPPY EVERYONE. ):

  14. January 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm
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    Evanna, I always thought you wear such an awesome girl. And now you proved it to me. Many of these thoughts runs through my head as the days gones on. But I have quite a handfull of friends that don’t see this things. And when I tell them, everyday how very beautiful they are but I don’t get anything back. It’s like I’m talking to a stonewall and after a while, this goes out on me. Because then I spend so much time thinking and worrying myselft for everyone else that I forget to take care of myself. And because I only tell all of my friends how very beautiful they are and not telling myself the same thing. The negative thoughts starts grow inside my mind.
    So thanks you. Thanks for writing this. I will seriously print this out write now and put it up on my wall so that I, everyday I think that I should be thinner or have a prettier face or whatever it might be, will be reminded to serve my body the best.
    Thank you Evanna, lots of love! <3

  15. Amanda

    January 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm
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    This is amazing.

  16. Amazed

    January 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm
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    Inspiring and wonderful. No one deserved Luna more.

    (but surely the opening paragraph should read, “What would your BOGGART be?” not dementor?)

  17. Tanja

    January 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm
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    True. So true

  18. January 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm
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    Wise words!
    I think it’s so true. All of it really…
    I have a really hard time trying to let myself feel pretty.

  19. January 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm
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    Evanna,

    Thank you so much for such an insightful and honest commentary.

  20. Jodi

    January 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm
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    Wow. What an amazing post, Evanna! Everything you wrote here was so poignant and relevant for my own insecurities. You brought some really amazing points to light, and I thank you for that.

  21. January 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm
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    Great post – you should really check out operationbeautiful.com. It’s a movement determined to promote body love and it’s awesome :) Thanks for the BEAUTIFUL words.

  22. January 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm
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    Excellent. Absolutely excellent. Well said.

  23. sadie

    January 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm
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    be my best friend?
    :)

  24. Karen

    January 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm
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    This is an awesome blog, Evanna! I’ve recently started walking 2 miles three times a week to lose weight, and while I’ve been sticking to it, I was in need of some sort of inspiration. You just gave it to me. :) I feel must less negative about being sweaty now that I can think about my body as a child that needs nourishment. Thanks!

  25. Veronica

    January 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm
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    Thank you for this lovely, lovely post. :3
    I try not to care about what people think of me. If I want to wear jeans and a big t-shirt (my Deathly Hallows shirt, of course ;D) one day and a dress the next, I will. I don’t wear make-up, and I don’t try to look or act a certain way for other people.
    But despite that, the morning courage wears off, and I find myself fiddling with my outfit throughout the day and obsessing over how awful I think my hair looks.
    It’s true, though, that I shouldn’t. I sometimes need people to tell me that. Not people I know, because I feel like they say that because we’re friends, but people like you. I guess I just never really thought of famous people as real people. Like, real, tangible people. I do, now, though, and I hope I won’t forget it. :D

  26. Jay

    January 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm
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    Absolutely beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing a very insightful look at our predisposition to look down on ourselves because we’re not what everyone else wants us to be. Evanna you’re a true role model to so many, please keep it up. <3

  27. January 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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    Thank you so much for this post. <3 This just proves my point, once again, that you are a wonderful role model. You are so beautiful–inside and out.

  28. Ana

    January 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm
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    Evanna, you are amazing. This is so inspiring. Thank you so much, it made me feel amazing.

  29. Tara

    January 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm
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    Doesn’t she mean boggart…? Not dementor..

  30. Mikaila Smith

    January 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm
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    Evanna,
    Thank you. Thank you so much. You are a beautiful, beautiful person. Thank you.

  31. Emily

    January 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm
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    Evanna, this was very inspiring and beautiful. I have never thought of anything like this but it definitely inspired me. Thank you so much for sharing. You are a great role model. <3

  32. Catherine

    January 18, 2011 at 9:50 pm
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    Evanna, thank you so much for this post. I’m currently going through a similar experience; I’ve been trying so hard to lose the extra weight that I have, and I’m almost to the point of exploding with how hard it is. But after reading this, I feel so much more confident. I think I’m going to go out for a run right now :D

  33. Michelle Galaz

    January 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm
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    Just wanted to let you know that your post was most inspirational to me. It made me cry because I realized I honestly don’t appreciate my body as I should. Ironically, my biggest fear is not living up to my potential. So I guess I better get on that, right? Thank you so much for your TLC. It was just the push I needed. :)

  34. Jennifer R.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm
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    This was really awesome, Evanna! Thank you so much for sharing it. It’s amazing that you were able to overcome your own negative thinking about your body and learn to appreciate it for the miracle that it is.

  35. William

    January 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm
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    Pretty words, Evanna. Now I have to write a song called Body Bind.

  36. Victoria

    January 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm
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    Evanna, I honestly think we would be best friends if we ever met. So much of what you say, and the things you appreciate and support, are very similar to my own beliefs and passions.
    I was diagnosed with anorexia four years ago, and since then have been struggling with body image and self-acceptance nonstop. I feel like I’m trapped in my own body, and my body and my mind don’t go together. But lately I’ve been working on being more positive, and I’m trying to love myself for the way I am. I want to change my body, but it’s so difficult for me to do that healthfully. I’ve starved myself to near hospitalization, I’ve binged on everything in sight and then thrown it up, but I don’t know how to live healthfully. But I’m trying, and I believe that one day I’ll find peace with myself.
    Thank you for this inspiring post. <3

  37. January 19, 2011 at 12:26 am
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    you completely inspire me. thank you for being truthful and opening my eyes. you are a wonderful role model.

  38. Tzuria

    January 19, 2011 at 1:29 am
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    Evanna, thanks for the beautiful and awesome post. I like the idea of caring for one’s appearance enough to be able to forget about it. :)

  39. Sabrina

    January 19, 2011 at 3:14 am
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    This is amazing, thank you evanna! I generally try to see myself in a positive light, but it’s not always easy and this post helps me immensely. I absolutely adore you as Luna, I could’t have imagined a better Luna if I wanted to <3 Youre absolutely brilliant, and honestly, your logic behind your fear of the body bind is so sound, i'm going to have nightmares about body binds now haha :) feel free to, oh I don't know, be my best friend? :) I admire you so much!

  40. January 19, 2011 at 4:28 am
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    You write beautifully, Evanna. This blog is fantastic – you’ve changed my view on a few things in one reading. <3

  41. joseph

    January 19, 2011 at 4:47 am
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    Evanna, I wonder what happened to you that could have caused these kinds of insecurities. It boggles my mind because you’re such a beauty! I really think so.

    Have you ever woken to find yourself paralyzed? It is terrifying! I know that feeling–screaming in the mind, but being unable to vocalize it–figuratively, but also literally in the case of sleep paralysis. If that ever happens to you, I hope it doesn’t scare you too badly.

  42. Salina

    January 19, 2011 at 9:24 am
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    This brought me to tears. Thanks, Evanna. :)

  43. January 19, 2011 at 9:42 am
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    That was excellent. Thank you, Ms Lynch.

  44. Rae

    January 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm
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    Wow very uplifting thanks :)

  45. Micaela

    January 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm
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    Isn’t ‘My Body Is A Cage’ by Peter Gabriel? And not Arcade Fire?

    • Catie

      January 22, 2011 at 2:29 am
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      dude the fact you just reference arcade fire is huge in my book. Huge I tell you. I mean, Luna is my favourite character because she’s just a more extreme version of me, but this is beautiful. You captured it, for sure.

  46. Sarah

    January 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm
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    Waaw! so great :)
    Thank you, Evanna.

  47. Kathryn

    January 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm
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    So amazing, Evanna!

    I totally agree with what you said and it’s so reassuring to just hear it from someone else.

    Appearance should be about how it makes you feel, the confidence it gives you and not what others will think of it or how it will make them feel.

  48. Sarah

    January 19, 2011 at 1:36 pm
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    Evanna, thanks for such an amazing post. Almost four years ago, I lost one of my muscles to a rare infection, because I was born without a proper immune system. I had relearn how to walk, run, and even write and read. I am finally coming to terms with what happened and that I am pretty in those strengths. Though I hope to never get that sick again.

  49. January 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm
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    Evanna, you are an amazing person. You cannot imagine how this post has resonated with me. Now excuse me, while I go kiss someone=

  50. January 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm
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    i wrote a bit of a rant similar to this on tumblr.
    then i read this.
    she speaks the truth.

    http://swishandclick.tumblr.com/post/2830083066/i-have-to-rant-and-fill-up-your-dash-unfollow-me-if

  51. Bethany Mikulis

    January 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm
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    Thank you for your honest and quiet though provoking commentary . As the mother of a special needs daughter who has many physical impairments, I have always thougt that one of my primary jobs was to teach Hanah to love and accept her body. Whether this meant wearing bikinis’ that showed all her scars and her G-Tube Feeding Tube or joking about her constant stinky gas. I wanted her to be proud of herslf and all that she has overcome. I did not come from a very bookish family or a “beauty” orienteated family. I came from a group of hard scrabble irish and polish immagrants who alwys taught me to embrace and celebrate the life I was given!! And I have!!! YOU are truly inspiring through your honesty!!!!!!

  52. January 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm
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    WOW! That’s such a amazing article, Evanna. You’re such a amazing, sweet, beautiful, smart person. You’re right in everything what you said. Especially with that we hve to really take care our bodies so they can work better. I hope a lot of people can read this article and change their lifes because of it. God bless you, Evanna. I can’t wait to watching you in Deathly Hallows Part 2.

  53. Kimmithy

    January 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm
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    Very inspiring and it rang so true! A beautiful expression and new perspective on issues we all deal with and thoughts many of my have, I feel. Thanks so much- you shine!

  54. Kai

    January 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm
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    I love you

  55. Jennifer

    January 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm
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    Wonderful blog post. I think there are many people out there who needed to hear this from someone they look up to. I’m so glad you’re part of the HPA!

  56. Griffin Door

    January 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm
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    Well written, but is there a message that would supersede the classic motto “Mens sana in corpore sano”
    (a healthy mind [is] in a healthy body)? I mean – this message has been given out some 2000 years ago.

    • lovingood

      January 20, 2011 at 7:54 am
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      timeless is the soul / simultaneously sees / past. present. future.

      so, truth is truth… whether told 2000 years, or, five minutes ago.. absorb what you can, based on where you are in your life’s journey & keep walking..

  57. Mima

    January 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm
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    What a wonderful and thoughtful post – a really inspiring read and definitely something to think about. I also really liked the part about allowing yourself to feel good about your body in the way that you present yourself, as a way to then move *past* your physical representation. Very clever and eloquently put.x

  58. camilla

    January 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm
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    I think the message is make the best of it. The HP cast may give us some hints as to what can be achieved when you don’t hesitate too much. I am still amazed how Bonnie Wright, who maybe isn’t the prettiest by model standards (with such uneven teeth) comes out so awesome and glamorous in the many photoshoots for magazines she did so far. It’s her natural elegance that shines through. So don’t be shy, if they can do it, you can, too.

  59. Micah Nishigaki

    January 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm
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    Wow…that was a wonderful post, Evanna. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful piece. You seem so wise for your age (you’re 19, yes?); this really is poignant. These past few days I’ve been feeling “bleh” about myself, but this made me look at everything in a new light! I would do the same thing regarding outfits; if I feel confident in them, I would feel great! Thanks for giving me permission to dye my hair, though I highly doubt my school wouldn’t appreciate that (body-binding dress codes! Ah!). :D

    Again, thank you very much for this wonderful post, and helping us all feel beautiful.

  60. Em

    January 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm
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    This is so inspiring, and so true.
    It’s a very interesting perspective, applying the Petrificus Totalus curse to mental abuse of the body.
    I think you’ve really hit home on a lot of levels, for me and probably a lot of other people.

  61. SnitchSocks

    January 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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    It’s so interesting hearing what others have to say about this topic…Thanks for sharing with us, Evanna. I like what you said about there being no such thing as a mental block–it’s just you giving in when your mind says it can’t do something. I have CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syn.) and it makes me realize how much I take my body for granted. I’m always, always physically ehausted, and not only has it affected my lifestyle, but it has affected how I feel about myself. Sometimes I resent my body for succumbing to this body-bind curse, bu tultimately, I know that how I cope with this illness depends on my mindset. I’ve had to change my life a little, but it’s still my life and I’m making the most of what I have. This has convinced me to eat healthier over the past year, and I lost a lot of weight which was a byproduct of not taking care of myself the way I should have before. My body (and mind) struggle a lot, but I banish those negative thoughts and although the idea of harming slithers back into my mind, at times, I stupefy it in its tracks–Lots of people have this condition worse than I do, and that makes me appreciate what I can do even more.

  62. Brianna

    January 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm
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    Evanna, That was a truly beautifully written piece. You are a fantastic writer, I hope to read more! Thank you for using your influence to voice your opinion that can make a difference, we need more people like you in the world. Thanks, and please keep writing!

  63. caity k-zew

    January 20, 2011 at 12:01 am
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    Wow, I always knew Evanna could act, but I didn’t know she could WRITE so well! While the message was beautiful and inspiring, her writing itself is excellent!!

    Kudos, Evanna– you rock!

  64. Kaedtiann

    January 20, 2011 at 12:20 am
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    This is so perfectly timed because I’ve been reading “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” in my French class! It really is an amazing book (and I’m sure the movie’s great, too), and hopefully it’ll keep things in perspective for me as long as I keep it in mind. Thank you, Evanna. I definitely needed to hear this. <3

  65. January 20, 2011 at 3:32 am
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    Lovely thing to say, Evanna. Very well-reasoned. Very mature post. And oh, totally loved you dancing in DH.

  66. January 20, 2011 at 5:02 am
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    I think you just dictated my life. Thank you. ♥

  67. Amy

    January 20, 2011 at 7:09 am
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    Evanna, thankyou for such a wonderful, thought-provoking article – I would love to read more from you!

    This could not have come at a better time for me. I’m 19 years old and have struggled with anorexia for the past three years, but am finally recovering now. I realised how damaging it was – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Not only was I unhealthy, I lost all my creativity and had no energy to do the things that I loved – I was quite literally wasting my life. This article really puts into perspective how lucky I am to be able-bodied.

    I’m gradually learning to change my self-defeating beliefs into positive ones, and to nourish my body with good food and exercise. It is amazing how much more alive I feel now, and I will never let myself fall into such a destructive way of life again.

  68. Holly

    January 20, 2011 at 11:47 am
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    Evanna, thank you so much for taking the time to write this. I’ve dealt with abandonment, an eating disorder, and self-injury for a long time. In the past year I’ve really tackled what has been holding me back and I couldn’t be happier. I still have a long way to go but knowing that I can get out of the mindset that I can’t or shouldn’t feel good about myself and life keeps me going and pushing through it. It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way even though at times I feel so alone. It reminds me that everyone is human and if we all take the time to see it, we’re more alike than we think.

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    Evanna, thank you so much! You are a wonderful writer and a true inspiration to me. Thanks for helping us make the world suck less.
    -Randi

  70. Lee

    January 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm
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    I agree that the fundamental message of this blog is a very important and essential truth.

    However, Evanna makes two statements that I think could be problematic, and actually seem to run counter her message.

    “It’s true that the mind is where all ideas are born, but the body is the tool that translates and expresses those ideas to the wider world. It is nothing but a vehicle for our greater creative purpose but if we don’t give it fuel and keep it in good working order it instead becomes another obstacle to transcend, a physical one, as well as the many million fictitious mental ones that society presents.”

    “We’re damn lucky to have our bodies, these strange, multi-functional machines, that let us leave our legacy on the planet.”

    The body is not a “machine”, nor is it “nothing but a vehicle” through which we work. Our bodies are an integral part of ourselves. We don’t exist fully without them. To be human means that we have a body. They are a necessary part of ourselves. By talking about the body or treating it like it is only a tool to use, we not only degrade the meaning of our bodies, but we degrade our very selves.

    Evanna’s main message is that we should care for, respect, and use our bodies in a positive way. I agree wholeheartedly. But the reason we should do that is not because they are a good tool for us to use, to take care of like we would take care of our computer or car because it serves our purpose better when we do. Evanna is right on when she says that we can’t do anything without our body, because our body is part of who we are. We should take care of our bodies because we love them as a part of our very being, because we love ourselves.

    Thank you, Evanna, for your personal thoughts and courage in sharing this. We should take care of our bodies, and not let negative thoughts or doubts about them cage us, because in caging our bodies we cage ourselves.

  71. Josh Hoffman

    January 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm
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    This makes a lot of sense, and I agree wholeheartedly with the message. I agree with some of the other commenters: This is very uplifting. I just want to point out one little thing.

    Do whatever it is you have to do to make yourself feel beautiful. If that’s keeping fit and healthy then go for a walk or run in the mornings and be determined to keep it up. Do your makeup, or if you’re bored and want to change your appearance, then dye your hair a different colour. Eventually, by doing these little things and feeling more beautiful, you will break through all the self doubt and find the negative obsession fading away.

    I’m a straight male feminist (sadly, not as common as I would hope), and while I understand the thought process of the emboldened part, I can’t help but point out that I don’t think women should have to put on makeup or do something to change their natural appearances in order to feel beautiful. In my opinion, there’s something about makeup that’s a little insincere, too.

    I don’t mean any offense to anyone reading this who wears makeup. These thoughts are purely philosophical and open to being changed. I am thinking about how my thoughts could fit with the thoughts expressed in this.

  72. January 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm
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    Ms. Lynch,

    Not only are you philosophically pitch-perfect, but you have the Celtic gift of gab, and I commend you on your word-smithing. I have reposted this superb essay to my Tumblr blog.

    I suppose I take a somewhat controversial view on many aspects of the healthy diet debate. Fats have been more demonized than demons from the ancients debates of what being a good human is, and we continue to fear things that humans have been eating for tens of thousands of years: salt, fat, this-or-that. Glutens! For goodness sake if humans hadn’t started eating glutens there wouldn’t be a civilization to speak of. Man may not live on bread alone, but his whole world is based on it. Really we just need to stop eating foods that come straight from our freezer to go into our nuker, and then eat a reasonable amount of it to enjoy what is a really very beautiful, intensely wondrous and exceptionally sexy human body. It comes down to grade school math. Do you consume vastly more calories than you burn every day? If not, you may have some expectation of a physical vehicle through the world that gives you reasonable performance, social enrichment and the affection of sincere admirers.

    We shouldn’t be basing our sense of self worth on movie stars, who are essentially ridiculously fit for a living, or supermodels, who are effectively manipulated by computer programs and airbrushing to be more human than human, or professional athletes, who do things on a daily basis which none of the rest of us should ever be expected to do even once. Better that we are measured by the love of those dear to us, the affection of those intimate with us and the analysis of those knowledgeable of us. But things can be so public, so judgmental, it can be so hard.

    You have written an essay here for the ages, and I commend it. My admiration for you is significantly multiplied, and I wish you well. I firmly believe it will go on to comfort many people. Your talents have only begun to be revealed.

    And I hope Luna gets a spinoff series of novels….just sayin’

  73. ElizabethAnne

    January 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm
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    Thank you so much for writing that! I always have those thoughts running through my mind! Thank you so much!

  74. Evanna Lynch

    January 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm
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    Hey Everyone!

    Thank you all so much for the feedback and for taking time to read the blog. I’m thrilled so many of you are involved in this campaign and are being so generous in sharing your stories. Although not surprising, admittedly, it did make me sad to read that so many of you have struggled to shake off the body bind in some form or another. People tend to ignore this issue and feel embarrassed by it but I really think it’s so important that everyone of you feels beautiful and comfortable enough in yourself so that you can go out and bring happiness to other peoples’ lives.

    One point I forgot to mention in the blog is that the way to make peace with your body is to NOT IDENTIFY YOURSELF WITH IT. I think the reason people get trapped by eating disorders is that they identify themselves with a certain body type, whereby in their minds they become “the thin girl/boy”, “the fat girl/boy”. They accept it as a defining feature and pretty soon it becomes THE defining feature and an obsession takes hold. If you let it continue your friends and family will also start see you as more of a body type than a person and then where does that leave you? You are not a fat person. You are not a thin person. You are a person!! You can be big or small, bald or hairy, blonde or brunette and you’ll still be you. You are so much more important than your body but seeing as it’s here to stay you might as well enjoy it. There is a wonderful message about beauty in one of Paulo Coehlo’s books (can’t remember which, I think “Brida”) regarding beauty. He says that noone can POSSESS beauty and that any person who receives a beautiful bunch of flowers must also watch its beauty fade… I think that’s a perfect way of summing it up! Enjoy being beautiful and enjoy your body but don’t obsess over it because it doesn’t define you and its not the thing that sets you apart as being a unique and beautiful soul.

    Hi Lee, I’m sorry if this message seems contradictory to you…perhaps it is. It’s not meant to be a great piece of writing, I was simply throwing a few ideas down on a page. I agree with you that to be human is to have a body but the phrase ‘an integral part of ourselves’ bothers me slightly. Personally my belief is that people make it too much a part of themselves and thus obsession, insecurity and doubt kicks in, all things that restrain us. When people die their body is referred to simply as a ‘body’, it’s not the person anymore. I like to think of death as people just parking their car, their vehicle and going off to another place to get a shiny new one :) But this is all getting a bit heavy!! I don’t intend to degrade the body, I think it’s a wonderful thing and I’m always so grateful that mine lets me do all the things I want to do with my life. This is just my belief and my way of dealing with the Body Bind. But you make some really interesting points to think about and you obviously know what works for you. It’s natural that people have different views and I sure will think about what you said. :)

    Just wanted to say good luck to everyone with the rest of this campaign. It’s brilliant that you’re all opening up about your experiences. Keep fighting the body bind, I know you will beat it! Thanks so much again for reading and listening and being so nice :) I may be back in the future to blog some more so til then, Much Love and Keep Smiling!!! :) xxx

    P.S. …So what is the deal with all these monster avatars and me stuck with a regular old photograph?? I feel rather uncool and demand that next time I be made a member of the monster elite!!

  75. Evanna Lynch

    January 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm
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    P.S. Chef Mac- thank you! You are very kind. Haha, I am SO up for a Luna spinoff series!!! I shall take it to WarnerBros.!! ;)

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      I would be so happy if they made a Luna spin off. Especially with you playing her. I’m glad that you’re going to come back to the blog, because I always notice in your interviews that you say such a wonderful things. And this article has inspired me

  76. January 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm
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    You are honestly the most wonderful person I’ve never met.

  77. Katie

    January 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm
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    Wow, this is just what I needed. I have very low self-confidence due to my looks, and thought it a very hopeless matter, but you have encouraged me to find a way to get past my insecurities. Thanks for your thoughts Evanna, you’re so sweet!

  78. Victor

    January 21, 2011 at 1:05 am
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    Everyone is beautiful! Always.

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    I read this while listening to Pink-****in perfect it’s such a beautiful combination.
    I sometimes have my days where I feel like I’m ugly or fat but then I look at it in a different way, I don’t care if i AM fat and ugly, I have an amazing life. I have amazing friends.
    The truth is I doubt any teenage girl will be 100% confident with their body at all times.
    I find that yeah I may be a little insecure about a few things but I try not to let it bother me.
    Since I’ve accepted that I’ll never be taller or skinny because of my build and because I like my food I’m more confident and I just am a lot happier.

    Everyone is beautiful.
    There is no perfect.
    Everyone is a person/

    I am no longer introverted and I have made so many friends since that one tiny change in attitude.
    (Sorry, commented again because in the last one I swore, sorry about that, I’m just so use to it)

  80. Kristin

    January 21, 2011 at 10:06 am
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    Thank you so much for writing this post. I really needed to hear it. I’ve felt depressed and not comfortable with myself at all for some years now, and it’s things like this that make me want to change that and be proud of just beeing myself. So thanks again, and again, and again :)

  81. Kai

    January 21, 2011 at 10:23 am
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    xD Sorry for the monster avatars, dunno how to changed that,but I think they look like gnomes o.0

  82. Ariel

    January 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm
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    Evanna this is truely inspiring, and I shall share this with all that i know :) Have you ever considered becomming an author? You write so beautifully. I enjoyed your portrayal of Luna in the HP movies (no one could have played her better than you!), and I wish you good luck wherever this adventure we call life takes you! :) <3

  83. January 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm
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    I adored your portrayal of Luna (in fact, I’ve been rereading the series/watching the films and recently looked you up on IMDB, so impressed I was by your performance), but I’m absolutely delighted to hear from the real Evanna. This was a truly brilliant post, incredibly relevant to people of all ages.

    Have you thought of pursuing writing as well as acting?

  84. January 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm
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    I didn’t think I was one to fall victim to The Body Bind Curse. Everyone has such sad stories of eating disorders or hurting themselves physically and mentally. I didn’t think it applied to me.

    But I’m still a victim to this dreadful thing. My mind has a healthy body image, but it doesn’t have a healthy mind image. I let others opinions stop me… Which is silly, considering I can’t read minds and therefore have no clue what people are thinking. I have projections of those around me in my mind, telling me I can’t do things… but they’re all saying it in my voice. My brain is working, but only to get me in front of a mirror screaming PETRIFICUS TOTALUS.

    Oh, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. What a stunning film. Truly. If Jean-Dominique can write a book with a wink, surely I can do anything I crave to do. I just have to stop letting my false projections get in the way. And maybe other people will try to cut me down, but somehow that’s a lot easier to manage. I can cut ties with them. I can’t get away from me. So love me, I shall.
    Hm. My boggart is my doppelganger. I didn’t know that until just now.

    Thank you for this wonderful post, Evanna.

    And I love you, HPA family. You’re all so beautiful.

  85. Cailin

    January 21, 2011 at 9:41 pm
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    I’m not so sure you are having a “recurring nightmare.” I have something called pre-dormital sleep paralysis that was much worse when I was a child but now, I am actually asleep but it’s the same experience and seems more like a “nightmare.” It’s sort of the opposite of sleepwalking (where you are asleep but your body is not paralyzed) and you get paralyzed but your mind is aware and/or you are awake, but it’s very difficult to “unparalyze” yourself. Please have a sleep study done so you can get treatment if this is the case, and it really, really, really sounds like it is from my experience. Good luck!

  86. sarah

    January 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm
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    this made me smile. how you write is so well done. thank you for this! it made mine, and a lot of other girls, day. keep loving yourself because you are TRULY beautiful inside and out :)

  87. Scott

    January 21, 2011 at 11:10 pm
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    Truly a beautifully crafted blog by an equally beautiful young lady. I especially love the section about not identifying one’s self with one’s body, I love my body, respect it, and care for it but it doesn’t control who I am in anyway. Who I am goes much deeper then anything tangible. I implore you to keep writing and only write from your heart for that is where all beauty comes from. I thank you for brightening my day and I have passed this blog on to many of my friends. Thank you, and keep writing and acting from your heart.

    Shalom
    Scott

  88. Emma

    January 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm
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    Evanna, I think its wonderful for you to be reminding people of the need to care for their bodies. I, myself, am appreciative of the reminder once and a while. You have a very special following who are in awe of your kindness and your genuine personality. They look up to you and to hear this message coming from the someone who portrays one of the most selfless characters, just reaffirms the reasons why they love you and gives further evidence to show that you were the perfect fit to play Luna Lovegood. By applying spells from Harry Potter to your own personal fears you help your fans to identify with you (as well as your message) on an even deeper level than you already seem to do so effortlessly. Beautiful article.
    Em x.

  89. Cyndy

    January 22, 2011 at 12:09 am
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    Evanna, Your words are so very relevant and important. I have been heavier than most of my friends all my life and hated the way I looked. Then, 15 years ago, I was paralyzed from the neck down in a terrible medical accident. After emergency neurosurgery to fuse my cervical spine, I spent 4 months in a halo brace and a full year in a body brace. It took me two years to learn to walk again… and believe me… I didn’t care “what my body looked like” any more, as long as I could get it working and walking again. I keep a picture in my wallet of me with the halo brace screwed into my skull as a reminder of how bad things can get and to remind me of how good things can be. For someone as young as you (anyone younger than 25 is young to me lol) to have such wisdom is truly a quality akin to the Luna you portrayed in the HP movies. Thank you for you and your precious words! I hope more people read them and value them.

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    very concise reasoning. love the acting, btw. excellent work.

  91. January 22, 2011 at 1:01 am
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    OMG!!!!!!! i REALLY LOVE THIS POST….. I mean everyone is so obsessed about the body,if you are tall or small or fat,or what size is your bra if you are a female….Some time ago I was so sad and so disappointed with my body, I had a really cruel life as a teenager……I tried to kill myselft because I was so hurt about all the comments of my body…… Thanks God that I pass that. Now I love my body just because is mine and God make like I am so I’m perfect,because this body let me walk,run,dance,and express my feelings, I take care of my body,I love it and I really wish people could understan that a person is not just a body some day we are going to be old and some day we are gonna died and our body will be in the earth again….remember that our badies came from the dust and they’ll back to the dust but our sould it’s gonna live 4ever.

    I really think you are an amazing person,I used to read a blog called Narglecity (In honor of Luna) is an spanish blog and they translate this great post, if you want to go there someday we’ll be so happy…….also I have a facebook friend who is inlove of you :P I know there will be lots of guys inlove of you,but I really care of this friend,he always said that he dreams with the day that he could meet you and he always get someone that bothers him 4 love you,that’s so sad,but he still say I love her no matter what you think about.

    Thanks Evanna for this great post,because this post I’m sure is gonna help lots of people who are like I was,sad and angry with their bodyes and I know this gonna help nobody try to kill themself just because they haven’t a body like people say is a good body

  92. Jasmine

    January 22, 2011 at 1:03 am
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    Thank you, Evanna, for such lovely insight and inspiration. Such messages are so rare these days!

    It was oddly fitting that I read this post on a day where I felt particularly low about my body image. I’ve the horrible habit of comparing my looks and body to much prettier and fitter girls. Obviously, this has led me to the cliché, self-destructive path of various near-fatal eating disorders, and other self-harmful practices.

    It’s sad to say that talking about these feelings is still rather taboo: so many people are misunderstood and treatment can be limited. I took ‘it’s the inside that counts’ to the extreme as I tortured myself just as hard with academics–gosh, this never ends!

    Reading this post gives me a little nudge that I can live another day!

    Take care everyone!

  93. Jessica

    January 22, 2011 at 1:44 am
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    Evanna, you are such a beautiful person and truly inspiring. I’ve been battling many things in my life for the past year or so and your words are really encouraged me to do something about it. Thank you so much for your words and I do look forward to seeing more from you in the future. I love they “My Body Is A Cage” reference, that is such a great song/band.

  94. Soenke Rahn

    January 22, 2011 at 1:44 am
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    I hope your feat “acute fear of being paralysed” goes away, but you are right. Fear is an important help to understand to make it right in the future. I hope you will not have to much stress and you fun on your work. Your performance in the film are very fine and I suppose this will be not your only activities. So it is a normal think to look on your life to see what is important and if it is important to slowdown, to make not the body to a corpse. But If you will have enough time possibly you should study theology or philosophy? — Now I must see, I have a compact course today. with friendly greetings, Soenke Rahn (Germany, Fl.)

  95. Ruth

    January 22, 2011 at 2:05 am
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    Evvana, thank you so much for this wonderful post. I am fortunate enough to have the philosophy about life that you are encouraging here and I am glad that you are sending this message to people all over the world. You are a wonderful Luna both on screen and off. Also, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is one of my absolute favorite movies and I am so glad that you were able to glean the same message from it as I did. Keep up the wonderful work.
    -An admiring fan!
    :)

  96. Willow

    January 22, 2011 at 2:56 am
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    Dear, sweet Evanna–

    Thank you so much for your insightful thoughts. There are so many of us, myself included, who needed to hear this.

    Luna is and always will be my favorite female HP character. Thank you for bringing her to life in such a wonderful way.

    With much love–
    Willow

  97. Felipe Barros

    January 22, 2011 at 3:20 am
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    Evanna, the event you described in the beginning of your text is known as Astral Catalepsy. Although there are several explanations for this phenomenon, one unique technique is employed in defeating this event. CALM. That is right, the next time you feel like you are binded in a dream, remember this words and say to yourself, CALM DOWN. When you are in a binding state, fear is what keeps you from moving, so when you calm down (as everything is dreams are infinitely more potent) you INSTANTLY feel free from the agony.

    Hope to have helped.

    I’m a great fan of your work in HP, hope to see you in movies throughout my whole life, and write more articles, this one is excellent.

  98. Nicole

    January 22, 2011 at 4:25 am
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    Evanna –
    I love your post and it has so much truth in it. I don’t care if this is a cliché, but how often do we step back from something we wanna do because we don’t feel good enough or confident enough because of our body?

    I do believe in mental blocks, though. My personal fear is the one of failure – as in “not being perfect”. And though this is about my body as well, it’s also about my achievements, plans and dreams. I often stop pursuing things because I feel I couldn’t do it anyway. What, getting a scholarship? Oh my, I could never EVER be good and smart enough for it. Going deeper into the relationship with that guy? Hell yeah, I wish. But you know, I am not nice enough, not grown-up enough, he won’t like me anyway.
    I’m afraid thoughts like that HAVE to do with what your family and friends tell you. It’s not all about feeling beautiful enough and therefore be confident enough (though this is a big part), but it is also about what your family told you about who you ARE and what you can DO apart from your appearance. I’m coninved though that this goes hand in hand – if you’re not feeling beautiful, it happens more than easily that you don’t feel good enough for anything else too.

    I always feel so sad when I get to know someone who does feel that way. It is hard (if not to say almost impossible) to ‘heal’ someone and let them KNOW they’re good enough. After all, you’re just one person and how could you erase those cruel and harsh words from probably 10 years of a lifetime? I do believe that we can reach out to those people though and if not anyone, at least tell SOMEONE they’re good enough and make them feel better.
    That’s why I’m studying psychology. ;)

    Just wanted to share these thoughts. Love your blog and I hope you know you’re such a wonderful person! :) Sending hugs & love from Germany!
    – Nicole

  99. Zipzop

    January 22, 2011 at 7:16 am
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    I agree with Erin. Your writing is superb and the theme was extraordinarily relevant to every person out there. It personally took me about a year to accept the truths you write about here and to be truly happy with myself. I’m probably still in the process!

    For a very long time now I have wanted more people to think in this way, but now I know that I am not the only one who thinks this way and that you have posted this for all to see, I can finally be rid of the niggling doubt that people will remain lost and without this knowledge.

    All my best.

  100. January 22, 2011 at 8:05 am
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    Dear Evanna, you write as you act, that is, beautifully. Congrats! (And I totally agree with you, being able to absorb reality surrounding you without he possibility of responding to it, completely terrifies me.)

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    thanks for writing this post.itsgreat and it brought me to tears. now, i realise what i’m doing to myself and i will follow ur advice.i enjoyed your potrayal of Luna in HP movies(i really like how u played it)hope i see u iloveusomuch.

  102. Jaslien Singh

    January 22, 2011 at 9:02 am
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    Hey Evanna,
    I feel so much better after reading this as I am always told I am short and fat and I even believe it. But reading this made me appreciate the way I am. Thanks a lot. You are an amazing person and the kind of friend I wish I had. x

  103. Mahira

    January 22, 2011 at 9:23 am
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    Evanna, thank you so much for this amazing post. in the last week I have started to not think of myself as ugly. This post stopped that idea and I now think of myself as beautiful. I am also very shy and insecure and reading this post stopped those thoughts as well and I now have enough confidence to be myself through and through. I hope that every single person in the world reads this blog to know the same thing. I know a lot of beautiful girls who see themselves as ugly or fat when they really aren’t. I actually weigh about thirty extra pounds then the average girls my age. Now, I don’t think of it as extra fat, I will look at it as inspiration to exercise. jI have been going to the gym regularly in the last year, but I don’t really do much there. I can nw see myslef just burning off those calories.
    Thank you so much for your help. Three months ago I started on the road to feeling inside and outsidely beautiful now I am just half a mile away. It only makes sense that my favorite actress is the one to point this out. An amazing actress who plays a character that always points out some of the truths that we just don’t admit to ourselves, doing the same amazing thing
    Thank you so much for helping myself and so many others, Mahira

  104. Ruta Tskunaite

    January 22, 2011 at 9:30 am
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    wow. Thankx for that you realy opened my eyes. I LOVE HP but I never realised how much you guys do for all your fans. Thankx for everything you do. Can’t wait to see deathly hallows part 2! :)

  105. January 22, 2011 at 9:41 am
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    Hi Evanna!
    Your post was so inspiring. I was feeling bad about myself yesterday and reading your post put it all into perspective. You are such a good actress and you derserved the part of Luna. I couldn’t imagine anyone else being her.

    p.s i don’t know if you remember, but when you were at the Harry Potter and the deathly hallows premiere in Dundrum in Dublin i was the one who gave you a teddy bear! :D

  106. Malavi

    January 22, 2011 at 10:20 am
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    There’s another point to be made here: being afraid of pushing our bodies to their fullest potential for the fear of losing beauty. Like how girls are sometimes afraid to handle dirt because it can get under your nails?
    The thing with most people who are into clothes and makeup is that they perceive it as an end rather than the means to an end. I think that sometimes, it is not perceived unattractiveness that is a “body-bind” but a perceived fear of losing attractiveness.

  107. January 22, 2011 at 10:34 am
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    Wonderful posting! I too know that you MUST do what you are born to do in this life. Your uplifting and positive writing is fantastic, thanks for sharing. There is no wonder why you Elena, have been and will always be gifted by this great universe. All the best. peace. JD

  108. Kai

    January 22, 2011 at 11:22 am
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    I think everyone is beautiful,you just have to learn to see it.

  109. sonika negi

    January 22, 2011 at 11:59 am
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    hi, Evanna
    ur post is really amazing.it is eye opening.i never thought like this way
    thanks for writing such a inspirational thoughts.i’ve yet to see HP 7th.

  110. a real life luna

    January 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm
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    LOVE IT!!! ’tis so very inspiring and deep. it sees through to the very flaws of the human mind, and is very much like something coming from a hermione/luna combination.

  111. kj dauncey

    January 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm
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    thank you sooo much, this has in a way changed my life….

    i have struggled with so many things recently and reading something like this is so inspirational and life changing thank very much.

  112. Alicia

    January 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm
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    This is beautiful. Evanna, you’re words inspire hope in the darkest of minds and bring light to the people with nothing left. Dreams are nothing if not chased. Thank you for inspiring me to follow the path I paved when I was younger. Thank you for allowing me to pursue my dreams.

  113. Jenny

    January 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm
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    such a sweet girl, Evanna! Keep it up. You’re an inspiration. <3

  114. Sasha O'Brien

    January 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm
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    This was beautiful! I love how you turned sumthing that most people in this “civilized” world would consider silly, into sumthing serious and deep. You certainly do NOT bear the typical image of a self-absorbed actor/ actress. You EARNED it, and everything you worked 4! congrats, and Thank you for your inspiration! :)

  115. January 23, 2011 at 1:09 am
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    wow your post is brilliant.and you played luna character cool.

  116. January 23, 2011 at 5:49 am
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    oh evanna u told wat we wanted to tell. u r really inspiring.from ur article we learnt many things . we looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu . ur the most inspiring character in hp.

  117. January 23, 2011 at 6:17 am
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    Sorry do not know much English.

    besides being a great actress Evanna’re a great person.

    Narglecity.crearblog.com is a blog inspired in you

  118. Nona Cunningham

    January 23, 2011 at 6:18 am
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    That was such an inspiring message and I’m definetly going to take this on board into my own daily life—I need to make myself feel beautiful. Thank you so much Evanna for that.

  119. ClaraJozefa

    January 23, 2011 at 7:36 am
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    thank you so much for writing this i am definately one of those poeple on a body bind curse. i honestly dislike the way i look and i have tried to ignore it and nothing helped. i think this blog is amazing and i think it helped me to start feeling better about myself and that is something that is very hard to find.
    i think you are absolutely perfect for luna and the best actress in harry potter. you make the film for me.

  120. Draco

    January 23, 2011 at 8:42 am
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    Evanna,

    Your words are so true. Being in the business not everyone keeps their morals and hearts. You’re one inspiring being and it is refreshing to see someone still having those values and thoughts in these times, and being in that business. You truly are an insiration and I thank you for putting this out here.

  121. katy

    January 23, 2011 at 11:57 am
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    that was amazing. it was really thought provoking.

  122. Dan

    January 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm
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    Beautiful message. Really. You’ll never know me but you have reached to me with your words and that, I think, is where the beauty lies. So I’m commenting here, to add my voice to the 119 others in thanking you for this !

  123. Shannon Parkhurst

    January 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm
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    Evanna, you are such a beautiful person. I have been struggling with issues regarding living with self-esteem and whether I’m deserving of such dream-filled possibilities. I have grown up with, what I call a dream crippling humility curse where I stand back and watch others succeed, while I hold myself back and never succeed myself. I can’t get down to the bottom of why I am like this, but reading your blog is an inspiration to say that I should not cage myself from the world, and that I should release myself and do what I was bread to do. I liked you the moment I saw you as Luna Lovegood- one of my favorite Harry Potter characters because of her can-do attitude, and I like you even more now because I see you as an inspiration in my life. Thank you so much for posting this blog!!

  124. Glen

    January 24, 2011 at 11:35 am
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    your a beautiful person dont let anyone ever tell you diffrent not even yourself not for one second.if i may say so you rock as Luna Lovegood i hope i get to meet you some day :-)

  125. January 24, 2011 at 11:39 am
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    Holy conceptualization! I had no idea that your mind was teeming with so many ideas. Are you a philosophy major.

  126. January 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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    Dia duit Ms Lynch,

    I am very surprised because never think you can have this problem in past. Amazing essay…
    Mayby my body really isn’t too bad. Hehehe. i always have problem like that :)
    Now i understand why you now have red hair! :D
    Harry Potter films would have been without you nothing. Really. Write these things more often because they are much better than my essays from studies teachers. This is why i love you much better every day.

    Slán go fóill.

    P.S Photograph avatar is better than monster xD

  127. Sassy

    January 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm
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    First of all: If i do any mistakes when typing then sorry for that, Im really bad with the english language.
    So I see the point in this thing what you wrote, but i don’t really think that how other looks at their body depends on only one primary thing (it depends on a lot of inner and outter causes too – sure you sometimes can not control the outter causes). What you just wrote is makes me think about an endless story with the egg and the chicken. You can never be sure if the one who feels pain feels it from the body or it is started from the mind. The mind can’t live without body…(or there is no one yet who could tell to us) and the reverse is right too. But i always thought that it is all decided in the mind that you can do something or not. I mean if you keep sporting you always get the feeling that you are out of energy but then something in your brain tells: “Keep it up!” and you do, even if its painfull. So i would say the mind and the body must be in harmony, but the mind helps to keep your body safe. So first u must have a great decision in the mind to be able to start to like your body :) and after a time your body responds to this love and gives more and more happyness back. It is just like an amplifier. (but this is only my opinion)

  128. Allister Caine

    January 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm
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    hey evanna.
    i dont know if you actually might find the time to read my posting, but i really hope so.

    what youre saying bears truth in almost every single sentence.
    i sadly know that, since i suffered from a very negative image of myself ever since im was a kid.

    worst came to worst, and after an food-intoxication 2 years ago i developed a severe cronic fatigue syndrome- my body became my prison.
    the pain and the weakness was unbearable at some days, i had to take opioid painkillers so i could move my limbs.

    the worst is over, but i still feel broken.
    i became even more depressed than i ever was, and now i feel i have no reason to train or exercise anymore- because im so in fear i might fall victim to that horrendous sickness again.

    but talking of nicer things in life: youre one awesome girl and actor! i think youre one of the VERY few people who feel easy about admitting to your own weakspots…… :)

    greetings from germany, simon

  129. January 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm
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    very empowering evanna! goodjob!

  130. January 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm
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    really beautiful and inspiring!!! :)

  131. Hanna

    January 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm
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    Evanna, you are a wonderful role model to girls everywhere. I found your post so inspiring and lifting that I feel as if a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, and I don’t have to be ashamed to be me. You are a brilliant actress and I am so glad you play the part of Luna Lovegood:)

  132. dennis

    January 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm
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    Well said!

  133. Kai

    January 28, 2011 at 8:34 am
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    @Evanna

    I think, the main point is your mind. If you think your ugly but actually you’re really pretty, it doesn’t make sence to change your style. You just have to consider to change your mind. And if you did this you may see you from another point of view.
    So this is what I’m thinking about that. :)

    Sorry if my english doens’t make sense sometimes, I tried to write very well,but english isn’t my first language,so..^^

    I really,really like you,
    Greetings from Germany :P

    PS: My monster avatar looks like a triangle.

  134. Supermew

    January 29, 2011 at 6:48 am
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    Wow. Thank you Evanna. I really needed to hear that. You’re the one that’s kept me going all this time, because you’re just so wonderful, insightful, beautiful and so real. Every time you touch my mind I feel so much better for it, when there’s not much else that can. I love you Evanna, I truly do. I really hope that we can meet someday.

    Jack

  135. Durga

    January 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm
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    Evanna,

    As in movie, you are a lot care about others. Keep up g8 Job in 7(2).

    >-)

  136. January 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm
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    How start?
    I’m from México, this made me cry, it’s really inspirational, I’m shy and I’m not happy with my own body, “I’m too short”, I read it.
    I’m not the kind of girl who has many friends, and you’re right, I guess. I spend all my time in my house, but, after read this I thought that I must to do something with myself.
    I’m going to do some sport, I’ll start to take care my body.
    By the way, my mom read it, obviously I tried to translate it, and she said “who’s this psicologyst?” and I told her “it’s who plays Luna Lovegood, mamá”
    Thank you, you’re my inspiration right now and for the rest of my life.
    I’ll read this every day, to remember how lovely you are, and how amazing is my life, just because I’m alive.
    Again, thanks for be who you’re, and thanks for trying to help, God bless you.
    My blessings and my best wishes from México to you.
    México, mi familia y yo te adoramos Evanna! :)

  137. ^^

    January 30, 2011 at 9:13 am
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    Thanks for it!
    I really really love you!

  138. Kai

    January 31, 2011 at 10:47 am
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    Yes, I really love you,too <3 :)

  139. Gabriela

    February 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm
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    You truly are amazing.
    You have endowed others with a new perspective and for that, you are brilliant.
    Thank you for your words and the meaning I felt behind them.

  140. February 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm
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    Luna you rock!!

    Blessings to you for using your fame for the good!

  141. Sibby

    February 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm
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    Thank you so much Evanna. I’ve been anorexic since age 9 and I started recovery last year. (I’m now an adult actually, which is embarrassing that I’m just recovering from this.) Luna has a special place in my heart and you always have as well; you played her perfectly! Knowing that you’ve struggled and overcome so much is so inspiring to me…I can’t thank you enough for sharing your ideas and your struggles. I wish I could give you a *hug* and a real-live thanks!

  142. March 2, 2011 at 6:49 am
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    Evanna, I think my boggart would be a clock whose hands are turning way to fast.
    By the way this was really moving and inspirational. Nicely done. :)

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