Ever since the last movie came out, a lot of Harry Potter fans have held a special place in their hearts for Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom, and it was this adorable moment after the Battle of Hogwarts that did it.
But as loyal readers of the books will know, Luna and Neville were never destined to be together, and actress Evanna Lynch agrees wholeheartedly. At the recent opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood, Seventeen Magazine asked Lynch if she thought Luna and Neville had any hope of being an item in the long term. She was quick to share her thoughts:
"Definitely not. I think he's very much a homebody, a stay-at-home dad. And Luna wants to go out and explore the world and different creatures, and I think she wants to have several different relationships and not be committed forever. Neville would want a good sturdy wife who cooks, and that's not her."
I know, I know. We all wanted it to happen so badly, but Evanna's right — these two just weren't meant to be. Even if they had gotten together after the battle, as was subtly implied in the movie, there's no way they would still be a couple. Yes, they are both odd, both outsiders, both brave and misunderstood, but both looking for totally different things from their magical lives.
Luna is an adventurer; she's inquisitive and spirited and would no doubt find herself bored by a life of domesticity. Neville, on the other hand, is very much the opposite of that; his perfect wife would be a figure of stability, a fellow hermit who likes to spend her weekends in the garden, taking care of the greenery. And according to J.K. Rowling, that's exactly what he got.
As revealed by the author herself, Neville (now a Hogwarts Herbology professor) wound up marrying fellow Herbology student Hannah Abbott, who retrained in healing after giving up her first job as the landlady of The Leaky Cauldron. Luna took an altogether different path and became a famous wizarding naturalist. She got married, considerably later than the rest of the group, to colleague Rolf Scamander, the grandson of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them author, Newt. The couple also had twin sons they named Lorcan and Lysander.
So there you have it. Not everyone marries their childhood sweetheart, and while their cult status as a couple is completely understandable, it makes total sense that these two marvelous misfits went their separate ways after Hogwarts.
Do you think Neville and Luna would have made a good couple?