Monday 21 April 2014

Evanna casts a spell as stars step out for Potter

RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan also came along with six of her eight children, twin daughters Jessica and Georgia (16) , Clara (17) and sons Jack (11), Daniel (10) and Conor (7). Photo: Getty Images

Hundreds of fans last night braved a torrential downpour for the Irish premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'.

They donned raincoats and umbrellas to line the red carpet outside the Savoy Cinema as teenage Irish star Evanna Lynch, who plays Ravenclaw student Luna Lovegood, and co-star Matthew Lewis (20), who plays Neville Longbottom, graced the red carpet.

Seven-year-old 'Harry Potter' fan Darragh Kelly from Monkstown, Co Dublin, queued in the pouring rain to catch a glimpse of the film's stars.

But all eyes were on Evanna the 17-year-old schoolgirl from Termonfeckin, Co Louth, who beat 15,000 hopefuls in both Ireland and the UK three years ago for the role of the Harry Potter sidekick with the "permanently surprised" look on her face.

She is now recognised the world over after appearing in 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'.

But despite her fame, Evanna's proud father Donal Lynch, who attended the premiere with his wife Marguerite and four of Evanna's friends, said his daughter is just a normal teenager who will be sitting her Leaving Cert this year at Our Lady's College in Drogheda, where he teaches history.

Despite looking every inch the star in a purple mini-dress and black stiletto ankle boots, Evanna agreed that she tries hard to remain grounded.

"When you come from a place like Termonfeckin it's hard to have airs and graces. You're very grounded," she said.

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