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Evanna goes Potty as big screen wins over her dad

Louise Hogan

Published 09/07/2007|00:00

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IT was a toss-up between the Munster Final or the Harry Potter premiere for the family of Irish star Evanna Lynch, but in the end the magic of the big screen won out.

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Lamenting missing the heroics of the hurling clash between Limerick and Waterford, the Harry Potter star's proud Dad, Donal Lynch, revealed yesterday that he'd told Warner Brother's chiefs they were putting him in an "incredible dilemma" holding the premiere on the same day.

"My dad was really torn between the Munster Final," said Evanna, joking he'd probably be nipping out to check the score.

The avid Harry Potter fan's dream came true when she beat 15,000 hopefuls throughout the UK and Ireland to take the role of Luna Lovegood in the fifth film, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'.

The 15-year-old admitted that arriving on the packed thoroughfare for the Dublin premiere in the Savoy cinema was more daunting than the London one as she was without the backup of her co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, and Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who play Hermione and Ron.

"I'm very nervous - in London it was people I didn't really know and it didn't matter as much. "It is hard to enjoy it the first time, and I've only seen it once. You are looking at yourself the whole time. That is very hard," she said. Evanna, from Termonfeckin, Co Louth, said people had been stopping her, congratulating her and telling her she had placed the small town on the map.

Limerick man Donal said: "I'd love to be in Thurles, I'd love if I could do the two but I couldn't let Evanna down. We are very proud of her.

"But I haven't missed a Limerick game since 1958 except for when I've been out of the country," he added.

The star, who wore a dress created by a Co Louth dress maker and inspired by the Phoenix rising from the flames, was accompanied by her mother Marguerite and sister Emily, while her other sister Mairead and brother Patrick had travelled to the Munster match.

The artistic youngster revealed she'd created her own earrings, including a miniature Phoenix bird.

Others who couldn't resist a glimpse of the latest film were Miriam O'Callaghan, her husband Steve Carson and her three sons, 'Clinic' actress Rachel Pilkington and Riverdance's John McColgan and family.

Evanna, who has just finished her Junior Cert, revealed she was in a panic when she returned to her studies after spending time on the set. But she said she would definitely star in the next film, which begins shooting in September.

However, she doesn't think she'll make a career out of acting in the long-term. "You don't get as much control. I feel we are spoiled, the actors, everyone is handing everything to you," she said.

"Whatever she wants to do I'd like her to do," her father said.

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