HARRY Potter star Evanna Lynch will be travelling home for Christmas via Malta this year – after landing a staring role in a TV series for Sky One.
The Termonfeckin native, who now lives in America, left for Malta this week to start filming on the series but promises she will be home in Drogheda in time for Christmas.
The actress said she 'can't wait' to get home for the festive period and loves nothing more than spending the season of goodwlll at home with he r family in Termonfeckin.
'I've always been home for Christmas, I never stay away. We have a very chilled out Christmas, and it never changes – we do the same thing every year. My sister makes us get up really early, you don't have a choice. Then we check out all our presents, and later we go mass in Drogheda, which is always really lovely,' said Evanna.
Evanna's favourite gifts as a child were 'Tonner' dolls – unique, collectable dolls which are designed as film characters. It seems the actress's choice of toy was a sign of her impending fame as she collected the toys, well before she herself became ' Luna Lovegood', in the Harry Potter film series.
'I got one just last year and even now when I get a doll shaped present, I get so excited,' she said. This year Evanna's friends and family can expect some Harry Potter goodies under the tree, as the actress stocked up earlier in the year on a visit to the Harry Potter Park in Florida.
The Harry Potter star is lending her support to Drogheda's 'Christmas Spectactular', an evening festival taking place next Wednesday, November 30th on the streets of Drogheda. 'It's such a special thing to do – to go and spend time with your neighbours or friends and family and it's free. Christmas can be a difficult time of year for people; I see my Mum get quite stressed with making sure all the shopping is done and that everyone is taken care of. What's important is spending time together, to enjoy ourselves and to not to worry about these things,' said Evanna.