Sunday 19 November 2017

I overcame the online trolls by focusing on the good in people

On internet safety day, 'Harry Potter' star Evanna Lynch reveals how she deals with cyber-bullies

Evanna Lynch arrives for the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in London in 2011.
Evanna Lynch arrives for the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in London in 2011.
Evanna Lynch who played Luna Lovegood. Photo: Brian McEvoy.
Evanna Lynch (far left) with her Harry Potter castmates.

Evanna Lynch

A lot of things happen when you become "well known". You very suddenly get a lot of money, a lot of new friends, a lot of internet hits, a lot of double takes, a lot of marriage proposals, free meals, tickets and memorabilia. A lot of merits you haven't earned and things you are too young to appreciate. You get open doors, countless opportunities and many other wonderful things.

But, alongside that, you also get mean strangers writing cruel things about you under anonymous usernames on the internet. "Haters", as Justin and Miley refer to them. Sad, miserable people with too much time on their hands. Cyber-bullies.

And somehow the internet hate is what lingers and features in your thoughts far more prominently than the horde of heavenly blessings and beckoning opportunities.

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