Evanna heads back to school as her term in Hogwarts finishes


IT'S the end of an era for up and coming actress Evanna Lynch as the Harry Potter film series comes to an end, but the Irish star won't have much time to dwell on it after signing up to return to the classroom.

The Diary can reveal how ambitious Evanna will be taking some time out from her hugely successful career on the big screen, which saw her play the role of Luna Lovegood for the past five years, in order to bury her head in the books and repeat her Leaving Cert.

The film star (19) says her ambition is to carve out a career for herself in Hollywood, but admits the acting world can be fickle.

"I'm repeating the Leaving Cert, sadly, but I hope to continue acting afterwards," the actress explained.

"That's the thing with acting. It can be a very unsteady business so I want to make sure I have something to fall back on in case I want to go to college.

"I love acting, though. It's a great career when you're young and you're meeting people and you don't quite know what to do with your life.

"Harry Potter has always been a big part of my life, I started reading it when I was just eight.

"I think we (she and her co-stars) all know that it's not really over. There will still be premieres and press. People are always going to be interested in Harry Potter. We all stay in touch."

The Co Louth actress was speaking last night at the Irish premiere of the first in a two-part concluding film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part One, which took place at Dundrum cinema.

Evanna was joined by all of her family and said even her English teacher came out to support her on her big night.

Sporting a new brunette look, she also revealed how she's still hankering after a career as the next JK Rowling and hopes to get into writing books of her own some day.

"I love writing and I've always enjoyed it but I'm not going to say I'm going to write a book or anything right now because there would be too much pressure.

"And I feel too inexperienced. I write just for pleasure now, but I think when I'm older it's something I would like to do," she said.

Evanna was joined by her Irish co-star in the film, Domhnall Gleeson, son of iconic Irish actor Brendan, at last night's glitzy premiere.

The up and coming talent joined the cast for the final two-part film, and plays the character of Bill Weasley, Ron's older brother.

Among those who enjoyed last night's exclusive screening were Morah Ryan and her children.

RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan and her eight children were also in attendance, but were unusually shy, declining to pose for the cameras.