A Harry Potter star has revealed that his creator, author JK Rowling, “saved his life” as a teenager.
Actress Evanna Lynch, who went on to play Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, has opened up about her battle with anorexia, revealing that the hugely popular Potter books have helped her overcome the disease.
A segment aired on tonight’s One Show on BBC One showed Evanna saying her eating disorder had greatly affected her childhood.
“I already had this feeling around the age of 11 like who am I, what am I doing here, what is my worth, you know like those big questions,” she said. “At that age, I really didn’t accept myself, in fact I hated myself.”
Speaking of the eating disorder, she said, “It’s like I’m lost, I’ve lost my personality.”
Evanna says she thinks the discovery of the Harry Potter books was what helped her recover.
“With mental health and eating disorders there is a part of your psyche that needed to be funneled into other ways, and I needed stories more than doctors and people pushing me and were pushing me, âshe said. âAnd for some reason, they grabbed my heart and made me love being alive. They were so beautiful, so enchanting and that was the one thing that made me forget to eat and have sex. exercise.
âI wrote to JK Rowling thanking her for creating something that had such a profound impact on me, and oddly enough, she responded. She was really kind and really invested in my story.â
Evanna went on to land her role as Luna Lovegood, appearing in four of the films.
âI was very lucky to have made a big, big dream come true,â she continued. âLuna Lovegood had a very positive influence on my life because she was so calm and present and so self-accepting.
âI was stable when I was doing the movies in terms of recovery, but I was still attached to the idea of ââfood as punishment or reward.
“My parents had to be like you don’t take care of yourself, you could lose that part, and it was very real to me.”
Evanna has now written a book called “The Opposite of Butterly Hunting” to talk about how she coped with her condition in the hopes of helping others.
“I hope he will offer support to parents and families of people with eating disorders, to show that eating disorders can happen to anyone.”
The One Show continues every night at 7 p.m. on BBC One