Harry Potter Characters and Their Disney Counterparts: Luna and Alice
Luna Lovegood is a character like no other, especially in the wizarding world. Her quirkiness and eccentricities make it difficult for any character to be similar. However, in the Disney world, there is one character from a quirky and eccentric movie that seems to counterpart Luna well: Alice from Alice in Wonderland.
Luna and Alice are counterparts because they both share many of the same qualities that make them such unique and memorable characters. Read below to find out why these two characters are perfect counterparts.
1) Both are quirky characters.
Before Luna even begins speaking, it is well known among the Hogwarts students that she is a quirky person. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, we learn that Luna wears earrings made of radishes and a necklace of Butterbeer corks. She reads the Quibbler upside down while wearing Spectrespecs and frequently tucks her wand behind her ear, like a pencil. To Hogwarts students, she is known as “Loony Lovegood.”
Alice, like Luna, is a quirky character among many in Alice in Wonderland. Because of her constant boredom in the real world, she enters Wonderland to make friends with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, and many more. Even though later it is revealed that these characters and Wonderland itself were merely a dream, Alice is still seen as quirky for her dreamlike qualities and larger than life imagination that brought her to Wonderland in the first place.
2) Both Luna and Alice have eccentric beliefs.
To many Hogwarts students, most of Luna’s beliefs are hogwash. She believes that the Quibbler is an accurate journalistic source (mostly because her father is the editor). She believes in Nargles and Crumple-Horned Snorkacks, and she believes Harry’s visions of Voldemort despite everyone else’s doubts. Luna’s tendency to believe in things that everyone else shrugs off makes her the subject of unpopularity.
Alice believes in Wonderland throughout her journey, detailing to us her overly eccentric state of mind. She participates in the celebration of an “un-birthday,” twirls around Wonderland meeting all kinds of unbelievable creatures, shrinks and grows in size depending on what food or drink she intakes, and falls through the rabbit hole. Her beliefs in these characters and their actions makes her an eccentric character, like Luna.
3) Both are ridiculed by their peers.
Although Luna becomes more accepted by her peers as time passes, in the beginning she is ridiculed often by other students. As stated above, she is known as “Loony Lovegood” because of her quirks and beliefs, which results in Luna being one of the unpopular students of Hogwarts. No one can truly seem to comprehend her eccentricities.
Alice is ridiculed by her sister in Alice in Wonderland because of Alice’s inability to pay attention due to her daydreams. Because Alice prefers to live an imaginative life, she tends to be ridiculed by those, her sister particularly, who aren’t as creative.
4) Both are intense fighters.
Throughout Luna’s journey at Hogwarts, she participates in many battles and fights fiercely against the enemy. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Luna joins Dumbledore’s Army and is seen training to fight against Voldemort. She also participates in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. In those two battles, she proves that she is among one of the best fighters at Hogwarts.
Alice, while in Wonderland, fights against the Queen of Hearts. Although her fighting is more verbal than Luna’s fighting, she still takes charge and rebels against the Queen’s wishes. In the live production of Alice in Wonderland, Alice physically fights against the Jabberwocky, which results in its beheading.
Do you think Luna and Alice are perfect counterparts? Are there any other similarities you can think of? Let us know in the comments!