Cover Revealed for Evanna Lynch’s Memoir, “The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting”

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to hear that Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter) would be publishing a memoir this fall. And last month, Evanna revealed the title and subtitle of the book, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and the Glory of Growing Up.

Now, at last, we get a look at the book’s beautiful cover, featuring a nighttime forest scene with colorful butterflies and other charming creatures.



The memoir will address not only her experiences recovering from childhood anorexia, which she has always been very open about, but also her struggle to find herself while growing up in the public eye, overcoming her self-hate and desire for perfection, and learning how to embrace her creativity.

In her post announcing the title, Evanna explained its significance. She had become fascinated by butterflies, by their beauty and ability to transform, until she recently noticed the violence involved in hunting butterflies to preserve that beauty, an observation very much in line with her vegan activism. Her book instead tells a story of countering this type of “dark pursuit of perfection” by embracing the unpredictable journey of becoming an adult.



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We can’t wait to read the book and hear more about Evanna’s incredible journey in her own words.

The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting is available for preorder in hardback, e-book, and audiobook. It will be released on October 14 in the United Kingdom and October 19 in the United States.

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Press Release

The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Glory and Tragedy of Growing Up

A memoir by actress and activist Evanna Lynch

Out Thursday 14th October 2021

£20 – Hardback

Also available in e-book and [audiobook]

The raw and compelling new memoir from actress and activist Evanna Lynch about the messiness of adulthood, growing up in the public eye, and her battle between perfection and creativity.

Evanna Lynch has long been viewed as a role model for people recovering from anorexia, and the story of her casting as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films has reached almost mythic proportions. Yet even after recovery, there remains a conflict at the very core of her being: a bitter struggle between the familiar, anesthetising pursuit of perfection and the desire to fully and fearlessly embrace her creativity.

In her memoir, Evanna confronts all the complexities and contradictions within herself and reveals how she overcame a life-threatening eating disorder, began to conquer her self-hate and confronted her fear of leaving the neatness and safety of girlhood for the unpredictable journey of being a woman.

This is a story of the tragedy and the glory of growing up, of mourning girlhood and stepping into the unknown, and how that act of courage is the most creatively liberating thing a woman can do.


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Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I live in Toronto, Canada.