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Xenophilius Lovegood Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Xenophilius Lovegood Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Xenophilius Lovegood is a British wizard best known for his role as editor of The Quibbler, an alternative wizarding magazine. With his wife Pandora he had a daughter, Luna Lovegood, who he raised alone after the untimely death of his wife when Luna was just nine years old.

Xenophilius had many eccentric beliefs, many of which he published in The Quibbler. He also believed in the reality of the Deathly Hallows, and revealed important information about them to Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

While Xenophilius was an outspoken supporter of Harry Potter at the beginning of the Second Wizarding War, he had to change his approach when his daughter was kidnapped by Death Eaters. He began to denounce Harry, and even tried to turn him over to Death Eaters on one occasion.

About Xenophilius Lovegood

BornPre-1964
Blood StatusPure Blood or Half Blood
OccupationEditor of the Quibbler
PatronusUnknown
HouseRavenclaw
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignAquarius (speculative)

Xenophilius Lovegood Biography

Xenophilius Lovegood was born into a wizarding family, and like most young British wizards attended Hogwarts for his education. He was a member of Ravenclaw, and this was where he met his future wife, Pandora. They lived in a house shaped like a rook chess piece in a village near Ottery St Catchpole, close to the Weasleys.

The two had a daughter Luna. But Pandora died when Luna was just nine while experimenting with a spell. This left Xenophilius to raise their daughter himself.

Xenophilius had many eccentric beliefs that he did not feel got appropriate attention from the wizarding world. Among his most prominent beliefs was in the existence of Crumple-Horned Snorkacks. He created The Quibbler magazine to talk about these topics.

The most eccentric looking wizard… Slightly cross-eyed, with shoulder length white hair the texture of candyfloss, he woe a white cape whose tassel dangled in front of his nose and robes of an eye-watering shade of egg-yolk yellow. An off symbol, rather like a triangular eye, glistened from a gold chain around his neck.

Harry’s observation of Xenophilius Lovegood at Bill and Fleur’s wedding, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Quibbler

In 1996, Xenophilius agreed to publish a tell all by Rita Skeeter about Harry and the return of Lord Voldemort, when the Daily Prophet was following the Ministry line that Harry was unhinged. It was his most popular edition ever, and he later sold rights to the article to the Daily Prophet. He used the money to take his daughter to Sweden to find Crumple-Ended Snorkacks.

When Rufus Scrimgeour became Minister for Magic, he wanted to publish a story suggesting that Scrimgeour was a vampire. He was prevented by the Ministry, which only reinforced his conviction.

The Quibbler editor was one of the first to believe Harry when he revealed the truth about Lord Voldemort’s return.

Xenophilius and the Deathly Hallows

Xenophilius attended the wedding of Bill and Fleur at the home of his Weasley neighbours right before the Ministry fell to Death Eaters. There he was seen wearing a necklace that represented the Deathly Hallows. Harry and Hermione did not know the importance of the symbol at the time.

Viktor Krum, who was also at the wedding, became very angry when he saw the symbol. He associated it with the dark wizard Grindelwald, who had killed his grandfather.

When Harry, Hermione, and Ron later realized that the symbol was linked to one of the clues left to them by Dumbledore, they went to Xenophilius to learn about the symbol. They expected a warm welcome since Lovegood had made his support for Harry clear in The Quibbler.

While Xenophilius pretended to welcome the trio, he actually contacted the Death Eaters when they arrived. His daughter Luna had been kidnapped because of what he had been publishing. If he turned over Harry Potter, he hoped that his daughter would be returned to him.

He revealed what he knew of the Deathly Hallows to the trio while they awaited the arrival of the Death Eaters. Fortunately, the trio realized that Luna could not be in the house and that Xenophilius must be lying before the Death Eaters arrived and were able to make an escape.

Destruction of the Lovegood Home

Xenophilius tried to stop the trio from leaving, casting a stunning spell at them. But Harry pushed the others out of the way and Xenophilius instead hit a dangerous erumpent horn, causing the fluid inside it to explode and destroy the house.

They took my Luna because of what I’ve been writing. They took my Luna and I don’t know where she is, what they’ve done to her. But they might give her back to me if I — If I… I must save Luna. I cannot lose Luna. You must not leave.

Xenophilius Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The trio were able to escape in the confusion, and Hermione wiped Lovegood’s memory of what they had been talking about before the Death Eaters Travers and Selwyn arrived. They used a human-presence-revealing spell to determine that there was, in fact, someone else there as Xenophilius claimed.

Hermione hid Ron under the invisibility cloak, since he was supposed to be at home sick, and made sure that the Death Eaters saw Harry before they disapparated. She hoped that the Death Eaters would see that Xenophilius had been telling the truth and would not be too hard on him.

After the trio escaped Xenophilius was arrested and sent to Azkaban. He went there a hero in the anti-Voldemort movement as he had never actually been able to publish any anti-Harry stories. The trio never told anyone about what happened when they visited Xenophilius.

Xenophilius Later Life

Xenophilius was released from Azkaban after the fall of Lord Voldemort and returned to life with his daughter. He was pleased Luna married fellow naturalist Rolf Scamander, and the two had two sons. Now a grandpa, he even babysat the sons when Luna and Rolf attended the Quidditch World Cup in 2014.

Xenophilius Lovegood Personality Type & Traits

Xenophilius is an eccentric character drawn to conspiracy theories and willing to believe in things that other people dismiss. For him, the world was just a little more magical than it was for other wizards.

He was fiercely loving of his own daughter Luna and would do anything to protect her. While his actions against Harry when he visited the Lovegood home are questionable, they are understandable in the context of a distraught father.

Xenophilius Lovegood Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Xenophilius’ birthday, but he must have been born before 1964 to be old enough to be Luna’s father. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign may be Aquarius, like Luna. These intelligent people are often drawn to the unusual as they believe that there is more to life than most people can see.

Aquarians are independent thinkers and march to the beat of their own drum, no matter what other people think. While they are usually quite moral, they can be capable of anything when something important to them is at risk.