"The things we lose always have a way of coming back to us in the end."
— Pandora Lovegood[src]

Pandora[3] Lovegood (d. between 13 February 1990 and 12 February 1991) was a witch who was married to Xenophilius Lovegood, the editor of The Quibbler, and with him had one child, Luna Lovegood. She died in 1990 by her own backfiring spell, when Luna was nine. Harry saw a photo of Luna and Pandora while visiting the Lovegoods' house in which Luna looked more well-groomed than he had ever seen her, suggesting that Pandora was less absent-minded than her husband.


Xenophilius Lovegood, her husband

According to her daughter, Pandora was an extraordinary witch who liked to experiment with spells. One day in 1990, one of these experiments went wrong, killing her in front of Luna, who was subsequently able to see Thestrals. Luna told Harry Potter that she continued to feel sad about her mother's death from time to time and believed that she would see her again after death.[4]

Luna had a large photograph beside her bed at home, depicting her and her mother hugging. In the picture, she was described as looking very much like her daughter. Many years after her death, Pandora Lovegood would gain grandchildren in Lorcan and Lysander Scamander, the sons of Luna and Rolf Scamander.[5]


Pandora is of the Ancient Greek and derived from πᾶν (= pān) => i.e. "all" and δῶρον (= dōron) => "gift", thus "the all-endowed", "the all-gifted" or "the all-giving". Pandora is said to be the first woman created by the deities in Greek mythology. She was given a box by them,and was told never to open it.Pandora,known for her intense curiosity,opened the box releasing things such as misery, sadness, etc. into the world.Thus the phrase "Do not open Pandora's box". This could relate to her experimenting with spells, thus her curiosity, and her death, the consequence.

Lovegood is a real surname and a compound word (Love and Good). This could be translated to "loving the good" or "chivalry".


Notes and references

  1. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Luna says she was nine when her mother died. J.K. Rowling later confirmed that Luna's birthday was February 13th, meaning Pandora died between Luna's 9th and 10th birthday.
  2. "In Ch. 4 of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, Horace Slughorn states that family members are often sorted into the same House. This may indicate that Pandora was in Ravenclaw. But there are exceptions.
  3. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: Illness and Disability
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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