Luna is a quirky fourth year Ravenclaw student. Classmates call her "Loony" Lovegood and make fun of her, as she has persistently misty eyes, a dreamy voice, and believes fully in creatures that don't exist and a number of conspiracy theories. Her father is the editor of The Quibbler, a magazine known for publishing articles of questionable accuracy and subject matter, and she is once found reading an edition upside down. Harry finds her uncomfortable to be around, especially since she's the only other person who can see the thestrals. She assures him they're both sane, which, given Luna's reputation, Harry finds questionable. Hermione finds Luna maddening and insults her often, but around Valentine's Day she asks Luna for help and arranges for Rita Skeeter to interview Harry and write an article to be published in The Quibbler. Luna and her father are thrilled, as the article boosts The Quibbler's popularity and her father even sells the article to the Daily Prophet, which allows them the finances to take a trip to hunt for one of their magical creatures. Though she's a member of Dumbledore's Army, Harry remains unconvinced of Luna's abilities until after she accompanies him to the Ministry to rescue Sirius. In the days after Sirius's death, Harry discovers that Luna can see the thestrals because her own mother died several years ago. She assures Harry that the dead are always around and is the only one who says anything that Harry finds truly comforting. Harry also finds that he feels bad for Luna for the first time, as students steal her belongings as a joke.