Is Luna Lovegood autistic?

Luna Lovegood is a fictional character from the Harry Potter series of books and movies.  She has many of the characteristics associated with Asperger’s Syndrome, and is described as “quirky” and “eccentric.”  She is highly intelligent and can be bluntly honest.  She has difficulty making friends with the other students at Hogwarts, but she is very loyal to those who are her friends, including Harry Potter and Hermione.  Many people with Asperger’s Syndrome have blogged about their identification with her character, and it is highly likely that she is on the autism spectrum.

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