Evanna Lynch, who played the gifted and kind but oddball Luna Lovegood in Warner Bros’ “Harry Potter” series from the fifth film onwards, says she is very much looking forward to the forthcoming Harry Potter prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which stars “The Danish Girl” actor Eddie Redmayne.

“I am so excited,” Lynch, 24, told People. “Those are my two favorite things: animals and Harry Potter.” As for animals, Lynch is an animal lover and activist and come Sunday, she will take part in the New York City Half Marathon to raise awareness for World Animal Protection, a non-profit animal welfare organisation.

“Fantastic Beasts,” which is directed by “Harry Potter” veteran David Yates from a story by J.K. Rowling, has an interesting connection to Evanna Lynch’s Luna Lovegood character, People magazine points out. Many years following the defeat of Voldemort, Luna married Newt Scamander’s grandson, Rolf.

The actress also sang praises of Redmayne who will play Newt. “Eddie Redmayne is going to be fantastic! He’s definitely a wizard.” She said she’d love to return to the world of Rowling’s fantastic creations. “I’m just waiting for the call!” she said laughing, adding “Fans have been concocting all these scenarios where Luna narrates the film as if telling it to her children or grandchildren. They didn’t go that direction,” she adds.

That would have been a very interesting scenario that would have tied the two franchises together beautifully. Sadly, that does not appear likely. In fact, there appears no possibility that the original Harry Potter trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint would show up even as cameos in the new movie.

Lynch is obviously excited for “Fantastic Beast,” set roughly seventy years before the birth of Harry Potter, but she’s a bit jealous of not being able to be a part of it. “I do get a little bit jealous when I think of them filming right now. I miss it!” Lynch said. Redmayne has said that the script is great.

Well, if there’s any consolation, “Fantastic Beasts” will likely be quite good. Also, it has the “Harry Potter” tag. If there are sequels, Lynch’s character can definitely be included, perhaps in the final scene of the proposed trilogy where Lynch, in character, reads Newt’s tale to her children or grandchildren.