Today’s topic: Neville Longbottom. The other boy who lived.
Neville. The poster child for puberty. A true Gryffindor. A loyal friend. A nervous fellow. A fantastic grandson. An even better son.
Neville starts out as a scared little boy who no one thinks should really be in Gryffindor. (They think he should be in Hufflepuff. I used to agree, because of his love of herbology. But then I read the rest of the books.) He tried REALLY hard that one time to stop the gang from getting into trouble. He tried REALLY hard to become part of the gang. He tried REALLY hard to kill Nagini.
We realize later that Neville’s birthday is ALSO in July. The prophecy stated that the person who would kill the Dark Lord would be born in July. But the prophecy was not very specific.
“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives… the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies….“
Neville’s parents were also against the Dark Lord and in the original resistance with Harry’s parents. Neville could have been “The Boy Who Lived.” His parents could have died. His grandma could have died. He could have a lightning bolt scar on his head. But we wouldn’t have the Neville we all know and love.
The Neville who stands up for what’s right. The Neville who visits his parents in St. Mungo’s even though they have no idea who he is. The Neville who had a fuller character arch than almost anyone. The Neville who grew up so WELL.
Neville Longbottom is such an underappreciated character and I think he needs more recognition. SPREAD THIS POST LIKE WILDFIRE TO GET NEVILLE THE SUPPORT HE DESERVES!