September 21, 2012

Fictional Fancies: Neville Longbottom

"It's a Remembrall!" he explained. "Gran knows I forget things—this tells you if there's something you've forgotten to do. Look, you hold it tight like this and if it turns red—oh ..." His face fell, because the Remembrall had suddenly glowed scarlet, "... you've forgotten something ..."
Neville Longbottom didn't start out as a leading man. In fact, he was far from it when we first met on the train to Hogwarts. An awkward, clumsy kid, Neville was constantly getting in trouble for his scatterbrained nature. But even in the beginning, it was obvious that he'd turn into a man anyone would be lucky to call a friend.

But Neville was clearly steeling himself to do something desperate.
"I won't let you do it," he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. "I'll—I'll fight you!"
"Neville," Ron exploded, 'get away from that hole and don't be an idiot—"
"Don't you call me an idiot!" said Neville. "I don't think you should be breaking any more rules! And you were the one who told me to stand up to people!"
With each passing year, Neville became stronger and more self-confident. Was he still awkward? Of course. Did he still screw up the most simple of spells? Quite often. But after he discovered a love of Herbology, he went after it, regardless of his friends' opinions. His knowledge even saved Harry's life at one point.

"Are you all right, Neville?" Harry asked him.
"Oh yes," said Neville, 'I'm fine, thanks. Just reading this book Professor Moody lent me ..."
He held up the book; Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties.
"Apparently Professor Sprout told Professor Moody I'm really good at Herbology," Neville said. There was a faint note of pride in his voice that Harry had rarely heard there before. "He thought I'd like this."
When Harry, Ron and Hermione left Hogwarts, Neville became a leader in his own right. He kept up with the fighting drills, he hid people in the Room of Requirement, he struck out when the timing was right. He kept hope alive and he inspired his "troops" when many might have felt like all was lost.

During the battle for Hogwarts, Neville used all of the spells he'd learned over the years to the best of his abilities. He had finally grown into his body, his smarts and his skills. He even took down one of Voldemort's most valued possessions, because he finally proved to himself that he was a true Gryffindor, and one of the bravest of them all.

"You show spirit and bravery, and you come of noble stock. You will make a very valuable Death Eater. We need your kind, Neville Longbottom."
"I'll join you when hell freezes over! Dumbledore's Army!"
And if that's not fancy-worthy, I don't know what is.


  1. Neville Longbotton, BAMF.

    I mean, who else can rock that sweater while brandishing a friggin' SWORD? That is all.

    P.S. I'm all teary reading this. Methinks it's time for an HP reread.

    1. Only true Men can wear sweaters like that. ;)

  2. Neville is quite clearly the hero of the HP series.

    Also a stoner.

  3. And to think he was almost The Chosen One. Stupid prophecy.

  4. This made me smile...I <3 Neville...

    1. Oh good! I'm glad to see so many fellow Neville lovers.

  5. My heart is happy. Neville is the BEST! :)