Neville Longbottom

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Template:HP Character Neville Longbottom (born July 30, 1980)[1] (http://www.mugglenet.com/jkrcom/birthdayarchive.shtml) is a fictional character in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.

He is a plump, bumbling, Gryffindor student in Harry's year, with a notoriously bad memory. He shares his dormitory at Hogwarts with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas.

Neville's best subject is Herbology and his worst is Potions. His greatest fear is of the Potions Master, Professor Severus Snape. He owns a toad named Trevor, who was a gift from his great uncle Algie upon his acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Neville is played by Matthew Lewis in the films.

Neville's parents are Alice and Frank Longbottom. They were both Aurors and prominent members of the Order of the Phoenix during the time of Lord Voldemort's original reign. They were driven mad by Bellatrix Lestrange, one of Voldemort's followers, who tortured them with the Cruciatus Curse. They are now in a closed ward of St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Neville's grandmother has raised him from a young age. Neville also has an Uncle Algie, who is mentioned many times and gives Neville his toad and Mimbulous Mimbletonia. However, as of book 5 he has not appeared in person.

The loss of his parents to madness has affected Neville greatly. It could be that much of Neville's uncertainty stems from events concerning his parents' madness. While Harry Potter learned of the fate of Neville's parents in the course of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Neville was unaware of this. During the course of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger saw Neville visiting his parents at St. Mungo's. These three have kept Neville's secret, and Neville has only spoken of that meeting on one occasion.

Neville's lack of self-confidence could also stem from his weakness as a wizard-in-training; despite being pure-blooded, Neville shows an ineptitude with magic that often gets him into trouble (though he shows great strength and potential, being able to whiz the Charms teacher, Professor Flitwick, around the classroom, he lacks focus). His use of his father's wand may also be a factor. Nonetheless, he has stood up both to his friends (notably in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, where his bravery earned Gryffindor the House Cup) and his enemies (see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for details). Indeed, during the course of the fifth book, Neville's magical abilities improve dramatically, as shown in the renegade Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons taught by Harry. This may stem from his desire to stop Lord Voldemort, due to the actions of the evil wizard's minions.

Neville is also known for his forgetfulness; he used a Remembrall in the early books of the series to help him recall things, but couldn't remember what it was telling him that he had forgotten. It has been suggested that Neville's forgetfulness may have been caused by the adverse effects of memory spells given to him because he may have witnessed his parents' torture.

Despite a portrayal that could be described as "one-sided" in the first four books, Neville has come into his own, particularly in the fifth book. Indeed, he plays a key role (albeit inadvertently) in keeping Lord Voldemort from knowing the prophecy made about Voldemort and Harry.

An interesting point which Dumbledore brings up in the denouement of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is that both Harry and Neville were born during the same month, and the aforementioned prophecy could possibly have applied to either of themTemplate:HP5. JKR has revealed on her website that Harry will ponder this throughout Book 6.

References

External links

Overanalyzing the Text: Neville (http://elkins.theennead.com/hp/archives/cat_neville.html) - Various essays on Nevillefr:Neville Londubat pt:Neville Longbottom he:הוגוורטס#.D7.A0.D7.95.D7.95.D7.99.D7.9C_.D7.9C.D7.95.D7.A0.D7.92.D7.91.D7.95.D7.98.D7.95.D7.9D

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