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This Week’s Theme: Best Neville Moment?
There are really so many wonderful moments with the character of Neville Longbottom, and I think his development over the course of the series was one of the best stories of character growth and revelation of all J.K. Rowling’s creations. I think he, more than any other character, grows into his own, from shy, bullied, and scared to someone confident and comfortable with himself. It would be utterly impossible for me to pick just one moment that is the “best” because I do think part of makes him such a wonderful character is the course of his life. So I will highlight two times (1 in the beginning, and 1 in the end) when Neville showed how much he had grown.
The first is from Sorcerer’s Stone, and is probably familiar to most of us…
“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!” (pg. 272)
Does it work? No, of course not. Neville is decidedly outmatched by Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but I like that he’s taking it upon himself to change his own behavior and stand up for what he thinks is right. He’s spent a lot of time cowering and here he makes his voice heard. He’s not just taking the advice he was given, he’s making his friends own up to the fact that they are trying to take advantage of his good (and timid) nature. I love how Dumbledore takes the opportunity to reward Neville and ultimately present this as an act of heroism. His validation of Neville’s behavior is what really sets the path for Neville to become the confident young man that we see in the final book and films.
Which brings me to my second moment, which takes place in Deathly Hallows (part 2 if we are discussing the films instead of the books).
This speech, in the films is one of my absolute favorite moments. Everything Neville has learned about standing up for himself and others comes full circle and we see him as the most assertive leader of all the students at Hogwarts. He would be my choice for Head Boy. In the books, his confrontation with Voldemort is a bit more brief and violent as Voldemort uses him as an example to the others and tries to kill him almost immediately.
“But you are a pureblood, aren’t you, my brave boy?” Voldemort asked Neville, who stood facing him, his empty hands curled into fists.
“So what if I am?” said Neville loudly.
“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,” said Neville. “Dumbledore’s Army!” he shouted, and there was an answering cheer from the crowd, whom Voldemort’s Silencing Charms seemed unable to hold. (pg 731)
On the next pages (732-733) Voldemort puts Neville in a body bind (reminiscent of what the Trio do to him in book 1) then puts the Sorting Hat on Neville’s head, and sets it on fire. (YIKES!) And yet, Neville breaks free and pulls Gryffindor’s sword from the hat, and uses it to take out Nagini. (SO AWESOME!) It’s such an epic moment in the books, proving that not only has Neville overcome his timidity, but he’s also become an incredible wizard. I think they did a great job of bringing it to life in the films as well. It’s different, but does an equally great job of showing how and why Neville is a badass.
Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what you think the best Neville Longbottom moment was in the comments below!