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Neville Longbottom: The Other Chosen One

by David Haber

On the night that Sirius died, after the battle at the Ministry of Magic at the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore showed Harry the complete Lost Prophecy. It is then we learn that it was possible that Neville could also have been the Chosen One. Dumbledore tells us this, and then immediately insists it could only have been Harry. Why mention it then, in the first place?

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Mike McGrath.

I agree with you, and just to add to the weight of Neville being important, he is always right there in the movies. His part is built up all the time, which suggests the film makers have been told to keep Neville in as he has a bigger part than the books suggest at times.

Posted by Orlando from England on June 7, 2007 3:05 PM

Or... he's just in the movies a lot because he's good comic relief...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on June 7, 2007 3:10 PM

ive always thought and still do think that neville is the chosen one. that way jk be able to off harry and neville defeat voldemort.

Posted by snape is a legend from ireland on June 7, 2007 3:34 PM

Well, I'm going to have to say Neville had a memory charm put on him. Let's not forget that in book 6 Professor McGonagall says that Nevilles Grandmother failed her Charms O.W.L. So, she could have tried a memory charm on Neville and messed it up. This could be why he has a bad memory. I don't think there's much more to it, I think she was just trying to protect him from horrible memories or bad dreams.

Posted by Joshua from U.S. on June 7, 2007 11:44 PM

Cecil from Tacoma mentioned on page 10 of these comments that maybe Voldemort ed Neville's grand father, and Neville saw this. Originally I kind of believed this, but in order for Voldemort to have ed him then it would have been before attacking the Potters, which would have made Neville too young to understand it, so he would not have been able to see the threstals, just as Harry wasn�t able. We know that Neville can see the threstals, and he is a day younger than Harry, so there is not much chance of Voldemort attacking his grandfather.

Neville did see his grandfather , but it could have been a natural .

The memory charm is still a nice idea, but probably to make him forget the torturing of his parents (if he had been present).

Now, in JKR�s web page in the seventh question of the second page of the about the books part of the F.A.Q. (clips) section it is mentioned:

�Well, It does not give him (Neville) either hidden powers or a mysterious destiny. He remains a�normal� wizarding boy, albeit one with a past, in its way, as tragic as Harry�s. As you saw in �Order of the Phoenix,� however, Neville is not without his own latent strengths. It remains to be seen how he feel if he ever finds out how close he came to being the Chosen One.�

This settles it, Neville is definitely NOT the Chosen One.

I do suggest that you visit this section of and read the rest of the answer, as it has more interesting things in it.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 8, 2007 12:25 PM

What if the scar on Harry's forehead isn't a lightning bolt at all? What if it's actually the letter "N"?

Posted by Blake from West Chester, PA on June 8, 2007 2:41 PM

Emilio from Mexico City, you are quite right! Voldemort got out of the picture when Harry and Neville were one year old, so no way could he Neville's grandfather and make an horcrux, and Neville being able to remember this event so he could see thestrals.

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma, WA on June 8, 2007 3:51 PM

I haven't checked myself, buy someone should check if there was a description of anyone else at the bar when Dumbledore heard the prophesy. I'm wondering if Neville's grandma was there, or someone else that might have overheard and passed the information on to the Longbottoms to make them put the spell on Neville.

Posted by Christopher DeJesus from Santa Clara, CA on June 8, 2007 8:14 PM

Does it really matter if Neville is the chosen one though? Voldemort marked Harry as his equal, so could Neville destroy him (Voldemort)? I don't think so, because that would be strangely confusing and hard to work out in the last book. I have no doubt that Neville help them though.

Posted by Belle from US on June 9, 2007 04:34 AM

WOW! Thats all i can really say and i think you have me convinced. One thing though,

The part at the end, it appeared that pettigrew wasn't very powerful or sed, however he and the other marauders are refered to being the youngest animagi in history and he managed to stay in his animagi form for atleast 15 years. We see something simmilar with neville. He is clumsy and foolish and can't do very good magic, however he is good enough to pass to the next year and in the DA after getting comfortable he is very sed and is the first one to correctly do a very difficult spell (I beleive it was patronus) and assited in the first battle of the second war at the department of mysteries. Interesting, they both apear to be weak untalented hangers on of a more powerful group but then do some amazing things. Interesting also that they both look simmilar and harry substitutes a neville like person for peter before meeting him. Are the longbottoms and the pettigrews (or possibly just neville and peter) somehow conected and is the curse on nevil mentioned in the article also/was affecting peter?

Posted by E from Portland, ME on June 9, 2007 04:57 AM

JK said that the shape of his scar wasn't important.

Posted by claudia on June 9, 2007 07:13 AM

True Dave Haber, Neville could just be used in the movies a lot as he makes good comic relief. But he is not used greatly to comic effect in GoF - he is used to show how indepth his Herbology knowledge is. Although granted his 'I've ed Harry Potter' moment was worth a smile.
In PS/SS it is Seamus who is constantly getting blown up, so he too could have retained the comic mode.

Posted by Orlando from England on June 9, 2007 12:28 PM

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