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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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Augusta can't be a Eater. If she were, Harry would have seen her in the cemetary, when Voldemort came back. And also in the Ministry of Magic, in the fifth book. Why would she be happy and proud because her grandson fought with Harry against the Eaters that night? Neville said that she was very proud of him, and also gave him a brand new wand.

When it comes to the reason why Neville's parents were not ed, I'm not sure. It can't be because someone in the family is an important Eater, since Sirius' brother, Regulus, was ed. There are many Eaters in their family.

Posted by Thiago Leite Cruz from Bel�m, par�, Brazil on June 12, 2007 09:53 AM

Monkeeshrines, Frank and Alice were tortured for information about Voldemort's whereabouts. If the Eaters didn't know where he was, why would Frank and Alice know? I bet there was a reason behind why they were left alive. Same goes for Neville.

Posted by Aditi Dani from India on June 13, 2007 04:53 AM

Thiago, I'm not saying she's a eater but that she could be in league with Voldemort.

Posted by Aditi Dani from India on June 13, 2007 04:57 AM

speaking of longbottom, has anyone besides me noticed that at the end of ordor of the phoenix, neville mentions that the wand he broke at the ministry was his fathers? with all the importance that Ollivander puts on the wand choosing the wizard, this seems to possibly account for the fact that neville seems good at no subjects except one the doesn't require much use of a wand. he never properly got his own wand. his gran always made him use his father's wand. maybe neville is the chosen one and we'll finally see him at his full powers in the last book. or maybe he'll play a crucial role if he isn't "the chosen one", which is more likely.

Posted by Philip from Wisconsin on June 13, 2007 06:48 AM

I am also not really sure about the wands. It is like olivander said, the wand chooses the wizard. But in PP/SP draco said that his mother was buying his wand.

Posted by Claudia on June 14, 2007 05:40 AM

Philip from Wisconsin,

In it is stated that Harry is definitely "The Chosen One", but that Neville play an important role.

You are right, Neville did poorly at almost every subject, but has been getting better and better, let us not forget that he was one of the first ones to produce a patronus in the Clandestine DA class, and now that he has his own wand he should greatly improve.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on June 14, 2007 2:35 PM

Too much effort has been put into Neville to shrug him off in the last novel. I think that:

1: "Harry is a horcrux theory"
After Harry finds and destroys all of the horcruxes, Neville may play a pivotal role in Harry's , maybe helping sacrifice Harry for the greater good, then fighting Voldemort with or without Snape. Neville sacrificing Harry would parallel Snape sacrificing Dumbledore (Snape is good).

or 2: "Neville is a horcrux theory"
Voldemort maybe ed Neville's grandfather to make Neville a horcrux, thinking "Oh, now the only way for me to is for him to and me, but he won't himself, and if he does he be and can't me." It is right then Voldemort learns about Harry so he goes to him, didn't work, now in the end Neville must sacrifice himself and let Harry and Voldemort duke it out.

I'm leaning towards Harry is a horcrux, but no matter what I think Neville be very important in book 7.

Posted by Josh Smith on June 14, 2007 3:54 PM

In old texts, like the prophecy, it is common to refer to people without actually mentionining who it is you're talking about. What if the message in the prophecy changes who the word "he" is referring to?
What if the "... and either must at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives..."-part actually is about Harry and Neville, and not about Harry and Voldemort.
It would make sense, especially if we believe the theory about Neville being the one who betray Harry, Ron and Hermione...

Posted by Peter from Stockholm, Sweden on June 15, 2007 04:10 AM

There's no possible way that Neville betray Harry.

If there's a parallel between him and Pettigrew, it's this, IMHO: in the Shrieking Shack (in PoA) Pettigrew said something to effect of, "They would have ed me, what should I have done?" Sirius roars back, "You should have d!" (one of my favourite lines in all the books.)

Neville do what he should.

I like Neville a lot, but I predict that he'll heroically in book 7: steadfastly not betraying Harry and the others.

Posted by Martin McCallion from London, UK on June 15, 2007 10:10 AM

I don't know if I am just crazy or if I truly could believe this, but we keep asking ourselves what if Harry is a Horcrux? Well has anyone thought to themselves, what if Neville could be one who is a horcrux? I know it is far fetched, but in the prophecy it says that one must by the hand of the other and neither can live if the other survives. Well what if instead of talking about Harry and Voldemort. It was talking about the two boys that were to be born at the end of the seventh month? What if it means that in order for Harry to succeed he must Neville? Or what if it means that Neville must Harry? With the idea that the boys fates are interchangable and the dream that Harry had of Sirius ing a figure that looked like Neville. Maybe that is a sign that Harry would have to do something similar.

Posted by merlin_rev on June 15, 2007 11:11 AM

i have to disagree with the comparison of neville and wormtail. the quote about where neville's name is dropped is said BEFORE we know that wormtail betrayed his parents. so in his psyche, he feels sorry for wormtail and then uses neville to imagine wormtail. so to harry at the time, wormtail was a good guy, a victim. i think it's more important to relate these things in the mind of harry rather than the mind of rowling when it comes to foreshadowing.

Posted by shu from Houston, TX on June 15, 2007 2:56 PM

Everybody puts a lot of importance on what Dumbledore says. Remember, Dumbledore says himself in OOTP that he is only human and also does make mistakes.

Posted by Gunnar from Sandnes, Norway on June 15, 2007 3:10 PM

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