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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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I think that it would be really dumb if Neville was really the one who should defeat Voldemort, because the whole series is about Harry Potter! I think though that Neville play a huge role in the seventh book. He might assist Harry in defeating Voldemort or they work together.

Posted by Olga from Chicago, Illinois on June 15, 2007 3:21 PM

What if Neville's gran is an imposter? What if she/he was stationed by Voldemort, something like Mad-Eye Moody in GOF? This imposter might be the one making sure that Neville doesnt do something to threaten Voldemort. But that begs the question about why Voldemort just doesnt him.

The bubble wrappers might mean something. If Neville's mom really wanted to give something to her son, then why only these wrappers?

One very important thing, why does Neville say that his family thought that he was 'all muggle'? He should have used the word squib. Could he have an unknown muggle parent?

Posted by AP on June 16, 2007 2:15 PM

Maybe Neville is a red herring. Dumbledore clearly states that, like others have said previously, Voldemort marked Harry, not Neville, as his equal. I'm not saying Neville is not going to have a major impact in the last book, but i hugely doubt he be the deciding factor in Voldemort's defeat, Voldemort's victory perhaps, but definitely not his defeat. I say Neville s Bellatrix by the middle of the book.

Posted by Matt from Union City, TN on June 16, 2007 6:02 PM

I had also wondered about Neville's "all muggle" statement as opposed to using the word "squib". The Longbottoms are a pureblood family I believe, therefore there should be no reason Neville would be "muggle" at all.

Posted by Amy S. from P. Kentucky on June 16, 2007 9:04 PM

I think someone would have known if nevilles grandmother was an imposter. And I don't think he has muggle parents. And it isn't important for the story. I mean it is about harry and not about neville.

Posted by Claudia on June 17, 2007 03:13 AM

I agree about Neville ing Bellatrix Lestrange. I don't agree about him ing Voldemort, or him betraying the Harry trio.

The real questiobn should be, "What made the sorting hat think that Neville had the bravery Godric Gryffindor wanted?"
He is not intelligent, evil or brave. he would have done better in Hufflepuff, wouldn't he? I mean, ok, he has shown some bravery with malfoy on book 6, the harry trio in book 1, and in book 5. but they are just sudden, provoked-like bursts of anger which anyone would experience.

Posted by Ayoub from Kuwait on June 17, 2007 12:11 PM

I have in passing wondered why Neville was put into Gryffindor. During his sorting, the book says it took nearly a full minute to place him doesn't it? So it was very very divided on where to put him, it took longer then it even took for Harry who literally had parts of both Slytherin and Gryffindor in him. So what other house was it debating on? Apparently it saw parts of him, that even though they have not showed themselves yet, are indeed there.

Posted by Amy S. from P. Kentucky on June 17, 2007 7:25 PM

I disagree completely that Neville is not intelligent or brave. He had been suppressed by his domineering Grandmother since his parents were incapacitated. He also did not have his own wand, he used his fathers. Wands choose the wizard, and Neville had the wrong wand and oppressive Grandma for the first 5 books. I don't think we have seen the true wizard abilities of Neville yet. Neville is just getting started as a true wizard.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on June 17, 2007 9:46 PM

Neville? no way...
even if it's Neville who is the chosen one I'm sure Harry do it.

Posted by Farzaneh from Kerman,Iran,Asia on June 18, 2007 04:31 AM

So many well thought out comments! As for this notion of Neville ing Bellatrix, I don't think Neville is capable of ing anyone. Not that I think he isn't or won't be powerful enough, quite the contrary, in fact, but I don't think he'd have the heart.

The use of the word "Muggle" instead of "Squib" might be a clue, sure, but I'm more inclined to think it's because Jo had not introduced the term yet, and it's even possible she hadn't started calling Magical-born Muggles Squibs yet. Sometimes you have to think about things from the writer's point of view rather than the narrator's.

Ayoub - I believe it is exactly what you said that made the Sorting Hat think he was suitable for Griffindor; the fact that in the face of extreme danger, even if nowhere else, he come through for his friends.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on June 18, 2007 08:19 AM

I find it very unlikely that Neville would be the chosen one and not Harry. I think the only reason Dumbledore told Harry that Neville could have been the chosen one is to let Harry see how Voldemort thinks and acts.

It is to make Harry see that Voldemort is mortally afraid of the one that can finish him of and by that, rushed to decide which of the 2 boys it meant.

Dumbledore says that after Voldemort marked Harry, one finish of the other in the end prophecy or not. This is because Harry hates Voldemort because he ed his parents and Voldemort wants to Harry because he is afraid that Harry is the chosen one and can end his life.

No such connection is there between Voldemort and Neville. It is very likely that Neville hates Voldemort but Voldemort is not afraid of Neville�s powers to finish him of and for that he�ll never try to find Neville as he wants to find Harry.

Another thing is that Harry possesses �the power the Dark Lord knows not� which is love in much more quantity then Neville, at least the books have given us enough evidence of that.

There is so much more evidence that Harry is the chosen one for sure that I think it�s impossible for Neville to be the chosen one. I think there be an important part in the next book for Neville but I think that it is impossible for Neville to betray Harry or that it has anything to do with the prophecy.

Posted by Alex from Leuven Belguim on June 18, 2007 10:10 AM

I don't believe that Jo used "all muggle" because she hadn't come up with the term "Squib" yet, simply because before she wrote the first book she had written so much detail of that world, that I find it hard to believe she wouldn't have already come up with a proper term for someone like that.

Posted by Amy S. from P. Kentucky on June 18, 2007 1:04 PM

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