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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 was just thinking about Ollivander being taken and Neville being the last person to buy a wand. What if Voldemort took Ollivander to make a new wand because of the last time Voldy tried to Harry. Then Ollivander makes the same one for Voldemort as he made for Neville. Because if ollivander heard anything about the Priori Incantatem that happened in GoF, and hearing the reports that Neville was one of the ones with Harry in the Ministry in OotP, he might have thought that if he makes the same wand, there is a chance that Neville be there the next time something happens. Ollivander would also know about Neville's parents and therefore understand, maybe, how much Neville hates Voldemort. So I think that possibly at the end it is Harry and Neville that are standing together to fight and Neville and Voldemort's wands get stuck in Priori Incantatem, and then Harry is able to finish off Voldy.

I would like it if Neville really did have a hand in finishing of Voldemort after all that has happened to him.

Posted by Cass from North Carolina on July 10, 2007 07:05 AM

I think that Neville has a hand in all this, but I think Harry is actually the chosen one. Maybe Neville's forgetfulness does have something to do with his strange past, but I'm not really sure about anything.

Posted by Emily Davis from Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 10, 2007 4:18 PM

neville is mixed up in the phropecy. He play an important part in the 7th book. I think he step up and be able to do magic when Harry needs him. He be there to back Harry up, as he did in the 5th and 6th books.

Posted by Pamela sue from arkansas on July 10, 2007 8:07 PM


I think you bring up a good point about the Priori Incantatem because since Voldemort and Harry's wands won't work when used on each other,maybe Neville's wand finish Voldemort off.

Posted by Yulia from Santa Barbara, Ca on July 11, 2007 6:57 PM

Its interesting that in the movies, including the latest one, Neville's possible role as the Chosen One is not discussed. It makes me think that its a red herring.

Posted by sinjicat2003 from Melbourne on July 12, 2007 04:56 AM

i think that it could be just a point to confuse us... harry is the most important character here and it has to refer to him... neville could be mixed up with the future of harry but not at all...

Posted by Gabo from Colombia on July 12, 2007 08:29 AM

Would Harry have been able to take the prophecy off the shelf if it was about Neville? Is it enough that his name is on it?

Posted by Jenny on July 12, 2007 09:27 AM

I think it is very interesting that in the movie (which I know are not canon), the prophecy was shortened to leave out the whole "thrice defied" Voldemort and end of July portions and there was no mention of Neville as a possible alternate "chosen one". Another idea that has cropped up is that because Sirius just fell through the veil, he is able to somehow return. The movie also seems to dispel that idea by having Bellatrix avada kedavra him before he falls through the veil. It would seem to me that Jo would not have approved those changes if they were going to be important issues/events in Book 7. I still believe that Neville play a huge role in the end and fear greatly he in the battle. Hurry July 21!

Posted by B&B;'s mom from South Georgia on July 12, 2007 09:30 AM

I believe I observed a few clues in the new movie that reveal what happen in book seven. As stated in another one of Dave's brilliant articles, content in the movies has to have J.K.'s seal of approval and she has even admitted that some movie content are clues. That being said, this is your last chance to stop reading before spoliers are revealed.

This one was the big tip off to me. When the 6 heroes (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna and Ginny) are in the department of mysteries searching for Sirius, all the orbs are dark until Nevil gets near one and it starts to glow. Nevill then directs Harry to the glowing prophocy and when Harry picks it up, the prophecy is spoken aloud so that all the students can hear it. However, it omits the part about who the chosen one could be (being born as the 7th month s to partents who thrice defied Voldomort). I believe that the fact that the orb glowed when Neville came close to it points to him being the real chosen one and that the other part of the prophacy was left out so that the clue wouldn't be too obvious. So, Neville definatly play a major roll in the downfall of Voldomort in DH in my opinion.

Posted by Tim from Flagstaff, AZ on July 12, 2007 12:58 PM

what if Neville is a horcrux, and has to sacrifice himself to defeat Voldemort?

Posted by Peter from Australia on July 12, 2007 4:40 PM

I don't think that Neville betray Harry, Hermione and Ron. He has been too good a friend to them.

If anyone betrays the trio I suspect that it be Ron. Maybe if Voldermort promised Ron that he give his family wealthines and give Ron more attention and respect Ron might give in.

Ron is the meanest of the trio. He can be spiteful to Harry and Hermione at times but he doesn't think about other peoples feelings a lot. Maybe because no-one ever thought of his feelings at home?

Anyway, I think that Neville might assist Harry in ing Voldermort, presuming Voldermort s of course, or Neville might a heroic .

I think Hermione also be a big asset in the final book.

Posted by Jen from Perth, Western Australia on July 13, 2007 7:15 PM

i beleive neville is mentioned in the prophecy, him being the "other". I think that neville definetly in the final book and with neville gone it enable both harry and voldemort live. I do not believe voldemort ultimately in the end i think he suffer the same fate as barty crouch jr and remain in a state worse than souless!

Posted by glorfindel from aberdeen, uk on July 13, 2007 7:25 PM

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