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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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The Sorting Hat taking ages over Neville.

We know Harry could have been Slytherin
We know Hermione could have been Ravenclaw

I guess Ron is pure gold Gryffindor
So maybe Neville was heading for HufflePuff

Four characters - all four houses and all the courage of Gryffindor to boot.

Posted by Orlando from England on May 29, 2007 08:00 AM

I think Neville play a significant role in the upcoming book. Like many, I don't have any specific idea, because there are a lot of misleading clues from the evil genius JKR (she really is exceptional at giving enough information to confound us even more!). He may infact be the ONE, but it would almost seem to be a disappointment since the books surround Harry Potter. Keep in mind though, Voldemort and Harry have a hard time battling each other (see the wand discussion in GoF). Would that mean someone else would be responsible for ing Voldemort?

Posted by Steve on May 29, 2007 08:22 AM

What im wondering is about the three times Harry's and Nevilles parents have "defied" voldemort... Does it have an importance at all to the story? Did the Longbottoms and Potters ever get away from him together, helping each other?

I also think the bubblegum theory is really interesting. And Im sure neville be a big part of DH...

Posted by mh on May 29, 2007 09:00 AM

On one of the other article comments pages was the discussion of how the books are like a mirror with GOF in the middle. Comparing Neville to Pettigrew would make sense only if this is how we looked at it. I too think Neville be have something to do with Voldemort's demise, and be a help to the "trio" and not a negative one as the article suggests. Neville's power is growing. Harry needs Neville. Its as simple as that.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on May 29, 2007 09:02 AM

I have thought for awhile that the source of Neville's memory problem come out eventually. I don't think it just be that he is a forgetful boy. I don't even think his seemingly lack of magical ability is what it seems either. I really believe that somebody attempted a memory charm on him, and it really messed him up. So he forgets things a lot and doesn't seem to be very good with his spellwork.

Perhaps Neville's grandmother is a member of the Order of the Phoenix we haven't properly gotten to know?

Posted by Amy from P. Kentucky on May 29, 2007 09:06 AM

A close comparison of the descriptions of Bertha Jorkin's memory and Neville's really produces a set of questons. Was his memory put to such a great modification that his forgetfullness today is a result of the mofidication just as her's was? The similarity of descriptions is uncannily similar. If so WHO (above his Grandmother is suggested) placed such a powerful memory charm on him? We have no clues really, only speculation.

I do not believe that these charms can have a 'time limit'. So that when Neville reaches a certain age (say 17) that suddenly the charm lift.. I think he , like Harry, have to discover missing parts of his past.

JKR said that in the last book that someone who is not usually thought of as doing magic would, 'under great stress', rise to the occasion and do magic. I had always assumed this to be Filch (a squib) or Aunt Petunia or even Dudley... but this article now causes me to wonder if that reference was to Neville? We know he can do magic...just not well, and that always caused me to assume that the reference was to someone else in the cast.

Bertha Jorkins' memory charm could be broken by Voldemort of course. But this caused so much mental and even physical damage that Voldemort implied that it was equivalent to having already ed her. I suppose one major question which needs to be answered is how can Neville have his memory/powers restored without suffering the damage?

We have had other clues in this regard. Professor Lockhart is also the recipient of a massive memory charm. We saw in OOP that his condition has not responded much to the healing arts at St.Mungo's (as opposed to the violent method of Voldemort).

I fear that whatever might possibly 'trigger' Neville's memory to recover is waiting for us in ly Hallows and not hiding out there in the first 6.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 29, 2007 09:13 AM

Also, I think that we are overlooking the fact that Neville has ALREADY risked for Harry in OOP. Pettegrew never had the capacity for that kind of selfless courage and showed a predisposition for weakness and betrayal.

Neville has never shown any of those characteristics, I would recomend him as a good bet to remain devotedly loyal.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 29, 2007 10:08 AM

There are some really good ideas here. But the thing that I HAVE to disagree with is Neville ing Voldermort! It just doesn't seem right because she has spent all this time revolving it around Harry, so why in the 7th book should it happen that Neville is the person who rids them of Voldermort?

Also I don't think that Neville go against the trio because they have helped him so much. Neville is not that sort of person, to betray the trio the order and his Grandma would never let him. He says in the Order of the pheonix that his family and him are behind Dumbledore so i don't see why he would go against them. The Bubblegum wrapper could be a sign, or maybe she gives it to him for another reason only known to herself and neville keeps them to remind him of his parents.

Posted by Nusrath from England on May 29, 2007 10:33 AM

Maybe the bubblegum wrapper is a sign. In one of the books isn't Harry eating bubblegum icecream from Florean Fortescue in Diagon Alley? Florean then goes missing in HBP which has to be significant (either hidden by The Order or taken by the Eaters). He may know something that is really important that also Neville's parents knew. Neville's mum is perhaps trying to tell Neville this. On the other hand, this could be way off!

Posted by Tirnanog from Stevenage on May 29, 2007 12:45 PM

I think the memory charm is a really insightful idea to explain Neville's forgetfulness. The only thing that doesn't make sense to me is, if his Gran put the memory charm on him, then why would she send him a remembrall? I think it must be someone else who put the charm on him.

I don't buy for a moment that Neville would betray the trio though. In all honesty, if I had to pick someone to mirror Pettigrew, I would pick Ron. He's had several bouts of jealousy that estranged him from both Hermione and Harry at different points. He's been in Hermione and Harry's shadows quite a bit. And there's the precedent of Percy betraying the Weasley family... not to metion the "weasel" theme. But even with those considerations, the thought of him betraying the others is a real stretch that I don't see happening...

Posted by Sara from Houston, TX on May 29, 2007 1:11 PM

I think that Neville is not the chosen one because Dumbledore said so. As for Neville's forgetfulness i don't think that it is result of a spell put on him by his Grandmother because all through the Harry Potter series she tells Neville that he should get more like his father and she is very upset when Neville breaks his father's wand. i think that it is impossible that Mrs. Longbottom put a spell on him because she keeps trying to remind Neville how brave and capable of anything his father was. for the rememberbrall i think that J.K. tells nothing about it because it is of no significanse.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 29, 2007 1:32 PM

I confess I was a bit surprised by your theory in the beginning, but you put it together so everything adds up nicely. i think you've made quite a few good arguments on Neville's forgetfulness. but i also disagree when it comes to his similarity with peter pettigrew. somehow i find it hard to believe he is capable of betraying anyone. he seems so innocent.
but who knows... jk left us a bunch of clues for many possible theories, and i am conviced that there can be at least 3 different versions of hp7. however...there be only one, and i have finally found some patience to wait for without stretching my mind so much. i wouldn't want to be disappointed.

Posted by Lastkiss from Split,Croatia on May 29, 2007 1:37 PM

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