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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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Like many others i feel that Neville play a big role in book 7 and he won't turn into a Wormtail and betray the trio. the rest of the article is good.

Posted by Aarant from Delhi,India on May 30, 2007 01:17 AM

I have thought about Neville a lot. And I've thought about how Dumbledore admitted that his mistakes were "correspondingly huger" than the average man. It's possible that Dumbledore could be wrong about the prophecy. Neville could be the Chosen One. We all know that JKR loves her irony. What could be more ironic?

Posted by Laura from Cleveland, Ohio on May 30, 2007 06:23 AM

I read the same interview. The gum wrappers are based on an actual behavior JKR witnessed at some point, and emphasize the poignancy of Neville's loss. All his mother can give him now is what anyone else would consider trash, but is a treasure to Neville. For all his Gran's love and care, she can't understand what the wrappers mean to him.
Harry and Neville are the only two characters who can know the loss the other experienced. Each has lost his parents in one form or another to Voldemort. They both know the cost of Voldemort's power on a personal level.
There are a lot of similarities between Harry and Neville.
Neville never seeks power, he is brave when he needs to be, and he came to realize his magical abilities later than a usual wizard child. With his own wand I think we see much improvement in Neville. His strength up until now has been Herbology, which I don't think requires much wand-work.
I can't shake the thought that the prophecy speaks of three people, not two. Dumbledore interpreted it to mean Harry and Voldemort but I see a role for Neville also. I have never been able to figure out the meaning but I don't think we can dismiss the "other" possible candidate so easily.

Dave, thank you for writing such a great article on one of my favorite characters.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on May 30, 2007 06:26 AM

Why were Neville's parents "attacked"? This was after Voldemort's initial demise. We hear of the other Order members who were ed, but the Longbottoms were tortured - perhaps for information. If so, what was the info? Perhaps this is what Neville's memory charm is guarding.

Posted by Tirnanog from Stevenage on May 30, 2007 06:48 AM

It may seem a bit anti-climactic on the surface; I don't think Neville be the one to defeat Voldemort. But then I never expected the One Ring to be destroyed in the manner it was. (trying not to spoil for those who have not yet read/seen Lord of the Rings but want to...) Someone mentioned a while ago (sorry I can't remember who it was) that since Harry's and Voldemort's wands won't work against each other, then maybe Neville be the one to cast the spell to finish him.

Tiranog - Bellatrix and crew attacked Frank and Alice because they believed Frank had information on Voldemort's whereabouts. Whether they actually did or not is unclear, but I don't think that would have mattered to Bellatrix.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from orlando fl on May 30, 2007 07:14 AM

nice theory. well i just beleive in everything i hear so i beleive this even though it sounds a little far fecthed but i still beleive it because there are good facts.

Posted by alperen from ankara, turkey on May 30, 2007 07:15 AM

Lockhart and Bertha had so much damage because Lockhart was older and he had to forget a lot more and Bertha was crucioed by Voldemort. Neville was 1 when supposedly the memory charm was put on him. This would cause not so much trouble as you were 40.

Posted by Claudia on May 30, 2007 07:28 AM

Great article. Although a bit disturbing, I thought i finally figured it all out, and you bring another aspect which I hadn't considered, and it may change the whole plot.

I don't think Neville would ever turn on Harry, I just think he become of a great support to him. He experienced the "loss" - although not - of his parents, and must know what Harry misses. The memory thing is very interesting, but he may just be plain stupid. This may just as well not be the case, as he has conjured a Patronus, along with the rest of the DA, in OotP. Even though he's not outstanding as everyone succeeded, it does require a lot of strong magic. I really don't know, but I know that Neville may play a huge part in the 7th book.

Posted by Yanick from The Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Waddinxveen on May 30, 2007 07:42 AM

It hit me this morning while I was listening to Order of the Phoenix and reading this site...

Someone posted about how Ron, Hermione, Harry and Neville could have been in different houses, and then it hit me. The sorting hat in HP5 & HP6 sang about how the houses had to stay strong and come together to get past the coming events. Could it be singing about Ron, Hermione, Harry and Neville?

Posted by Chris from Walla Walla on May 30, 2007 07:43 AM

The phrase "the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord" is repeated twice in the prophecy. I think "the one" at the begining of the prophecy reffers to Harry Potter and "the one" at the end reffers to Neville Longbottom. Both Harry and Neville have the power to vanquish the Dark Lord.

Posted by vivek from chennai on May 30, 2007 07:58 AM

I have always thought neville has a greater importance in the books than what jkr has shown. i agree with orlando regarding the 4 houses, why else did hermione tell us she was considered for another house when explaing the coins?
i think Harry's power that voldemort knows not be Neville, he is the other boy that voldemort overlooked, and voldemort has already gotten it wrong before with overlooking what he sees as inconsequential - love, and now Neville? at the end, i think harry fight voldemort but cant him due to their wands being the same, and neville come in and 'finish him off'

Posted by LolaLemonPop from Greenock on May 30, 2007 08:19 AM

tirnanog, nevilles parents were ed for information regarding voldemorts whereabouts, re-read the chapter called the pensieve, in goblet of fire

Posted by David Anastaiso from south windsor ct on May 30, 2007 08:36 AM

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