A Different "Chosen One"

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Looking Through the character of "Neville Longbottom" throughout the Harry Potter's book series.

Submitted: January 23, 2018

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Submitted: January 23, 2018



A Different “Chosen One”

In a world that appreciates normality, standing differently is deemed as a lack of social affection. However, in the Harry Potter books, J. K. Rowling showed us that being different is the core of human nature.

Neville Longbottom, for instance, was a character that stood out despite all its fragile traits. Throughout the books, his character showed a tendency of progressing. As the storyline intensified, Neville’s character thrived gradually to shine by the end of the book.

Neville Longbottom throughout the Harry Potter’s series  

Through the three first books (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Neville was the clumsy pupil who failed to show any real magical talent (Maybe because he was using his father’s wand). Many of us readers saw him as some kind of a comical relief and some others had pitied him for being the target of Snape’s harsh comments. However, Neville showed first signs of braveness and courage by the end of the “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, when he stood up to Harry, Ron and Hermione when they were on their way to save the Philosopher’s Stone. Dumbledore, himself, emphasized on those traits that were hidden deep inside Neville when he said “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.”

All what Neville needed was to step outside himself so he would be able to see that there is greatness deep inside him. During the DA classes (Dumbledore Army), Neville was able to experiment his abilities and skills. He discovered the other side of himself that was hidden underneath fear and hesitation. All he needed is to believe in himself and see that he is a capable wizard. Throughout the last four books, Neville proved to us and to himself that he is brave and bold enough to stand up in the face of injustice and danger (even if takes him to face a dozen of experienced Death Eaters) . We witnessed his braveness during the “Harry Potter and the Order and Phoenix”, he helped Harry when the rest of the DA class members were trapped somehow. He even was the new leader of Hogwarts during “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows”, leading his friends to safety and defying the notorious Carrow siblings and, even helping Harry, Ron and Hermione entering the school without being detected.

Favorite Heroic Moments.

There are many times that Neville Longbottom showed us that he is a real hero but here are my favorites:

  • His attempt to stop the Trio from leaving the Gryffindor common room during “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
  • His attempt to warn Harry that Draco Malfoy was planning to set him up for smuggling a Dragon (which was a the truth, since Harry and Hermione were indeed smuggling Hagrid’s dragon “Norbert” out of school) in “Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.
  • His relentless braveness during the fight against the Death Eaters and his valuable help to Harry in “Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix”.
  • Upholding the resistance in Hogwarts in “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows”.
  • His brilliant performance during “The Battle of Hogwarts”, standing up to Voldemort and slaying Nagini in “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows”.

Neville Longbottom “The Chose One”

Would it be different if Neville were “The Chosen One”?

Maybe the course of events would be different. However, the result would be all the same. He would have Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Ginny and the rest the DA class by his side. He would have shown the same bravery, fidelity and courage as Harry.

Harry would not have done it without the help of his friends and those who cared for him, and Neville would have the same people right beside him. He would have had Lupin, the Weaselys, Honks, Mad Eye Moody and the rest of the Order members by his side, supporting him since his parents were members themselves. Dumbledore would have been by his side, monitoring him and caring for him.

I do not think that Neville would have been any less brave, smart and bold than Harry. Therefore, if Neville were “The Chosen One”, still Voldemort would end up dead in the Great Hall.


Neville was a smart boy who fancied Herbology and loved to keep to himself. However, he was also, a brave, bold and loyal young man who would do anything to stand up for justice and friendship.


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