Neville Longbottom Character Bio

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Neville Longbottom was one of Harry Potter’s roommates at Hogwarts. He was a good friend of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley, joining them in Dumbledore’s Army and regularly fighting back against the Death Eaters and Voldemort.

He was a forgetful, pudgy young man who lived with his formidable grandmother after his parents. Both of whom were well-respected aurors and were tortured into insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange and three other Death Eaters. They remained at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, a fact that Neville Longbottom did not share with anyone. 

Even though he regularly felt like he wasn’t good enough or he wasn’t brave enough to be in Gryffindor, throughout the years, he overcame his clumsiness and shy nature, proving himself as strong and courageous. Neville Longbottom fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, and the Battle of Hogwarts. He refused to join Voldemort during this final battle even after Voldemort claimed that Harry Potter was dead. It was he who destroyed the sixth and final Horcrux by using Gryffindor’s sword to behead Nagini.

He, alongside Harry Potter, was both named in the prophecy as one of the two children who would one day defeat Lord Voldemort. When Lord Voldemort attacked Harry Potter as a baby, he made Harry Potter the child about whom the prophecy was made, although it could have just as easily been Neville Longbottom prior to that act. 

Surviving the war, he married a fellow student from Hufflepuff, Hannah Abbott, and eventually became the herbology professor and head of Gryffindor House at Hogwarts after briefly working as an auror just like his parents. He became the Godfather of Albus Potter, the second son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley.

Neville Longbottom Quick Facts

Full Name Neville Longbottom
Birth Date July 30, 1980
Birth Place Great Britain
Nick Name None
Death Date [if applicable] N/A
Age When Series Starts 11
Zodiac Sign Leo
Siblings None
Children None
Partner / Spouse Hannah Abbott
Most Memorable Moment Killing Nagini
Magical Heritage Pureblood
Hogwarts House Gryffindor
Wand 13 inches, Cherry, with unicorn hair
Patronus Non-Corporeal
Actors Who Played Matthew Lewis
Last Updated Apr 27, 2022

Neville Longbottom Birthplace

Neville Longbottom was born in Great Britain. He was born on July 30th at the exact same time as Harry Potter. When Sybill Trelawney made her first legitimate prophecy, it contained information saying that the one with the power to vanquish the dark lord would be born in July to parents who had three times defied Voldemort. Lord Voldemort would mark the child as his equal, but that child would have powers Voldemort knew nothing about, and only that child would have the power to kill Lord Voldemort.

Neville Longbottom was saved from being the child responsible for vanquishing the dark lord when Voldemort sought out Harry Potter and tried to kill him, and in so doing, marked him with a scar on his forehead. 

Neville Longbottom Parents

His parents, Alice and Frank Longbottom were both aurors for the Ministry of Magic, and later joined the first Order of the Phoenix, fighting against Voldemort during his initial rise to power. In their work for the Order of the Phoenix, his parents attacked many Death Eaters. Bellatrix Lestrange, her husband Rodolphus Lestrange, her brother-in-law Rabastan Lestrange, and Barty Crouch Jr. attacked Neville’s parents one evening and used the cruciatus curse, torturing them into insanity. They were taken to St. Mungo’s where they lived out the rest of their lives under constant care. 

Neville Longbottom’s Physical Traits

He was a pudgy, forgetful boy with an ominous and strict grandmother. 

Neville Longbottom Early Life

During his early years, Neville did not display any magical skill. He was a pureblood wizard, so he should have displayed accidental signs of underage magic as a child. His family was so concerned that he wasn’t a wizard because he didn’t show any early signs of magic; his great-uncle held him out of a window by his feet to try and shake the magic out of him. But in so doing, his uncle let go of him when distracted by deserts, and Neville simply bounced down the path. They had tried to encourage signs of magic by dropping him off the deep end of a pier, where he almost drowned, but it wasn’t until this attempt that he showed signs of magic and brought great satisfaction to his family.

After his parents were tortured into insanity, Neville Longbottom lived with his grandmother, a stern witch who was very concerned with his lack of magical skills early on. His grandmother took him to visit his parents regularly at the hospital throughout his childhood.

Neville Longbottom Hogwarts Years

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

 Neville Longbottom attended Hogwarts in 1991. He was in the same group as Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. They first met him on the Hogwarts Express when he came by to ask if they had seen a toad named Trevor. When Ron and Harry told them they hadn’t, Neville left. But shortly thereafter, Neville arrived again accompanied by Hermione Granger, who much more forcefully asked if they had seen Trevor, the toad. Neville was unable to find his toad for the duration of the ride, but Hagrid managed to find it when they arrived at Hogwarts.

Neville was sorted into Gryffindor and shared a suite with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Dean Thomas, and Seamus Finnigan. He was so nervous during the ceremony that after it announced his placement, he ran across the Great Hall with the hat still on top of his head and had to go back to the stool for the next student.

Peeves the Poltergeist, regularly caused mayhem, but he sought out Neville Longbottom as a weak student, dropping a bundle of sticks on his head while Neville made his way to the welcoming feast.

Professor Snape may have hated Harry Potter, but he picked on Neville Longbottom almost as much, if not more. During their first potions lesson, Neville melted the cauldron of his fellow roommate Seamus Finnigan. This was the first of many times that he would accidentally melt a cauldron and be the subject of ridicule in front of the entire class.

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Neville Longbottom is so forgetful that his grandmother sends him a remembrall: a magical orb that changes color if one has forgotten something. During their initial flying lesson, Neville was so hopelessly clumsy that his broom, almost sensing his fear, flew up in the air and dropped him from a tremendous height, breaking his wrist. In so doing, it also dropped his new remembrall. Draco Malfoy stole it, and it was this act of thievery that caused Harry Potter to chase them in the air and eventually land himself the position of seeker as a first-year for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. This never would have happened if it had not been for Neville’s bumbling.

Several hours later, after Draco had challenged Harry Potter to a duel at midnight, Neville ran into Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and all four of them were nearly caught by Filch. As they tried to escape, they ran into a room on the third floor, which turned out to be the forbidden corridor in which a giant, three-headed dog stared them down.

Shortly after Christmas, Neville hopped his way into the Gryffindor common room after Draco had stuck his legs together with a leg Locker curse. Harry and Ron told him that Neville should report Malfoy for what he did, and Neville replied that he didn’t want any more trouble and he didn’t need reminding that he wasn’t brave enough to be in Gryffindor. Harry Potter gave Neville a chocolate frog and told him that he was worth 12 Malfoys. When Neville opened the chocolate frog, he gave the card back to Harry, pointing out that Harry Potter collected the chocolate frog cards. In so doing, he triggered a memory for Harry that helped him solve the mystery surrounding what was being guarded at Hogwarts: the Philosopher’s Stone.

Taking to heart what Harry Potter had told him in the common room, during the next Quidditch match, when Draco sat near them and began mocking them, Neville whispered that he was worth twelve Malfoys and proceeded to get into a fistfight with Draco Malfoy and his cronies. This was the first time that Neville ever stood up for himself, but it wouldn’t be the last.

Later in the year, after getting in trouble and almost getting caught by Filch when they were out at night, Neville Longbottom learned that Hermione and Harry were sneaking out again to help move Norbert, the dragon, up to the astronomy Tower. Neville also learned that Draco Malfoy was trying to get them caught, so Neville snuck out of the tower to try and warn them. Unfortunately, Neville was caught by Professor McGonagall first, losing his house 50 points and having to serve detention in the Forbidden Forest. During his detention, the group was sent into the Forbidden Forest to try and find whatever creature was killing unicorns. Neville Longbottom was paired with Draco Malfoy and Hagrid’s dog. Draco snuck up behind him and scared him, causing Neville to accidentally shoot the red Sparks into the air indicating trouble.

Neville stuck up for himself on the night that Harry Potter tried to sneak out to stop Professor Quirrell from stealing the Philosopher’s Stone. Neville stood up to them and said they shouldn’t be breaking any more rules, and if they tried to get through the portrait, he would fight them. Hermione apologetically cast a full body binding curse on him once more and told him that he would understand later, and she was incredibly sorry. 

At the closing feast, Dumbledore explains that there were multiple kinds of bravery. Neville Longbottom chose to stand up to his friends, mustering all the courage she had to try and fight Ron, Hermione, and Harry in order to prevent them from leaving the Gryffindor common room. Even though he failed tremendously and was cursed by Hermione, he demonstrated the type of bravery that landed him in Gryffindor in the first place. His final award of 10 points is what placed Gryffindor in the lead and allowed them to win the house cup, and incidentally, it was one of the few times that he ever earned points for Gryffindor.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

During his second year, Neville continued to accidentally melt cauldrons in his potions class, and he didn’t fare much better in his defense against the dark arts; a pair of Cornish Pixies picked him up by the ears and hung him from a chandelier. Once attacks started happening, Neville was frightened that he would be next even though he was a pureblood wizard and the monster from the Chamber of Secrets wasn’t attacking purebloods. So he tried to protect himself by purchasing purple crystals, evil-smelling onions, and rotting newt tails. He said that his abysmal magical skill meant he was almost as good as a squib.

Later that year, he attended the dueling Club launched by Professor Lockhart. He got paired with Justin Finch-Fletchley, and the two of them tried to practice the disarming charm. Later, when Professor Lockhart suggested that the pair demonstrate a simple blocking spell in front of the group, Professor Snape said that Nevil couldn’t handle simple spells, and if they tried to put him in front of the class, he would end up sending Justin to the hospital.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Neville made his way into the same compartment shared by Ron, Hermione, Harry, and Ginny Weasley. After a dementor entered their compartment and Neville shared the story with other students, Draco Malfoy caught wind of it and began to mercilessly teeth Harry Potter for having fainted.

As soon as term started, Neville’s grandmother sent his permission slip to go to Hogwarts directly to Professor McGonagall, knowing he would forget it. 

When the group started divination, Professor Trelawney opened by instructing the students to grab a teacup and asking Neville to kindly pick the other color after he broke his first cup because she was quite fond of the first set. Almost immediately after that, Neville broke his first teacup. As they left class, she warned him that he was going to be late for the next one, so he had to work extra hard to catch up on what he missed.

They were introduced to the hippogriffs during their first care of magical creatures class, taught by Professor Hagrid. When Neville bowed before the hippogriff, he never waited long enough to get a response from the creature because he continually backed away in fear.

When making Shrinking Solutions, Hermione helped Neville fix his solution by whispering instructions out of the corner of her mouth. Professor Snape treated Neville almost as poorly as he did Harry Potter and said that his shrinking solution was such a disaster they would test it on his pet frog Trevor, and if you didn’t do it exactly the right way, Trevor would die. So Hermione helped him in order to save Trevor, the result of which was a loss of points to Gryffindor as punishment.

When Professor Lupin gave them their first interactive lesson in defense against the dark arts, Snape made a disparaging remark about Neville. The entire class thought he had gone too far, giving Neville a hard time and his own classroom was bad enough, but that he should do it in another class in front of another professor was crossing the line. Lupine smiled casually and said that he, in fact, wanted Neville to help him with the first task. So, Lupin let loose a boggart from a closet after preparing Neville for the thing he feared most. The thing Neville feared most was Professor Snape, so when the bogart appeared, it took the form of Professor Snape. But Neville was able to change his appearance so that he wore the same dress and ostentatious hat as his grandmother. This was one of the first times that Neville was able to demonstrate an aptitude for a task outside of herbology. 

Neville regularly demonstrated his courage and bravery in spite of tremendous fear. While he wasn’t entirely sure why he was put in Gryffindor, it becomes evident in moments like when he continually forgot the Gryffindor Tower passwords, so his solution was to write them down, only to have the written paper given to Sirius Black. When Professor McGonagall asked which abysmally stupid person would dare write them down in her fury, he didn’t hesitate to admit wrongdoing. Instead, overcome with fear, he raised his hand and accepted the punishment of never being told the password for the rest of the year, forced to wait outside until someone else let him in while paintings of trolls leered at him. 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Neville couldn’t go to the Quidditch World Cup because his grandmother didn’t want to. 

Neville joined Hermione, Harry, and Ron as they took their carriage ride off the Hogwarts Express up to the castle. At the start of that same year, Neville displayed his knack for clumsiness and forgetfulness by slipping in the trick stair and getting stuck. The following morning an owl delivered a package to Neville, something that happened at the start of every term because he was notoriously forgetful and would always leave things at home.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Neville managed to melt his sixth cauldron in potions class, earning him detention yet again from Snape. 

When Mad-Eye Moody taught his first class and introduced the unforgivable curses, Neville raised his hand to provide the name of the second unforgivable curse, an act that seemed to surprise him as much as the rest of the class since he normally only spoke up in herbology. Neville volunteered the cruciatus curse, which had been used on his parents until it drove them into insanity, although he didn’t share this information with his fellow students willingly. 

After the lesson, Mad-Eye Moody escorted Neville to his office for a cup of tea, theoretically to make amends for having upset him with the demonstration of the unforgivable curse that took his parents from him. In the book, this was the time that Mad-Eye Moody gave Neville a compliment about his herbology skills and a special book (Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean) with information that would prove useful to Harry Potter during the Triwizard Tournament. In the book, when Harry Potter doesn’t turn to Neville to ask for his help, Dobby the house-elf has to be tricked by Mad-Eye Moody into providing Harry Potter with the gillyweed. In the film version, this interaction is replaced with Neville simply telling him in the middle of the library about gillyweed. It was Neville who eventually helped Harry Potter find the gillyweed that he needed to breathe underwater.

When Mad-Eye Moody placed each student under the imperious curse to teach them what it felt like and train them to fight it, Neville performed a series of astonishing gymnastics he would not have normally done. 

Neville was not highly regarded for his magical skills. In fact, Professor McGonagall asked him not to reveal to other students that he couldn’t perform a switching spell after he had accidentally transplanted his ears onto a cactus. 

Neville Longbottom attended the Yule Ball with Ginny Weasley. In the film, he is portrayed as still dancing around his room at the end of the event showing great happiness.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Neville met Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley on the Hogwarts Express at the start of their fifth year. They were looking for available seats, and he said that he didn’t want to bother whoever was occupying the car that Ginny Weasley suggested. The person was Luna Lovegood. When she inquired as to who he was, he dismissed her and said that he was nobody, but Ginny Weasley came to his defense. He showed them the new plant he had obtained during the train ride and accidentally covered everybody in stinksap.

This year didn’t start out easily for anyone. Lord Voldemort had returned to power the previous year, and even though Harry Potter provided this information, most of the school did not believe him. On their first night back at Gryffindor Tower, Harry got into a fight with Seamus Finnigan about just that, and Neville Longbottom said that he and his grandmother believed Harry Potter, and they canceled their subscription to the Daily Prophet because of the bad things it was saying about Harry.

Under direct Ministry supervision, the children were not being taught how to legitimately defend themselves, so Harry Potter started Dumbledore’s Army, a group that met in secret to learn defense against the dark arts. Neville was one of the first to sign up, and by Christmas, he had improved beyond recognition.

Around Christmas in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when Harry Potter and the Weasley family went to visit Arthur Weasley at St. Mungo’s, they saw another set of visitors behind a curtain. The group recognized Neville Longbottom and his grandmother only when the curtain was drawn back. Albus Dumbledore had previously told Harry Potter about Neville’s potential as the child in the prophecy and what happened to Neville’s parents, but Harry Potter was sworn to secrecy. After introductions were made, Neville’s grandmother chastised him for having not shared with his close friends the fate of his parents. His grandmother said that her daughter and son-in-law were incredibly brave for what they did and endured, and as such, there was no need to be ashamed of the fact that they were insane and living in a hospital.

His grandmother also noted that Neville’s parents could not communicate well or understand anything that was happening around them, but Neville’s mother gave him a piece of trash, and Neville secretly put it in his pocket even though his grandmother told him to throw it away. To Neville, his mother gave him a piece of trash with a strong connection to her recognizing that he was family.

Later that year, when Harry Potter believed that Sirius Black was being held prisoner at the Department of Mysteries and tortured by Voldemort, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, and Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger all came with him to fight. Neville used things like the Impediment Jinx to help the group break free of the inquisitorial Squad. After they made it to the Department of Mysteries, Neville fought against the Death Eaters using the same tricks he had acquired during lessons for Dumbledore’s Army. He stormed into the room to help Harry Potter when several Death Eaters cornered Harry; unfortunately, he had broken his nose, so he couldn’t cast spells properly. His grandmother was so proud of what he did, but even though his father’s one was broken during the skirmish, she bought him a new one over the summer.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The following school year, Neville sat with Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express. At one point, other students came up to their car and asked Harry to come to sit with them. The other students giggled and said that Harry Potter didn’t have to sit with them, but Harry pointed out that he wanted to because they were his friends. Luna calmly pointed out the people expected Harry Potter to have cooler friends than Luna and Neville, but Harry claimed that there was no one cooler than Luna and Neville because they had helped him fight the Death Eaters the previous year.

At the end of the year, during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Neville and Luna Lovegood were the only two members of Dumbledore’s Army who replied to the special summons to help fight. Harry Potter remarks that they were probably the two people who were the loneliest and got the most out of the meetings; they were most likely to check their coins regularly. He suffered injuries during the fight but was able to recover in time to attend Dumbledore’s funeral.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

During their final year at Neville, Longbottom took over leadership of Dumbledore’s Army, and they continued to fight back against the Death Eaters who had taken over the school. He regularly got in trouble for refusing to practice the cruciatus curse on other students as a form of detention or punishment. When Luna Lovegood was kidnapped at Christmas, he was the only one left in charge of Dumbledore’s Army. The ministry tried to intimidate him by capturing his grandmother, but his grandmother outsmarted them. He continued to hide out and protect other students in the room of requirement. Eventually, he connected the room of requirement to the Hogs Head, which allowed him to get food from Aberforth Dumbledore for the entire group.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville fought bravely, using plants to attack Death Eaters and dueling. When Voldemort came to Hogwarts and said that Harry Potter was dead so Neville should join him, Neville said that it didn’t matter if Harry Potter was dead; they would continue to fight against Voldemort. He refused to join Voldemort, and so Voldemort forced the Sorting Hat on his head and lit it on fire. However, Harry had sacrificed himself for the entire group, so anything that the dark lord or the Death Eaters did against them didn’t last. Neville was able to shrug off his full body bind curse, remove the hat, and from it retrieve the Sword of Gryffindor, which he used to kill Nagini. Nagini was the last Horcrux, and by killing her, when Harry Potter killed Voldemort, it was permanent.

Neville Longbottom After Hogwarts Years

After the battle at Hogwarts, Neville Longbottom worked as an auror for a short while, after which he went on to become a popular herbology teacher at Hogwarts. He was eventually made the head of Gryffindor House once Minerva McGonagall became Hogwarts headmistress. He lived in the Leaky Cauldron after he got married.

Neville Longbottom Family [Spouse / Partner, Kids]

Neville Longbottom married Hannah Abbott, a fellow Hogwarts student and a fellow member of Dumbledore’s Army. Hannah Abbott became the landlady of the Leaky cauldron, where they both lived. He worked as a professor. The pair did not have children themselves but obviously tended to children regularly. Harry Potter made Neville the godfather of Harry’s second son.

Neville Longbottom Magical Abilities and Special Skills

Throughout the books, Neville is not for trade as academically strong. He doesn’t have a lot of magical abilities or special skills except when it comes to herbology. That is his greatest subject, and he scores so well in that subject he can compensate for bad grades in other subjects. During the Battle of Hogwarts, he helped organize a perimeter defense using Devil’s snare. He later became the herbology professor at Hogwarts.

Neville developed great Defense Against the Dark Arts skills after joining Dumbledore’s Army and receiving private training and other members. When he took his O.W.L. for defense against the dark arts, he earned an “Exceeds Expectations.” He was very good with counter-curses.

He was also good at dueling. He demonstrated the skill regularly when he fought Death Eaters and did not sustain any injuries. At one point, he learns to produce a non-corporeal Patronus. Professor McGonagall told him that the only reason he didn’t do well in many magical subjects was that he lacked confidence. In fact, when he mentioned that his grandmother was not proud of the subjects in which he excelled, Professor McGonagall pointed out that it was high time his grandmother be proud of the grandson she has, and not the grandson she thinks she should have. McGonagall also added that she would be writing a note directly to his grandmother to remind her that just because she received bad marks in those classes while she was at Hogwarts did not mean that the classes were ‘soft’ as Neville’s grandmother had told him.

Neville proved himself an excellent leader and teacher. He was also incredibly resourceful. When Harry Potter was hunting Horcruxes, Neville Longbottom led Dumbledore’s Army alongside Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood. He did such a good job that the Death Eaters tried to kidnap his grandmother, but his grandmother made them look like fools and went on the run. So, they tried to punish him, forcing him to hide in the room of requirement. During that time, he helped protect other students, especially members of Dumbledore’s Army who were fighting back against the Death Eaters. Later in life, Neville became a teacher because of his excellent teaching skills, resourcefulness, and Leadership skills.

Neville Longbottom Possessions

Neville had a toad as his magical creature: Trevor. He always lost the toad, which was a gift by his great-uncle Algie, and it was regularly found by other people and returned to him.

Neville also had a Remembrall, a magical item given to him by his grandmother to help him remember things. It turned red whenever he had forgotten something.

For his birthday before the 1995 school year, Neville received a Mimbulus Mimbletonia, a rare magical plant. The plant was known for its ability to excrete Stinksap, something Neville accidentally sprayed all over the compartment while on the Hogwarts Express, covering himself and his friends. He had a particular talent for herbology, so he received this particular gift which, incidentally, was the Gryffindor password, later that year; Neville was excited because this would be the first password he would finally remember.

Neville Longbottom Wand

Neville Longbottom used his father’s wand until the battle at the Department of Mysteries, where it was broken. After that, he got a new one because his grandmother was so proud of what he did. This second wand was 13 inches, Cherry, with unicorn hair.

Neville Longbottom Trivial and Fun Facts

The actor who played Neville regularly wore a fat suit for his portrayal of the chubby child. Fellow actress Emma Watson was unaware of this. Near the end of filming, when she finally saw him without the fat suit, she remarked that he had lost a lot of weight and looked good, indicating that the actress paid very little attention to the real lives of fellow Harry Potter film crew members. 

Neville Longbottom is one of only 14 characters who appear in all eight Harry Potter films.

Neville Longbottom was portrayed as left-handed in the films even though the books do not specify. He writes letters with his left hand, holds the Sword of Gryffindor in his left hand, and uses his wand with his left hand.

In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Neville Longbottom is a very good dancer, one of the last to leave the Yule Ball and dance around the shared bedroom. However, he is incredibly clumsy in the books and regularly dances on Ginny Weasley’s toes, causing her. 

In the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Neville Longbottom tells Harry Potter about gillyweed right before his second task.

In the book, Neville Longbottom accidentally breaks the magical prophecy pertaining to Neville and Harry because his legs are cursed, and he is dancing frantically and kicks it where it shatters. In the film, it is Lucius Malfoy who breaks it.

Neville Longbottom Appearances in Books 

Neville Longbottom appears in the following books:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Neville Longbottom Appearances in Films

Neville Longbottom appears in the following films:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Neville Longbottom Quotes 

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, when Neville decides to stand up to his friends:

“You can’t go out, you’ll be caught again. Gryffindor will be in even more trouble… I won’t let you do it. I’ll — I’ll fight you!”

Neville warning Ron about ignoring an Howler:

“You’d better open it, Ron. It’ll be worse if you don’t. My gran sent me one once, and I ignored it and — it was horrible.”

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Severus Snape is humiliating Neville Longbottom in potions class:

“Tell me, boy, does anything penetrate that thick skull of yours? Didn’t you hear me say, quite clearly, that only one rat spleen was needed? Didn’t I state plainly that a dash of leech juice would suffice? What do I have to do to make you understand, Longbottom?”

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, when Luna Lovegood meets Neville on the Hogwarts Express and says she doesn’t know who he is:

Luna Lovegood: “And I don’t know who you are.”

Neville: “I’m nobody.”

Ginny Weasley: “No, you’re not. Neville Longbottom — Luna Lovegood…”

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Neville explains what has been happening with the Carrows at Hogwarts and Ron responds to his bravery:

“Blimey, Neville, there’s a time and a place for getting a smart mouth!”

When Neville’s grandmother shows up at the Battle of Hogwarts:

Augusta Longbottom: “Have you seen my grandson?”

Harry Potter: “He’s fighting.”

Augusta Longbottom: “Naturally. Excuse me, I must go and assist him.”

In the same book when Voldemorte tries to recruit Neville, given his pureblood status:

“I’ll join you when hell freezes over! Dumbledore’s Army!”


Question: Why Does Severus Snape Hate Neville Longbottom?

Answer: Severus Snape overheard the first part of the prophecy involving the two boys who could potentially be the downfall of the darklord. It is possible that Severus Snape hated Neville because he knew that Neville Longbottom was the second boy in the prophecy. Therefore, if Voldemort had killed Neville instead of Harry Potter, Lily Evans, the woman that Severus Snape loved, might still be alive.

Question: Is Bellatrix Related to Neville Longbottom?

Answer: Because Neville Longbottom is a pureblood wizard, it is likely that he has some relationship to other pureblood families, but incredibly distant relations. Bellatrix Lestrange also came from the pure-blooded Black family. It is unknown whether they are related or at what point, but it is likely.

Question: Do Luna and Neville end up Together?

Answer: During the Battle of Hogwarts Neville asks where Luna is because he says that he’s crazy about her and should probably tell her. However, they do not remain together long-term, and both end up marrying other people.

Question: Why is Neville Longbottom the Chosen One?

Answer: Neville Longbottom could have been the chosen one. As Dumbledore explained to Harry Potter, the prophecy said that the dark lord would Mark the child as his enemy. Only in the process of marking the child would Voldemort confirm which of the two children, Harry Potter or Neville Longbottom, would become the chosen one. When Voldemort tried to kill Harry Potter, he left a physical Mark in the form of a scar on his forehead. By doing that he made Harry Potter the chosen one over Neville Longbottom. He imparted on Harry Potter a piece of his soul, accidentally making Harry a horcrux, and he imbued Harry with powers he knew nothing about, just like the prophecy said. 

Research Citations

IMDB. Harry Potter Full Cast.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic, 1999. Print.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2000.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 1999.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York: Listening Library, 2003.

Rowling, J. K. (2010). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. London: Bloomsbury. Chicago (Author-Date, 15th ed.) Rowling, J. K. 2010.

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