My husband said something the other day that left us talking for a few minutes about little Neville. I ended by saying that I really liked what Rowling did with his character over the course of the series.
Neville isn't the best student at Hogwarts. He's shy and forgets things and makes mistakes in almost all his lessons. If something can go wrong, it's going to go wrong for Neville. He gets into some situations that are funny and painful at the same time, because you can't help but feel bad for the clumsy, gentle boy. But he knows what he's good at and that's where he shines. He has a true gift with plants and he knows it. He doesn't seem to waste time wishing that his talents were flashier and more amazing. He's content with his plants.
Which brings me to one of my two favorite Neville scenes. It's in the first book, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione are about to do something that seems really stupid and dangerous (when weren't they about to do something really stupid and dangerous?) and Neville decides to try to stop them. His actions lead Dumbledore to utter one of my favorite quotes: "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." I would argue that it takes more courage to stand up to your friends, especially when you're only 11 years old, but either way, this quote is so, so true.
My other favorite scene would be spoiler-y for those few people who haven't read the books yet, so I won't go into that. Let's just say that I was left cheering both as I read and watched The Deathly Hallows. I was just waiting for it to happen in the movie, "Come on, you can't cut Neville's big moment...Yay! There he goes! Take that! Game and match to Neville!"
What I'm trying to say is that Neville is that kid that is picked on by the bullies and pitied by everyone else. But as he gets older, he really comes into his own and he starts to show surprising strength. He becomes a quiet, respected leader, and if Neville can do that, why can't you or I? I loved that Rowling did that for him and for us.
This clip says exactly what I'm trying to say. I think it's spoiler free.
What is your favorite Neville moment?
Banned Book: Harry Potter has been challenged many, many times for promoting witchcraft. If it were up to these people, we would never get to experience the magic and friendships and love of Harry Potter, and we would never get to watch Neville become the strong young man that he is. Some people completely miss the point. Stand up for your right to choose your own books, because if you don't you could easily lose it.
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