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View Poll Results: Which of Neville's actions was the most awesome?
Neville organising the resistence. 73 19.11%
Neville asking the Carrows how much Muggle blood they have. 15 3.93%
Neville fighting the battle according to his strengths. 14 3.66%
Neville telling Voldemort that he would join him when hell freezes over. 153 40.05%
Neville killing Nagini. 105 27.49%
Neville understanding the Room of Requirement. 9 2.36%
Other. 13 3.40%
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Neville rocks, from start to finish. The quiet dignity with which he protects Trevor, his parents and his friends, the way he slowly emerges from his shell under the caring tuition of Lupin, Sprout and Harry, the defiant way in which he undergoes torture rather than betray what is right and engages in guerrilla warfare with the DE in the tunnels beneath Hogwarts and the irony whereby, in killing Nagini, he avenges the death of the man who made his schooldays hell and shows he is too big a man to hold grudges. Such a beautiful, beautiful character.


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the irony whereby, in killing Nagini, he avenges the death of the man who made his schooldays hell and shows he is too big a man to hold grudges. Such a beautiful, beautiful character.
In doing this he keeps his word to Harry too ,Harry asked him to kill Nagini if Harry failed to do it . Neville was the only one other than Dumbledore and Harry who talked back to Voldemort, and showed everyone that he wasn't afraid of what Voldemort could do to him . A great journey of growth and discovery IMO ,even more-so than Harry's journey.


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Neville rocks, from start to finish. The quiet dignity with which he protects Trevor, his parents and his friends, the way he slowly emerges from his shell under the caring tuition of Lupin, Sprout and Harry, the defiant way in which he undergoes torture rather than betray what is right and engages in guerrilla warfare with the DE in the tunnels beneath Hogwarts and the irony whereby, in killing Nagini, he avenges the death of the man who made his schooldays hell and shows he is too big a man to hold grudges. Such a beautiful, beautiful character.
I could not have said it any better.

JKR laid out Neville's character right there from Book 1. He lacked confidence, and he was convinced he was worthless. But on a re-read, you could see that the qualities that later made him stand up to the DEs and ultimately slay Nagini were right there from the start.

I didn't really start to "notice" Neville (at least not as a character to watch out for) until Book 5. It was really that heartbreaking scene at St. Mungo's that put him on my radar and made me realize that JKR had something major in store for him.

But I never in a million years suspected that she was going to have him kill the snake. I don't think I've ever wanted to jump up and down and scream and cheer more than I did when Neville slew Nagini. Unfortunately, it was about 4am at the time, and the rest of the household was asleep.

From that moment on, though, Neville made my personal Top 5 HP Characters list.


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I don't think I've ever wanted to jump up and down and scream and cheer more than I did when Neville slew Nagini. Unfortunately, it was about 4am at the time, and the rest of the household was asleep.


I simply love that we all had these moments while reading the series. Quite a reward to JK's talent I guess!


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I simply love that we all had these moments while reading the series. Quite a reward to JK's talent I guess!
She completely sucker-punched me with that one. And I loved it.


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Neville rocks, from start to finish. The quiet dignity with which he protects Trevor, his parents and his friends, the way he slowly emerges from his shell under the caring tuition of Lupin, Sprout and Harry, the defiant way in which he undergoes torture rather than betray what is right and engages in guerrilla warfare with the DE in the tunnels beneath Hogwarts and the irony whereby, in killing Nagini, he avenges the death of the man who made his schooldays hell and shows he is too big a man to hold grudges. Such a beautiful, beautiful character.
I loved the character right from the beginning - and the development of this bold Gryffindor is a joy to behold. When he slew Nagini I cheered and punch the air! And there were tears in my eyes when his grandmother arrived in the RoR.... because SHE was so proud of him.


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Somewhere around here I predicted that the final battle would happen at Hogwarts, and that Neville would play a big role in it. I'm guessing it was after reading OotP.

He knocked me out in the last three books.


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Re: Neville Longbottom: Character Analysis

I must get in my final thought before the forum officially closes.

Neville was one of my favorite characters from the first book on and it remained that way all throughout the series. When I first read book 1 14 years ago, I figured that Neville was going to be part of the group, so in my mind, I figured it was going to be the foursome, not the Trio.

In book 1, he was interesting giving how insecure he was and such and even in book 1, thanks to Ron, for instance, he did stand up for himself by fighting Crabbe and Goyle. From that point forward, I knew that Neville had it "in him" and that he'd probably gain more confidence in himself as time went on, but I was a bit put out when he wasn't used as much as he could've been for CoS, PoA, GoF, etc., but OotP and DH definitely made up for it.

He shined the most, of course in OotP and DH. I was a bit disappointed that he didn't get to take out Bellatrix, but his slaying of Nagini was just as great. Even though Neville wasn't main character, like the Trio, JKR still managed to develop him nicely.


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I think I might be the only person in the world unmoved by Neville. The only time I genuinely cared about him was when he was in St. Mungo - that was heartbreaking. His becoming a hero did nothing for me though. I always liked the emotional parts better than the heroic ones anyway; I bawled at Harry walking to his death with his dead parents but wasn't that excited about the fighting in the final battle, so that's probably just my personal preference.


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I think I might be the only person in the world unmoved by Neville. The only time I genuinely cared about him was when he was in St. Mungo - that was heartbreaking. His becoming a hero did nothing for me though. I always liked the emotional parts better than the heroic ones anyway; I bawled at Harry walking to his death with his dead parents but wasn't that excited about the fighting in the final battle, so that's probably just my personal preference.
Well, we may be the only two.....

I like Neville, but his character never really spoke to me very strongly. And I was disappointed that he wasn't the one to kill Bellatrix, although i later understood that him killing the creature who killed the teacher who was hard on him was a good ending.


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And I was disappointed that he wasn't the one to kill Bellatrix, although i later understood that him killing the creature who killed the teacher who was hard on him was a good ending.
I think that if he had been the one to kill Bellatrix then it would have sent a message out that the "good" side is motivated by personal revenge, not the desire to protect human life and decent principles. For that reason, I'm actually very glad he didn't kill Bellatrix.


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I think that if he had been the one to kill Bellatrix then it would have sent a message out that the "good" side is motivated by personal revenge, not the desire to protect human life and decent principles. For that reason, I'm actually very glad he didn't kill Bellatrix.
Indeed. Moreover, Neville was never a self-confident stellar dueller. I already found it a massive stretch that Molly could take on Bellatrix but it would have stretched my suspension of disbelief beyond breaking point if 17-year-old Neville had managed to beat Bellatrix in a duel.


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I think Molly and Bellatrix might have been Jo's "Mama Grizzly" moment. I loved it.


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Indeed. Moreover, Neville was never a self-confident stellar dueller. I already found it a massive stretch that Molly could take on Bellatrix but it would have stretched my suspension of disbelief beyond breaking point if 17-year-old Neville had managed to beat Bellatrix in a duel.
That's a very good point. Plus, I like better the idea of the super mom beating the "anti-mom" better than Neville seeking revenge against Bella for what she did to his parents. Having Neville kill Nagini gave him a heroic moment that has no strings or baggage attached.


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For me Neville was the truest and best example of his house.

His bravery was so much more admirable because you knew he was scared but overcame it, he knew, probably better than most of his generation, what the coming war would mean and what he was risking - and yet he still risked it.

There is no bragging, or boasting, no cruelty to, or demeaning of, others. He is supportive of his comrades and left without a leader he helps organise school wide resistance (and as much as I love Luna, and as feisty as Ginny is I think they really needed him to make it work)

He demonstrates loyalty countless times through out the series.
He works hard to overcome his weaknesses.

To me he is what a Gryffindor should aspire to be.


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That's a very good point. Plus, I like better the idea of the super mom beating the "anti-mom" better than Neville seeking revenge against Bella for what she did to his parents. Having Neville kill Nagini gave him a heroic moment that has no strings or baggage attached.
Completely agree. Neville had a lot of awesome moments in DH, but what made each of them so great was the fact that he was simply doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do. What happened to his parents was a motivating factor, but he wasn't looking for revenge. He just wanted to do what was right and help in any way he could.

I picked "other" in the poll for that reason - and I just couldn't pick one so, for me, "other" means all of the above.


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That's a very good point. Plus, I like better the idea of the super mom beating the "anti-mom" better than Neville seeking revenge against Bella for what she did to his parents. Having Neville kill Nagini gave him a heroic moment that has no strings or baggage attached.
I was so happy to see Neville take out Nagini it was such a fantastic way to show how far he had come . He kept his word to Harry by killing Nagini instead of striking at Voldemort which really made me cheer. He is the best example of gryffindor bravery ,he also showed that Loyality is not just a Hufflepuff traight. He showed that he could lead others in battle ,which I thought was great.


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I was so happy to see Neville take out Nagini it was such a fantastic way to show how far he had come . He kept his word to Harry by killing Nagini instead of striking at Voldemort which really made me cheer. He is the best example of gryffindor bravery ,he also showed that Loyality is not just a Hufflepuff traight. He showed that he could lead others in battle ,which I thought was great.
I loved that moment . Was really proud of Neville and how far he'd come. Loyalty, bravery and friendship. And he did a good job at leading others in battle as well. Bravo, Neville, bravo.


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