Apart from the main trio in Harry Potter, the character fans love to talk about most is Neville Longbottom. It’s remarkable how this guy has so many admirers considering he had basically no fans at all before Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. If you were to ask any fan around the time Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released what their opinion of Neville Longbottom was, they would reply that they didn’t think much of him.
Neville quickly became the apple of female fans’ eye as the actor who portrayed him became a very fetching person. This brought the character a lot of attention alongside his character development in the story proper. Since the Harry Potter film series has been over for eight years now, people remember only what they felt during the most recent movies and forget most of what Neville was like before his growth. This means a majority of fans only view Neville as he was around Deathly Hallows, ignoring his many early series flaws.
Here are 25 Things Wrong With Neville Longbottom We All Choose To Ignore.
25 He displayed no magic abilities when he was younger
Thanks to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, fans think that Neville has always been a rare gem who was completely polished by the time the final act came by. However, that’s just not the case as Neville had zero talent in magic before he went to Hogwarts.
His grandmother had worried that Neville might not even have any magic in him at all and it wasn’t until a freak accident caused by his uncle that they found out Neville did indeed have magical powers.
24 He never told anyone about his parents
It’s a strange case with Neville’s parents – we might never know if he was ashamed of them or not. While he claimed he wasn’t ashamed of them in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, he still never told another soul about what happened to them.
It was only when Harry saw their fate in the pensive in Goblet of Fire that he found out; Ron and Hermione only saw his parents by chance. The way he wasn’t meeting his friends’ gazes would indicate he wasn’t proud of what happened, yet Neville claimed otherwise.
23 His parents will never recover
The sad reality of the Longbottom parents’ condition was that they would never be cured. No matter what the happy ending to the series was, these two people remained stuck in their fate. Neville eventually married and had children, so he wasn’t completely alone. Yet, as far as his parents are concerned, they will spend the remainder of their days at the hospital where they will breathe their last breaths; maybe even due to their condition. At least Neville will always visit them, so they’re not entirely alone.
22 He knew Bellatrix Lestrange and wanted revenge
While Neville was obviously aware that his parents had been driven to insanity thanks to the Cruciatus curse, it was a surprise when he met the caster, Bellatrix, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
They came across each other in the battle at the Ministry of Magic during the end of the book, and Bellatrix taunted him with the fact that she was the one who had made Neville’s parents insane. Neville spat back “I know you have!” at her and was enraged beyond measure – he likely had wanted revenge all along.
21 He's Much older Than the actor
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows novel came out in 2007 while Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was released in 2011. This would make one think the events of the story took place around that year, but it wasn’t the case.
While Matthew Lewis was born in 1989, making him 30-years-old this year, Neville is pushing 40 by now! This is because Neville was born in July of 1980. The Harry Potter series takes place primarily from 1991 to 1998, with the epilogue in 2017. When Neville was 17, Matthew was only 8.
20 He and Harry are the youngest in their class
Although you might think that Neville is quite old because of that previous point, when it comes to his classmates, he’s actually quite young. Neville is the second-youngest student in the class that started Hogwarts in 1991.
The youngest is Harry himself, being born on 31 July 1980, while Neville is only one day older. Hermione is almost a full year older than Neville, while Ron is older by a few good months. Looks like we have a reason why he behaved like a baby.
19 He could’ve been the chosen one (but would have perished)
This is humongous in retrospect, but it really was just one decision that prevented – in-universe – the series being headlined with Neville Longbottom and the Philosopher’s Stone. Voldemort figured that a half-blood like him was the only one who qualified for the prophecy and specifically went off to take Harry out; had Voldy not done that, Neville would’ve been his nemesis.
However, there’s a bigger chance Neville would have perished as a child as he didn’t have his mother at the time to protect him, meaning that there would be no love protection on him. Looks like Voldemort made the wrong call.
18 He was made to look cooler in the films
In the films, a lot of scenes were amended to make characters seem cooler than they actually were in the novels. Neville was a total boss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, while his only appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 had him call the Death Eaters “losers”.
This didn’t happen in continuity and we have no clue how Neville was at the start of the year because it wasn’t depicted in the novel. His film version was simply made cooler for media purposes.
17 He Had No Innate Talent
Before Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Neville was basically a nobody for everyone involved. From Philosopher’s Stone to Goblet of Fire, Neville was a minor character at most who was used as a punching bag.
He displayed no talent at all in any subjects other than Herbology, and even this was just an informed attribute as opposed to something we saw happen. Neville was hopeless in all subjects until joining Dumbledore’s Army and the rest, as they say, is history. But let it be known that he was a wimp before book five.
16 He was ignored by the main characters
Building up on the previous point, Neville was a nobody mainly because everyone saw him that way. Even Harry, who was the friendliest person we saw in the series, usually ignored everything about Neville. None of the good guys consciously ignored him, but Neville was a forgotten person for the most part.
In Prisoner of Azkaban, he and Harry were both banned from Hogsmeade, yet Harry tried to ditch Neville in favor of sneaking into the village without telling Neville where he was going – talk about being uncool, right?
15 His role was expanded in the films
Dobby was supposed to be in almost all of the films had the filmmakers gone the way the books had. He was only missing from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban after his first appearance and Dobby was the one who got Harry the Gillyweed to use in the lake in Goblet of Fire.
In the films, Neville took this role and was made to look much more useful than in the book where he was kind of a prat.
14 He was never included in the friend group
After Neville became more of a regular friend for the main characters in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the poor guy figured he was one of the group after the battle in the Ministry. However, this just wasn’t the case as he was left out of everything in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
He wanted the Dumbledore’s Army meetings to continue, but this was turned down by Harry; it was the only place where Neville felt he was part of the gang.
13 He has no real friends
Speaking of not being part of the gang, poor Neville wasn’t even part of a duo. He was the only male member of his year who didn’t have a regular friend for himself. He was never seen hanging out with anyone, and the only times he was seen was when he was by himself.
Seamus and Dean had each other, Parvati and Lavender were best friends, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione were the best friend trio; Neville always just popped in and out with these people. Life must have been so lonely for him.
12 He got a pity date from Ginny
There’s a trope used in TV and film known as ‘pair the spares’, which involves pairing together two characters who aren’t important enough to have their own love interests and are paired together for this purpose.
This is what happened to Neville in the Yule Ball as he took Ginny Weasley with him. The only reason Ginny went with him, though, is because Harry couldn’t care less about her at the time. This meant Ginny went on a pity date with Neville because no one else was interested in him.
11 Dumbledore Used Him As an Excuse
Look, you can argue about Neville’s supposed bravery all you want but the reality is that Dumbledore only awarded Neville the 10 points required to beat Slytherin in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to serve that very purpose.
His whole “standing up to your friends” argument was ludicrous because being a ‘good friend’ is nothing to be awarded points for. Dumbledore knew he had to pull some trick to beat Slytherin and used Neville as an excuse to do so. Sorry, Neville, but that’s how it really was.
10 His Non-Canonical Relationship with Luna
A fan favorite couple that came out of the movies was Neville and Luna Lovegood. They looked good together onscreen and this was another ‘pair the spares’ trope being invoked, although people like this pairing.
However, this pairing was never seen in the books. Actually, you might argue Dean Thomas was somewhat being built up to be Luna’s love interest in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows novel. Luna and Neville never even had a hint of attraction in the books and their coupling was something just for the movies.
9 The Fate of Romance with Luna
Despite what we may say about continuity, the last we saw of Luna and Neville in the movies was the implication that they would get together. In Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Neville proclaimed his love for Luna during the battle and they were sitting together in the finale.
And yet, Matthew Lewis debunked any hope that these two might be together in the film continuity by saying the Neville and Luna coupling was just a summertime romance. Even in the films, these two didn’t end up together and that’s all there is to it.
8 The Consequences of his Rebellion
Neville may have become the de facto leader of the Dumbledore’s Army at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but it was due to his rebellious actions that a vast majority of the students found themselves in trouble.
His regular defiance of the Death Eaters meant that his friends were subjected to their victimization techniques. Ginny never returned after vacation because they were closing in on her and Luna was outright abducted by the Death Eaters as her father’s actions expedited her already bad situation thanks to Neville.
7 Slughorn didn’t find him talented
Despite proving himself to be a hero in the battle at the Ministry, Neville was brought back to loser status at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He was invited by Slughorn on the train to be prospective Slug Club members, but the teacher saw nothing special in him and didn’t induct Neville.
In the film version, Neville was reduced to being a lowly waiter in the Slug Club by Slughorn, although he didn’t seem to mind much. Maybe he was inducted after his heroics in Deathly Hallows.
6 He was the one who destroyed the prophecy
For someone to destroy the prophecy that foretold the fates of Voldemort and Harry, one would have to be a real dolt. This is why the film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix changed the continuity to show Lucius Malfoy mistakenly destroying the prophecy.
In actuality, it was Neville who destroyed the orb. Neville was in a jinx that made his legs dance around in a manic manner, and during this furor, he accidentally kicked the prophecy far away where it shattered.
5 His Defeat Of Nagini
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 greatly altered the final battle between Harry and Voldemort and one of the many changes involved the manner of how Nagini lost her head.
In the books, Nagini was blindsided by Neville just before Harry confronted Voldemort; the film had him charging in to save the day instead. Neville was given the role of the hero as he saved the lives of Ron and Hermione while enabling Harry to finally take out Voldemort for good; the novel wasn’t nearly as cool with this scene.
4 He’s the only male member of Longbottom family left
The purebloods were all fading out by the time Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone started and this was the case when the epilogue of the series came about as well. The most endangered pureblood families were those who didn’t mind marrying half-bloods or Muggle-Borns, and the Longbottoms weren’t prejudiced either.
This was why Neville ultimately became the last male member of this line as we have no clue of any other Longbottom existing around this time other than older members of the family. He better have children if he wants the name to continue.
3 The way his grandmother treated him
From what we saw of his grandmother, she was a piece of work. She held high standards for Neville and never really showed him any emotion other than disappointment. Neville was morbidly afraid of her as she was his second choice for a boggart after Snape.
Whenever we saw her in person, Neville’s grandmother was always displaying frustration with how her grandson had turned out. Sure, he was a bumbling moron when we first saw him, but considering he was the only sane family member she had left, she should have shown more love towards the boy.
2 His grandmother's conditional love
On the flip-side, Neville’s grandmother did become proud of him after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but this was only because of specific circumstances.
Due to him almost losing his life in the Ministry of Magic. When she saw him in life-ending situations, she likened Neville to her auror son and then accepted him. It really shouldn’t be considered real affection seeing that she only started treating him right when he became more able as opposed to loving him unconditionally.
1 He wanted to be in Hufflepuff
Despite eventually proving he did belong in Gryffindor, our boy Neville didn’t want to be in the House when he first started Hogwarts. As it turns out, Neville appealed to the Sorting Hat not to send him to Gryffindor and solely wanted to be in Hufflepuff.
He felt being Gryffindor would put him in the midst of too much responsibility and didn’t want to burden himself with that. It really speaks volumes as to how insecure the poor child was about himself – all thanks to that grandmother, if you ask us.