With thanks to Alex for another great post – make sure you read to the end, the last sentence made me laugh.
Neville Longbottom is a pure blood wizard who went to Hogwarts and was in the same year as Harry – but I’m guessing you already know that!
Neville’s parents were Aurors and members of the original Order of the Phoenix. About 15 months after Neville’s birth, they were horrifically tortured to insanity by Death Eaters with the Cruciatus Curse. And were admitted to St Mungo’s Hospital leaving Neville to be raised by his strict grandmother.
During the start of his time at Hogwarts Neville was shy, nervous and not someone others would go out of their way to befriend. He lacked confidence and self-esteem.
I’ve heard people say “every school needs a Fat Kid, Neville is Hogwarts’”. Not many people remember that he stood up and tried to stop Harry, Ron and Hermione sneaking out of the Gryffindor Common Room late one night. That act, the ability to stand up to his friends gained him house points, which in turn helped Gryffindor win the house cup. To quote Dumbledore “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends”. And this is just my point. We need to look at Neville and see someone who knew what was right, knew what should happen and as hard as it was, as much as he could have lost some of the only friends he had, he still did it. That makes him one of the bravest characters in the stories in my eyes.
And as his time at Hogwarts went on he grew and grew gaining massive amounts of courage and determination. He became an important member of Dumbledore’s Army, and fought in many battles including the final Battle of Hogwarts.
During the Battle of Hogwarts he stood strong and refused Voldemort’s invitation to join the Death Eaters. It was Neville who destroyed the final Horcrux when he beheaded the snake Nagini.
That’s why I thought N should be dedicated to Neville because of his sheer courage and ability to see right from wrong in a variety of hard situations. And to me this is a very important, especially in this day in age.
Not a day goes past where I see something in the news that makes me think “someone must know” or “why is no one standing up to do anything?”
Today it was in my local paper, the photos of several local shoplifters were released in the hope that someone will recognise them and call the police.
A few months ago it was an investigation into years of abuse of adults with Learning Disabilities in a local care home.
All these acts of crime and hurt didn’t happen in the dark when no one was present so why are they in the news? Because those who really know what happened and were there at the time either would not or could not stand up and say.
Maybe they feel if they do speak out, they themselves would be in danger. Maybe they think it’s just a simple act of a few stolen energy drinks and is not worth reporting. Maybe they do not even think about it. Or they lack faith in themselves, do not think they are strong enough to do the right thing.
They say those who commit big crimes often start small. Maybe if they had been stopped earlier, if someone they knew had stood up to them – like Neville did to Harry in the first film and many others since, just maybe they would have been caught or got help and changed their ways.
I’m not suggesting anyone puts themselves in the face of danger. I’m just saying, don’t let disbelief in yourself or thinking it is not worth the bother being what stops you. If Neville had thought like that the wizarding world would be a very different and probably very dark place! – If Voldermort ever returns, his Boggart will probably be Neville Longbottom!