In honor of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” hitting theaters at midnight I am devoting today’s blog to my favorite Harry Potter character, the great Neville Longbottom. (My friends and I made shirts that say, “Neville Longbottom is a BAMF” on the front and on the back we all have various “BAMF” sayings. Mine: “Neville’s alphabet soup only contains four letters, B, A, M & F.”
Neville Longbottom, if you ask me, is the real unsung hero of the Harry Potter series. Why? Because Neville is not your typical “hero” but he is your typical guy.
He’s not too talented, but he is good in his “niche subject” herbology. He’s your run of the mill teenager. He’s not good with girls, he’s shy, he’s awkward. In a lot of ways, I feel like Neville is me (except that Neville is hot in real life).
He’s, at best, average. He doesn’t play sports (he sucks at flying as we saw in book #1), he forgets EVERYTHING (hence, the rememberall), he can’t get a date (Ginny asks him in pitty to go to the Yule Ball with her), and unlike Harry he has to practice A LOT to be good at magic (as we see in book 5 with Dumbledore’s Army). BUT, when it comes down to the clutch, Neville comes through with a passion for life that no one else in the book seems to have (minus, probably, Harry).
Like Harry, Neville doesn’t have parents. Harry’s were killed by Lord Voldemort, butt Neville’s were tortured into insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange. I know having dead parents is really hard, but I almost feel like seeing his parents incapacitated in St. Mungo’s is harder on our sensitive Neville than anything has been on Harry, barring the deaths of Sirius Black (his godfather) and (SPOILER ALERT) Albus Dumbledore (his mentor).
SIDE NOTE: I’ll be the one BAWLING in the theater tonight when Snape kills Dumbledore.
ANYWAY, my point? Neville Longbottom is one of J.K. Rowling’s most successful characters as far as her writing skills go because Neville is NORMAL. He’s the kid we all saw sitting by himself in the cafeteria desperately trying to get through the day. There’s a little bit of Neville in all of us. Rowling made Neville one of the strongest and most personable characters in her books, and I’m not sure if that was by accident or on purpose…but I’m glad she did because even if he’s not as glamorous as Harry and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, Neville holds his own.
Neville Longbottom gives hope to all the awkward underdogs out there that someday, they too, will find their inner-strength just like Neville did when he faced his parents’ attacker.
In short: Neville Longbottom IS a BAMF.
Tonight, I am referring to this movie as “Harry Potter and the Awesome That is Neville Longbottom.”