As you may or may not know, Harry Potter was a seriously big part of my childhood growing up. The stories captured my imagination and made me a part of their world. And now, even as an adult, I still love Harry Potter and look forward to introducing these wonderful stories to my kids.
July 30th is Neville Longbottom’s birthday, if you don’t know that already. It’s why the prophecy could have been about him or about Harry, as Harry’s birthday is July 31st. Imagine what a different story it would have been if Neville was the main character. Pretty interesting idea.*
Like all of the characters in J. K. Rowling’s magical world, Neville is complex and fascinating. His back story, with his parents is tragic – maybe even more tragic than Harry’s. Harry at least was able to have the imagination of what his parents were like. Neville had to live with seeing his parents as empty shells, there but never really there. That’s heartbreaking, you know? I can’t even imagine. Both are horrible things, but it has to do something really awful to you to see your parents like that.
But despite that, he was still brave and strong and courageous – true to Gryffindor. He showed remarkable courage and bravery. It is incredibly difficult to stand up to your friends – you risk losing their friendship and it is indeed a scary thing. But he always wanted what was best for his friends and he worked hard to help them, even when it came at risk to himself.
So here’s to you Neville Longbottom – cheers! Happy birthday!
*I used to write fan fiction, but I never wrote about that, but I have to admit that now that I’m saying it, it’s an intriguing idea. It’s remarkable to me that people are still writing Harry Potter fan fiction after all this time.