There are so many characters from Harry Potter that I would love to include in this challenge – maybe I should do that next year – but Neville was an absolute must! I see his character as a big inspiration for young people.
To begin with, he’s a bit of a weird geek who is literally scared of everything. He has a pet toad and seems to have no magical ability at all. He really doesn’t have much going for him.
But, with good friends and a fair bit of support from them all, he grows into a brave and powerful young man – not to mention particularly handsome if you look at film Neville!
He’s the perfect example of the phrase ‘practise makes perfect‘. He quite literally practised magic until he was competent in casting spells and in doing so, he was able to support and protect his friends.
Neville is shy and self-conscious and does not believe he is worthy of his place in Gryffindor house. But the Sorting Hat saw something in him that Neville himself could not. Isn’t that the way that life is though? You may not think that you are particularly special, but someone out there will see you as the most important thing in this world. You just have to hang on in there and prove them right.
Thinking about Neville, there’s one thing that I don’t think is every explained in the books, or films – please correct me if I’m wrong. What happened to Trevor?