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Neville Longbottom and the Size of the Fight in the Dog

November 23, 2005

neville longbottomThere are a zillion reviews of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on the web so I won’t bore you with yet another one. I will only say that I am a huge, huge fan of Rowling’s books, having read each and every one of them aloud, and that while while the films started out somewhat sterile and lifeless, they have improved a lot. Instead of a more detailed review of either the movie or the book I will make a prediction. Shy, stuttering, sensitive Neville Longbottom will eventually become a super-badass auror (dark wizard hunter) and get all the chicks in the end.

Don’t get me wrong. He’ll still be a shy, stuttering nerd. But that’s okay. He’s got it where it counts. He’s got heart. I believe in Neville.

Remember in The Sorcerer’s Stone when he stands up to his friends when he thinks they are doing the wrong thing? “I’ll fight you,” he says. Hermione paralyzes him in a heartbeat, but that’s not the point. The point is that he plucked up his courage and stood up for what he believed.

Sure, he may have his fears. He has a dark past. His parents were horribly killed tortured to insanity by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. He has issues. But he can rise above it. I just know it. He isn’t the smartest kid in class, nor the most athletic, nor the most magically skilled. But sometimes it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Neville’s got a lot of fight in him, I can just tell.

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