There is no shortage of heroic characters in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, from The Boy Who Lived himself to fellow Hogwarts classmates like Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. One character who often gets overlooked in this conversation, however, is Neville Longbottom. (That's what makes the fan theories that surround him so interesting.) The biggest one of them all - which fans have speculated about all over the internet - is that Neville very well could have been the Chosen One instead of Harry Potter, and there's a lot of evidence to back it up. Fans also posit that Neville was never actually bad at magic. Rather, the struggling young wizard simply had the wrong wand for his first five years. There's even a theory that breaks down how Neville might be the bravest member of Gryffindor of all time.
If you love the Harry Potter series and theorizing yourself, check out these amazing Neville Longbottom fan theories.
Neville Has The Wrong Wand
From Redditor /u/LiamFleak:
He's renowned for being awful at magic throughout the series, and he's another character who uses a wand which didn't choose him (in this case, his father's). That wand gets broken in the fight at the Ministry, and once he has his new wand, he becomes the best student in the year at herbology and leads a revolution. He's even so good he ends up as a professor. The turning point could be seen to be during the DA, but bear in mind that he's just as bad at magic as ever, all through that fight.Brilliant foreshadowing?
Neville Is the Bravest Member Of Gryffindor
Neville Longbottom was brave despite his fears, thus showing true courage even when others doubted him. There are many examples of his bravery, but I am particularly thinking of the moment in which he is the first male amongst his peers to stand to dance when being taught by professor McGonagall for the Yule ball. It is a small, but understated reminder of how big his character is despite being generally looked down upon by his peers.Brilliant foreshadowing?
Neville Has A Special Relationship With Aberforth
While Harry and the trio were searching for Horcruxes, Neville along with Ginny, Luna, and the rest of old DA were building a resistance to overthrow the Death Eaters back at Hogwarts. Not only did Aberforth's passage to Hogwarts from his pub provide students with much needed food, but Aberforth presumably mentored Neville before the final Battle of Hogwarts.
While Albus Dumbledore's concentration was on Harry The Chosen One, Neville also needed guidance in order to reach his full potential: as leader of the at-home resistance against Voldemort. Neville was always going to be a key in the final battle, even though he was not ultimately chosen in the prophecy. I would like to think Aberforth got close to Neville, much as how Harry and Dumbledore were.Brilliant foreshadowing?
Neville Is Truly Tortured By Barty Crouch, Jr.
Every time I reread [the books] I think about how awful it is, obviously because of what was done to Neville’s parents and how it feels to see the spider tortured just like them.
But I never put it together that “Mad-Eye,” who is actually BCJ, was actually one of the people involved in torturing Nevilles parents. This adds a whole new level of darkness to a scene I already thought was dark. Am I the only one who never noticed? Barty is literally doing to the spider what he did to Neville’s parents right in front of him, and then he comforts him afterwards.Brilliant foreshadowing?