Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by

J. K. Rowling

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Neville Longbottom Character Analysis

One of Harry's fourth-year Gryffindor classmates. Neville is kind, though he's generally considered to be a hopeless student: he's often the only one assigned extra homework, and Potions is his worst subject. This is because he's deathly afraid of Snape, the potions master. However, Neville is well aware of what he doesn't know. Harry is surprised when Neville raises his hand in Moody's first Defense Against the Dark Arts class about the Unforgivable Curses and names the Cruciatus Curse. Seeing Moody perform the Cruciatus Curse on a spider has an awful effect on Neville; he becomes anxious and unable to hold a conversation. Harry learns later that this is because Neville has personal experience with the Cruciatus Curse: after Voldemort's fall, Death Eaters tortured Neville's parents with the curse until they went insane. They now live in St. Mungo's Hospital and don't recognize Neville.

Neville Longbottom Quotes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Neville Longbottom or refer to Neville Longbottom . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire published in 2002.
Chapter Fourteen Quotes

He heard Ron come up into the dormitory a short while later, but he did not speak to him. For a long time, Harry lay staring up at the dark canopy of his bed. The dormitory was completely silent, and, had he been less preoccupied, Harry would have realized that the absence of Neville's usual snores meant that he was not the only one lying awake.

Page Number: 227
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Chapter Thirty Quotes

Dumbledore gave Harry a very sharp look. "Has Neville never told you why he has been brought up by his grandmother?" he said.

Harry shook his head, wondering, as he did so, how he could have failed to ask Neville this, in almost four years of knowing him.

Page Number: 602
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Chapter Thirty-One Quotes

As Harry took off his glasses and climbed into his four-poster, he imagined how it must feel to have parents still living but unable to recognize you. He often got sympathy from strangers for being an orphan, but as he listened to Neville's snores, he thought that Neville deserved it more than he did.

Related Characters: Harry Potter , Neville Longbottom
Page Number: 607
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Neville Longbottom Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Neville Longbottom appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Eleven
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Seamus, Dean, and Neville join Harry, Ron, and Hermione to talk about the Quidditch World Cup. Ron shows Neville... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville share a carriage up to the Hogwarts entrance. They race through the pouring rain but... (full context)
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...enter anyway, since they'll turn seventeen in April. Ron says he'd consider entering too as Neville says his grandmother would like him to, but he hasn't learned enough. In the common... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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In Potions the next day, Neville melts his sixth cauldron and Snape gives him detention for it. Ron and Harry know... (full context)
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...to do anything, including kill themselves. When he asks for another curse, both Hermione and Neville raise their hands. Neville offers the Cruciatus Curse and confirms that his last name is... (full context)
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...shrilly yells for Moody to stop and Harry sees that Hermione's eyes are fixed on Neville, who looks more horrified than anyone else. Moody returns the spider to its normal size... (full context)
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...seen something fantastic. Harry and Hermione don't agree, and Hermione leads Ron and Harry towards Neville. Neville's voice is high and he seems strange and distant. Moody approaches the students and... (full context)
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...thinks both men will be fine. As they fetch their things for Divination, they find Neville reading a book about Mediterranean water plants that he got from Moody. He looks much... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...he does. It's empty but a nasty wailing fills the room until Harry closes it. Neville thinks that Harry will be tortured. As Hermione accepts food from Fred, she innocently asks... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Two
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...down. Harry shares that he just asked Cho and she said no. Ron says that Neville apparently asked Hermione, who turned him down and said she's going with someone else. Ginny... (full context)
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...tells Ginny that she can go with Harry. Blushing, Ginny says that she's going with Neville and miserably leaves to eat dinner. (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...his and yells. Dobby apologizes and offers Harry a present as Ron, Seamus, Dean, and Neville decide to open their own presents. Harry gives Dobby a pair of Uncle Vernon's old... (full context)
Chapter Thirty
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Harry hesitantly asks if, in the last trial he saw, they were talking about Neville's parents. Dumbledore asks if Neville hasn't told anyone why his grandmother is raising him and... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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Harry shares everything with Ron, Hermione, and Sirius except for what he learned about Neville. Ron is incredulous that Dumbledore trusts Snape. Hermione says that this is what Rita Skeeter... (full context)