Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by

J. K. Rowling

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Harry's friend and fellow fifth year student in Gryffindor. Neville has been raised by his gran, as Voldemort's followers tortured his parents to insanity and they now live in St. Mungo's hospital. Though Neville's parents were accomplished wizards and well-known among the resistance to Voldemort, Neville's low self-esteem means that he's a poor wizard. His best subject is Herbology and Professor Sprout encourages him in it. Despite Neville's poor reputation, this year he begins to show that, if given proper instruction and support, he is capable of succeeding. Though he continues to do poorly in most subjects, especially Potions (Professor Snape loves torturing Neville by insulting his intelligence and capabilities), Harry notices that Neville makes great improvements after a few months of Defense Against the Dark Arts lessons with him and Dumbledore's Army. Harry also notes that during their practical O.W.L. Potions test, where Snape isn't around to make Neville nervous, Neville performs fairly well. Neville accompanies Harry to the Department of Mysteries, where he performs bravely and helps Harry thwart the Death Eaters. Neville does, however, accidentally break the prophecy that he and Harry are trying to protect. Later, Harry learns that the prophecy that led Voldemort to try to kill Harry could have alternatively referred to Neville, if Voldemort had chosen to interpret it in that way. With this, Rowling positions Neville as someone who has been consistently underestimated and overlooked for essentially no good reason. In this way, he's a foil for Harry, who faces great danger but also has support and expectations that Neville has never had.

Neville Longbottom Quotes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 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 Order of the Phoenix published in 2004.
Chapter Nineteen Quotes

He and the D.A. were resisting under her very nose, doing the very thing that she and the Ministry most feared, and whenever he was supposed to be reading Wilbert Slinkhard's book during her lessons he dwelled instead on satisfying memories of their most recent meetings, remembering how Neville had successfully disarmed Hermione, how Colin Creevy had mastered the Impediment Jinx after three meetings' hard effort, how Parvati Patil had produced such a good Reductor Curse that she had reduced the table carrying all the Sneakoscopes to dust.

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Neville Longbottom Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The timeline below shows where the character Neville Longbottom appears in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Nine
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...original Order of the Phoenix. Harry's stomach lurches when he sees Alice and Frank Longbottom, Neville's parents. Moody points out Lupin, Hagrid, Sirius, James, Lily, and Wormtail. Harry tries to smile... (full context)
Chapter Ten
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Harry notices that students are staring at him. He and Ginny run into Neville at the end of the train and Ginny leads them into a car with only... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
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...the horses. Harry follows Ron and Hermione into the Great Hall and sits down with Neville and Nearly Headless Nick. They notice that Hagrid isn't at the staff table and wonder... (full context)
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...makes his own way to Gryffindor Tower, thinking he should've expected this kind of treatment. Neville meets him at the Fat Lady's portrait and gives him the password to enter. (full context)
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Harry and Neville climb up to their dormitory and when they enter, Dean and Seamus stop talking abruptly.... (full context)
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...if anyone else has issues with Harry. Dean shrugs that his parents are Muggles, and Neville says that according to his gran, the Daily Prophet, not Dumbledore, is the one losing... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...Flitwick and McGonagall also start their classes by talking about O.W.L.s. McGonagall insists that even Neville can do well in Transfiguration if he studies and builds up confidence. Harry and Ron... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen
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...butterbeers. They find a table and soon after, a crowd of people arrives. It includes Neville, Dean, Lavender, Parvati and Padma, and Cho with one of her friends, Marietta. Luna, the... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
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...that Harry might still end up in St. Mungo's hospital, since he's insane. At this, Neville tries to charge Malfoy, but Harry and Ron pull him back. Harry doesn't tell Ron... (full context)
Chapter Eighteen
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Harry divides everyone into pairs and works with Neville. He's glad he decided to start with basics, as many people are struggling. Harry walks... (full context)
Chapter Nineteen
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...makes Umbridge's Defense Against the Dark Arts classes bearable. He thinks about his classmates' progress--even Neville is improving. Hermione soon comes up with a method of communicating the next meeting time.... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
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...Hagrid doesn't call for the animals again. Most students look just as confused. Only Harry, Neville, and one other student can see the creatures. The others gasp when Hagrid points to... (full context)
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...teaches. Pansy Parkinson tells Umbridge loudly that Hagrid's speech sounds like grunting, while Umbridge leads Neville to say that he's afraid of Hagrid. Pleased, Umbridge slowly and loudly tells Hagrid when... (full context)
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...Ron looks frightened, and Harry tells Ron that Mr. Weasley—who was the man—has been attacked. Neville runs for help. Harry vomits and insists that what he saw was real. McGonagall arrives... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Three
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...himself as the Healer gives Bode a potted plant. Harry then spins around and sees Neville and his gran. Harry realizes that it must be Neville's parents in the end beds... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Five
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...happy is the D.A. The members work even harder after the Death Eaters' escape, and Neville becomes one of the most accomplished students. Occlumency, however, continues to go poorly. Harry's scar... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-Six
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...he thinks it's the best chance he has to get the truth out. Dean and Neville reassure Harry at dinner while Seamus tries to catch Harry's eye. Harry tells Hermione about... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-One
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...insists that those students with connections at the Ministry will be favored by the examiners. Neville tells Harry this isn't true: his gran knows the head examiner and she wouldn't do... (full context)
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...Monday, they take their Potions O.W.L., and though Harry finds it difficult, both he and Neville do well in the practical without Snape making them nervous. Harry does his best in... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Two
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...he's back in her office. Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle enter, holding Ron, Ginny, Luna, and Neville. Umbridge insists that Harry was plotting something and then sends Malfoy to fetch Snape. Harry... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Three
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...far enough away, Harry kicks a tree, thinking that they've wasted too much time. Ron, Neville, Ginny, and Luna appear with Harry and Hermione's wands and ask how they're getting to... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Four
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Harry and Neville heave themselves onto thestrals, while Luna helps Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, who can't see the... (full context)
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...Harry's name on the label. Harry reaches out to touch it, but both Hermione and Neville tell him not to. The orb is pleasantly warm, and nothing happens when Harry picks... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Five
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...Harry has a "weakness for heroics" and asks for the prophecy. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, and Luna raise their wands. Lucius tells Harry that he can go home after handing... (full context)
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Harry, Hermione, and Neville hide under desks as a few Death Eaters unlock the door. Harry Stuns one, while... (full context)
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Harry, Neville, and Hermione make it to the circular room, and as soon as it finishes spinning,... (full context)
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...and sees many Death Eaters entering from different doors. Lucius asks for the prophecy, but Neville shouts from the doorway that Harry isn't alone. When Bellatrix realizes who Neville is, she... (full context)
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Harry and Neville stare for a moment before Harry again tries to help Neville up. Neville shouts that... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Seven
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...other survives.” When it’s over, Dumbledore says that the prophecy could also have applied to Neville, but Voldemort chose Harry and "marked him as his equal" by trying to kill him.... (full context)
Chapter Thirty-Eight
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...Daily Prophet article—in which Fudge admits that Voldemort is back—to Harry, Ron, Luna, Ginny, and Neville from her bed in the hospital wing. Ron still has welts on his arms from... (full context)