Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by

J. K. Rowling

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Neville Longbottom Character Analysis

One of Harry's fellow third-year Gryffindors. Neville lives with his grandmother and struggles at school. Though he's very kind, his lack of confidence means that he often messes up when he tries to perform spells. His fear of Professor Snape in particular means that Potions is his worst subject; Snape doesn't help Neville at all and actively terrorizes him during classes. Neville suffers even more derision and ridicule after Professor McGonagall learns that Neville wrote down all of Sir Cadogan's passwords, as the paper somehow ends up in Sirius Black's hands. Though he's punished at the time for losing the paper and putting students at risk, Harry, Ron, and Hermione learn in the Shrieking Shack that Crookshanks stole the paper from the dormitory and it wasn't Neville's fault.

Neville Longbottom Quotes in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 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 Prisoner of Azkaban published in 2001.
Chapter Seven Quotes

"Possibly no one's warned you, Lupin, but this class contains Neville Longbottom. I would advise you not to entrust him with anything difficult. Not unless Miss Granger is hissing instructions in his ear."

Page Number: 132
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Neville Longbottom Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The timeline below shows where the character Neville Longbottom appears in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Three
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...dog, but stops when he notices Stan looking uneasy. He tells Stan his name is Neville Longbottom and asks to go to London. Stan accepts Harry's money and then helps lift... (full context)
Chapter Four
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...the start of term approaches. He finds Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas, as well as Neville Longbottom. Finally, on the last day of the holiday, he runs into Ron and Hermione... (full context)
Chapter Five
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...and without warning, the lights go out. Ron sees people coming onto the train as Neville lets himself into the compartment, trips over Harry, and sits down. Hermione tries to leave,... (full context)
Chapter Six
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...them that if they don't have the Sight, they won't get far, and then asks Neville if his grandmother is well. As she begins to go through the subjects they'll cover,... (full context)
Chapter Seven
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At the next table, Neville struggles with his Shrinking Solution and his fear of Snape makes the subject even harder... (full context)
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Snape calls the class to gather around Neville's cauldron. He gives Trevor a few drops of the potion and Trevor turns into a... (full context)
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...Snape in the staffroom. As Snape starts to leave, he warns Lupin to not trust Neville with difficult tasks unless he has Hermione to help him. Mildly, Lupin says he'd actually... (full context)
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...shape to take. Lupin leads the class through a defensive charm, "riddikulus," and then asks Neville to join him. Neville nervously tells Lupin that he fears Snape more than anything, and... (full context)
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...but realizes he fears the dementors more. Lupin begins the exercise before Harry is ready. Neville successfully forces the boggart Snape into a ridiculous dress and hat. Several other classmates tackle... (full context)
Chapter Eight
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...Against the Dark Arts soon becomes everyone's favorite class. Potions, however, gets even worse for Neville once the story of Snape's appearance as a boggart gets around. Harry hates Divination the... (full context)
Chapter Twelve
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...suggests they make up with Hermione. When they get to the portrait hole, they find Neville pleading with Sir Cadogan. Apparently, Neville wrote down the passwords for the week and lost... (full context)
Chapter Thirteen
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...that Black had a list of passwords. McGonagall angrily asks who wrote the list and Neville raises his hand. (full context)
Chapter Fourteen
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...celebrity overnight, though he doesn't understand why Black ran instead of murdering the entire dormitory. Neville is disgraced and McGonagall forbids anyone to give him the passwords. He also receives a... (full context)
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As Harry watches Neville run away with the Howler, Hedwig nips him so he'll take her letter. It's from... (full context)
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...heads for the third floor and checks the map by the witch statue. He sees Neville coming and can't get himself through the passage before Neville appears. Neville invites Harry to... (full context)