S: We Can't All Be Sidekicks
BC: THIS BOOK WAS MADE BY EMILY MURWIN AND GABI GOTHARD!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYY:)
FC: We Can't All Be Sidekicks | By Gabi Gothard and Emily Murwin
1: As a child, Gran strongly suspected Neville was a squib (a pure-blood wizard with no magical powers), and not as strong as his parents, who were tortured to insanity for information by Voldemort’s extremely loyal follower Bellatrix Lestrange, but didn’t give in. During the battle at the Department of Mysteries, Neville dueled Bellatrix, and refused to give up. Harry had a prophecy, and Bellatrix wanted it for Lord Voldemort. Neville rebelled; he told Harry not to give it to her, “DON'D GIB ID DO DEM, HARRY!” It is quite possible that if Neville hadn’t been so brave, and such a rebel (even with a broken nose), Harry would’ve given Bellatrix the prophecy, and that would’ve helped Voldemort beat Harry, and therefore not die. | Neville Longbottom was a student at Hogwarts during Lord Voldemort’s rise back to power, and appeared to “go with the flow.” He was not someone you expected to rebel against the most powerful dark wizard of all time. He was raised by his grandmother, whom he called Gran.
2: Neville’s life changed when he became a part of Dumbledore’s Army (D.A.). D.A. was formed during book five (Order of the Phoenix), when a few students wanted to learn more about defending themselves against Lord Voldemort’s followers, called the Death Eaters. | Neville was one of the first who signed up for this secret army. Thus, he greatly improved his defense skills. This helped him gain the confidence that he needed by making his magical abilities better than ever before. J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, says Order of the Phoenix “was a real turning point for Neville." Because he was one of the first to join D.A., younger students looked up to him. Dumbledore’s Army might not have had as many members as it did without Neville; he was the embodiment of an “outcast rebel,” thus inspiring many others to join. Even though he wasn’t trying to, in rebelling himself, Neville also helped many others find the courage to do so as well.
3: During the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville and a few of his fellow D.A. members played a huge part in the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Harry trusted Neville by telling him to kill Voldemort’s snake, Nagini. The snake was a Horcrux (a magical object that holds a piece of soul, in this case for Voldemort), and had to be killed before Voldemort could be defeated. When the battle was almost done, the survivors came out onto the courtyard of the school. Neville ended up cutting off Nagini’s head with the Sword of Gryffindor, (so it would destroy the piece of soul that was inside), an extremely brave thing to do. Without Neville, Harry might have had to kill Nagini himself before killing Voldemort.
4: Even though everyone thought he was very weak in the beginning, “Neville proved to be quite skilled,” and had many friends that stood by him his whole journey. He inadvertently inspired people to rebel by rebelling himself. If Neville had been afraid to stand up for what he believed in, there would’ve been many, many more who were the same way, and Voldemort might never have been defeated. Neville realized that not everyone can be a sidekick, so he chose to be a rebel instead.
5: “I won't let you do it. I'll – I'll fight you!” | “DON'D GIB ID DO DEM, HARRY!” | “I'll join you when Hell freezes over! Dumbledore's Army!" | “I got this one (indicates to a large gash on his cheek) for asking her how much Muggle blood she and her brother have got.”