Readers who frequent my blog and occasionally lurk around it to catch up on posts (you know who you are) will know that I like the Harry Potter series. For this post I tried to come up with another character to talk about but, alas, I couldn't help myself.
For the purposes of this blog, I'm going to talk about movie version of Neville Longbottom. Why? Because it's easier than going through all seven Harry Potter books.
So, Neville. He's fictional but damn, is his awesome. He started off as a timid little boy who was scared of his own shadow. Over the course of the movies he grew into a man that could speak up to a mass murderer and help save the day. He could have stayed the little boy, so scared that he could barely speak up to his own friends, but he didn't. He could have been kept as the comic relief. The weird, awkward boy that everyone laughs at, but he didn't. He grew into a man and a hero at the Battle of Hogwarts.
Neville is a great character. He's complex and by the end of the movies he's a man. If a character is cliché or badly written, it shows, but Neville could be a real person and that's what makes a great character.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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