7 Reasons why Neville Longbottom is a true Gryffindor

Neville catches a lot of crap, and I just feel like it's unnecessary. I mean, he's a Gryffindor through and through. And Malfoy picks on him; Snape mercilessly picks on him; Voldemort picks him out of a crowd to torture him. 

I think he's totally underrated. I mean, Voldemort had to pick between two children born at the end of July according to the prophecy that could have been his downfall. Either Harry or Neville could have filled that role -- we could have easily been reading books about Neville. I do think Dumbledore was ultimately right, that Voldemort picked the better man to defeat him (ironically), but that doesn't mean we get to discount Neville. 

He's incredibly brave, loyal and true to the end. I would want Neville Longbottom on my side in any fight.


#1 - He stood up to Harry, Ron and Hermione when they tried to sneak out of the Common Room

"You can't go out," said Neville, "you'll be caught again. Gryffindor will be in even more trouble."
"You don't understand," said Harry, "this is important."
But Neville was clearly steeling himself to do something desperate.
"I won't let you do it," he said, hurrying to stand in front of the portrait hole. "I'll - I'll fight you!"
"Neville," Ron exploded, "get away from that hole and don't be an idiot -"
"Don't you call me an idiot!" said Neville. "I don't think you should be breaking any more rules! And you were the one who told me to stand up to people!"

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 

#2 - Facing his fears in the form of Severus Snape every single day by just showing up to Potions class

"Right, Neville," said Professor Lupin. "First things first: what would you say is the thing that frightens you most in the world?"
"Professor Snape."

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

 

#3 - He stood up to Bellatrix, his parents' torturer, in the middle of the Ministry of Magic

"No, let's see how long Longbottom lasts before he cracks likes his parents... unless Potter wants to give us the prophecy."
"DON'D GIB ID DO DEM!" roared Neville, who seemed beside himself, kicking and writhing as Bellatrix drew nearer to him and his captor, her wand raised. "DON'D GIB ID DO DEM, HARRY!"

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

#4 - He makes sure to remind Harry that everyone is still fighting, fighting against Voldemort, when Harry needed to hear it most

"We're all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?"

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

#5 - That time he stood up to Voldemort and threw the one man he ever feared in his face

"I'll join you when Hell freezes over," said Neville. "Dumbledore's Army!" he shouted, and there was an answering cheer from the crowd whom Voldemort's Silencing Charms seemed unable to hold."

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

#6 - He was the second (known) person to pull Gryffindor's Sword out of the Sorting Hat when Voldemort tried to make an example of him

"In one swift, fluid motion Neville broke free of the Body-Bind Curse upon him; the flaming Hat fell off him and he drew from its depths something silver, with a glittering, rubied handle -"

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

#7 - And promptly destroyed the last Horcrux, making it possible for Harry to defeat Voldemort, thank you very much Neville!

"The slash of the silver blade could not be heard over the roar of the oncoming crowd, or the sounds of the clashing giants, or of the stampeding centaurs, and yet it seemed to draw every eye. With a single stroke, Neville sliced off the great snake's head, which spun high into the air, gleaming in the light flooding form the Entrance Hall, and Voldemort's mouth was open in a scream of fury that nobody could hear, and the snake's body thudded to the ground at his feet -"

- JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows