Neville Longbottom. Born on 30th July, 1980. Son of famed aurors, Frank and Alice Longbottom. Current Professor of Herbology at Hogwarts. Most would claim to know all there is to know about the heroic Gryffindor whose assistance in a devastating war will never be forgotten, but how much do you really know? Take a glimpse into the private life of Mr. Longbottom with special Celebrity Correspondent, Samantha Fawcett. Barnabas Cuffe; Editor In Chief.
SF: Good evening, Mr. Longbottom. Samantha Fawcett here, Celebrity Correspondent with The Daily Prophet. I’d be happy to begin our interview when you’re ready.
NL: It’s nice to meet you *smiles a little nervously* You can call me Neville. I’m ready when you are.
SF: Excellent. Neville it is then. *Beams* Feel free to answer as much or as little as you would like. *Encouraging nod* Now, let’s see.. Horcrux Slayer, Herbologist, a true Gryffindor, the leader of the Resistance during the reign of the Carrows, the protector of the weak.. there are many names that describe you, but tell us, who -you- see yourself as? *Keeps a self inking quill poised above parchment*
NL: *frowns and hesitates as he thinks of an answer* I don’t really know. I mean, I am proud of those things but I don’t think any of them really describe me properly. I think I’m just somebody who tried his best to do what he could and I guess that turned out pretty well in the end. You got the herbology thing right though.
SF: *Smiles, eyes alight with understanding, the quill scribbling madly all the while* What was the -second- thing on your mind as you reached for the sword of Gryffindor? *Glances back up at, expectant*
NL: *takes a few moments to think back to that day, forehead creasing with grief for those who didn’t make it* There wasn’t really time to think until afterwards. I suppose I was thinking of everybody who’d fallen and I was hoping that it wouldn’t have been in vain.
SF: Of course. *Does recall that moment quite clearly herself, having been a seventh year Ravenclaw and permitted to stay.. to fight* Rumors have it you still have your Dumbledore’s Army’s Coin. Why do you keep it?
NL: *smiles fondly, reaching into his wallet to retrieve the coin, and places it on the table in front of him* Dumbledore’s Army was the best thing I did at Hogwarts. Everybody who joined the DA learnt a lot - about magic and about themselves and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t forgot those lessons.
SF: *Matching smile, cerulean gaze lingering on the coin, quill scribbling away* If you could have had one of the Time Turners from the Chamber of Time in the Department of Mysteries, how many spins would you give it?
NL: *returns the DA coin to his wallet before considering the next question* I don’t really have any use for a Time Turner now, but I think I’d have liked one in my seventh year, y’know, with the Carrows. Maybe I could’ve saved a few more kids from detentions if I could’ve gone back a few hours every now and then. That would’ve been good. But now I’m happy and there’s no need to start messing with time.
SF: Of course. *Warm smile* What’s your favourite thing to do during rainy days?
NL: Rain can be great for some of the exotic plants I keep so I usually grab my wellington boots and go into the garden. If there’s nothing in the garden that needs my attention then visiting friends and family is always a good way to spend the day, no matter what the weather.
SF: Indeed. *Scribbles away before glancing up, eyes alight with poorly veiled mischief* This one’s for the witches.. or wizards, boxers or briefs? *Cheeky grin*
NL: *splutters slightly, turning very red* Erm…sorry, that’s between me and Hannah. Ask her, she might tell you.
SF: *Snickers, feigning a pout* Aw.. Your fans will have to use their imagination then, I suppose. If you were an Animagus, what would you be and why? *Curious glance, cheeks still tinged over previous question*
NL: *shrugs, not having a clue what to say* Erm…off of the top of my head? Probably a toad. They seem to have a pretty easy life and it’d give me a chance to study aquatic plants more closely. Plus I’d still get to hang out with my pet, Trevor.
SF: *Surreptitious giggles* That’s an interesting selection. Walk us through a typical day in your life.
NL: If it’s a workday, I wake up, go to work, eat and then sleep, but I like it busy. If I’ve got the day off, I like to sleep in a bit and spend most of the morning relaxing. I’ll usually spend the afternoon doing something with Hannah, or maybe going to see my parents or my Gran. I like to try to go and watch Quidditch at the weekend too. Hannah works most evenings, at the Leaky Cauldron, so I’ll go and keep her company there and give her a hand if things get busy.
SF: Who do you snog at midnight on New Year’s Eve? Hannah? *Tilt*
NL: *smiles, thinking immediately of Hannah* Of course it’s Hannah.
SF: *Grins back, glad for the answer* One last question, Neville. If Trelawny read your tea cup, what would she see in yours?
NL: Nothing too awful, I hope *laughs a little* Hopefully my future involves a career in Herbology and a family of my own, but who can say what’s going to happen tomorrow? I just want to enjoy myself, and not rush life too much.
Mr. Longbottom, or Neville, as he so graciously asked me to call him, is and will continue to be one of the most bravest wizards of our time; his life portraying the true Gryffindor morals of bravery and courage, both in the face of adversaries and in the quiet fortitude of continuing with life and standing by his beliefs.