“You show spirit and bravery, and you come of a noble stock. You will make a very valuable Death Eater. We need your kind, Neville Longbottom.”
“I’ll join you when hell freezes over,”  said Neville. “Dumbledore’s Army!”

Well, my gran brought me up and she’s a witch,” said Neville, “but the family thought I was all-Muggle for ages. My Great Uncle Algie kept trying to catch me off my guard and force some magic out of me — he pushed me off the end of Blackpool pier once, I nearly drowned — but nothing happened until I was eight. Great Uncle Algie came round for dinner, and he was hanging me out of an upstairs window by the ankles when my Great Auntie Enid offered him a meringue and he accidentally let go. But I bounced — all the way down the garden and into the road. They were all really pleased, Gran was crying, she was so happy. And you should have seen their faces when I got in here — they thought I might not be magic enough to come, you see. Great Uncle Algie was so pleased he bought me my toad.

Neville Longbottom, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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A Tribute to the Brave One: Neville Longbottom

On his 35th birthday, we at MuggleNet wish Professor Neville Longbottom a happy birthday! Because of his bravery, the wizarding world is finally at peace, and because of him, we never gave up hope throughout it all.

Wizarding Families: The Longbottoms.  Happy Birthday 35th Birthday, Neville Longbottom! 

Here at the Daily Prophet, we’ll be commemorating Hogwarts’ beloved Herbology professor by initiating our Wizarding Families series, in which we’ll be delving into the depths of Britain’s most prominent Pureblood families. 

The Longbottom family can be traced as one of the earliest British Wizarding families to date, and it’s long history is embellished with a series of respectable witches and wizards. Amongst these are Harfang Longottom, a particularly gifted confectioner; Winifred Longbottom, the earliest recorded cat owner and Alice and Frank Longbottom, celebrated Auror’s of the 1970s. 

The families’ roots lie towards the north of England, most notably in Blackpool. During the Black Plague of the mid 1300’s a large number of wizards relocated from London to more rural, safer areas in the north; the subsequent new mix of muggles and wizards birthing a variety of fresh family names. 

The earliest recorded Longbottom was in fact titled Ethel Long. It’s believed the rather imprudent witch, whom enjoyed the odd gamble, betted that if she couldn’t single-handedly climb to the top of the local inn, she would change her surname to Longbottom. Ethel rather unfortunately lost the bet, and unknowingly birthed a name which would span generations. 

Despite the families’ 700 year history, it has conjured a somewhat comically unlucky reputation amongst the Wizarding community. Setting aside Ethel Long’s lost bet incident, there are also such cases as Harfang Longbottom, whom dedicated his life to developing various confectionery secret recipes, but let slip his recipes to the now extortionately wealthy founder of Honeydukes. 

However the family has most recently conjured a more respectable reputation. As one of the names standing against You-Know-Who’s initial rise to power, they were one of few Pureblood and non ‘blood-traitor’ families whom were involved in the Order of the Phoenix. Noted Aurors Alice and Frank Longbottom enrolled as soon as it was founded in 1976, and were key players in the fight against He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Of course, the pair spawned a son - Neville Longbottom - whom followed graciously in his parent’s footsteps, fighting alongside Harry Potter in the final years before You-Know-Who’s death.

Nowadays the family is relatively small, with only 5 individuals bearing its name - much like the Bones and the Potters. Unfortunately unless there is considerable growth in its numbers, the family faces the same extant fate as the Gaunts and the Shafiqs.

Despite such woes, there is no denying the Longbottom’s history is congested with drama, talent and heroic acts; Neville Longbottom certainly is a credit to their name. 

 [Pictured, a portrait of Ethel Longbottom. est 1362.]