Day 15 – Favourite male character: Part 1
This post is part of a month-long series of pre-dated posts running while I am on holiday. Feel free to comment, I’ll get back to you when I return!
Please note that any “reviews” I write here are simply my own opinion and that I am not doing any objective, informative reviews for this challenge. If there are any spoilers in a post, I will indicate it at the top.
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Again I am splitting this post into two. My favourite male character… do you really except me to have only one? 😉
My favourite Harry Potter character definitely has to be Neville Longbottom. Followed very, very closely by Luna Lovegood in second place and Hermione in third. I like Harry and Ron and Ginny too, of course, but they have nothing that I can identify with. Personally, I think identifying with a character has a lot to do with liking a character. But my favourite character has to be Neville Longbottom. And yes, I liked the character from the very first book, not just since Matthew Lewis got really attractive. Like with Luna, I could identify my own bullied self in him. But, unlike Luna who taught me that it was okay to be who I wanted to be and not who the world wanted me to be, Neville taught me bravery. Now, however, I must digress first to explain properly how I felt about this.
So, there were the four houses at Hogwarts. Right from the very first, I identified with Ravenclaw house. I never could identify with the values of Gryffindor. Bravery? I’m not brave. I’m scared to death of dogs. Dogs, of all things! I used to jump behind my dad whenever I saw a dog not on a lead or behind a fence. I still do. Then there was Slytherin. I did not identify with them either. Ambition was one thing, but cunning and manipulative? I could not be like that. I could not step on other people to further myself, because I know how much it hurts. I could not be prepared to do anything to achieve what I wanted. Then there was Hufflepuff, but I knew that compassion was not my thing. Loyalty is one thing, but I am not good at compassion. Lastly, Ravenclaw. And I knew I was an academic, just like I know it now. I knew that one was the house that I would have been in.
Then, when I joined Pottermore, I got sorted into Ravenclaw. Yes! 😀
Some time back, I took a house quiz – the one that is considered by the most people that I have spoken to. This is what it gave me: A tie between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, but I knew Ravenclaw would be the one for me. However, what surprised me the most was how close behind Gryffindor was, only one mark, and that got me thinking. What kind of traits am I supposed to have to land me there? Eventually, I started to think of Neville again: Neville who thought that he was in the wrong house because he was not brave. He was courage-less, witless, and skill-less. But that did not make him worthless. Neville had to learn that it takes more bravery to stand up to your friends that to your enemies and at that the same time I learned a very important lesson. I was in with the wrong gang at that stage. I did not want to do the things they wanted to, because it was wrong. Soon after, I got out. Well, they kicked me, but at the same time I managed to break the evil cycle and start new with the best friends I could ever have wished for and never dared hope for. I learned from Neville and that first brave-Neville moment remains my very favourite and the reason why he is my favourite character. When I doubt, I think of this again, and hope. I am not brave, but maybe I can be.
Harry Potter is full of lessons, which is what makes it such a powerful story. I think it taught every single reader something about themselves while they were reading it. Maybe J.K. Rowling is not the best at writing elegant prose, but she is a wonderful story-teller and she has a talent of creating realistic characters and drawing a thread of them through several books before it finally culminates.
PS. Why on earth does the fandom ship Neville and Luna together? I don’t understand at all: they don’t even suit each other. Also the ship name Lovebottom is absolutely riddikulus, yo. It is asking for an innuendo. Or maybe that was the point.
Part 2 of this post will follow tomorrow!