When you first meet Neville Longbottom in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, you might not be sure exactly why he was sorted into Gryffindor. But by the time you reach the end of the series, it's clear he was one of the bravest wizards ever sorted into the Hogwarts House all along!
In the books and films, we get to watch as Neville (portrayed by Matthew Lewis) continuously shows there's more to him than many might think. Through his actions standing up to evil and standing by his friends, Neville is the perfect example of why you should never judge someone too quickly; bravery takes many forms and there are many different types of Gryffindors. If things went differently he may have even been the Chosen One instead of Harry Potter. The prophecy that made Voldemort attack Harry and his parents could have also applied to Neville, who was born July 30, 1980.
In the world of Harry Potter, Neville turns 39 this year, and we have no doubt he has remained brave, daring, and chivalrous through the years.
Don't just take our word on Neville being a true Gryffindor, though! Here are six moments that prove he more than belonged in the house founded by Godric Gryffindor.
Standing up to his friends, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
This was one of our favorite moments from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. As Dumbledore states at the end, it takes more bravery to stand up to a friend than an enemy and Neville did just that when Harry, Ron, and Hermione tried to sneak out of Gryffindor Tower at night. It may have seemed slow at the start, but even in the beginning, Neville was showing us just how courageous he could be.
Joining Dumbledore's Army, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it becomes clear that doing anything Dolores Umbridge doesn't want you to do can lead to painful consequences. Yet even when facing a horrible punishment, Neville and the others don't back down from being a part of Dumbledore’s Army. Neville knows that hard times are coming and he’s willing to take the risk in order to learn what he needs to know. Being part of the D.A. not only shows his bravery in defying Umbridge but that he was ready to also fight against Voldemort when the time came — as the next entry proves.
Going to the Department of Mysteries, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
When Harry decides to go to the Department of Mysteries in order to rescue Sirius (who he thinks is in trouble), Neville doesn't stay behind. He goes with the group to the Department knowing they may all be putting their lives at risk. When the whole trip turns out to be a trap, Neville doesn't try to run from the fight; he stands alongside his friends and even faces the woman responsible for torturing his parents, Bellatrix Lestrange.
Keeping the resistance alive at Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
When Voldemort and his Death Eaters take over Hogwarts and put Severus Snape in charge as headmaster, Neville returns to school despite the dangers. He goes back, knowing the other kids need his help and tries to keep Dumbledore's Army alive as a resistance within Hogwarts.
Neville does this knowing that Alecto and Amycus Carrow are cruel and love to severely punish students. Neville gets punished when he refuses to listen to them, but that never breaks his resolve to keep the hope alive at Hogwarts!
Facing Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
Neville has the starring role in two of our favorite moments from the Battle of Hogwarts, and this is one of them. The book and movie versions of this moment differ, but the heart of it stays the same.
Neville faces Voldemort when they all think Harry has been killed. He gives an inspiring speech in the face of evil and never backs down. To top it off, in both instances, he also pulls the Sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat. If there was any doubt left about Neville being a true Gryffindor, having that sword appear should have dashed it away for everyone.
Killing Nagini and fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
At this point in the series, there was really no doubt Neville would stay and fight in the final push against the Death Eaters, but it still takes a lot of bravery to risk your life in that situation. Not only does he stay, fight, and stand up to Voldemort himself, but he plays a killer role in wielding the sword of Gryffindor and taking down Nagini, which left one less Horcrux for Harry to deal with in his defeat of Voldemort.
What brave Neville moment is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!