The question for today in the Harry Potter 30 day Challenge is: Who is your favourite male character and why?
This is a tough question. There are many male characters in the series that could be potential answers to this question but I am going to go with Neville Longbottom.
I really liked the way Rowling has developed the character over the course of the seven books. He is an important character right from book one and he is significant also because he could have been the Chosen One if not Harry.
In the earlier books he is seen as a clumsy, awkward, nervous “round-faced boy” who is a constant target for students and teachers alike. He is also someone who is trying to get over his lack of confidence and insecurities.
But as the series progresses he comes into his own and it starts right from the first year when he attempts to stop Harry, Ron and Hermione from leaving the dormitory at night.
By the seventh book he has taken things into his own hands. He is the leader of the remaining Dumbledore’s Army and the other students look up to him. His character gains a lot of significance in the latter part of the series. Especially when we realize the truth about his parents because that puts him in a position similar to Harry’s and it gives him the reason to fight against Voldemort.
We see how much he has grown as a character when he talks about everything that’s happening in Hogwarts and in the final battle when he says ‘I’ll join you when hell freezes over’ (Go Neville!!). He should have said this in the movie too! I also like the fact that he is the one who kills Nagini.
Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore have all destroyed Horcruxes, and they are all crucial to the plot of the series. With Neville destroying the last Horcrux, Rowling acknowledges his significance too, I think.
And Matthew Lewis!
So that’s my answer for today! Also, I realized that I’d written a post about Neville before because I had found a great article on him. So here’s the post and do read the article too, if you haven’t already (there’s a link in the post). It’s brilliantly written.
Who is you favourite male character?