The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 6

Death Eaters

Another installment of Neville’s misadventures as the Chosen One!

All of my Neville comics are based on the idea that only one major event in the Potterverse has changed, (i.e. that Voldemort chose Neville as the Chosen One).  You can understand that there are difficulties in such an all-expansive premise.  One single event can have countless repercussions in the wizarding world.  This comic in particular poses several particular problems.  If Neville, like Harry, had somehow avoided death as a baby (perhaps the Order of the Phoenix was more successful at defeating Voldemort than in the original plotline, or Voldemort’s plans changed, or the Longbottoms’ Fidelius Charm wasn’t betrayed like the Potters, or whatever excuse you want to come up with), and he managed to survive to his fifth year, there is no way to tell whether or not Neville would have still ended up in Dumbledore’s Army.  There might not even be a Dumbledore’s Army.  Events that led Umbridge to take over as DADA teacher might not have happened, Fudge might have appointed someone else, etc.  But, assuming Umbridge did take over, it stands to reason that Harry Potter would still have gathered students together to try to defend themselves against Voldemort.  Unfortunately, that assumption includes belief that Harry Potter in the new Neville-centered universe was anything like the old Potter.  Harry’s parents were wealthy, and we know from canon that James Potter was a bit of a prat in school, so it stands that Harry might have been a Quidditch jock and a bit of a prat, and might not have cared so much about defeating Voldemort and avenging the loss of his now-alive parents.

So, what does this mean for Neville? How does he end up at the Ministry of Magic? Voldemort would still need the prophecy, if only to find out how to kill Neville.  Only Neville and Voldemort can touch it, so Voldy’s got to lure him somehow.  He’d probably just manipulate Neville’s thoughts as he did with Harry.  I like the thought of Neville bringing Luna with him.  She’s the kind of person who gravitates toward the outcast, the helpless, the lost.  Besides, both she and Neville can see Thestrals, so just a quick flight and they’re off to the Ministry and their inevitable death at the hands of Death Eaters.  I like to think, however, that the Order of the Phoenix still shows up.  Harry had connections to the Order (Sirius, the Weasleys), so why not Neville, even if Voldemort kills off his parents as he did to Harry’s in the original storyline? Maybe Mad-Eye Moody was really good friends with the Longbottoms and took him in, or Kingsley Shacklebolt, or Daedalus Diggle?

In any case, this is the last of the Neville comics, at least for a long time.  I made these all a long time ago, and there aren’t any more.  If I do manage to find time for some Photoshop fun, I’ll try to post in the future.  But for now, I’ll have to give you something else from my Archives of Stuff I Made When I Was Bored.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5

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The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 5

Priori Incantatem

We haven’t had a death in a while, so here’s a no-brainer.  That is, at first glance.  You see, Harry survived his duel with Voldy in the graveyard because their wands share the same core, initiating the Priori Incantatem enchantment.

(Don’t get me started on the weirdness of that idea.  Really? Two wands, same core, and instead of exploding or merging or something ridiculously awesome, they just force each other to show the previous spells they cast? What are they, the NSA? I think it was all just a plot excuse to have Cedric and Harry’s parents’ ghosts talk to him, but it’s ridiculous.  Though not quite as ridiculous as Moody/Crouch doing all sorts of elaborate plotting and manipulation of the Triwizard Tournament to get Harry into the graveyard.  Why not just kidnap Harry and take him to Voldemort?  He’s already supposed to be dead and buried at Azkaban and the real Moody was in a trunk, so who cares if his reputation is ruined by kidnapping The Boy Who Lived?)

Anyway.  Neville used his father’s wand, which may or may not be true in my alternate universe. It really just depends on what happened to Neville’s parents.  Did Voldemort kill them both? Was Frank or Alice Longbottom on duty for the Order or the Ministry at the time, and only one of them was killed? In any case, under ordinary circumstances, Neville wouldn’t have had the phoenix-core wand he would have needed to defend himself against Voldemort.

Or would he? Wands choose the wizard, and no doubt Harry’s holly wand chose Harry because it sensed he would need it against Voldemort.  But would it have chosen Harry if Voldemort had not tried to kill him? Would it have chosen Neville instead? Also, would Cedric Diggory have died, or would he still be in that maze wondering what happened to Neville?

The mind boggles.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 4

End of Year 3

This one sparks an interesting debate within me.  The thought is that, if Neville had been the Chosen One rather than Harry, Sirius would not have been Secret Keeper, he wouldn’t have switched with Peter Pettigrew at the last minute, Pettigrew wouldn’t have faked his own death when Voldemort fell, and Sirius wouldn’t have gone to Azkaban, broken out and caused Dementors to be placed at Hogwarts.  Hence, Neville’s third year at Hogwarts would have been uneventful.  Perhaps Lupin might have stayed past one year (I never liked the idea of the position of DADA teacher actually being cursed as it was established in Half-Blood Prince. I just liked the running gag aspect.)

I am a little regretful that I put Scabbers in the comic, as the above explanation explains why he probably wouldn’t have been a rat.  However, upon consideration, it is possible that he would have still hidden from Voldemort and the Death Eaters as a rat.  After all, he had already been spying for Voldemort for a year before the Potters’ deaths, which meant he would have changed sides anyway.  In my alternate universe, even if Pettigrew hadn’t been the one to rat out (pardon the pun) the Longbottoms, he would have had to go on the run after Voldemort’s first downfall.  So, maybe he would have been Ron’s pet after all, and hung around, possibly indefinitely.

Stay tuned for more!

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 3

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 3

Obliviate

So, while I was making these comics years ago, I had decided not to kill Neville every time.  Sometimes, bad stuff just happens.  Without Ron’s broken wand, Neville ends up in St. Mungo’s.

Also, I’d just like to point out that Lockhart’s robes are fabulous, darling.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1
Episode 2

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 2

Devil's Snare

So, as much as I love this one artistically, I have a problem with it.  It’s established that Neville’s best subject is Herbology (JKR has said that Neville becomes Herbology teacher at Hogwarts), though this doesn’t actually really become settled until Goblet of Fire or so.  So, it is possible that Neville’s skill at Herbology was late-blooming, and he could have met his end in the Devil’s Snare under the trapdoor.  It is far more likely, however, that he would have been beaten to death by a bishop on the chess board or just died of starvation in the room with the keys, but we’ll never know.

Previous Neville Comics:
Episode 1

The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom – Episode 1

The Boy Who Lived

I came up with the concept of The Many Deaths of Neville Longbottom several years ago, originally envisioning it to be an alternative universe story set in J.K. Rowling’s world of the Harry Potter books.  Basically, it stems from the Dumbledore’s quote as stated in the comic, that the Chosen One could have been Neville.  However, Voldemort chose Harry and “marked him as his equal” and Neville was spared this fate.  So, using classic multiverse theory, I decided to branch the history as written.  Voldemort chooses Neville instead (with hilarious circumstances).  I don’t recall when exactly I drew this comic (or the ones I will post in future), but surely it must have been before the awesomeness that is Neville during the Battle of Hogwarts, otherwise I don’t think I would have envisioned a comic in which I continually show all the ways Neville could have met his tragic end if he hadn’t had Harry’s luck.

Anyway, this comic is based in the idea that Neville, unlike Harry, might not have been saved by the power of his mother’s love, sacrificing herself for Neville as Lily Potter had done for her son.  That’s not to say Alice Longbottom might not have done the same.  Canon tells us that the Longbottoms weren’t tortured into madness until almost a year after Voldemort’s downfall.  But they were both Aurors and in the Order of the Phoenix.  They might have been out on duty for the Ministry or the Order, and Neville could have been with a nanny or babysitter.  The only reason the Potters had been in hiding was because someone (*cough cough* Snape *cough cough*) warned Dumbledore about the prophesy and Voldemort’s decision to kill Harry.  Of course, Snape only turned traitor because he loved Lily Potter and didn’t want any harm to come to her or her son.  I can’t imagine that would have happened for poor Alice, so there would have been no warning, no Fidelius Charm, no nothing.

Sorry if this explanation kills the humor of the comic.  (They always say if you explain a joke, it loses its humor.  But if I can’t write this on my blog, then where can I write it?) It’s a bit grim, I grant you, but I assure you Neville will  be alive and well in the next installment (whenever that may be).