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.
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