Hi guys! It’s time take another sneak peak into a character’s imaginary library and this time the character’s Neville Longbottom! I promise I’ll do some non-Harry Potter character, at some point, but for now – let’s go explore…
Neville Longbottom is the king of character development. He starts out as a clumsy, timid and insecure boy, but by the end of the series he’s grown into a confident and competent leader. Neville embodies classic Gryffindor traits like bravery, daring and chivalry. He always stands up for what’s right and isn’t afraid to fight for what he believes in. He’s also a kind and loyal friend. For Neville I’ve picked books with characters who share Neville’s quiet kind of bravery, books in which plants play a part and books that feature wonderful grandmothers.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
At the start of the book Kelsea Raleigh Glynn is an inexperienced girl who feels insecure and uncomfortable in her role as queen. But she doesn’t let her fear hold her back from making bold choices or doing what’s right, instead if what’s easy. Like Neville she stands up for what she belives in and grows to become a true leader.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Frodo’s not a hero who went out looking for glory or adventure, nor is he very physically strong, skilled at fighting or magically gifted. He’s a hero simply because he was brave enough to do what needed to be done for the greater good and that’s a heros journey I’m sure Neville could relate to.
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
This prequel to His Dark Materials follows a boy named Malcolm, who gets caught up in a conflict between the church and a secret resistance movement and ends up risking his life to save baby Lyra. Just like Neville, Malcolm stand up for what’s right and fights against the world’s darker forces in whatever way he can.
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Annhilation is a very weird Sci-fi-horror story about a mysterious area of pristine wilderness, where very strange things happen and no one who enters leave unchanged.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
This magical realist novel about a family of women with he ability to make flowers bloom is filled with beauty, flowers and melancholy, I feel like Neville would know to appreciate all three.
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
In The Day of the Triffids the apocalypse is brought about by carnivorous plants, so I’m pretty sure you’d find a copy of this sci-fi classic on Neville’s bookshelf.
Half Bad by Sally Green
Half Bad is the story of Nathan, a boy who’s raised by a loving grandmother who tries her best to shield him from a world where white and black witches are fighting a war, a world that hates Nathan for being what he is: half black, half white.
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl’s children’s classic about a boy who accidentally discovers a secret society of wicked witches who hate children would probably have terrified Neville as much as any muggle child.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Neville’s grandmother doesn’t exactly sound like the gentle kind, she did send Dawlish to St. Mungo’s. While Sofia’s grandmother doesn’t have magic abilities to fight off intruders from their island paradise, she certainly has the temperament for it. And so does Sofia.
Let’s talk! Do you think Neville would enjoy reading these books? Are there any books you’d recommend to him? What characters library would you like to sneak a peak into next?