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Crazy, right?

Okay, so this post is entitled "Harry Potter WASN'T The Chosen One?!". The title implies that there was a Chosen One, but it wasn't Harry. What I'm trying to get at is Harry wasn't the specific Chosen One. Here's what I mean:

Sybill Trelawney created a prophecy for Albus Dumbledore at the Hog's Head and this is what it is:

The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies....

This person is the Chosen One.

But the theory states that Harry Potter wasn't the Chosen One. In fact, there was no SPECIFIC Chosen One. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore makes it clear that Neville Longbottom could have also been the Chosen One.

Trelawney specified that the requirements for the boy of the prophecy who was capable of (but not necessary would) defeating the Dark Lord were the following:

  • He was male.
  • He is born in the closing days of July of 1980, the year that the prophecy was made.
  • His parents had defied Voldemort three times and lived to tell about it.
  • He would have a power that Voldemort was unable or unwilling to comprehend.

And, if more than one person was born that met the requirements, Voldemort himself would choose to whom it would ultimately refer.

Dumbledore says:

"The odd thing is, Harry," he said softly, "that it may not have meant you at all. Sibyll's prophecy could have applied to two wizard boys, both born at the end of July that year, both of whom had parents in the Order of the Phoenix, both sets of parents having narrowly escaped Voldemort three times. One, of course, was you. The other was Neville Longbottom."

What I'm trying to get at is why would Dumbledore even tell Harry about this? Why would Dumbledore tell Harry that Neville could also be the Chosen One? Both of them fit the requirements for the Chosen One:

Harry:

  • Male
  • Born on July 31, 1980
  • Parents defied Voldemort three times and lived to tell about it.
  • Has a power that Voldemort was unable or unwilling to comprehend.

Neville:

  • Male
  • Born on July 30, 1980
  • Parents defied Voldemort three times and lived to tell about it.
  • Has a power that Voldemort was unable or unwilling to comprehend.

Let's look at Neville's parents: Frank and Alice Longbottom. They were Aurors and they did so much and fought Voldemort so much that four Death Eaters tortured them to the point of insanity. And when Barty Crouch Jr. was pretending to be Mad-Eye Moody, he tortured a spider right in front of Neville using the same curse he used on his parents.

And it's made clear in the series that the one power Voldemort didn't understand was love.

Cue the Huey Lewis!

That's the power of love.
That's the power of love.

You gotta love the 80s.

Anyway, Neville also had the power of love inside him because you could tell how much he loves his parents. He loves them so much and is clearly devastated by what happened to them and he repeatedly tries to avenge them.

My point is both Harry and Neville are the Chosen One. Basically, they're the Chosen Two. But don't you remember what I wrote above? I wrote "and, if more than one person was born that met the requirements, Voldemort himself would choose to whom it would ultimately refer."

Okay, let's do another 80s reference to Back to the Future. Ironically, the reference we're making is the only BTTF film that wasn't released in the 80s. But here we go.

At the end of the movie, Dr. Emmett L. Brown tells Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker this: "Your future hasn't been written yet! No one's has! Your future is whatever you make it—so make it a good one. Both of you."

Yes, I wrote that without looking at a reference. I memorized that quote.

But what Doc is saying is that you make your own choices and that is what will lead you to your future. Let's do another example and this one's a quote:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

—Robert Frost

Had Robert taken the road more traveled, he would have experienced a very different fate. But he took this one.Back to Harry Potter.Voldemort had the choice between which one he would choose: Harry Potter or Neville Longbottom. He chose Harry, and I think this may have been because he thought Harry was more of a threat. That's why Harry's considered the CHOSEN One. But Neville was basically the runner-up. However, Neville isn't just a fourth wheel. He actually helps.In the first book, it is Neville's points that won Gryffindor the House Cup and led Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff into happiness. Throughout the books, Neville proves himself to be more and more worthy. He even became the Herbology teacher at Hogwarts. In the final book, while Harry spends his time chillin' in the woods, Neville goes to Hogwarts and rebels the cruel teachers trying to force him to torture first years. He endured torture because he downright refused to give in, just like his parents. He recreated Dumbledore's Army as well.

In the final film, Neville stood up to Voldemort after believing that Harry was dead and he pulled the Sword of Gryffindor out of the Sorting Hat, which Harry also did in the second book. He later murdered Nagini just as she was going to kill Ron and Hermione. Nagini was the final Horcrux and that is what led Harry to eventually kill Voldemort, the most evil Dark Lord in the Wizarding World.

But it was Voldemort that chose Harry and that's what led him to the destiny and the amazing story that everyone knows and loves today.

Here's my question for you.

Poll

If Neville was the main character, would you read his series?

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