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Neville Longbottom bloodied and battered in first Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By Scott Mendelson

hollywoodnews.com: One of the most exciting moments of any of the Harry Potter books was in the final pages of the otherwise lackluster Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. There was about a paragraph where it was teased that Neville Longbottom, NOT Harry Potter was the ‘chosen one’ who would eventually confront and destroy Lord Voldermort.

The idea that Harry Potter would end up a supporting character in his own adventure, that the somewhat marginalized Longbottom was to be the true hero… that would have been an unexpected and daring narrative choice. But after tossing out the idea, Dumbledore quickly pooh-poohs the notion and once again asserts that Harry Potter is the would-be chosen one. It was the second time in just the last act of Order of the Pheonix, following the Voldermort vs. Dumbledore battle where I was hoping that Albus would finish off Tom Riddle right then and there, that JK Rowling had the chance to surprise us and take the stories in an unexpected direction I have no qualms about how the books turned out (books 6 and 7 were much better than 5), but it would have been a wonderful plot twist, leading into the ‘third act’ of the series, to completely turn the tables likes that.

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