The prophecy of the “Chosen One” was addressed in the Harry Potter films, but they failed to explain it, and with it, they failed Neville Longbottom.
The Harry Potter films did their best to include as many facts and personalities from the novels as possible. Still, they utterly missed the “Chosen One” prophesy and Neville Longbottom’s significance in the plot. J.K. Rowling introduced her magical universe in 1997 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first of seven books that would culminate in 2007 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
It didn’t take long for Harry Potter and his pals to leap to the big screen, with Deathly Hallows being broken into two parts, beginning in 2001 and ending ten years later. The Harry Potter movies tried to cover as much territory as possible, as the novels are dense with facts and characters of all kinds, but they had to remove several scenes that weren’t important to the plot. It did, however, overlook several details that were crucial to understanding not only Harry Potter but also Lord Voldemort and a few minor characters.
One thing Harry Potter fans will never forgive is how the films failed to adequately explain the “Chosen One” prophesy, which ruined a crucial part of Neville Longbottom’s story.
Neville Longbottom Could Have Been The Chosen One In The Harry Potter Films
The one powerful enough to destroy Lord Voldemort, according to Sybill Trelawney’s prophesy, would be born to people who “thrice defied him,” taken as the seventh month expires, and would be marked by Voldemort as his equal. “Neither can live while other survives,” the “chosen one,” said, adding that “either must die at the hand of other for neither can live while other survives” (this part has been interpreted differently among fans). The term “chosen one” is immediately associated with Harry Potter, but he wasn’t the only child who may have destroyed Lord Voldemort.
Neville Longbottom was also a contender for the “chosen one” title, as he fit the prophecy. Neville and Harry were born on July 30, 1980, and the Longbottoms, like the Potters, defied Voldemort three times. Harry was the chosen one because Voldemort mistook him for the kid mentioned in the prophecy. Voldemort marked him as his equal by targeting him and attempting to kill him, but Neville was free to live his life without that burden (though that does not mean he had an easy existence). The Harry Potter films failed to convey that aspect of the prophecy, instead portraying Neville as a meek and awkward friend who played an essential role in the Battle of Hogwarts – something the movies couldn’t take away from him.