People love themselves some Harry Potter news, and if there’s no new news, then people like to go back and make news from old stuff. Take for instance this fan theory about why Professor Snape hated poor old Neville Longbottom so much. Sigh. I still get throat lumpy thinking of Snape dying, even though he was a jerk pretty much the whole series.
A user on Quora recently posted this very question, and a self-proclaimed Harry Potter expert named Sahil Junejahe had a great answer.
Here’s his theory:
“Neville could have been the “Boy-Who-Lived. Had Voldemort chosen Neville instead of Harry, Lily would still be alive.
For years since Lily’s death, [Snape] blamed no one but himself. He turned coats for Dumbledore in order for some penance but that wasn’t enough of course. He still loved Lily and couldn’t bear that thought. And one fine day, Neville Longbottom came along. The living embodiment of his guilt. He manifested all his anger and hatred for himself onto that poor little boy. It was more likely a subconscious thing. The sight of Neville triggered the guilt and he couldn’t stand it.”
Awwwwww! here comes that damn throat lump again.
He then points to this quote from the “Order of the Phoenix” as further proof:
“‘The odd thing, Harry,’ he said softly, ‘is that it may not have meant you at all. Sybill’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.”
Of course there are some other reasons Snape hates poor Neville, like his mediocre magical abilities and the fact that Snape saw him as weak and useless. But the Lily stuff seems to be pretty convincing. I mean if Snape wasn’t dead, he might also really hate seeing how hot Neville got.
Of all the magic related to Harry Potter, Neville’s new hotness is the most unbelievable. Cougar Lily would be all over that. Okay, I have a great idea for some erotic fan fiction now. Although it’s quite possible some perv on Tumblr beat me to it.