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Exploring Neville Longbottom’s love of Herbology

Neville Longbottom was not known for his academic prowess, but there was one subject he excelled at – Herbology. From that Mimbulus mimbletonia incident to becoming a Herbology professor, we delve into Neville’s love for the subject.

Sowing the first seeds

From his very first year, we saw that Neville was green-fingered. While he often struggled with his wandwork and potion-making, he had a natural flair for magical flora and fauna. During his end-of-year exams, he had a right old disaster when it came to Potions. However, his Herbology grade more than made up for it. Not only did it help him to scrape through to his second year at Hogwarts, but it probably helped to plant that first seed of confidence in his abilities, which slowly grew over the next few years…


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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Seeing his ability take root

By the time we came to Goblet of Fire, Neville’s Herbology prowess had become common knowledge. Even Harry recognised it was the class that Neville felt most confident in, and it was the one was best at too. Neville’s peers weren’t the only ones to take notice, so did his teachers. While Professor Moody had his own nefarious reasons for presenting Neville with a Herbology book, we still like to believe that Professor Sprout had told him just how brilliant Neville was at her subject.

‘You all right, Neville?’ Harry asked him.

‘Oh yes,’ said Neville, ‘I’m fine, thanks. Just reading this book Professor Moody lent me...’

He held up the book: Magical Mediterranean Water-Plants and Their Properties.

‘Apparently, Professor Sprout told Professor Moody I’m really good at Herbology,’ Neville said. There was a faint note of pride in his voice that Harry had rarely heard there before. ‘He thought I’d like this.’
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Neville Longbottom stands at the edge of the lake while holding up a plant

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

That Stinksap incident

Oh, Neville’s Mimbulus mimbletonia… he was so excited to own one and show Professor Sprout this very rare plant. His enthusiasm was certainly infectious, and we enjoyed seeing just how invested he was in magical plants. However, it takes a certain kind of person to love a shrub that resembles ‘a diseased internal organ’ and had an even more unfortunate defence mechanism. The Stinksap that burst forth from it, drenching all those within Neville’s compartment on the Hogwarts Express, was rather unfortunate… but if we’re honest, it was also hilarious. Although, the timing couldn’t have been worse for poor Harry, as he found himself covered in a foul-smelling liquid right at the very moment Cho Chang decided to make an entrance.

Liquid squirted from every boil on the plant; thick, stinking, dark green jets of it. They hit the ceiling, the windows, and spattered Luna Lovegood’s magazine; Ginny, who had flung her arms up in front of her face just in time, merely looked as though she was wearing a slimy green hat, but Harry, whose hands had been busy preventing Trevor’s escape, received a faceful. It smelled like rancid manure.

Neville, whose face and torso were also drenched, shook his head to get the worst out of his eyes.

‘S – sorry,’ he gasped. ‘I haven’t tried that before ... didn’t realise it would be quite so ... don’t worry, though, Stinksap’s not poisonous,’ he added nervously, as Harry spat a mouthful on to the floor.

At that precise moment the door of their compartment slid open. ‘Oh ... hello, Harry,’ said a nervous voice. ‘Um ... bad time?’
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Neville Longbottom is sitting in a chair and smiling

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Watching him blossom

Of course Neville got an Outstanding in his O.W.L – he didn’t deserve anything less. We know we couldn’t name a single other student that could match his enthusiasm and talent. It was wonderful to see someone who had struggled with their self-esteem blossom in such a way, and we hope that he was very proud of himself, we know we were. Also, after many years of teachers, we mean Snape, making him feel inadequate, we were delighted to see Professor Sprout holding Neville up as a shining example to his classmates.

Quite enough chat over here!’ said Professor Sprout briskly, bustling over and looking stern. ‘You’re lagging behind, everybody else has started and Neville’s already got his first pod!’
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Professor Sprout teaching a Herbology lesson on Mandrakes.

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Neville’s love in full bloom

After Hogwarts, Neville became a Herbology professor, and it was just wonderful. We reckon he made a brilliant teacher – especially as we imagine he took extra time with those who struggled with self-confidence and would make them feel valued. It was also lovely to see that he was imparting his wisdom and knowledge to his friends’ children and the next wizarding generation. Neville and Herbology really were the perfect pair.

‘Don’t forget to give Neville our love!’ Ginny told James as she hugged him.

‘Mum! I can’t give a Professor love!’

‘But you know Neville –’

James rolled his eyes.

‘Outside, yeah, but at school he’s Professor Longbottom, isn’t he? I can’t walk into Herbology and give him love...’
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows








纳威·隆巴顿(Neville Longbottom)他的学术实力不能够让他闻名,但有一门学科是他最擅长,那就是草药学。从Mimbulus mimbletonia事件到成为一名草药学教授,我们深入研究了纳威对这个学科的热爱。


从他上学的第一年起,我们就看到纳威是“绿手指”。虽然他经常在魔杖和魔药制作方面苦苦挣扎,但他对神奇的动植物有与生俱来的天赋。在年终考试期间,他在魔药方面遇到了一场正确的灾难。但是他的草药学成绩帮助他弥补了这一点, 这个天赋还帮助他熬过了在霍格沃茨的第二年,而且还帮助他播下了相信自己能力的第一颗信心种子,这种信心也在随后的几年中慢慢增长......









哦,纳威他非常兴奋地拥有了一棵属于他自己的Mimbulus mimbletonia..,并向斯普劳特教授展示了这种非常罕见的植物。他的热情是那么有感染力,我们同样也很高兴,看到他对魔法植物的投入。然而只有少部分人才能爱这种类似于“患病的内脏器官”的灌木,并且具有特别不幸的防御机制。这个防预机制就是从植物里面冒出来的臭屁。把霍格沃茨特快列车上和纳威一车厢里的所有同学都淋湿了,这真的是相当不幸....但我们说实话,这件事情也很有趣。不过,对于可怜的哈利来说,他的时机真的是太糟糕了,因为他发现自己在决定进入那节车箱的那一瞬间,就被一股恶臭的液体覆盖了。


“对 ——对不起,”他喘着粗气。“我以前没有意识到它会如此...不过别担心,臭屁不是有毒的。”他紧张地补充道,哈利在地板上吐了一口唾沫。




当然纳威在他的O.W.L.中获得了杰出奖 - 他配得到任何东西。我们知道,我们无法说出一个学生能与他的热情和才华相媲美。很高兴看到一个与自尊心作斗争的人以这种方式绽放,我们希望他为自己感到非常自豪,我们知道我们是看到他将自己的智慧和知识传授给朋友的孩子和下一代巫师,也很高兴。Neville和Herbology真的是完美的一对。