Oh god guys. JK Rowling is a genius, and so is this person.
the thing I love about this fandom is that there are 7 books and 8 movies to observe. so every once in a while some blessed soul finds a piece of information that makes all the magic resurface again
Oh Lord…it’s a metaphor too. It’s symbolic of Neville holding on to his past, the horrors of what happened to his parents, of being a passive vessel for that atrocity. As if the terrible thing kept happening and would never stop happening.
When he moves forward and becomes part of his own story instead of the story of his past, his strength surges.
TEAM NEVILLE FOR LIFE
It also shows that if you give a kid the wrong tool, he may be a genius but he’s never going to be able to build something with it.
No, nope, I really don’t like this.
Neville wasn’t a good wizard because he didn’t believe in himself. He was a late bloomer in displaying signs of magical ability to the point that his family thought he was a squib (and that’s before he had any wand), he had the pressure of having to live up to the high expectations set by his parents’ talent, his grandmother kept pushing him and reminding him of what he was supposed to be but wasn’t. All that made him afraid and believe he was a terrible wizard, which affected his magical abilities. The day he overcame those insecurities the good wizard that had been in him all along finally surfaced.
Yes, having a new wand that worked better for him might have helped in the realisation that he was better than he thought, but it was not all down to that. Neville’s problem wasn’t his wand, it was himself, his own self-defeating view of himself. He became a great wizard because he worked on those psychological issues and overcame them, not because he was given a new wand.
I like to think that Neville’s story is about self-esteem and overcoming insecurities and realising your worth despite what everybody around you thinks of you. It’s not about having the wrong tool, but having the wrong mindset.