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Generally, I find a lotof the canon romance during the fourth, fifth and sixth books a littledifficult to read after I got out of my teenage years. A lot of it has a lot incommon with the ‘women are from Venus, men are from Mars’ idea, which I’vealways had issues with.
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Harry doesn’t understand how to progress hisrelationship with Cho and then Ginny, Ron has complicated feelings towardsHermione, especially during his brief relationship with Lavender Brown, and Hermionehas complicated feelings towards Ron, especially when Viktor Krum entered thepicture. And I’m not even getting started on how Ginny’s love-life is policedby her older brothers…
In the run-up andactual event of the Yule Ball, both Harry and Ron display a prioritisation oflooks over personality (obviously not taking Mr Weasley’s advice at theQuidditch World Cup to heart). Hermione isn’t nearly as bad, although itdoesn’t reflect well on Harry and Ron that she refused to tell them who she wasgoing with because she thought they’d just make fun of her.
However, NevilleLongbottom actually behaves really gentlemanly during this part of the book.First, he invites Hermione to go with him, meaning that he realised she was agirl long before either Harry or Ron did. However this isn’t framed in a “romantic”sense- according to Ron, Neville invited her because ‘she had always beenreally nice, helping him with his work and stuff’.
Neville wanted to thankHermione for being such a good friend by trying to make sure she had a goodnight out. Granted, Hermione was already going to go with Viktor Krum, but Iimagine she still appreciated the thought. It’s quite a sweet thing to do.
As well as this,Neville then invites Ginny to the Yule Ball, correcting guessing that shewouldn’t be able to otherwise due to her being a third year. Even though Ginnycould have gone with Harry, as Ron suggests later, she still goes with Neville,showing how sweet Ginny is because she upheld her promise to Neville.
Harry mentions duringthe Yule Ball that Neville kept accidentally stepping on Ginny’s feet whilethey were dancing. I’ve got a theory that Neville used his overt clumsiness todistract Ginny from getting upset over Harry, who spent a large portion of theBall ignoring his date and staring miserably over at Cho Chang.
Neville couldhave even encouraged Ginny to speak to Michael Corner, as we know that they metat the Yule Ball and later became a couple later on in the school year.
Basically, Neville is areally sweet guy and I’m glad he didn’t get the same treatment as Harry and Ronduring this part of the book.
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