21 Theories For WTF Neville Was Doing During 'Cursed Child'

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Potterheads, it's time to have a serious discussion about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Like many other Potter-lovers, I went to the bookstore bright and early on the morning of July 31 to get myself a copy of J.K. Rowling's pseudo Harry Potter sequel, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play currently showing in London. And, while I was over the moon at the thought of being reunited with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, I couldn't help but notice a major character missing from the script: Neville Longbottom. Neville, aka the almost Boy Who Lived and the true hero of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, doesn't appear in Cursed Child. In fact, other than a few mentions here and there, he barely features in the story at all. So, WTF was Neville during the events of Cursed Child?

Neville's absence from Cursed Child is somewhat understandable, as the play isn't really about Harry Potter's social group, but about his son, Albus Severus, and his BFF Scorpius Malfoy (Draco Malfoy's shockingly sweet child), but it's still perplexing. For one thing, Neville is established as a teacher of Herbology at Hogwarts, which means that theoretically, he's actually present for all of Albus and Scorpius' time-traveling shenanigans. Second, he's mentioned as being crucial to defeating Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts. You'd think the man who helped Harry Potter save the wizarding world would at least get a few minutes of stage time, right? But, alas, Neville is nowhere to be found. In the absence of any official word from Rowling herself, here are some theories of where Neville was during Cursed Child. Spoilers ahead!

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