The Lion-Man and Longbottom Connection
An original editorial by Brandi Weeks
Based on the fact that gum wrappers were blown toward
you when the Gringrotts safe was opened on
I believe that the Lion-Man
described in the passage is in some way connected to
the Longbottoms. How connected? Well, lets go through
The way I see it, there are three ways this man could
be connected to the Longbottoms:
1)He is indeed Frank Longbottom.
2)He is Neville's grandfather and we only see him through memory.
3)He is a Healer and is working on a way to cure (or has found a cure for) Frank and Alice.
Let's start with number one. This might be a bit far-fetched, but it's
my favorite of the three. Think back a bit and try to
recall exactly what Frank Longbottom looks like. Well,
we know what he used to look like, but we have no idea
what he looks like now. In the hospital we only see
Alice. So what does Frank Longbottom look like? Well, I
can imagine that after being cursed over and over
again, he might have developed a limp, and possibly
even bad vision. Living in a hospital for fifteen
years could also cause a person to look a bit strained
and unkempt--even old beyond their years. So the real question here is: are we
getting a glimpse of Frank Longbottom in the hospital,
or after he has recovered?
Next, we have the possibility of the Lion-Man being
Neville's grandfather. I find this one a bit unlikely; we have no knowledge of Neville's grandfather
and why he isn't around. Unfortunately, this is all
speculation and I have nothing to back it up.
Lastly, Lion-Man is a healer. I like this
theory too, probably because that means the
Longbottoms get better. I'm thinking that maybe
Neville figures out the mystery behind the gum
wrappers. Maybe a cure that the Longbottoms heard
about while in the hospital? Is this healer someone
Neville has to find? Is it possible that maybe the gum
wrappers are actually a clue as to who this man is? I
hope so, because I would really like to see the