Potter Appreciation Week falls at the end of July every year, as three very special Potter people celebrate their birthdays together.
Our beloved Jo Rowling shares her name day with Harry Potter himself, truly creating a pact between her and the Boy Who Lived that can never be interrupted.
As Professor Dumbledore points out, though, the prophecy Lord Voldemort had followed when he planned to murder Harry as a baby could have pointed to another child. Another bouncing, baby boy wizard born to Frank and Alice Longbottom the day before Harry’s birth.
“The odd thing is, Harry,” he said softly, “that it may not have meant you at all. Sibyll’s prophecy could have applied to two wizard boys, both born at the end of July that year, both of whom had parents in the Order of the Phoenix, both sets of parents having narrowly escaped Voldemort three times. One, of course, was you. The other was Neville Longbottom.” (OotP pg 842/742)
The possibility of “The Other Chosen One” makes Neville even more critical to Harry’s story, in addition to his bravery and his loyalty to his friends.
Today we celebrate this triad of heroes, and look forward to yet another year of pure magic.
Joanne Rowling-July 31, 1965
Neville Longbottom-July 30, 1980
Harry Potter-July 31, 1980