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Alice and Frank Longbottom Character Analysis: Aurors and Tragic Heroes

Alice and Frank Longbottom Character Analysis: Aurors and Tragic Heroes

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Alice and Frank Longbottom are both British wizards who attended Hogwarts in Gryffindor House. After school, they went on to become Aurors, and joined the Order of the Phoenix to fight Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. In 1980, they had a son, whom they called Neville.

Following the initial fall of Lord Voldemort in 1981, a group of Death Eaters suspected that the couple had information on the whereabouts of Lord Voldemort. They ruthlessly tortured them with the Cruciatus Curse, destroying their minds. They spent the rest of their lives in St Mungo’s Hospital, unable to recognize their own son, who was in the care of Frank’s mother Augusta Longbottom.

About Alice Longbottom

BornPre-1960
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationAuror
Order of the Phoenix
PatronusUnknown
HouseGryffindor
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignPisces (speculative)

About Frank Longbottom

BornPre-1960
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationAuror
Order of the Phoenix
PatronusUnknown
HouseGryffindor
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignLeo (speculative)

Alice and Frank Early Life

While we do not know Alice’s maiden name, both Alice and Frank must have been pure-blood wizards, as their son Neville was considered pure blood. They were born into wizarding families in Britain probably in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

Both attended Hogwarts and were sorted into Gryffindor House, where they two developed a friendship that would eventually result in romance. They must have both got very good marks to have been able to go on to become Aurors.

Alice and Frank in the First Wizarding War

Alice and Frank were already working to protect the magical community as Aurors, but when Lord Voldemort rose to power the first time, they wanted to do more, and so also became members of the original Order of the Phoenix.

They must have defied Lord Voldemort on three occasions because Dumbledore tells Harry Potter that the prophecy that Lord Voldemort acted on could have been about him or Neville Longbottom, who shares the same birthday, 31 July 1980.

The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches…Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies…and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not…and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives…The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies.

Prophecy about Lord Voldemort spoken by Sybill Trelawney, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

However, Lord Voldemort made the prophecy about Harry when he choose to attack him, as it was through this act that he marked Harry out as his equal.

They earned the hatred of many Death Eaters, in particular Bellatrix Lestrange, probably for capturing and imprisoning so many of their number.

Longbottom Family

The Torture of the Longbottoms

Probably as a result of confusion in relation to the prophecy, after the fall of Lord Voldemort, some Death Eaters thought that Alice and Frank Longbottom might have information on the whereabouts of the now missing Dark Lord.

Bellatrix Lestrange, her husband Rodolphus Lestrange, his brother Rabastan Lestrange, and Barty Crouch Jnr captured the Longbottoms and tortured them with the Cruciatus Curse for days. While the groups were captured and sentenced to Azkaban, they did irreparable damage to both Alice and Frank.

Both were deemed insane and unable to function in society. They seem to have suffered significant loss of mental faculties and memories – they could not recognize their own son.

No. They are insane. They are both in St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. I believe Neville visits them, with his grandmother, during the holidays. They do not recognise him.

Dumbledore telling Harry the fate of the Longbottoms, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

They were sent to live in a permanent ward of St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Their son Neville was left in the care of Frank’s mother Augusta Longbottom.

Alice and Frank Later Life

Augusta would regularly take Neville to visit his parents at St Mungo’s and encouraged him to be proud of his parents and their sacrifice.

My son and his wife were tortured into insanity by You-Know-Who’s followers. They were Aurors, you know, and very well respected within the wizarding community. Highly gifted, the pair of them.

Augusta Longbottom describing Frank and Alice, Harry Potter and the Order of teh Phoenix

While Alice’s ability to communicate was very limited, she does seem to have recognized a connection between herself and her son Neville. During the Christmas of 1994, Harry Potter was able to observe her interacting with Neville.

She no longer had the plump, happy-looking face Harry had seen in Moody’s old photograph of the original Order of the Phoenix. Her face was thin and worn now, her eyes seemed overlarge and her hair, which had turned white, was wispy and dead-looking. She did not seem to want to speak, or perhaps she was not able to, but she made timid motions towards Neville, holding something in her outstretched hand.

Harry’s Observation of Alice Longbottom, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The pair presumably spent the rest of their lives in St Mungo’s. Neville would have continued to visit.

Augusta Longbottom Personality Type & Traits

Both Alice and Frank must have been intelligent, brave, and talented to have been able to pursue a career as Aurors. They must also have believed in doing what was right to put themselves at risk and join the Order of the Phoenix.

Augusta Longbottom Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know the birthday of Frank or Alice, but they must have been born in the late 1950s to have been Aurors during the First Wizarding War.

Frank’s zodiac sign may be Leo, the same as his son Neville. He may have portrayed more of the typical charisma and confidence of a Leo that Augusta Longbottom desperately wanted to see in her grandson.

Alice’s zodiac sign could be Pisces. She was clearly a caring and sensitive person. Even after her torture, she was able to see a connection with her son Neville, even if she could not fully understand or explain what it was.