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Augusta Longbottom Character Analysis: Family Matriarch

Augusta Longbottom Character Analysis: Family Matriarch

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Augusta Longbottom is a British pure-blood witch. She is the mother of Auror Frank Longbottom, who was married to fellow Auror Alice Longbottom, and the grandmother of Neville Longbottom. Augusta looked after her grandson after Frank and Alice were tortured to insanity by Death Eaters.

She was known to be a stern and fearsome woman. She was hard on her grandson, whom she wanted to live up to her image of his father, and even harder on other people. When an Auror tried to capture her for the Death Eaters, she left him in the hospital.

About Augusta Longbottom

BornPre 1947
Blood StatusPure Blood
OccupationNA
PatronusUnknown
HouseGryffindor
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignTaurus (speculative)
Longbottom Family

Augusta Longbottom Early Life

Augusta Longbottom was born into a British wizarding family, probably in the 1920 or 1930s. She had at least one sibling called Algie.

She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was probably in Gryffindor House, like her son and grandson. While she seems to have done well in Transfiguration, she failed to pass her charms O.W.L.

After school, Augusta married into the Longbottom family. Her husband seems to have been a bit of a joker. As a prank, he put a gerbil in Augusta’s handbag. From that point onward, she always kept a mousetrap in her bag.  

She also had an eccentric and distinctive style. When Neville had to face a Boggart, which for him at the time took the form of Professor Snape, he imagined the teacher in his grandmother’s dress and hat.

With her husband she had one son, who they called Frank. She was very proud of her son who went on to become an Auror and married fellow Auror, Alice. In 1980 the two had their own son, Neville.

Boggart Snape in Augusta Longbottom’s Clothes

Augusta Raising her Grandson Neville

Shortly after the first fall of Lord Voldemort, some Death Eaters thought that the Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom might have information about the whereabouts of the missing Dark Lord. They ruthlessly tortured the pair, leaving them severely brain-damaged. They could no longer recognize their own son!

The couple was committed to St Mungo’s Hospital, and Augusta took responsibility for her grandson Neville. Her husband died not long after, and Neville witnessed his death.

Augusta very much wanted to see her son Frank reborn through Neville. Consequently, she could be harsh on him when he did not live up to her expectations. This pressure no doubt affected Neville, whose magical growth seems to have been stunted by this.

While Neville showed magical aptitude as a baby, magically tightening his blankets around him shortly after he was born, as he grew up with his grandmother he showed no sign of magic. Many in the family even suspected that he was a Squib. But he eventually showed magical talent and was enrolled at Hogwarts. He was in the same year as Harry Potter.

Neville at Hogwarts

Neville was already stressed about school before he arrived since his grandmother had told him that he would be a disgrace to the family if he was in any house other than Gryffindor. Fortunately, he was.

She would send him packages with items that he had forgotten at home and even sent him a Remembrall to try and help him with his memory. When he got in trouble at school, such as when his carelessness saw Sirius Black get the passwords to Gryffindor Tower, she would send him Howlers telling him that he was a disgrace to the family.

When Neville received his OWL results, she insisted that he apply for Transfiguration classes, even though he did not have the marks. While he did have the marks to continue with Charms, his grandmother did not think that this was a worthwhile subject. This is probably linked to her own failure at Charms, and also the subjects that her son Frank excelled at.

Her pride in her son Frank always overshadowed Neville. When Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny ran into Neville and Augusta at St Mungo’s, Augusta realized that Neville had not told the group about his parents. She scolded him, saying that his parents had not given their health for their only son to be ashamed of them. She was not capable of understanding Neville’s feelings on the matter.

Augusta with Neville boarding teh Hogwarts Express

Augusta Longbottom and the Return of Lord Voldemort

Augusta Longbottom believed Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore when they said that Lord Voldemort had returned in 1995, despite the propaganda against them coming out of the Ministry and in the Daily Prophet newspaper. She even canceled her subscription to the Daily Prophet.

Augusta did begin to see her grandson in a new light after he participated in the battle in the Department of Mysteries. Six Hogwarts students faced off against 12 Death Eaters to prevent them from getting their hands on the prophecy about Harry and Lord Voldemort. They were eventually joined by the Order of the Phoenix, and Dumbledore after Lord Voldemort turned up. But there was no denying that Neville fought bravely and with some skill.

Augusta Longbottom during the Second Wizarding War

When the Ministry fell to Lord Voldemort and Death Eaters took control of Hogwarts, Augusta was forced to let Neville return to school for his final year in 1997. It was mandated that all school-age witches and wizards attend Hogwarts.

While at school, Neville led the student resistance through a reformed Dumbledore’s Army. If Augusta knew about his activities standing up to the Death Eater teachers and protecting other students, Augusta would have been proud.

While the Death Eater teachers Amycus and Alecto Carrow tried torturing Neville to get him to stay in line, they soon realized that this was not effective, so they decided to target his grandmother Augusta as leverage. But they bit off more than they could chew! The Auror John Dawlish who was sent after her ended up in hospital. Augusta went into hiding, while her grandson was hiding out in the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts.

Thing was they bit off a bit more than they can chew with Gran. Little old witch living alone, they probably thought they didn’t need to send anyone particularly powerful. Anyway, Dawlish is still in St Mungo’s and Gran’s on the run.

Neville describing what happened to his grandmother, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Augusta and the Battle of Hogwarts

Augusta came out of hiding when she heard that Lord Voldemort had descended on Hogwarts with an army of Death Eaters. She made her way there to join the fight. As the last to come through the secret passageway between the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade and the Room of Requirement in Hogwarts, she sealed it as Aberforth Dumbledore was no longer there to protect the passage.

She fought bravely in the battle alongside her grandson and survived.

Augusta – Have you seen my grandson?

Harry – He’s Fighting.

Augusta – Naturally. Excuse me, I must go assist him.

Augusta Longbottom arriving at the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Augusta Longbottom Personality Type & Traits

The Longbottom matriarch comes across as a strong-minded woman who likes to be in control of the world and the people around her. For much of Neville’s young life, she was determined to mold him into a replica of his father, rather than accept her grandson as a unique human. Fortunately, she learned to see his individual value over time.

She has strong pride in her family line and considered it her responsibility to protect the reputation of the Longbottom name, even though she married into the family rather than being born into it.

Augusta Longbottom Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Augusta’s birthday, but she was already married in 1947, and so must have been born in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Her personality suggests that her zodiac sign may be Taurus. People born under this sign tend to be very stubborn and like to control the world around them.

Naturally intelligent, people born under Taurus have high self-esteem. They often have great pride in their family and roots and, of course, their children, who are reflections of them.