They are both really sad, agreed. I did not really feel bad for Neville until I found out about his parents and how poorly his grandma treated him. Now every time I read the books from year 1-7, I feel bad for Neville. However, I think his life is much more sad, Knowing that your parents are alive and also knowing that they don't know you is far worse. Harry still has his mother's love to shield him. Neville does not have that.
Me too I don't know they are both sad lives I have to think about it too
Well, I would definitely say that Neville had the sadder life than Harry. While Harry lost his parents to Voldemort, he was still able to overcome a lot of obstacles growing up, despite his horrible upbringing. However, Neville, he had to face his pain and loneliness every single day. His parents were alive, but unresponsive. I'm sure his upbringing was horrific especially when his own grandmother believed him to be a squib. Hogwarts, in my opinion was worse for poor Nev who was told he would never amount to anything and was useless. No one believed he would become anything, but in the end proved them wrong. So yeah...that's what I think on that topic. (Plus...I always like Neville better than Harry anyway.)
I don't know Harry because he lived with his uncle and aunt and they treaded him really bad and how they would tell dudley to be mean to him, another reason is that he doesn't have his parents and that is so sad! :( I live with my aunt and uncle they are nice at times and my parents are in Mexico and I think i can feel harry's pain of not having our parents around its painfull :'(. and about Neville it hurts me how Neville would get bullyed cuz when I was a little girl I was like Neville exacly like him so I know his pain too and how his parents are alive but don't know him is sad too... I have to think about it too be right back
I think Neville has it so much harder. Neville's parents don't even know who he is. Harry has fame and fortune and friends. Neville has nothing until his fifth year really.
I will agree with you Alexandria!
I'm going to have to say that Neville's life is the saddest. It's sad that Harry's parents died when he was a baby, but at least they knew he was. Although Neville's parents are alive, they don't know who he is. That's got to be pretty tough on him. Both my parents are still alive and I'd be very devastated if they didn't know who I was.
I also think Neville had it worst in Hogwarts because Harry was surrounded by alot of people because he was the "Chosen One"; while Neville was basically an outsider. And I can really relate to Neville. I know how it feels to be an outsider in school.
Now as to how their families treated them, Harry wins this round. He was raised by his aunt and uncle and was kept hidden under the staircase for the first eleven years of his life. He was verbally abused by both his aunt, uncle and cousin. I'm just really glad that Harry didn't turn out like them. I never really thought of Neville's grandma as being abusive towards him because all she wanted was for him to not be ashamed of his parents. I believe it's in book five where she tells him, "Be proud of your parents, Neville."
I'd say Harry's life is more sad as the story progresses. Sure, Neville has a very tear jerking past, but he doesn't have to face as many challenges and life threatening obstacles just to be able to live. Harry on the other hand has to fight many many people and creatures just in order to live. The prophecy stated that he couldn't live while Voldemort was alive. This is proof enough that if he hadn't defeated him then, his life would be in constant danger. This is the aspect that makes me think that his life is sadder as the story goes on.
But as for past wise, I'd have to say Neville. I don't think I need to explain, as it's already in the book. I've also been more emotional when reading what happened to him over reading what happened to Harry. Yes it's hard to lose parents, but it's harder to have them and that they don't remember you in my opinion. Their souls are still restless and can never truly understand anymore what's going on, even probably when they'll pass on.
i think that neville definatly had it harder. His parents might not have died but if anything they would have been better off if they had. Neville has to go and visit his parents at st mungos and see the shell of the wonderfull people they used to be. He grew up in a family who knew he was a wizard but still didnt believe in him and constantly reminded him of the fact that they thought he would never be as good as his parents were. When he went to Hogwarts, yes he didnt have all the stress harry did with people knowing him for something he didnt remember, but he constantly wanted to prove he could be as good as his parents and probably felt like he always failed and couldnt do anything right. Whilel harry was constantly faced with things such as voldemort, neville had to stand on the side lines thinking to himself that he could never do those things. Neville probably had alot of personal issues he had to deal with on his own whereas harry always had teachers like lupin or dumbledore or friends like ron and hermione he could go to. Noone ever really believed neville would amount to much and with knowing this neville probably thought it too so i deffinatly think neville had it harder