‘Harry Potter’: Should Neville and Luna Have Been Together?

The Harry Potter series is full of interesting characters and relationships. Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood are just one example of this. Though they are only friends in the Harry Potter books, the movies went a somewhat romantic route with Neville and Luna. Many fans were likely glad as they’re quite a popular pairing within the fan base.

But should they have ended up together? Let’s look into why fans might support the notion of Neville and Luna as a couple and look into arguments for and against their relationship. In the end, we’ll come to a conclusion about whether or not J.K. Rowling might have missed an opportunity in the Harry Potter books when it comes to Neville and Luna.

Why might ‘Harry Potter’ fans like Neville and Luna?

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) of Harry Potter
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) at the 3rd Annual Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando | Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

Neville and Luna are a beloved pair within the Harry Potter fan base. But why? What is it that fans love about them? Is it just because they’re somewhat similar characters and neither have a love interest within the series?

Both of those could be factors, but we’d argue that Neville and Luna make a lot more sense than some might give them credit for. The two share similar struggles yet have enough differences to keep a relationship interesting. Neville could also help Luna stay grounded while Luna could help Neville when his self-esteem gets low. They seem like the perfect pair to many fans since they could help each other.

Neville and Luna are opposites in some ways and you know what is said about opposites attracting, but in the end, their values are very similar. They both fought Voldemort and his followers with Harry and believed in Harry at a time when few people would. That alone makes them a good pairing for many fans.

Why might J.K. Rowling have not put Neville and Luna together?

One reason that J.K. Rowling might not have gone the romantic route with Neville and Luna in the Harry Potter books is that they do have some striking differences. While Neville just wanted to fit in, Luna didn’t care what others thought of her. This difference between the two characters might have led to some issues.

Another difference between the two characters was explained by Evanna Lynch, the actress who portrayed Luna in the Harry Potter movies. According to Lynch, Neville is “very much a homebody, a stay-at-home dad. And Luna wants to go out and explore the world and different creatures.” As the actress explains, Luna would want adventure while Neville would want someone to cuddle with at home.

Given these differences, could a relationship between the two characters work?

Why might ‘Harry Potter’ fans still believe Neville and Luna belonged together?

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Despite obvious differences, there are many fans who support Neville and Luna’s relationship. Why could that be? One reason could be that the two characters do have some similarities as well. Both Neville and Luna understand the loss of a parent.

While Neville’s parents were tortured and left as a shell of their former selves, not even recognizing their own son, Luna lost her mother. Both characters, therefore, lived without both of their parents. This could allow the two of them to relate to each other, which could be a good foundation to build a relationship on.

The two characters also understand what it’s like to be an outsider and could relate to each other that way. They would also, because they know what it’s like not to be treated well, treat each other with care and consideration. It’s possible that J.K. Rowling missed an opportunity with Neville and Luna in the Harry Potter books. They would have made a nice couple.

So should Neville and Luna have been together? Probably. Yet in the end, it was J.K. Rowling’s call to make.