Just In Case

What if Ron Weasley had never survived the war. What if he wrote letters to his friends and family, just in case.


9. Neville


In case I don't survive,

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. You have given your life Neville, you haven never stopped trying to get better. You have never stopped your pursuit of vanquishing darkness.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. You have done that Neville. You have dedicated your life to stopping Lord Voldemort, to step out of your parents shadow and be a hero in your own way. You are a hero Neville Longbottom. Do not try to deny it, we heard what you did. You stood up the Carrow's and the regime at Hogwarts. You have been fighting for what you believe in. Do you remember the person you were in Dumbledore's Army back in our fifth year? I do. You were this young man who did not have the confidence in himself. You were the young man who was unsure of your abilities, unsure of your place in our world. Yet, no matter if you couldn't do something, no matter if you were struggling with something. Myself, Harry and Hermione could always see something in you. We could always see the potential.

If there is one thing you should know Neville, is though you are not on this adventure with us. You are my hero. This may surprise you. You are probably wondering why you're my hero and Harry isn't. Well, here's the reason: Harry had hero status, and the life he has thrust upon him. You however, had no reason other than your parents to become who are. Every time you fall, you manage to pick yourself up. You somehow manage to find the will to keep going. You fight for your parents and the freedom of the world. I think that is beautiful.

I am honoured to have been able to call you a friend over the last seven years. I hope that if you are reading this letter then you too, are glad that you have been able to be my friend as well. Though people don't last forever, the memories do. The memories of the war will never fade, they will always be remembered. The friendships and love shared in the generation we are part of will never fade. People get forgotten Neville, but the memories never fade. They are what make us. They help mould us, to create us.

If you are reading this Neville, then I am never going to get the chance to reminisce with my old friends, a chance to share some memories of the last few years. But you know what, that's okay because if life has taught me anything it's that we don't need to be remembered. All we need to do is remember the feeling those memories gave us. The happiness, the joy and the feeling that we can do anything. The feeling that we are infinite.

Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories. My friend, in my memory you must promise to follow your dreams. In the end, you should follow your dreams and never let yourself get held back on wha could have been and what ifs.

Neville, you have to believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. You're a great wizard mate, and after all our greatness lies in giving up on what we believe in. If you can dream it, you can do it mate. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. Please try to not keep company with the people who bring you down, the people who will eventually ruin you.

Live well and live long Neville,

Forever your friend,

Ron Weasley

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