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Pairing: Neville Longbottom/Luna Lovegood
Alternative name(s): Neville/Luna, NL/LL, N/L,
S.S. The Government Stole My Toad[1], Lunaville
Gender category: M/F het
Fandom: Harry Potter
Canonical?: ambiguous (see Canonicity)
Prevalence: common
Archives: Awkward (N/L fansite & archive) (canon pairings including N/L)
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Neville/Luna is a pairing in the Harry Potter fandom involving Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood.


Before the release of Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling posted in the "Rumours" section of her official site in response to "Luna and Neville will hook up in HP&THBP":

"The Luna/Neville shippers are much less vehement and scary than the Harry/Hermione, Ron/Hermione tribes, so I hope I won’t receive too much hate mail for quashing this rumour. I see Neville and Luna as very different kinds of people and while they share a certain isolation within Hogwarts, I don’t think that’s enough to foster true love - friendship, perhaps, although I think that Neville would always find Luna’s wilder flights of fancy alarming."[2]

However, in the interviews following the release of Deathly Hallows, Rowling expressed somewhat of a change of heart. One article covering the interviews states:

It’s possible Luna has also found love with another member of the D.A.
When she was first asked about the possibility of Luna hooking up with Neville Longbottom several years ago, Rowling’s response was “Definitely not.” But as time passed and she watched her characters mature, Rowling started to “feel a bit of a pull” between the unlikely pair.
Ultimately, Rowling left the question of their relationship open at the end of the book because doing otherwise “felt too neat.”[3]

In subsequent interviews, Rowling says that Luna ends up marrying Rolf Scamander and that Neville marries Hannah Abbott, which has become the accepted canon.

In the Harry Potter films, however, Neville declares that he is "mad for" Luna.[4] Some fans distinguish "film canon" from "book canon" (so Neville/Luna would be canon in the former and not the latter), while others consider the film to be consistent with Rowling's statements and believe that Neville and Luna dated after Hogwarts but eventually moved on to end up with other people.


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Other Resources


  1. FictionAlley Park. SCUSA Master Ship List and Ship Registry Submissions. Updated 24 April 2011. (Accessed 30 April 2012.)
  2. J.K.Rowling Official Site. Section: Rumours. Archived 23 June 2011 by the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 30 April 2012.)
  3. Jen Brown at Finished ‘Potter’? Rowling tells what happens next. 26 July 2007. (Accessed 30 April 2012.)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). (See Quotes for Neville Longbottom at IMDb.)