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Algie Longbottom (fl. 1991-1995) was a wizard. He was the uncle of Frank Longbottom and the great-uncle of Neville Longbottom.

History

Algie was born into the Longbottom family,[1] an old British pure-blood family, considered to be one of the Sacred Twenty-Eight.[2] He had one known sibling, a brother,[1] and may have had others.[3]

The Longbottom family initially believed that Neville might have been a Squib, but Algie was determined to catch Neville off his guard and "force some magic" from him. He once pushed Neville off the end of Blackpool pier; however, he nearly drowned. While over for tea one time when Neville was eight, Algie hung him out of an upstairs window by his ankles, and accidentally dropped him when he was offered a meringue by his wife Enid. Instead of getting hurt, Neville bounced safely down the garden and out into the road, thereby proving that he was in fact a wizard. They were all so happy and Nevilles' grandmother Augusta Longbottom was crying.[4]

Trevor

Trevor

Algie gave Neville his pet toad Trevor as a present for gaining entrance into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991.[4] In 1995, he travelled to Assyria and brought back a Mimbulus Mimbletonia plant, which he gave to Neville for his birthday.[5]

Etymology

Algie is a short form of the name Algernon (the original name of Augustus Rookwood), originally a Norman French name derived from aux gernons, meaning "having a moustache"[6] This is the name of a main character in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Algie is also a homophone of the plant-like organisms algae, possibly referring to the interest in Herbology that Algie and his great-nephew seem to share.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Longbottom family tree from Pottermore
  2. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Pottermore
  3. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Quill of Acceptance and The Book of Admittance" at Pottermore on Pottermore states that Neville had "disappointed great aunts and uncles." Algie and Enid are Neville's only known great-aunt and great-uncle. Thus, Neville must have had at least one other great-aunt and one other great-uncle in addition to them, who could potentially be unknown siblings of Mr Longbottom and Algie.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood)
  6. Behind the Name: Algernon