The funny thing about this quote is it has more relevance when separated from the story it came from. I’m not saying Neville wasn’t brave. As someone who hates confrontation, I know exactly how hard it would have been for him to confront Harry, Ron, and Hermione. However, if Neville had succeeded in his attempt to stop them, Voldemort would have gotten the Sorcerer’s Stone.
But taken away from this specific example, this is a truth that we all need to internalize. And it’s not just BRAVE to stand up to one’s friends. At times it is NECESSARY. And it is HARD.
Standing up to one’s friends is not just for schoolkids. Sure, it is important to teach your kid to stand up and do the right thing no matter what their friends do. But how many of us remember that lesson in our own lives?
If a friend or a family member is being racist, sexist, classist, etc, do you stand up and say something? Or just shrug your shoulders and say “people will be people.”