"Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or that you’re ugly. What is pretty, anyway? At the end of the day, everyone’s unique and different so embrace who you are, as there’s only one of you." -Leigh-Anne Pinnock
"…and the conclusion that I’ve drawn is that you are dangerous."
Ok so let’s talk about Bedelia Du Maurier and how she was the smartest person on this show. Bedelia was the only one who ever understood the mask Hannibal wore and like the best of people, she never looked underneath out of respect - learning only what he wanted to share. But after their last session and his manipulation of her, she unravels his human suit and sees the pattern.
He had orchestrated her attack. He had done it to her, and by default, had done it to Will Graham. So she became the wild card, finally revealing how unpredictable the traumatised could be in their efforts to survive. First she ends her patient relationship with Hannibal in his office - leaving him unaware that she had packed up her home. She then closes her involvement with his investigation, removing herself from from Hannibal’s deck, and finally, she takes Hannibal’s hand and shows it to Will Graham.
Bedelia tells Will that she feels like she knows him, but he says she doesn’t and she responds, "No, I don’t - But I understand you better than I thought." Because they had been the same card in Hannibal’s game at one point. So she tells him, "You can survive this happening to you," because she had. And for the first time, the scale is tipped.
But it isn’t until the very last scene when Hannibal goes to murder her that we see just how well Bedilia knew him. She didn’t simply anticipate his move and depart, she left her perfume bottle out for him to smell as a parting gift. It was her goodbye to him, because anything less, would have been considered rude.
And that’s when Bedelia Du Maurier stopped surviving Hannibal Lecter, and beat him, and he smiled.
Neville as eventual headmaster is very important to me though.
Neville, who thanks to his enduring friendship with Luna sees the vital importance of fostering interhouse relationships, downplays the rivalries between the houses without lessening the importance of intrahouse unity by pushing the Quidditch Cup and House Cup as more friendly competition than all-consuming-must-be-won-enimity and introducing other means of emphasising house pride for those students who are not athletically or academically talented to the point where they feel as though they’re making an important contribution to their house.
Neville, who has so much goodness and kindness in him, having a zero tolerance policy for bullying, by staff or students, and serious punishments set down in official school policy for anyone caught bullying or intimidating a student for any reason.
Neville, who saw first hand just how vital it is, throwing the Ministry-approved DADA curriculum out the window and working with the DADA teacher to build a useful curriculum based on his two most useful years of DADA classes, those being third, under Lupin, and fifth, under Harry.
Neville, who understands how hard it is not to be One Of Those Kids, ruthlessly digging out any elitest groups like the Slug Club and disbanding them.
Neville, who understands that sometimes the teachers don’t choose as wisely as they ought, introducing a democratic system for prefect and Head Boy/Girl selection.
Neville, who knows what it is to be the bottom of the class, making a point of introducing a voluntary tutoring system for students who are in the same position he once found himself in - and making certain that it’s well known that had such a system been in place when he was at Hogwarts, he would certainly have availed of it.
Neville, who is a hero and a marvel and wonderful, brave man, fostering that same bravery and goodness in every one of his students, fighting to help them become the absolute best people they can be regardless of academic talent or world-saving ability.
Neville, who is everything that Albus Dumbledore was not, setting to rights so much of the wrong Dumbledore allowed and sometimes encouraged in Hogwarts.