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Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Picking on Neville - Diagon Alley

Picking on Neville
Power Needed: 4 Transfiguration
Card Type: Spell
Effect: Choose 1 of your opponent's cards in play (other than his or her starting character) and discard it. Your opponent may prevent this by choosing 2 of his or her cards in play (other than his or her starting character) and discarding them.
Card No: 64
Rarity: Common
Set: Diagon Alley
Average Rating: 4.8 (based on 5 reviews) 
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.


Wow! It's a half price Diffindo!!! It gets rid of almost any card in the game for a paltry four lessons in play. Yes, your opponent could choose to sacrifice two of their other cards in play instead. But that means you're using 2 actions (draw/play this card) to their four (draw/play two cards). They won't be able to do that very often. A favorite ploy of mine is to cast this as my first action on a critical card while still holding a Diffindo, to try to trick them into losing 3 cards in one turn. Like with Cobbing (reviewed Monday), this card does have a chance of backfiring in the same fashion. However, I urge everyone to give this card a chance. You won't be disappointed.

Rating: 5


This card is amazing. Mini-Diffindo! The only downside is if you're using it on something like Hebridean Black Dragon and they take the Discard two other cards way out. Thats the only downside of the card. At the beginning of the game, if you use it on something like Borrowed Wand, and for some unknown reason, they opt to take the discard two route, you could just Lost Notes or Picking on Neville it again. :D I would say use this instead of Diffindo, since it only requires 4T.

Rating: 4.5


Draco Malfoy is heard down the corridor, "Naa, Naa Naa, Naaaaa Naa!"

"That's enough Malfoy!" And the amazing bouncing ferret is once again on its way down the hall with Crabbe and Goyle chasing after it. MadEye looks at Neville, "Come on, boy."

"Look at it like your friend Ron said. You are going to have to stand up for yourself. You need to say that there will be no more…PICKING ON NEVILLE! Remember you need CONSTANT VIGILANCE!"

So at this, Madeye hands him an older, torn-up copy of Curses and Counter-curses (Bewitch Your Friends and Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges Volume 1. And what does Neville decide to do? He finds this ever forgotten, perfect spell. It has an anti-disarming spell mixed in with it. Not only does he get to tell you what card to remove from play, but if you try to disarm the spell, you will have to lose 2 other cards in play instead. Either way, Neville is now standing up for himself and you will be thinking twice before Picking on Neville.

This spell is so strong, almost everyone is finding room for it in their decks. If you like the denial cards at all, this has got to be one of your favorites! It is nice to remove a card or 2 cards from their table and then follow it with Diffindo or Lost Notes. Two hits like that and they will be taking at least one whole turn to catch back up and that is only if they are holding the replacement cards in their hand.

Rating: 5


When I saw this card for the first time, I was like WOW, only 4 power are you kidding me that’s it. There is nothing better then playing Picking on Neville on that card your opponent just has to keep out and then playing another denial card and getting rid of it. Your opponent has just played that Hebridean dragon and they burned a lesson to play it. So you play Picking on Neville, they're desperate to keep that dragon out so they burn two lessons. Now they're down to 5 power left on the table, you follow that up by playing Diffindo, Incarcifors, or Lapifors and your opponent is in a serious world of hurt. There is nothing more frustrating to someone then discarding the card they just played especially when its a bigger powered card that were probably working towards getting out. Picking on Neville by itself is still a powerful card, you get to pick a card to get rid of or they get rid of two other cards, but picking on Neville followed by another picking on Neville or another denial card is just down right nasty. And nastiness and intimidation can be a very frustrating tool and can easily break your opponent, just like that time in “Year with the Yeti.” But that’s another story.

Rating: 4.5


Dear Harry,

It is strange who you will run into when you are trying not to run into anyone. I recently met your friend Neville Longbottom at a used car lot of all places. Apparently he doesn't only get picked on at school. I happened to have some treats in my backpack and we sat down and had a long talk. Apparently, he was just out walking because his grandparents were not being kind and on the way here, some angry mutt chased him almost a mile. And too bad for him, while he was running, he dropped his address, wand, remembrall, pet toad, cauldron, and a book or too! It seems like everyone is Picking on Neville these days, so keep your eye out, ok? Hope Hedwig enjoys her treats and I hope you are well.


Rating: 5

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