“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw; if you’ve a ready mind; Where those of wit and learning; Will always find their kind.” The Sorting Hat’s description of the House known for individuals who possess intelligence, wit, and often a touch of quirkiness, ensures the members of Ravenclaw are never wizards who slip through the cracks at Hogwarts. From Luna Lovegood to Quirinus Quirrell, the wand yielding magic makers who hail from the House founded by Rowena Ravenclaw never fail to make their mark.
The Sorting Hat’s description of the House known for individuals who possess intelligence, wit, and often a touch of quirkiness, ensures the members of Ravenclaw are never wizards who slip through the cracks at Hogwarts. From Luna Lovegood to Quirinus Quirrell, the wand yielding magic makers who hail from the House founded by Rowena Ravenclaw never fail to make their mark.
Casual Harry Potter fans are likely already aware of the basics, like the fact that Rowena Ravenclaw’s lost diadem was a horcrux, or that the Grey Lady rarely spoke to anyone other than members of her own house. However, since Ravenclaw might be the least discussed House in the Harry Potter series, much is left to be learned about the destiny of the arguably best and brightest. Here are 15 things you probably don’t know about the House of Ravenclaw.
15. Hermione Was Almost A Ravenclaw
Potterheads have always questioned how Hermione ended up in Gryffindor instead of Ravenclaw, considering her sharp intellect and overachieving attitude. It turns out that Miss Granger was nearly sorted into Ravenclaw after all. The Sorting Hat took an abnormally long three minutes and change to make a determination on the fate of Hermione and her home at Hogwarts. Perhaps her boldness and bravery slightly outweigh her know-it-all knack. Imagine how different the wizarding world would be if Gryffindor was without its top student, and the ultimate trio was missing its only female member. If we could get our hands on one of those time-turners, maybe we could find out.
Perhaps her boldness and bravery slightly outweigh her know-it-all knack. Imagine how different the wizarding world would be if Gryffindor was without its top student, and the ultimate trio was missing its only female member. If we could get our hands on one of those time-turners, maybe we could find out.
14. Professor McGonagall Was A Hatstall
The Sorting Hat, as temperamental as it is, usually has no trouble with decision making. However, once every few decades a student comes along who puzzles the Hat’s prickly deliberations. A Hatstall is a student whose sorting process lasts longer than five minutes, and although it’s quite rare, Harry Potter has known two Hatstalls during his tenure at Hogwarts.
Minerva McGonagall was nearly sorted into Ravenclaw and was only chosen for Gryffindor after over five minutes of exhausting deliberation by the Sorting Hat. The professor went on to become one of the most important members of Gryffindor and one of Harry’s greatest mentors, so it’s safe to say the Sorting Hat made the right call.
13. Ravenclaw Has The Best Common Room View
Ravenclaw tower is the tallest House at Hogwarts, and second only to the astronomy tower. The common room gives students the best view of all, as it overlooks the castle grounds, the Forbidden Forest, the Quidditch pitch, and the Herbology gardens.
As Ravenclaw is associated most with the element of air, it’s no wonder the common room reflects that in every way. Arched windows and a dome ceiling make up the circular room, with the sound of wind whistling through the room and the rest of the tower. Rumor has it the common room also holds a private library that contains almost as large of a book selection as Hogwarts’ very own.
12. The World’s Best Wandmaker Is A Ravenclaw
Garrick Ollivander, owner of Ollivanders and the most prestigious place to purchase a wand according to Hagrid when he takes Harry to Diagon Alley. Ollivander changed the way wands were made, creating the concept of using a magical substance and constructing the cores of the wands out of them.
The flawless reputation of Garrick Ollivander landed him the task of inspecting all of the wands prior to the Triwizard Tournament to make sure they properly functioned and had not been tampered with. The strongest bond Ollivander seemed to forget with another wizard was with Luna Lovegood when he was imprisoned in Malfoy Manor, which is only appropriate considering their shared bond of the House of Ravenclaw.
11. Wits Are The Key To The Common Room
No password is required for entry into the Ravenclaw common room, but if you forget your textbook inside there’s a high chance you will be late for class. To gain entrance, a student must rap on the door and, in turn, answer the riddle he or she is given. Professor McGonagall is the only known wizard who is not a Ravenclaw to have answered one of the riddles when she let Amycus Carrow inside.
Over the years, the online Potterhead community has been flooded with quizzes testing fans’ potential ability to enter the common room. One of the best known Ravenclaw riddles was effortlessly solved by Luna Lovegood. “Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?” Do you know the answer?
10. Professor Trelawney Was A Ravenclaw
As a professor of Divination and the Seer who originated the prophecy of Voldemort’s linked fate with Harry Potter, it’s no surprised that the brilliant, quirky Sybill Trelawney was a Ravenclaw. Like Luna, one of her Ravenclaw comrades, Professor Trelawney’s unique magical gift was often clouded by her peculiarities, particularly since it was rumored that she falsely predicted a student’s death every year at Hogwarts. Ravenclaw is the proud home of
Ravenclaw is the proud home of inclusivism, accepting all wizards for their idiosyncrasies, because after all, the greatest minds often work in the most mysterious ways. After all, Professor Trelawney defeated Death Eaters by dropping crystal balls on their heads. If that isn’t Ravenclaw material, I don’t know what is.
9. Ravenclaw’s Minister for Magic Likes To Party
Until we learned of Hermione Granger’s bright future as the eventual Minister for Magic when The Cursed Child was released, Millicent Bagnold from House Ravenclaw was the only woman mentioned to have held the office. Bagnold was Minister when Voldemort fell as the result of attempting the murder of Harry Potter as an infant.
The International Statute of Secrecy was breached when Minister Bagnold allowed the wizarding community to openly celebrate the downfall of Voldemort. When confronted by the International Confederation of Wizards, Bagnold replied, “I assert our inalienable right to party.” Rock on, Ravenclaws, the smart ones know how to have a good time after all.
8. Ravenclaw’s Symbol Was Changed For The Movie
The symbol of House Ravenclaw is the eagle, representing a broader vision and strength of mind and heart. Although the reason is unknown, the eagle was changed to a raven for the film adaptations of Harry Potter up until the last installment, where an eagle is shown as the mascot. Maybe it just made more sense phonetically, and they then changed their minds?
Ravenclaw’s colors were also altered for the film version, changing from blue and bronze to blue and silver. Perhaps those colors just look more visually aesthetic? The debate on the reason for these changes wages on in cyber fandom, whilst J.K. Rowling likely sips her tea behind her Twitter and laughs at our obsessions.
7. J.K .Rowling Refers To Luna Lovegood As The “Anti-Hermione”
J. K. Rowling has been on record claiming that Luna Lovegood was one of her favorite characters to write, describing her as sort of an “anti-Hermione.” Where Hermione is rigid and astute, Luna is frivolous and aloof. Their minds are, however equally as sharp, and their inspirational feminist qualities are equally unmatched. Maybe that’s why Hermione ended up in Gryffindor instead of Ravenclaw, the House would just have too much girl power to contain the pair.
Maybe that’s why Hermione ended up in Gryffindor instead of Ravenclaw, the House would just have too much girl power to contain. The pair do have a fun little dynamic with one another though, with every whimsical claim by Luna returned with a look of incredulity from Hermione making them the odd couple, indeed.
6. Harry Didn’t Destroy The Diadem Himself In The Books
The only known relic that belonged to Rowena Ravenclaw and stolen by her daughter Helena, the diadem was recognizable by its inscription which read, “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” Perhaps those words are why it was decided to alter the person responsible for the diadem’s destruction when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was adapted for the screen. The original accidental culprit was Vincent Crabbe, Voldemort rest his soul.
The original accidental culprit was Vincent Crabbe, Voldemort rest his soul, who burned the diadem to ash as a result of the Fiendfyre he created. In the film, Harry stabbed the diadem with a basilisk fang before tossing it in the fire.
5. Ravenclaw Is The Only House With No Concealed Entrance
As mentioned above, a riddle must be solved in order to gain entrance to the Ravenclaw common room. Since the members of Ravenclaw House possess no shortage of pride, they were so confident in their sole ability to answer these riddles that they were the only House not to conceal the entrance to their common room. Instead of hiding behind a painting, the door to the common room is adorned only with an enchanted bronze knocker.
4. Luna Is The Only Ravenclaw In “The Big Seven”
Referred to as the most powerful magical number by Tom Riddle, the number seven has significance through the Harry Potter universe. The regular appearance of this numbers goes much deeper than just the number of books in the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling has even acknowledged her list of what she referred to as “The Big Seven”, the young cast members who she believes make this series what it is. Those characters are Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom. As usual, Luna sticks out like a sore, serendipitous thumb, claiming her spot as the only representative of the House of Ravenclaw.
3. Rowena Ravenclaw Named Hogwarts
As one of the four founder of Hogwarts, Rowena Ravenclaw is often regarded as one of the greatest witches of her time. Rowena is rumored to be credited with some of the most important contributions to the creation of the wizarding school, such as the name of the school itself along with the chosen location. Coining the classic, clever wit of a Ravenclaw, Rowena was also responsible for creating the ever-changing floor plan of Hogwarts, including the rotating staircases that leave students stranded and confused in various locations in the castle. I wonder if Rowena could answer her own House’s riddles now, centuries later?
2. Ravenclaws Judge The Other Houses (A Little)
Those who are sorted into the Ravenclaw House can have a tendency to be considered a bit pompous. If you’re sorted into Ravenclaw on Pottermore, you’re welcomed by Prefect Robert Hilliard, who brags a bit about the cleverness of the witches and wizards who belong in Ravenclaw.
He also does a bit of bashing on the other three Houses. Hilliard urges newbies to be on their guard around any Slytherins until they know them well. Gryffindors are referred to as “show-offs” who don’t tolerate anyone who is different, and Hufflepuffs are basically implied to be friendly but unintelligent. Whatever happened to that saying, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all?
1. Ravenclaw Isn’t Without Its Bad Seeds
Speaking of pompous, the House of Ravenclaw is anything but innocent of producing some mischievous wizards. Gilderoy Lockhart isn’t exactly a shining beacon of idolization when it comes to role models. Quirinus Quirrell is another infamous Ravenclaw, whose cowardice and weakness give the House a bad name. And although she’s harmless, Moaning Myrtle isn’t quite the most popular Ravenclaw who ever sobbed in the stalls of a school bathroom. Very few examples exist, however, of wizards who belong in Ravenclaw becoming downright dark, so a few ornery characters are a fair trade for the constant brilliance that knocks on that riddle-ready Ravenclaw door.