House information

Rowena Ravenclaw




Intelligence and Wit


Filius Flitwick


Grey Lady/ Helena Ravenclaw

Common room

Ravenclaw Tower


"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[src]

Ravenclaw is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by Rowena Ravenclaw. Members of this house are characterized by their intelligence and cleverness. Its house colors are blue and bronze, and its symbol is the raven.[1] The house ghost, who in life was the daughter of the house's founder Rowena Ravenclaw, is the Grey Lady[2]. Many great wizards and witches have come from this house, including Filius Flitwick and Luna Lovegood.

Ravenclaw roughly corresponds with the element of air.

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Luna: "What do you think, Harry?"
Harry: "What? Isn't there a password? What if you get it wrong?"
Luna: "Well, you have to wait for somebody who gets it right. That way you learn, you see?"
Luna Lovegood and Harry Potter entering the Ravenclaw common room[src]
Rowena Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw's founder, Rowena Ravenclaw.

The Ravenclaw common room is in one of the castle's towers and is wide and circular. It has graceful arched windows, and the walls are hung with blue and bronze silks. The domed ceiling is painted with stars, which are echoed in the midnight-blue carpet. Tables, chairs, and bookcases cover the expanse of the floor, and a white-marble statue of Rowena Ravenclaw sits next to the door that leads to the dormitories above. Harry Potter entered the common room in 1998.

Unlike the other common rooms in the school, a logical riddle given by a bronze eagle-shaped knocker must be answered to enter.[2] This could prove troublesome as anyone with enough intellect could intrude into the dormitory, as is shown in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Professor McGonagall had no trouble entering by answering the riddle correctly. However, Hermione stated in her first year that most wizards and witches didn't have much sense of logic, which might be something that Ravenclaw noticed herself and decided to use riddles instead of passwords.


"Wit beyond measure is a man's greatest treasure."
Rowena Ravenclaw[src]

Ravenclaw House prizes intelligence, knowledge, and wit in its members[1].Thus, many Ravenclaws tend to be academically motivated and talented students. Hermione Granger, an extremely intelligent witch and the top student in her year, was sorted into Gryffindor, though she admitted that the Sorting Hat had seriously considered placing her in Ravenclaw.[3] Ravenclaw may also value beauty; their founder was famously beautiful, Ravenclaws Cho Chang, Padma Patil, and Roger Davies are all noted to be very good-looking so it seems that beauty may be another value to Ravenclaw.[4], and the windows in their common room boast a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains[2].

Ravenclaw House appears to have little rivalry with the other houses, except in Quidditch (in which case it is most fiercely with Hufflepuff). Harry Potter believed that they tended to side with Gryffindor in its rivalry with Slytherin, as did Hufflepuff house. However, during the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, Ravenclaws supported Hufflepuff Champion Cedric Diggory over Harry[4]. This may indicate that Ravenclaw tends to have a closer relationship with Hufflepuff house, or simply be a result of the widespread belief that Harry had cheated in order to get his name in the Goblet of Fire. Notably, many Ravenclaws joined Dumbledore's Army and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts along with Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs, while no Slytherins joined[2].

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Cho Chang Profile

Cho Chang

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Roger Davies


Filius Flitwick


Luna Lovegood



Ravenclaw Period Attending Hogwarts Notes
Stewart Ackerley 1994 - 2001
Marcus Belby 1990s Member of the Slug Club
Terry Boot 1991 - 1998 Member of Dumbledore's Army
Bradley 1990s Chaser for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team during the 1995-1996 school year.
Mandy Brocklehurst 1991 - 1998
Randolph Burrow 1990s Chaser for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team during the 1993-1994 school year.
Eddie Carmichael 1990 - 1997
Chambers 1990s Chaser for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team during the 1995-1996 school year.
Cho Chang 1990 - 1997 Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team from at least 1993 to 1997; member of Dumbledore's Army.
Penelope Clearwater 1987 - 1994 A Prefect
Michael Corner 1991 - 1998 Member of Dumbledore's Army
Roger Davies 1989 - 1996[5] Chaser and Captain of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team from 1993 to 1995.
Marietta Edgecombe 1990 - 1997 Member of Dumbledore's Army (betrayed).
S. Fawcett 1990s
Filius Flitwick Unknown Later became Professor of Charms and head of Ravenclaw house.
Anthony Goldstein 1991 - 1998 A Prefect and member of Dumbledore's Army.
Duncan Inglebee 1990s Beater on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team during the 1993-1994 school year.
Luna Lovegood 1992 - 1999 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Moaning Myrtle 1940s[6] Now a ghost that haunts a girl's lavatory.
Grant Page 1990s Keeper on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team during the 1993-1994 school year.
Padma Patil 1991 - 1998 A Prefect and member of Dumbledore's Army.
Orla Quirke 1994 - 2001
Helena Ravenclaw Founder´s time Daughter of the house founder, Rowena Ravenclaw.
Jason Samuels 1990s Beater on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team during the 1993-1994 school year.
Jeremy Stretton 1990s Chaser on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team during the 1993-1994 school year.
Lisa Turpin 1991 - 1998
Raymond Between 1984 and 1998

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  1. 1,0 1,1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  2. 2,0 2,1 2,2 2,3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  4. 4,0 4,1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Roger must be older than Harry Potter, as Fleur Delacour dismissed him as a "little boy" but attended the Yule Ball with Roger. He was captain of Ravenclaw's Quidditch team for at least Harry's third year, fourth year, and fifth year, making him approximately two years older than Harry.
  6. F.A.Q. on J.K. Rowling's Official Site

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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Hogwarts Houses:
Gryffindorcrest Hufflepuffcrest Ravenclawcrest Slytheirncrest
Namesake Founder: Godric Gryffindor · Helga Hufflepuff · Rowena Ravenclaw · Salazar Slytherin
Head of House: Minerva McGonagall · Pomona Sprout · Filius Flitwick · Horace Slughorn
House Ghost: Nearly Headless Nick · Fat Friar · Grey Lady · Bloody Baron