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Famous Ravenclaws through the ages

Good news, you’ve been sorted into Ravenclaw. Here are some sharp minds from your Hogwarts house to inspire you…

Flitwick carrying on a stack of books
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

‘Wit beyond measure,
Is man’s greatest treasure.’
House motto, etched on Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem

Rowena Ravenclaw
‘Fair Ravenclaw, from glen’ was one of the four founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, known for her outstanding intelligence and creativity. Ravenclaw was the owner of a beautiful diadem that bestowed wisdom on the wearer, but it was lost in her lifetime.

Luna Lovegood
Eternal believer in Blibbering Humdingers and Crumple-Horned Snorkacks, this enigmatic Ravenclaw is one of the best friends anyone could wish for. She thinks outside the box, a trait that does her house proud.

Garrick Ollivander
An exceptionally talented Ravenclaw wizard, Ollivander is widely regarded as the finest wandmaker the world has ever seen. His success lies in his ability to marry the right wand wood with the right core, and help match the wands to their ideal owners.

Harry at Ollivanders wand shop.
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Filius Flitwick
Head of Ravenclaw house and Hogwarts Charms master, Filius Flitwick taught Hogwarts students the importance of enunciating their spells correctly – although Hermione helped. Exceedingly accomplished at Charms, Professor Flitwick was reportedly also a duelling champion in his youth.

Millicent Bagnold
Popular Minister for Magic and predecessor of Cornelius Fudge, Bagnold was in office when Voldemort tried and failed to kill Harry Potter as a child. Following Harry’s survival, she allowed the widespread celebrations among the wizarding community, running into trouble with the International Confederation of Wizards for breaching the International Statute of Secrecy. She famously responded: ‘I assert our inalienable right to party.’

Gilderoy Lockhart
Though perhaps not the most shining example his house has to offer, Gilderoy Lockhart was of above-average intelligence and did achieve dizzying heights of fame in the wizarding world. However, vain and prone to baseless bragging, Lockhart’s chief achievement was showing his students how not to behave.

Queues spiral around the shop to meet Lockhart at his book signing in Flourish and Blotts.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Ignatia Wildsmith
A thirteenth-century witch and celebrated inventor of Floo powder. The mixture is a closely guarded secret but the price has remained at two Sickles a scoop for a hundred years.

House Ghost: The Grey Lady
The ghost of Ravenclaw tower is called the Grey Lady – a beautiful but haughty young woman with waist-length hair, decked in a cloak. Not much of a talker, the Grey Lady’s identity is shrouded in mystery…

Guests dancing at Nearly Headless Nick's deathday party
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