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Ravenclaw House

Ravenclaw blazon: azure, an eagle or Head: Professor Filius Flitwick
Founder: Rowena Ravenclaw
Blazon: azure, an eagle or (that is, a golden eagle on a blue field, hence the Ravenclaw colours of blue and bronze)
Ghost: Helena Ravenclaw, the Grey Lady
Sorting Hat's description:
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw
If you've a ready mind
Where those of wit and learning
Will always find their kind.

Location: Ravenclaw Tower, which is located on the west side of the castle (OP18); the entrance is a door at the top of a tightly winding spiral staircase that leads up from the fifth floor. The door has neither handle nor keyhole, but a talking bronze knocker in the shape of an eagle. Rather than asking for a conventional password, the knocker will ask a question; if answered correctly, the knocker will compliment the person on the answer and the door will swing open (DH29).

The common room, like the other House common rooms, is decorated in House colours (blue and bronze silk wall hangings, in this case, and a midnight-blue carpet decorated with stars). The room is wide, circular, and very airy, with a domed ceiling painted with stars, and walls with graceful arched windows that provide a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. There are bookcases, tables, and chairs, and opposite the entrance is another door leading to the dormitories. Beside this door is a plinth on which stands a life-size statue in white marble of Rowena Ravenclaw wearing her diadem (DH29).

Ravenclaw Quidditch team
blue robes

Known Ravenclaws, Past and Present:

For each known Ravenclaw below, his or her name is given (with a link to the appropriate entry in Which Wizard), together with the years he or she was a student in Ravenclaw. See the individual students' entries for more information (e.g., who they are, more detailed analysis for how we know that they're Ravenclaws, how we know what years they were in...).

(years unknown, but near-contemporary with the Founders)

(years unknown)

(ea. 1940s)


1988 - 1995 1988 - 1996 1990 - 1997 1991 - 1998 1992 - 1999

1994 - 2001

[1] The screen capture from HPM lists Corner and Goldstein as Hufflepuffs, but they appear in OP as Ravenclaws; OP is the definitive source, so they appear on this page.

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