Ravenclaw Valentines

 

Ravenclaws are wise, witty and clever:

What’s not to love?

Given it’s the home of those with a ‘ready mind’, Ravenclaw house could seem a little intimidating – but don’t let that love of learning fool you. Ravenclaws are naturally curious, welcoming of eccentrics, and they have one of the most interesting house ghosts at Hogwarts. But just in case you need more convincing of the benefits of a Ravenclaw romance, here’s the run-down… 

It would be a ‘wise’ choice

‘Wise old Ravenclaw’ is how the Sorting Hat described this house’s founder, and that wisdom certainly filtered down to most of Ravenclaw’s students. If you’re wise, you’re known for good judgement, which is definitely a quality you want in a partner (reflects well on you, that). And okay, while there are some Ravenclaws who buck this tendency towards wisdom, most of them are pretty shrewd.

When you’re in need of advice and comfort, you could do a lot worse than seek out a Ravenclaw. They know what to say, when to say it, and they’re never afraid to speak their minds.

They’re not pretentious

On top of that, most Ravenclaws aren’t worried about keeping their knowledge to themselves.

From Luna Lovegood to Garrick Ollivander to Head of House Professor Flitwick, Ravenclaws are generally happy to share their experiences, which is always good for a relationship. Plus they know so much stuff. You’d never have to read a textbook again, and just think how much easier it would be to complete a crossword or score 100 per cent in a quiz with a Ravenclaw at your side.

They prize individuality

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In his ‘Welcome to Ravenclaw’ speech (which you can only hear if you have been sorted into Ravenclaw), prefect Robert Hilliard talks about Ravenclaw’s people being ‘the most individual’ of any Hogwarts house. In Ravenclaw Tower, individuality – even eccentricity – is a trait to be prized. As free thinkers and free spirits, Ravenclaws push the boundaries of magic in a multitude of ways: they’re happy to experiment, welcoming of new ideas, and the absolute last people to dismiss anyone for being a little bit different. There’d be no need to hide your bad habits or strange tendencies from a Ravenclaw – they’d accept you for who you are, quirks and all.

Most Ravenclaws are honest – to a fault

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Luna was the epitome of this very Ravenclaw trait. Her tendency to share her observations without any element of sugar-coating might have made her appear blunt, but she never did it out of cruelness. She doesn’t mean to do anything other than be honest.

Ravenclaws don’t tend to gossip or say things out of malice, but they will always tell the truth. And honesty makes for healthy relationships – even if it is a bit close to the bone sometimes.

They’ll impress you with their great wit

With wisdom comes wit, and Ravenclaws would surely be great company at a dinner table. Not only would they have lots of fascinating stuff to talk about, but as Hogwarts’ quickest thinkers they’d be great conversationalists. We doubt you’d ever run out of things to say to a Ravenclaw, and given their willingness to debate every question they’d probably treat every one of your sentences with the utmost respect – although we suspect they’d prefer deep and meaningful discussions to celebrity gossip. After all, you can’t even get into Ravenclaw Tower without answering a challenging question (which, incidentally, means hanging around outside Ravenclaw Tower is a great place to pick up some witty repartee.)

They’re proud of themselves

Ravenclaws are obviously clever, the Sorting Hat sings about it all the time. But it’s more than that. Enthusiasm for learning is, sadly, not always so highly prized – but that’s the point of Ravenclaw. They’re unashamed of their cleverness, proud to be part of a house that values it, and eager to share their knowledge with as many other people as will listen. Such intellectual curiosity makes Ravenclaws extremely interesting partners, and – who knows – they might spur you on to greater feats of discovery, too.

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History of Magic 101 — Assignment: Lesson 1

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HOM-101 Assignment: Lesson 1

       Before the first lesson of the History of Magic, the topic of history was never a particular fancy of mine.  I must admit that this was the subject I was least looking forward to and I had dragged my feet to class.  I now realise how wrong I’ve been.

       I used to think of history as nothing more than a mere memorisation of dates, facts, and events.  After all, that was how it was taught in the Muggle schools I attended—through rote learning.  It was delightful hearing Professor Becker mention that dates are not as important, that what’s more important is to understand how people have shaped history—the ideas and the messages behind their words, actions, and causes.  That captivated my interest.

       History shouldn’t just be a simple recollection of the past, but as a way to learn to help the present and shape our future.  To cease the never-ending cycle of history repeating itself, to improve ourselves and become better wizards, to improve the world and make it a better place to live in, both in current times and for the future; that’s what’s essential.  A remembrance of the good-doings, of the triumphs and the bloodshed; to learn from the mistakes of the past and to keep the dark forces at bay—these are the reasons why it is necessary for students to study history.

       Although I’m new to the Wizarding world and have very little knowledge of magical history, I do know that a recurrence of Voldemort and the Death Eaters would be an atrocity.  A Third Wizarding War would cause widespread devastation.

Roots

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“Our roots affect who we become… Our identities are formed from the roots and up.

“…A muggle-born will grow up without the Tales of Beedle the Bard, half-bloods will know a balance of each world, whereas many pure-bloods will be at odds in the world of muggles.”

— Professor Tudor, Herbology 101

Wise Words in History of Magic 101

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“History is important to us because we are living it, because we are in it, and because we are going to make it. It is happening at every second, minute, and moment in time… History is also important to us because without it we cannot possibly hope to survive… There would be laws broken every day and wars breaking out every second, because we just wouldn’t know.”

— Professor Becker, History of Magic 101

Ravenclaw House

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Ravenclaws prize wit, learning, and wisdom. It’s an ethos etched into founder Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem: ‘Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure’.

 

Ravenclaw Welcome Message

Congratulations! I’m Prefect Robert Hilliard, and I’m delighted to welcome you to RAVENCLAW HOUSE. Our emblem is the eagle, which soars where others cannot climb; our house colours are blue and bronze, and our common room is found at the top of Ravenclaw Tower, behind a door with an enchanted knocker. The arched windows set into the walls of our circular common room look down at the school grounds: the lake, the Forbidden Forest, the Quidditch pitch and the Herbology gardens. No other house in the school has such stunning views.

Without wishing to boast, this is the house where the cleverest witches and wizards live. Our founder, Rowena Ravenclaw, prized learning above all else – and so do we. Unlike the other houses, who all have concealed entrances to their common rooms, we don’t need one. The door to our common room lies at the top of a tall, winding staircase. It has no handle, but an enchanted bronze knocker in the shape of an eagle. When you rap on the door, this knocker will ask you a question, and if you can answer it correctly, you are allowed in. This simple barrier has kept out everyone but Ravenclaws for nearly a thousand years.

Some first-years are scared by having to answer the eagle’s questions, but don’t worry. Ravenclaws learn quickly, and you’ll soon enjoy the challenges the door sets. It’s not unusual to find twenty people standing outside the common room door, all trying to work out the answer to the day’s question together. This is a great way to meet fellow Ravenclaws from other years, and to learn from them – although it is a bit annoying if you’ve forgotten your Quidditch robes and need to get in and out in a hurry. In fact, I’d advise you to triple-check your bag for everything you need before leaving Ravenclaw Tower.

Another cool thing about Ravenclaw is that our people are the most individual – some might even call them eccentrics. But geniuses are often out of step with ordinary folk, and unlike some other houses we could mention, we think you’ve got the right to wear what you like, believe what you want, and say what you feel. We aren’t put off by people who march to a different tune; on the contrary, we value them!

Speaking of eccentrics, you’ll like our Head of house, Professor Filius Flitwick. People often underestimate him, because he’s really tiny (we think he’s part elf, but we’ve never been rude enough to ask) and he’s got a squeaky voice, but he’s the best and most knowledgeable Charms master alive in the world today. His office door is always open to any Ravenclaw with a problem, and if you’re in a real state he’ll get out these delicious little cupcakes he keeps in a tin in his desk drawer and make them do a little dance for you. In fact, it’s worth pretending you’re in a real state just to see them jive.

Ravenclaw house has an illustrious history. Most of the greatest wizarding inventors and innovators were in our house, including Perpetua Fancourt, the inventor of the lunascope, Laverne de Montmorency, a great pioneer of love potions, and Ignatia Wildsmith, the inventor of Floo powder. Famous Ravenclaw Ministers for Magic include Millicent Bagnold, who was in power on the night that Harry Potter survived the Dark Lord’s curse, and defended the wizarding celebrations all over Britain with the words, ‘I assert our inalienable right to party’. There was also Minister Lorcan McLaird, who was a quite brilliant wizard, but preferred to communicate by puffing smoke out of the end of his wand. Well, I did say we produce eccentrics. In fact, we are also the house that gave the wizarding world Uric the Oddball, who used a jellyfish for a hat. He’s the punch line of a lot of wizarding jokes.

As for our relationship with the other three houses: well, you’ve probably heard about the Slytherins. They’re not all bad, but you’d do well to be on your guard until you know them well. They’ve got a long house tradition of doing whatever it takes to win – so watch out, especially in Quidditch matches and exams.

The Gryffindors are OK. If I had a criticism, I’d say Gryffindors tend to be show-offs. They’re also much less tolerant than we are of people who are different; in fact, they’ve been known to make jokes about Ravenclaws who have developed an interest in levitation, or the possible magical uses of troll bogies, or ovomancy, which (as you probably know) is a method of divination using eggs. Gryffindors haven’t got our intellectual curiosity, whereas we’ve got no problem if you want to spend your days and nights cracking eggs in a corner of the common room and writing down your predictions according to the way the yolks fall. In fact, you’ll probably find a few people to help you.

As for the Hufflepuffs, well, nobody could say they’re not nice people. In fact, they’re some of the nicest people in the school. Let’s just say you needn’t worry too much about them when it comes to competition at exam time.

I think that’s nearly everything. Oh yes, our house ghost is the Grey Lady. The rest of the school thinks she never speaks, but she’ll talk to Ravenclaws. She’s particularly useful if you’re lost, or you’ve mislaid something.

I’m sure you’ll have a good night. Our dormitories are in turrets off the main tower; our four-poster beds are covered in sky blue silk eiderdowns and the sound of the wind whistling around the windows is very relaxing.

And once again: well done on becoming a member of the cleverest, quirkiest and most interesting house at Hogwarts.

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The Ravenclaw Common Room

 

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