Is wit, gaining knowledge, and being creative your passion? Do you feel a certain warmth around your heart when you see an eagle covered in blue and bronze? I think you know where we’re going with this…yep, I am talking about one of the four houses at Hogwarts in Harry Potter. it’s time to make an entrance for some Ravenclaws, specifically 15 of the most famous Ravenclaws!
15. Padma Patil
In the Harry Potter world, we’re very fond of twins, so here’s one famous twin!
The Padma and Parvati Patil were, funnily enough, separated into different houses once they got to Hogwarts. Parvati got into Gryffindor and Padma got into Ravenclaw. Nevertheless, we see them throughout the books helping Harry, Ron, and Hermione and even becoming part of Dumbledore’s Army in Order of the Phoenix.
Padma is a popular Ravenclaw and she even became a prefect in her 5th year, but why we love her the most (let’s be honest) is because of the iconic Yule Ball during Goblet of Fire. As we all can recall, Padma was Ron’s date for the ball and there’s nothing more fun than jealous Ron and miserable Harry sitting at the table all night wallowing in their sorrows while the girls sit next to them.
14. Laverne de Montmorency
You may not have heard of Laverne if you’re not a hard-core fan that knows their magical history, but this woman has deserved a spot on this list because she granted us something very important – love potions!
Ravenclaw is a house that has produced many inventors and innovators over the centuries, but there is something extremely spectacular about love potions. This lady attended Hogwarts in the 19th century (no wonder some of you haven’t heard of her) and has, you guessed it, mastered potion-making so much that she even ended up on the Chocolate Frog Cards (and we all know that is the greatest accomplishment a wizard or a witch can achieve).
13. Helena Ravenclaw (The Grey Lady)
Ghost of Ravenclaw House definitely deserves a spot on this list. This young lady, widely known among young Ravenclaws as The Grey Lady, was the daughter of the famous founder – Rowena Ravenclaw, but what is so interesting about her is her tragic story.
Helena seems rather unimportant to the story until (spoilers alert) Harry realizes that Voldemort has turned Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem into one of the Horcruxes. Harry seeks her help, only to realize who she is and how young Helena, during her Hogwarts education, stole her mother’s diadem and ran away to Albania.
Her mother, once she realized what she did, sent a man who was in love with her to find Helena. This man, once she refused to go back with him, killed her and after he realized what he’s done, he killed himself. I think you know who I’m talking about – The Bloody Baron is also known as the Ghost of Slytherin House and together they roam the halls of Hogwarts.
12. Ignatia Wildsmith
Here’s yet another famous Ravenclaw inventor without whose invention a lot of wizards could not imagine their life.
Ignatia is a famous witch responsible for inventing Floo powder. Floo powder is magical powder wizards and witches use to travel through the network of fireplaces, usually known as the Floo Network. Through the powder, they can enter any magical building.
As Laverne, Ignatia can also be found on the Chocolate Frog Cards.
11. Milicent Bagnold
Milicent might be, again, one of those characters you haven’t heard of, especially if you only watched the movies, but Milicent Bagnold is somewhat of a legend in the Wizarding World.
This woman was the Minister of Magic during Voldemort’s reign and downfall. If you’re thinking that can’t be right – that was Cornelius Fudge – well, let me correct you by saying she was Fudge’s predecessor.
She is famous for putting a lot of Death Eaters behind the Azkaban’s bar, such as Bellatrix Lestrange, Igor Karkaroff, or Barty Crouch Jr. What she is most famous for is her quote right after Voldemort was defeated for the first time and the big celebration came around the world. While wizards and witches celebrated and with this, risked their exposure, she defended them by saying: “I assert our inalienable right to party.”
10. Myrtle Warren (Moaning Myrtle)
Finding yourself in the 2nd-floor girl’s bathroom on a random sunny day in Hogwarts might just completely ruin your day because of another lovely Ravenclaw lady (that likes to haunt bathrooms).
Myrtle Warren, best known as Moaning Myrtle, used to be a Hogwarts student in the 1940s. That is until she came upon a certain creature called a basilisk – everybody’s “favourite” Serpent of Slytherin. She shows up regularly in books and the movies and she’s most helpful in Chamber of Secrets and Goblet of Fire where she shares her story and helps out Harry in the Triwizard Tournament.
After her death, she stayed at Hogwarts, usually making flood in the bathrooms when somebody made her angry or upset. She is one of the best-known Harry Potter supporting characters.
9. Quirinus Quirrell
Now, here’s a very famous Ravenclaw Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
Quirrell was a very gifted student back in his Hogwarts days and had developed an interest in the Dark Arts. He went abroad in search of Voldemort, hoping that he would get some validation and recognition in the Wizarding World.
Unfortunately, Voldemort, realizing he was a professor at Hogwarts (who, at that time, taught Muggle Studies), took advantage of him by making him a temporary Horcrux and just in time for Harry to arrive at Hogwarts for the first time! His body couldn’t handle Voldemort and had resisted, but in the end, it was not enough (spoilers alert) as he died at the end of Philosopher’s Stone.
8. Cho Chang
Cho is one of the most popular Ravenclaws during Harry’s years at Hogwarts. We also remember her as a pretty good Seeker for the Ravenclaw’s Quidditch team.
She’s a year older than Harry and we first meet her during the Goblet of Fire where she’s most known as Cedric Diggory’s girlfriend. Later on, in the Order of the Phoenix, she joins Dumbledore’s Army and becomes Harry’s love interest.
Although, because her best friend betrays the Army to Dolores Umbridge, they break up very soon and we don’t hear from her much later (although she did fight at the Battle of Hogwarts).
7. Gilderoy Lockhart
Lockhart is, yet another Ravenclaw’s Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, but also one of the most cunning characters in the series (a Slytherin in disguise perhaps).
We are introduced to “Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile” aka Lockhart in Chamber of Secrets, where he is a well-known writer and a hero. All of that, of course, is a lie (spoiler alert).
This wizard’s specialty are memory charms and taking credit for things he didn’t do. The irony though is the fact that once he went against Harry and Ron in Chamber of Secrets, a memory charm backfired and he lost his memory. After that, he spent most of his life in St. Mungo’s Hospital.
6. Sybill Trelawney
There’s something charming in everyone’s (not so) favorite Divination teacher who’s always looking to predict her students’ death.
Sybill was always made fun of throughout the books and movies, but she indeed did possess a gift and has made quite a lot of important prophecies. During her job interview with Dumbledore (spoilers alert), she predicted Voldemort’s fall and the person who was responsible for it (she did not specify it was Harry, that assumption was made by Voldemort and that was one of the reasons why Voldemort wanted to kill Harry).
She also made a prophecy regarding Peter Pettigrew, his escape, and help with the return of Voldemort in the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.
5. Xenophilius Lovegood
Luna Lovegood’s dad, editor of Quibbler, and a big believer in Deathly Hallows.
Xenophilius is perhaps, one of the most eccentric characters in the entire series. Even though he seems quite quirky, he’s a serious character who, for example, was one of the first to support Harry once he told the world that Voldemort was back.
He became incredibly important to the story after he introduced Harry, Ron, and Hermione to the Tale of the Three Brothers and the Deathly Hallows.
4. Luna Lovegood
Like father, like daughter, here’s a beloved badass character with a kind heart that definitely deserves to be in the top 5 of this list.
Luna joined Hogwarts at the same time as Harry, Ron, and Hermione and had become their good friend by the 5th year. As her father, she was seen as eccentric and unconventional, often being misunderstood by her peers. Nevertheless, over the course of Harry’s final years in Hogwarts, she has proven to be a very talented and powerful witch.
She participated in all the major events such as Battle at the Ministry’s Department of Misteries, Astronomy Tower and even led Dumbledore’s Army once Hogwarts fell into Death Eaters’ hands.
Her optimism and support towards her friends are the biggest qualities that make her a beloved character and definitely one of the most famous Ravenclaws.
3. Garrick Ollivander
There isn’t a single witch or a wizard, going back decades, who hasn’t heard the words “The wand chooses the wizard.”
Ollivander’s family has been associated with wand-making for centuries. This talented Ravenclaw discovered that wand-making is his passion. He was so good at his profession, that he was praised as the best wandmaker in the world.
Ollivander sure did make a name for himself, but what is so interesting about him is his iconic quote. Before him, wizards and witches would apparently choose their own magical cores for their wands. Ollivander was the first to turn upside down this paradigm believing that this was crucial in changing the temperament of the wand.
2. Filius Flitwick
There’s no one better to take the 2nd place in this list than our favorite Head of Ravenclaw House.
Flitwick is, together with Luna Lovegood, a true example of inclusion and diversity in the series. His descent is a part goblin and because of this, he was judged and bullied throughout his youth. An intelligent Ravenclaw that he is, he learned to face his obstacles and not let them stand in a way of achieving great things.
Soon after he finished his education at Hogwarts, he became a teacher and the Head of Ravenclaw House. He was always seen as a model student and after becoming a teacher he was considered the greatest Charms Master of his time.
Always a positive and protective figure, students looked up to him and sought comfort and advice when in need as he always managed to have his doors open for his students.
There’s no doubt as to why he was such a popular teacher.
1. Rowena Ravenclaw
In the first place, there can’t be anyone else, but the woman the House is named after.
Rowena, together with some of the best wizards and witches of her time (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin), founded Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, somewhere in the 10th or 11th century.
A fun fact about this Hogwarts founder is that, according to some magical history sources, both the location and the name of our beloved school – Hogwarts – were chosen by Rowena. Apparently, she had a dream about a warty hog that led her to a cliff near a lake.
Another fun fact is that she was the one who came up with the idea of floor/staircase changes in the castle.
She valued creativity, wisdom, intelligence, and innovation and chose her students accordingly. No wonder there are so many famous Ravenclaws.