If brains were gold, Ravenclaws would be richer than Gringotts. These clever-clogs are known for being wise, witty, and as loyal as a fully trained Crup.
They’re the ones you go to when you need help with your Charms homework or forget the right ingredients for that potion you’re brewing. Just don’t ask them to help you cheat on an exam— they’re too smart to risk their reputation!
While some Ravenclaws may use their intelligence to outsmart others, most are as trustworthy as a goblin with a contract. They use their smarts to make the wizarding world a better place.
In this article, you’ll discover the most famous and notable witches and wizards to come from Ravenclaw—the ones who put the “wit” in witty, and the “wise” in wise-cracking.
Table of Contents
- 10. Quirinus Quirrell
- 9. Ignatia Wildsmith
- 8. Millicent Bagnold
- 7. Gilderoy Lockhart
- 6. Cho Chang
- 5. The Grey Lady (Helena Ravenclaw)
- 4. Garrick Ollivander
- 3. Luna Lovegood
- 2. Filius Flitwick
- 1. Rowena Ravenclaw
10. Quirinus Quirrell
If you thought Snape was the most awkward Hogwarts professor, wait till you meet Quirinus Quirrell. He’s known for having a serious case of weak-knees in the presence of trolls—but this is just an act. He used his timid demeanor to avoid suspicion, secretly helping the Dark Lord steal the sorcerer’s stone.
Growing up, Quirrell was truly shy and timid, the kind of person who gets picked on even by house elves. But he dreamed of fame and glory, so he left his job at Hogwarts to track down Voldemort. Unfortunately for him, the Dark Lord was less interested in Quirrell’s skills than in using him as a glorified Uber driver.
Voldemort hitched a ride on Quirrell’s back, and the professor was forced to play host to the most evil wizard in history—which is like inviting a Hungarian Horntail to a tea party.
Quirrell got more than he bargained for. He ended up in a showdown with the Boy Who Lived, and let’s just say it didn’t go well for him. Let this be a lesson to all Hogwarts professors: if you’re going to help a dark wizard, at least make sure you get dental insurance out of the deal.
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9. Ignatia Wildsmith
You might think Floo Powder was invented by some mad scientist with crazy hair, but nope: it was Ignatia Wildsmith, a Ravenclaw wizarding hero.
Her invention allows wizards to use fireplaces for travel, which is like having a magical portal that gets soot in your hair. You know it’s a good invention when even the Ministry of Magic is using it.
As a member of Ravenclaw House, Ignatia was so smart, she probably invented a spell to help her ace her OWLs without studying.
If that’s not impressive enough, just check out her Chocolate Frog Card, which is like the wizarding version of a baseball card. She’s right up there with famous witches and wizards like Dumbledore and Merlin. Now that’s some serious wizarding street cred.
8. Millicent Bagnold
If you thought your job was tough, imagine being Millicent Bagnold, the Minister of Magic during the first rise of You-Know-Who. She had a lot on her plate, like dealing with terrifying Death Eaters and wrangling unruly hippogriffs.
As Minister, she presided over the trials of Bellatrix Lestrange and Bartemius Crouch Jr., and sent them straight to Azkaban—where they belonged.
But Millicent also had to deal with the case of Sirius Black, Harry Potter’s godfather. Unlike the others, he was wrongfully accused. Since the evidence was so stacked against him, Millicent had no choice but to send him to Azkaban too. She was just doing her job the best she could!
All in all, being the Minister of Magic during Voldemort’s reign was no picnic. It’s a good thing Millicent had a tough exterior and a good sense of humor, or she might have ended up as batty as Professor Trelawney.
7. Gilderoy Lockhart
Gilderoy Lockhart was a pretty boy wizard who loved to spin yarns about his amazing adventures taking down dark creatures. He wrote so many books, it was like he was trying to set a world record for “Most Tall Tales Told in a Lifetime.”
But here’s the thing: he was a total fraud. He wiped the memories of the witches and wizards who’d actually accomplished these things, then stole their stories for himself!
His one skill was the Memory Charm. As far as other spells went … he could hardy muster an Alohomora. It’s like he spent all his time practicing how to cheat on a test instead of studying.
When he became the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts, it was like the blind leading the blind. He only took the job because he wanted to be adored by his fans and have his own personal cheering section. Plus, he could make his students buy his books as textbooks for the class—which is like a teacher making you buy their self-published autobiography on Amazon.
When the Chamber of Secrets was opened, Lockhart pretended like he knew all about it, even though he probably couldn’t even cast a decent Lumos spell. When Ron and Harry forced him to go into the Chamber, he tried to Memory Charm them, but ended up wiping his own brain instead.
Now he spends his days drooling and babbling at Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, a wizarding nursing home for people who drank too many Memory Potions.
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6. Cho Chang
Ah, Cho Chang, the lady who caused many Hogwarts students to swoon! Known for being intelligent, kind, and popular, she was the girl every guy wanted to date—particularly Harry Potter.
Cedric Diggory, though, was the one who caught her eye. Sadly, their romance was short-lived thanks to You-Know-Who.
After Cedric’s untimely death, Cho was heartbroken. But instead of just moping around, she joined Dumbledore’s Army and learned to fight against the Dark Arts to avenge her fallen boyfriend.
During her time in the army, she finally fell for Harry, who’d had a crush on her for some time. However, their relationship hit a snag when an awkward Valentine’s Day date left Cho running out of the café.
The last straw? Cho’s friend ratted out Dumbledore’s Army, ruining Harry’s secret class. And even though her friend acted like a total git, Cho stood by her, proving that loyalty was her middle name!
5. The Grey Lady (Helena Ravenclaw)
The Hogwarts ghost you don’t want to mess with is The Grey Lady, the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw herself!
Helena was jealous of her famous mother’s success and decided to swipe her prized possession: a diadem that made the wearer’s wisdom increase.
The betrayal ruined their relationship. But when Rowena got sick, she sent the Bloody Baron to fetch Helena so she could say goodbye to her daughter one last time. The bitter Helena refused. In a fit of rage, the Bloody Baron murdered her. Realizing what he’d done, the Bloody Baron killed himself next. He became Slytherin’s ghost, while Helena kept it in the family, haunting Ravenclaw.
Later, Tom Riddle conned Helena into revealing the diadem’s location and then turned it into one of his Horcruxes. Poor Helena should have worn it herself!
4. Garrick Ollivander
Garrick Ollivander was widely regarded as the wizarding world’s best crafter of wands. He came from a long line of wandmakers and learned from them his whole life before opening his own shop in Diagon Alley.
His wands were in a league of their own, so Hagrid took Harry to his shop when it was time for the boy wizard to get his dream wand.
Unfortunately, Ollivander’s reputation caught the attention of some unsavory characters. He was kidnapped by Death Eaters who wanted to know his secrets—particularly regarding the Elder Wand, which he had studied in depth. They tortured him relentlessly until luckily, Harry Potter and his crew swooped in to save him in time.
Ollivander was eternally grateful and returned to his passion of making wands after the war. Let’s just hope he beefed up his security after that debacle.
3. Luna Lovegood
The quirkiest member of Ravenclaw, Luna Lovegood is a fan-favorite thanks to her eccentricities and true-to-herself nature. Her dad, the editor of The Quibbler, raised her after her mom passed away when Luna was just a little witch.
Since she observed her mother’s death, Luna can see Thestrals: those otherwise invisible, horse-like creatures that pull the Hogwarts carriages.
She’s never afraid to express her individuality. Even when other students tease her, she stays firm in her beliefs.
Luna is an essential member of Dumbledore’s Army, eventually co-leading the group with Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley.
Later in life, she marries Rolf Scamander, Newt Scamander’s grandson, and becomes a Magizoologist, traveling the world to discover magical creatures. Just another day in the life of an extraordinary witch!
2. Filius Flitwick
Filius Flitwick was a tiny wizard, but don’t be fooled by his stature. He was part-goblin and goblins were seen as lesser than wizards, so people tended to underestimate him. But he proved this wrong by becoming the Charms Master and Head of Ravenclaw House.
He was known for being a fun-loving professor who loved cracking jokes and casting spells. Unlike Snape, he never favored students in his own House, treating everyone with equal respect.
His charms were so good that he protected Hogwarts from the Dark Lord’s wrath twice: first by helping secure the Sorcerer’s Stone, then by fighting bravely during the Battle of Hogwarts. So if you ever need a good luck charm or someone to teach you how to cast a spell or two, Filius Flitwick is your guy!
1. Rowena Ravenclaw
Rowena Ravenclaw is the clever and creative founder of Ravenclaw House. She believed in brainpower over brawn, and her House members are known for their intelligence and wit.
Her daughter, Helena, stole her precious diadem. Some say this caused her to die of a broken heart, but it was more likely illness that ended her life.
Rowena was also a champion for equality and inclusion at Hogwarts. She didn’t take kindly to Salazar Slytherin’s pureblood elitism and stood up to him, driving him out of the school.
Thanks to her and Hogwarts’ other two founders, muggle-born witches and wizards can attend Hogwarts without fear of discrimination. Cheers to you, Rowena, for being the ultimate Ravenclaw role model!
Ravenclaws may be known for their intelligence, wit, and wisdom, but they’re also a quirky bunch with a knack for the absurd. So, the next time you find yourself in the company of a Ravenclaw, remember to keep an open mind and prepare for some unexpected surprises! Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two about the magical world and beyond.