What makes someone a Ravenclaw from Harry Potter? Ravenclaw is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry along with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. It's the job of the Sorting Hat to decide which House a student belongs in. It's a fun concept for Harry Potter book readers and viewers of the film franchise to sort themselves into one of the four Houses so we broke down the characteristics of Ravenclaws.
The official Ravenclaw House colors are blue and bronze but some people would argue that they're blue and grey based on the movies. Their mascot is an eagle and the House element corresponds with air. Ravenclaw was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, a powerful Scottish witch. She helped build Hogwarts with the goal of building the world's best school for magic. It was Rowena who decided which traits House Ravenclaw would value.
Ravenclaws are known for their wisdom, creativity, and wit. The quote "wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure" was even etched on Rowena's diadem. Members of House Ravenclaw cherish learning which is why they are highly regarded for their academic success. They can be very competitive at times and they usually use different methods to get ahead of the rest. Rather than a password used to get into the Ravenclaw common room, students must solve a riddle to gain entry.
Filius Flitwick is the head of House Ravenclaw as he also serves as the Charms Master at Hogwarts. The wizard was one of the tops of his class during his time as a student. Other notable names who were sorted into Ravenclaw include Gilderoy Lockhart, Sybill Trelawney, Garrick Ollivander, Padma Patil, and Cho Chang.
Of course, one of the most memorable Ravenclaws would be Luna Lovegood. The young witch was often described as quirky and eccentric but she was also highly creative and intelligent. Luna once designed a lion head shaped hat to show her support for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. The hat would come to life with a ferocious roar at the tap of a wand which displayed her unique creative mind. After helping defend her school during the Battle of Hogwarts, Luna went on to become a talented Magizoologist.
Hermione Granger was almost sorted into House Ravenclaw before the Sorting Hat decided on Gryffindor. Considering she was a model student during her time at Hogwarts, Hermione would have perfectly fit into Ravenclaw had the House been chosen for her. This goes to show that some people might have qualities from more than one House. The same notion goes those looking to sort themselves into one of the Harry Potter Houses. Just because you identify as a Ravenclaw, doesn't mean you can't share qualities from some of the other Houses.