I Am Proud To Be A Ravenclaw

I Am Proud To Be A Ravenclaw

I take pride in being a member of the Ravenclaw house at Hogwarts.

“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”

-J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

I am proud to say that I am a humble member of the Ravenclaw House.

For any of you that might not know, Ravenclaw is one of the four houses at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The four houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and last but not least, Ravenclaw. The house was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw and is characterized by the members having a large amount of intelligence, wit, and cleverness.

One of my favorite things about Ravenclaws is that they are known for welcoming the eccentric. For example, a very well known and eccentric Ravenclaw is Professor Trelawney, the Divination professor at Hogwarts.

Something else I also think is really awesome about being a Ravenclaw is that most Ravenclaws aren't afraid to speak their mind. Being a Ravenclaw makes me feel empowered. To make things even better, there are some really cool people that are Ravenclaws. Of course, the other houses have cool people too, but I think Ravenclaws are the most interesting and have the coolest background stories.

1. Luna Lovegood

Luna's story is really interesting. Her mother died when Luna was nine through experimenting with spells, so Luna was raised by her father. Her father was the editor of The Quibbler, an eccentric wizarding magazine that talked about a lot of things most wizards and witches didn't believe in. She met and became friends with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville in her fourth year at Hogwarts, and quickly became part of their group of friends.

2. Garrick Ollivander

Garrick Ollivander was considered the best wandmaker in the world and many witches and wizards got their wands from them. He grew up in the family business of wand-making, and eventually, he began making them in his own way. He used different wand cores than what wizards were used to, and it was soon realized that there was something superior about Ollivander wands compared to others.

3. Moaning Myrtle

Born Myrtle Warren, later getting the name Moaning Myrtle after her death. She died from an attack from the Basilisk and is now "Moaning Myrtle" who haunts the girls' bathroom on the first floor of Hogwarts. She was teased a lot during her life by her classmates, which she often references to when she is crying in the bathroom.

I take pride in being a Ravenclaw, but whether you're a Ravenclaw or not, you should take pride in your house and represent them to the best of your ability.

Unsure of which Hogwarts house you would be sorted into? Check out Pottermore.com !

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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