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Rowena Ravenclaw was one of the four Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and gave her name to Ravenclaw House. Noted for her cleverness and creativity, Ravenclaw was regarded as "the most brilliant witch of her time."

Her daughter was Helena Ravenclaw, who later became the Ravenclaw house ghost, The Grey Lady.


Rowena Ravenclaw was the founder of Ravenclaw house, after whom it is named.

From the Story

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Discovered in chapter 9, The Writing on the Wall

At first the four founders worked together, bringing together young witches and wizards to teach them the magical arts. However, one founder – Salazar Slytherin – believed that only those from all-magic families should receive their education at Hogwarts. Ravenclaw, along with the other two founders – Helga Hufflepuff and Godric Gryffindor – welcomed Muggle-borns into the school, which prompted Slytherin to leave.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Discovered in chapter 12, The Triwizard Tournament

The Sorting Hat reveals in its song that Rowena Ravenclaw wanted the cleverest students for her house. Along with the other founders, Rowena helped give the Sorting Hat brains to allow it to sort the students itself after they were gone.

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