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Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Ravenclaw Characters From Non Harry Potter Books

Top 5 Tuesday.jpgHi my friends!

I’m especially excited about this weeks Top 5 Tuesday!

Shannah @ Bionic Book Worm has themed the Top 5 Tuesday for February and it’s all about Harry Potter. This week is Ravenclaw!

The reason I’m especially excited is because…

…Drum roll please…

…Hold onto the anticipation…

…Keep it going…

Yeah, it’s because I’m a Ravenclaw! It was probably a bit obvious where that was headed, wasn’t it?

Now the interpretation of how to do this has been left up to bloggers and I’ve decided to go with 5 characters from other books that I think would belong in Ravenclaw.

Reminder: Not all characters have every single trait but I’ve tried to place them where I think the majority of their traits will end up.

Ravenclaw Traits

They are analytical, intelligent, logical yet impractical, curious, inquisitive, creative, witty, wise, interested in understanding things, cynics, fond of  intellectual discussion, introspective, independent, wordy, and self entertaining. They observe rather than participate, are fond of learning for the sake of learning, and good at school (or really anything that they have an interest in!)

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Alice

(Artist: Deevad)

I have to have Alice from Alice in Wonderland on here because her saying is, “Curiouser and curiouser!”

If that doesn’t sum up the ethos of what being a Ravenclaw is I don’t know what will.

Alice may think she’s logical in an illogical world but I don’t know how true that is. She is certainly impractical (who just eats and drinks stuff randomly in a strange world? Alice, that’s who) and ultimately her driving force is her natural and overriding curiousity. Obviously.

Alice has to know what’s happening, she has to regardless of where these wanderings and wondering’s may lead her.

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Frankenstein

(Artist: Abigail Larson)

Just because I’m a Ravenclaw doesn’t mean I can’t pick a character that is less than wholesome.

Sometimes curiosity can be a dangerous thing. Sometimes having the intellect to match is even more dangerous.

Victor Frankenstein from… well…. Frankenstein is an example of when an intelligent, inquisitive, analytical nature with a yearning for understanding and experimentation gets it wrong by disconnecting from the emotional side of life and solely focusing on what they can achieve.

He gets it wrong. So wrong.

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Kestrel.png

(Artist: Taylor Draws)

Last week I had Arin from The Winner’s Trilogy sorted into the Gryffindor house and so this week I sort the other protagonist, Kestrel.

I like Kestrel a great deal. She is quietly passionate and rational and has a love and talent for all things musical. Most importantly Kestrel is a strategist.

Kestrel’s talent lies in assessing and observing the state of play around her and making quick work of the nature of the situation to play to her advantage. This doesn’t mean to say that she always wins the game and this is because her natural curiosity can also work to her disadvantage. Sometimes Kestrel wants to know too much about certain situations and then ends up deeper than she’s more equipped for.

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Tyrion

(Artist: Koloromuj)

The caption under this very piece of art on DeviantArt is something that Tyrion Lannister says in the book series A Song of Ice and Fire:-

“My brother has his sword, and I have my mind. A mind needs a book like a sword needs a whetstone.”

As a fellow Ravenclaw and a book reader that statement very much resonates.

Tyrion is wise enough to know his limitations and intelligent enough to utilise his strengths. Witty isn’t just a descriptor for part of his personality but it seems to be the mantra in which he lives his life. Tyrion’s chapters in the books are genuinely some of the most heart wrenching but are also some of most superbly sharp.

His introspection allows him to assess himself and his reactions but also allows him to assess others and he often gives advice to those he feels needs it. His is a brilliant strategical mind that you hope is on your side and not your enemies.

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Cress

(Artist: Laura Hollingsworth)

Now I understand why some people may place Cress from The Lunar Chronicles into Hufflepuff. She’s loyal, compassionate and genuinely good-hearted. Cress would make a wonderful Hufflepuff.

But….. she’s a Ravenclaw. Ravenclaw’s can also be loyal, compassionate and good-hearted and Hufflepuff’s can exhibit all the Ravenclaw traits of intelligence, curiosity and introspection but I think Cress would suit the house of blue and bronze much more.

The thing is, Cress’ mind is always on. If there’s anything that can help her side step any fear or prompt her to move forward with her life it’s her natural desire to use her talents of programming and hacking to help. She also wants to see more, do more and experience more that the world has to offer.

Cress doesn’t need to get involved in combat, just allow her to use her brain and she’ll win the war for you.

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So here are my sorting hat selections for Ravenclaw!

Ravenclaws are all about brains over brawn (their viewpoint ;)) not that it stops them from getting involved in situations, some of which are massively out of their depth, just because they cannot switch the curiosity filter off.

There’s a dark side to unchecked Ravenclaws who don’t stop to question the morality of their actions. It’s fine to consider yourself intelligent and curious but sometimes the journey can lead to disastrous destinations, for themselves and others.

Best use those brains wisely.

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23 thoughts on “Bookish: Top 5 Tuesday – Ravenclaw Characters From Non Harry Potter Books

  1. I THINK I’m a Ravenclaw but online quizzes keep telling me I’m a Hufflepuff so I guess I’m…both?? “Ravenpuff,” maybe. 😛

    And I love that you included Frankenstein because I like to think of his mind as a battleground between an inquisitive scientist and a poet who leads with his heart (so between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor!) And with some people that combination brings out the best in them, but that’s unfortunately not the case with Victor. Though I think this might apply more to the Penny Dreadful version than Shelley’s. 😀

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    1. Ah but I love Hufflepuff’s! They don’t get enough love which is sad because they’re the most lovable/ loving. I like a Ravenpuff though! Sounds like a fun hybrid to be!

      I *really* need to watch Penny Dreadful because it sounds like my idea of a good time!

      I like the dark sides of all the houses – Slytherin is the most obvious but I think all of them have factors which can make them dangerous and I really felt that with Ravenclaw’s sometimes the pursuit of knowledge can be very dangerous indeed.

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  2. Hail, fellow Ravenclaw! 😁

    Now I appreciate this post very much since I enjoyed reading your descriptions of what Ravenclaws are like. Apparently they’re cynics (which is hilarious to me since I didn’t know my cynic side could make me even more of a Ravenclaw lol) but yes, the “curiosity” aspect does push one towards immorality by distancing you from your emotions. I never thought about the “dark side” of Ravenclaws before, so that was quite enlightening.

    Btw Cress…that’s an excellent take on her. I never associated “curiosity” with Ravenclaws before (because I’m slow and dumb), but for sure it does fit her traits. I like how you thought outside of the box on that one. 😉

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    1. I think there’s a trillion Ravenclaw’s out in full force for this one! I love it!

      I’m biased but I love the Ravenclaw traits and think a lot of them are spot on. For me I think the house is about preference as well as traits. If someone has multiple traits (because we all rarely fit into a box) I think a driving force behind their placement is what actually drives them.

      I never quite liked how it was done in the HP books that Slytherin was perceived as ‘evil’ and Gryffindor was the ‘greatest good’ while Ravenclaw was the edgy outsider and Hufflepuff just seemed to have no clue because all of the houses have good and bad traits.

      I think it’s about preference as much as it is traits so even if a character has certain house traits I think their motivation places them just as well!

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      1. Yes!! Perhaps that’s why in the series, Harry is told that his being in Gryffindor instead of Slytherin was his choice, not the Sorting Hat’s – that’s the final push over the edge into who you want to be. 😉

        Oh and definitely I agree about the Slytherin being evil thing. I can see how most of the bullies ended up in Slytherin (since like attracts like, and power attracts power, and as we established, it’s really up to the individual themselves who they want to be), but even so, it would have been nice to see some more good people emerging from Slytherin. Sure, Draco and Snape are shown to be redeemed, but they’re not totally normal characters lol. I think JKR starting this series with the intention of being geared towards kids definitely hindered the potential for realism/diversity in that aspect.

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        1. Definitely agree with you on the ‘geared towards kids’ statement because absolutely – she designed a ‘villain’ house and when you’re a child it’s very black and white as to who is good and who is bad. As adults we can (hopefully) see that the world is more nuanced than that and no one truly fits into a category but as humans we love to compartmentalise, categorise and stereotype.

          I wonder how many children were sorted into Slytherin as a reverse Harry – that they were desperate to be Slytherin because of familial expectations and so the Sorting Hat allowed their choices to be valid?

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          1. I agree! Thankfully JKR broke out of that black and white rut, and as a fan of the series, it’s a shame that some haters are still using that initially children’s premise as a reason why HP sucks; that it’s bad because it’s so black and white, but I’m like…the series evolved to become more morally gray, didn’t it? lol.

            You know, I’ve wondered that myself. I can’t really see any characters in the series being shown to regret their house decisions, but I can totally see it being a realistic dilemma. Like, I’d probs have chosen Slytherin as a kid if MY parents told me that it was the superior house, and I’d likely have come to hate it. 🤔

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    1. Isn’t it just?! Alice just had to be included because she is pretty much the Head Girl of Ravenclaw at this point. Tyrion is 100% Ravenclaw in my mind and though Cress could fit in with the Hufflepuffs (and I think she’s an honorary Hufflepuff) she just fit better in with the Ravenclaws to me!

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    1. Oh yay! I need to check out so many posts for this week and I’m massively behind. I think Cress is adorable and while she could slip into Hufflepuff for me she just fit better into Ravenclaw because of that programming mind and natural desire to explore.

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    1. I adore Kestrel and yes, I think she’s such a Ravenclaw through and through. I love the fact that there was a heroine who openly admitted she was no good at fighting and that she was far more skilled at the thinking/ strategic side of life. I think I needed that in a character.

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