Hi 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…
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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.
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!)
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.