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    Ravenclaw Tropes 
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Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning
Will always find their kind.
The Sorting Hat

This Hogwarts House was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw and exemplifies intelligence and creativity. Its colour is blue and bronze, its animal is the eagle, its ghost is the Grey Lady, its Head of House is Filius Flitwick, and it is associated with the element of air. Ravenclaws prize perception and unorthodox thinking, but they also have a reputation for being ivory-tower intellectuals who do not dare to do enough and having little interest in looking out for each other.

Notable Ravenclaws include Helena Ravenclaw, Myrtle Elizabeth Warren, Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, Filius Flitwick, Roger Davies, and Gilderoy Lockhart.


  • Awesome, but Impractical: Unlike in the other three houses, the door of the Ravenclaw common room doesn't demand official passwords, but answers on the fly to randomly generated philosophical questions. Naturally, this makes one's chance to enter heavily dependant on luck and personal factors, to the point that, according to Luna, students sometimes remain trapped outside, puzzled by particularly difficult questions, until someone else comes up with a valid answer. Also, as Ms. McGonagall demonstrates, this has the additional consequence that any person external to the house can enter the room if they happen to be brainy enough.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: The worst of Ravenclaws are prone to backstabbing one another if it means higher rankings amongst themselves.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The house colours, at least, were changed from the original blue/bronze to blue/silver because the gold/yellow for Gryffindor and Hufflepuff was so similar that, from a visual design perspective, it was more balanced for the house to share a colour with Slytherin.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the films, Ravenclaw's Animal Motif is changed from an eagle to a raven.
  • Animal Motifs: Wise, noble Ravenclaw is associated with wise noble eagles.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Not only are Ravenclaws very intelligent, but also many Ravenclaws are very attractive. Notably Harry, Ron and Ginny (and Neville, going by the film's canon) all get love interests from Ravenclaw.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As Pottermore points out, Ravenclaw may be filled with geniuses, but a lot of those geniuses are pretty darn weird (Uric the Oddball, for example, was sorted into Ravenclaw). Of course, there's Luna, too.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Their heraldic colours are blue and bronze, meant to represent the sky and an eagle's feathers respectively.
  • Ditzy Genius: The description on Pottermore states that one of its lesser-known values is eccentricity, and has graduated quite a few Ditzy Geniuses over the years.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride, which in turn, leads to them backstabbing one another to get what they want.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Represents Air among the four Houses, reflected by their most prominent staff member, Filius Flitwick, who is first introduced teaching students to make feathers fly, and their common room being in one of the highest towers.
  • Hufflepuff House: Though not as bad as the Trope Namer. Harry's love interest Cho and Honorary True Companion Luna do give the house a bit of focus.
  • Ironic Name: Ravenclaw, the house that values wit and intelligence like the titular bird, is associated with an eagle. Why? Because eagles have black (raven) claws, whilst ravens claws are actually grey.
  • Koan: Their common door only allows entry by answering a riddle, and the only two heard in the books are both metaphysical questions of this kind.
  • Meaningful Name: Ravenclaw values wit and intelligence. Ravens and other corvids are among the smartest birds in the animal kingdom, so it's not surprising that they would be in the House name.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: In addition to their brains, a lot of Ravenclaw students are said to be good-looking.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Their mascot is an eagle.
  • Out of Focus: Given that we now have a Hufflepuff protagonist in Newt Scamander, Ravenclaw is the least prominent House on the franchise. Luna is the Ravenclaw with the biggest role but she’s not introduced until the fifth book.
  • Riddle Me This: How to get into their common room, as compared to other houses, which use passwords. Ravenclaw employs an unconventional variation of the trope, however, because their riddle system seems to value verbal intelligence at least as much as true knowledge or abstract thinking: the riddles themselves are unsolvable koans, and as Ms. McGonagall shows in the last book, any equally witty wordplay is enough to make a correct answer.
  • The Smart Guy: The majority of Ravenclaw's residents tend be the more academically capable students at Hogwarts.
  • The Spock: Members of Ravenclaw House tend to be very logical and analytical, sometimes to the point of appearing cold and unfeeling, but they aren't so rigid that they'll throw the rest of the school under the bus.
  • Teen Genius: Since Ravenclaw values wisdom and cleverness, the brightest academics of Hogwarts are often from the Ravenclaw house.

    Luna Lovegood 
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Portrayed by: Evanna Lynch
Voiced by: Lupita Leal (Latin American Spanish), Monique Marques (Brazilian Portuguese)

"[All] my shoes have mysteriously disappeared. I suspect the nargles are behind it."

A Cloudcuckoolander of staggering proportions, probably because her father edits the Wizarding version of the "Weekly World News." Rowling claims that she's the anti-Hermione, in that she thinks entirely by faith whereas Hermione thinks entirely by logic. Though an oddball often used for comic relief, she is also one of Harry's most loyal supporters and probably his closest non-Gryffindor friend, forming a secondary Power Trio with Neville and Ginny that leads Dumbledore's Army in Harry's absence. Has an uncanny ability to speak aloud what others are only thinking.

Nineteen years later, she is married to Rolf Scamander, grandson of the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, becomes a wizard naturalist and discovers new species of magical beasts (but not the Crumple-Horned Snorkack), and has twin sons named Lorcan and Lysander.


  • Action Girl: Participates in the Ministry fight during the fifth book and holds her own in the final battle in the last book.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: She's quite expressive in the books, composing crazy faces and weird stares when excited, while Evanna Lynch's acting in the films gives the character a much more serene, even ethereal touch.
  • Agent Mulder: A deconstruction of the trope. Agent Mulders tend to prevail, but most of Luna's wackier beliefs end up wrong or at least unproven, and Rowling says she learns to be a little bit more sceptical in her adulthood.
  • Alice Allusion: How intentional they are is difficult to gauge, but Luna has many Alice in Wonderland parallels to her; she's a young blonde girl with an (over)active imagination, is associated with hares and rabbits, and often seen as "mad". Even the mission in the Department of Mysteries, of which she takes part, also has vibes of a sinister kind of wonderland.
  • Alliterative Name: Luna Lovegood.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Many Hogwarts students would bully her, calling her Loony and stealing her possessions.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Some fans wonder if she's got something diagnosable, due to her "quirks", possibly Asperger's syndrome, ADHD or Schizotypal personality disorder. Maybe all three!
  • Angst? What Angst?: In-universe when Harry finds out that her mother died as a child, and she watched. He offers sympathy for her and is surprised that Luna is the one comforting him.
  • Animal Motifs: Her Patronus is a hare. Like a Moon Rabbit! It might be an Alice in Wonderland reference.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When being a Quidditch commentator.
  • Babies Ever After: Has twin sons with Rolf Scamander.
  • Badass Adorable: A dorky, badass witch.
  • Badass Bookworm: Luna is an intelligent, perceptive, serene Ravenclaw (she views the Ravenclaw tower's entry riddles as fascinating philosophical conundrums)... who held her own against Bellatrix Lestrange, survived being imprisoned and tortured in Malfoy Manor, helped spearhead the resistance to Snape, fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (and after being knocked out came around in time to mind Ron and Ginny when they were wounded) and went back to Hogwarts shortly after being rescued from Malfoy Manor to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts (where at one point she stepped up to the plate and took on Harry's traditional role of driving away Dementors).
  • Badass in Distress: For a time in Deathly Hallows, when she gets held hostage with Ollivander by Voldemort.
  • Barefoot Loon: Involuntary example. Luna is considered crazy by most of her peers and, in the films, has her shoes stolen by other students.
  • Berserk Button: People insulting the Quibbler.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Luna "Loony" Lovegood, who, similar to her nickname, is... eccentric, something that she gets from her father. Despite her pacifistic nature, she proves herself repeatedly as a very capable witch.
  • Be Yourself:
    "The key to Luna is that she has that unbelievably rare quality of actually not giving a damn what anyone else thinks of her. Now, if we as adults say honestly how many people we’ve known like that I think very many of us would say uh none! And Luna’s like that. She doesn’t actually care. She’s so comfortable with being different. She’s fearless." –J. K. Rowling
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Hermione's Brunette and Ginny's Redhead.
  • Breakout Character: Even though she didn't appear until the fifth instalment, Luna quickly became one of the most memorable and beloved characters, and her portrayal by Evanna Lynch only increased her character's popularity. In fact, IGN listed Luna Lovegood as their 12th top Harry Potter character, saying that looniness made her a "delight". Empire Magazine listed Luna as their 10th favourite Harry Potter character in "The 25 Greatest Harry Potter Characters". A public vote conducted by the books' publisher Bloomsbury in 2011 saw her finish sixth.
  • Break the Cutie: When her mother died, and when she was bullied. You wouldn't know that it bothered her if you saw her, though.
  • Brutal Honesty: Harry finds it an uncomfortable habit of hers.
    • "I liked the D.A. It was like having friends."
    • (on Ron) "He's not very nice sometimes, is he?"
    • "People expect you to have cooler friends than us."
  • Character Development: An off-screen example. Rowling states Luna learns to be more sceptical as an adult.
  • Characterization Marches On: In Order of the Phoenix, in which she debuted, though generally serene, she would get visibly angry when her and her father's crazy views got questioned or insulted. That trait basically disappeared for the last two books. It probably does help that Hermione basically gave up trying to correct her.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: As a Charm Point; talk of Nargles and random streams of consciousness. In Half-Blood Prince this is a Deconstructed Trope as it is brought up that Luna faces the treatment that many real life Cloudcuckoolanders face during the educational years. She has, for example, always been an easy target of teasing by other students and, before her 4th year, her only friend was Ginny. Neither of these facts seem to bother her especially much, though.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Has a variety of both ridiculous and relatively credible conspiracy theories. While the Arbitrary Scepticism for her imaginary animals might be justified, the scepticism for the conspiracies is... not. The Wizarding world is so riddled with secret plots that the only reason the stuff Luna believes seems silly is that is sounds silly. And silly they do sound:
    • She thinks that the Aurors are part of the 'rotfang' conspiracy which is trying to bring down the Ministry of Magic by a combination of dark magic and gum disease.
    • Rufus Scrimgeour is a vampire, and the Ministry has an army of heliopaths, which are based on a handful of eyewitness reports.
    • Voldemort had just spent the previous year helping Harry win the Triwizard Tournament.
    • People in the government are trying to kill Harry.
    • Someone will try to secretly overthrow the Ministry of Magic.
    • The last three turn out to be completely accurate In-Universe: Voldemort sent Barty Crouch Jr., disguised as Mad-Eye Moody to ensure that Harry won the Tournament, Voldemort has Imperiused high-ranking members of the government with orders to capture/kill Potter, and in the end, Voldemort kills the Minister of Magic and installs a puppet leadership under his control with the majority of the Wizarding world none the wiser. Makes you rethink the nargles a little, doesn't it?
  • Creepy Good: She is a mild version of this, in that she spouts horrific conspiracy theories and seems to be attuned to whole levels of magic the other characters can't access. She even gets stuck with the nickname "Loony Lovegood" because everyone else thinks she's crazy. Her serene manner might be off-putting to people at first.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: She has trouble summoning a Patronus in fifth year when learning from Harry. Luna takes it well. We see her summon one in Book seven to save the Trio from Dementors.
  • Cuckoolander Commentator: During the last Quidditch match of the sixth book. While the game goes on she tends to draw attention to unrelated things like unusually shaped clouds or claiming that a Hufflepuff Chaser (who's failed to maintain the Quaffle for more than a few seconds) is suffering from "Loser's Lurgy".
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: She actually guessed correctly on a couple of things (see Conspiracy Theorist).
  • Cultured Badass: When not fighting Death Eaters or standing up to Harry's critics, she's rhapsodizing about the meaning of life (and death) or having philosophical debates with a door knocker.
  • Cute Witch: Even as a teen, Luna is an adorable witch.
  • The Cutie: She's easy to fall in love with.
  • Daddy's Girl: After the death of her mother, Luna was primarily raised by her father. As such, the two have a very close bond.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Downplayed. Luna witnessed her mother's death when she was nine and was a target for bullying when she entered Hogwarts. However, she was lovingly cared for her by her father and genuinely didn't care what other people thought about her.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Her actress' performance in the films is this, at least from everyone else's point of view.
  • Ditzy Genius: While being a Cloudcuckoolander, she pulls out one genius move after another when it counts.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In the films, it might be a stretch to say that she doesn't like them, as she seems comfortable wearing them most of the time, but when she temporarily loses her shoes (due to a prank by unnamed students) and is made to walk around barefoot, she treats the situation with her usual serenity.
  • Dumb Blonde: Subverted. Luna has blonde hair and her weird demeanor often suggests that she's not bright. However, it later turns out that only is Luna more perceptive than she seems and Rowling confirmed Luna is just as smart as Hermione.
  • Eccentric Artist: She's both a Cloudcuckoolander and a talented artist who decorated her bedroom ceiling with a beautiful painting.
  • Foil: She has all of Hermione's intelligence with none of her social skills or strong friendships, and she comes from a family whose insatiable curiosity about Magic seriously threatened their safety and sanity. As mentioned above, Rowling conceived of her as "the Anti-Hermione", with her sense of faith contrasting with Hermione's sense of logic.
  • Friendless Background: Luna had no friends prior to meeting Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Neville (she was casually acquainted with Ginny since they had a few classes together). One of the most heart-breaking moments in the series is when Harry sees her bedroom, which contains portraits of the five. At first, Harry thinks she's drawn chains connecting them all to each other, but on closer examination, the 'chains' are made of up the word 'friends' written over and over in tiny, beautiful hand using gold-coloured ink.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has light blonde hair and is one of the most lovably odd, but very nice characters in the series.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She forms close friendships, lasting in their adult years, with Ginny and Hermione.
  • Hidden Depths: In the seventh book, she solves a riddle off-hand that the Ravenclaw guardian gives to enter the dormitory, without even thinking about it much. Harry doesn't exactly Jaw Drop but you can feel it in the prose.
  • Hyper-Awareness: She knows people very well. Not even Polyjuice Potion can fool her. To put this into perspective, it takes months for Dumbledore and the rest of Moody's personal friends to figure out that the Moody teaching in Hogwarts is a fake. When Luna runs into a Polyjuiced Harry at Bill and Fleur's wedding, she doesn't even realize he's incognito.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: One of the most popular and beloved characters in the series, but she doesn't appear until the fifth book, out of seven.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Her comments about Hagrid instantly garner the ire of Harry, Ron and Ginny, and she absentmindedly hums “Weasley is Our King”, a song which, at the time, had been composed to insult the namesake.
  • I See Them, Too: The first character to confirm that she's also fully capable of seeing Thestrals, just like Harry was in Order Of The Phoenix. And while at first this does not particularly puts Harry at ease due to her own Cloudcuckoolander particularities its later shown that anyone who has witnessed death first hand is capable of seeing them: In Luna's case, the death she witnessed was her own mother.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: If her friends are in danger, she drops her Cloud Cuckoo Lander demeanor and will demonstrate her deft spellwork.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Luna is a Cloudcuckoolander just like her father, and share many of his beliefs.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To her father, as he was willing to sell out Harry to ensure her safety. The Death Eaters use it to their advantage.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Or rather the reverse of that; freaks are lonely. She got better by the 5th book, though.
  • Loon with a Heart of Gold: A Cloud Cuckoolander and a total sweetheart.
  • Mad Dreamer: Although given that she lives in a magic world, she may not be so crazy as she sounds.
  • The Mad Hatter: According to Rowling, Luna's aware of her own eccentricities and she couldn't care less if others judge her for it.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Her Spectrespecs.
  • Missing Mom: Luna's mother had an accident while she was experimenting with magic. Luna was nine and witnessed the whole thing.
  • Moe Couplet: Harry and Luna. Luna is a Cloudcuckoolander who hardly seems troubled by anything and helps her father run the magical equivalent of a tabloid magazine, whereas Harry becomes more traumatized as increasing numbers of his friends and loved ones die. Some of them right in front of him. Yet, Luna understands what losing a loved one feels like, enabling her to empathise with his grief over Sirius — and Harry knows what being picked on feels like, so he naturally wants to help her out when people hide Luna's things and mock her behind her back. They serve as two sides of the same coin, and some fans prefer them as a couple to Harry/Ginny.
  • Mysterious Waif: Last of her line. Mother died when she was 9. Orphan's plot trinket = Butterbeer cork necklace and Dirigible plum earrings. Also pure-hearted and kind, distracted at times, weird, persecuted, absolutely adorable.
  • Nice Girl: One of the few to believe Harry's claim that Voldemort was back and is just a great person to hang around with.
  • No Social Skills: She's brutally honest, dropping some uncomfortable truths, and is either completely uninterested or completely clueless about social interactions. She also in the fifth book abruptly comes up to Harry and says she believes him "without so much as a preliminary hello".
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: J.K. confirmed that, as a Magizoologist, Luna discovers a great deal of creatures nobody else thought existed, including some mentioned in The Quibbler. However, she never discovers a Crumple-Horned Snorkack.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Even she isn't willing to extend her Nice Girl tendencies towards Marietta after the latter betrays the D.A. Harry notes that Luna is nice to everyone, so this is pretty serious. Not so out of character, however, in hindsight: given that Luna later reveals the D.A. was the nearest to a group of friends she ever had, it's just natural that she found Marietta's betrayal heinous, to the point it rather seems her reaction was actually subdued for what it should have been.
    • In the books, it's her using a Patronus successfully to save the Trio from Dementors. She remains calm while summoning one perfectly while reassuring Harry it's okay, they're still here and fighting together despite the losses they've suffered. Harry notes that she's never summoned one before, so her love for her friends must be strong.
    • "HARRY POTTER! YOU LISTEN TO ME RIGHT NOW!" This line is so shocking and divorced from her usually airy way of talking that Harry immediately listens.
  • Oracular Urchin: Especially how her actress looks and portrays her.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Despite the large number of shippers, Harry and Luna end up marrying other people when they reach adulthood and are never an item in canon. That said, they have a unique bond thanks to early losses of close family members. Despite Luna's oddness and Harry's angst, they seem to share a mutual unspoken understanding, with Harry noting he's "never known anyone like her." Harry even names his daughter Lily Luna Potter.
  • Plucky Girl: Mr. Ollivander refers to her as "a light in that dark place" after the two of them are dragged off and locked up by Voldemort. It sounds like rather than being crushed and destroyed, as the trio feared, she was helping other people to keep hope alive.
  • The Pollyanna: This is what makes many characters and fans admire her. After discovering that she's been kidnapped by the Death Eaters, Harry quickly says that Luna's probably acting as this for the others. He's right.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: When the Trio discover her room, they find that it's painted with portraits of themselves, Ginny and Neville - with 'Friends' written on it. It would almost qualify as Room Full of Crazy if it wasn't so endearing.
  • Power Trio: With Ginny and Neville.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: To Neville in the eighth movie, but even then it apparently doesn't last long according to the actors.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Harry is Red, Luna is Blue. However, Luna is also the Red to Hermione's Blue.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: She has a penchant for odd accessories and jewelry, including a pair of Spectrespecs, a necklace of butterbeer corks, and Dirigible plum-shaped earrings.
  • Running Gag: Her hysterical overreactions to Ron's jokes, Ron being awkward around her, her Brutal Honesty, her belief in Nargles and Crumple-Horned Snorkacks, her belief that Fudge is persecuting (and eating) the Goblins, and thinking Sirius Black is innocent because he's just the alter ego of musician Stubby Boardman.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While Luna is usually of the Unkempt Beauty variety, she gets a lot of positive comments when dressed up for formal occasions. Notably she turns up to Bill and Fleur's wedding wearing a yellow dress that Harry thinks makes her look quite nice.
  • Sixth Ranger: Literally no. 6; counting the main Power Trio and first two members of her secondary trio (Neville and Ginny), Luna doesn't even get a name-drop until Book 5, excluding a undetailed, passing mention of the Lovegoods attending the Quidditch World Cup in the fourth book.
  • Sole Survivor: Of the six people who Harry named his children for, Luna is the only one who is alive after the seventh book.
  • Stealth Pun: She is, obviously, crazy. Her Patronus is a hare. You could say she's... madder than a March Hare. Alternatively, her patronus is also a reference to the Moon Rabbit.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A. She isn't as happy and cheerful on the inside as she is on the outside.
  • Teen Genius: Rowling says that she's just as smart as Hermione, but they think in different ways. Hermione is very very logical, whereas Luna is more driven by creativity and intuition.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: She learns to be more sceptical about certain things by her adulthood.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Ginny's Butch and Hermione's Femme.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She is described as pretty, only not overly concerned with her appearance (rather the opposite).
  • Waif-Fu: Shows elements of this in the books. Highlighted in the fifth film, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. She gets surprise-attacked by a Death Eater who knocks her to the floor, her head jerking back as if she's just taken a punch. She stands up, bleeding from the lip (we see this from the Death Eater's POV, and she looks tiny) and hits him with a Levicorpus so powerful it sends him flying through several rows of shelves. She smiles slightly and looks at the destruction she has caused with an expression of mild curiosity.
  • We Need a Distraction: After the Battle of Hogwarts, Luna graciously distracts the crowd so that Harry, Ron, and Hermione can make a break for the Headmaster's office in peace.

    Padma Patil 
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Portrayed by: Sharon Sandhu and Afshan Azad
Voiced by: Xóchitl Ugarte (Latin American Spanish)

"Don't you look... dashing."
— To Ron on his ridiculous dress robes

Padma Patil is Parvati's more studious, but less gregarious, twin. She is Ron's date to the Yule Ball, but he does not want to dance with her, so Parvati and Padma dance with other people. She becomes a prefect, joins Dumbledore's Army, and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Note: In the film, she is depicted as being a Gryffindor.


  • Alliterative Name: Padma Patil.
  • Culture Equals Costume: Wears Lehenga choli to the Yule Ball in the film.
  • The Dividual: As with most twins, they make nearly all of their appearances together after the fourth movie.
  • Education Mama: Implied in Cursed Child where Ron wants to bring Albus sweets when he's in hospital but Padma persuaded him to bring a new set of quills instead.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: In the books, Padma and Parvati can be identified by their different uniforms. The film makes this unnecessary by having them be fraternal, not identical, twins.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Is mentioned along with her sister Parvati as being "the two prettiest girls in [Harry's] year."
  • Nice Girl: Unlike in the book where she's eyeing Ron's frayed robes, she finds a way to compliment him, having intuited he was wearing them under protest.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Is quieter but smarter than Parvati.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Parvati's red. In the Yule Ball, they even wear colours to demonstrate this. (Parvati's are pink and Padma's are turquoise.) Coincidentally, red and blue are also the distinctive colours of their respective Houses.

    Cho Chang 
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Portrayed by: Katie Leung
Voiced by: Georgina "Gina" Sánchez (Latin American Spanish, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix), Angélica Villa (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows), Lina Mendes (Brazilian Portuguese)

"I'll expect [...] she'll be feeling guilty, thinking it an insult to [his] spoiler  memory to be kissing Harry at all..."
Hermione on Cho
Cho is the Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. She becomes Harry's first crush, but a Love Triangle forms when she starts dating Cedric Diggory. After Cedric is killed, she seems to lose her popularity. She begins showing an interest in Harry because of his connection with Cedric's death, and he has his First Kiss with her. However, her grief over Cedric combined with Harry's own problems means they are unable to move forward and split up on bad terms.
  • Academic Athlete: She's a member of the House known for intelligence, as well as their Quidditch team's Seeker.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: She finds it hilarious that Wood shouted at Harry to not be a gentleman during their first Quidditch match together.
  • Adaptational Nationality: While never stated in print, Stephen Fry gives Cho an English accent in the audio books. In the films she's played by Scottish actress Katie Leung.
  • Adapted Out: Is absent in the film adaptation of her debut appearance in the third book.
  • Age Lift: Is a year above Harry in the books but is implied to be the same age in the film's continuity. In the fifth film, Hermione makes an offhand remark about Cho worrying that she's going to fail her OWL exams. Which explains why she is in uniform with the others in the eighth film.
  • Alliterative Name: Cho Chang.
  • Amicable Exes: A scene in the eighth movie (and, more subtly, her attitude to him near the end of the final book) indicates she and Harry have become this.
  • Animal Motifs: Her Patronus is a swan, a bird famed for its beauty and considered a symbol of romance. Cho is considered to be a very beautiful witch, and is heartbroken over the death of her boyfriend Cedric.
  • Asian and Nerdy: She's the only major East Asian character and a member of Ravenclaw, the house focused on brains.
  • Character Development: Dating Michael Corner helped with her trauma between books five and seven. She rejoins Dumbledore's Army when Neville takes Harry's place, and this time is better about choosing her friends. Cho and Harry also remain Amicable Exes.
  • Composite Character: Combined with Marietta Edgecombe in the film.
  • Culture Equals Costume: Wears a Qipao to the Yule Ball in the film.
  • Derailing Love Interests: While justified, Cho becomes a Clingy Jealous Girl after hooking up with Harry. They didn't last that long. She gets better in book seven, where they are Amicable Exes.
  • Dude Magnet: She was admired for her beauty by many boys, most notably Cedric Diggory, Roger Davies, Michael Corner, and of course Harry.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Cho dates Harry for a time, but the relationship is ruined by the pair's totally different ways of handling their trauma over her deceased boyfriend, Cedric Diggory, with Harry trying to avoid it completely, and Cho (much more healthily, trying to talk about her grief and get closure while ignoring that Harry is very uncomfortable about it.
  • First Love: To Harry. Cho was the first crush and first kiss for Harry in the fourth and fifth instalment, respectively. However, the relationship didn't work out for a variety of reasons.
  • Girl Posse: Is mentioned to be often surrounded by a group of girls in the fourth book.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She appears to be a typical girly girl but is a big Quidditch lover and is Seeker for the Ravenclaw team.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Harry becomes very tongue-tied around her instantly, because of her beauty.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Eventually. She survives the Second Wizarding War and marries an unnamed Muggle man.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Inverted. She wears her hair up for her date with Harry, and he notes how pretty it makes her look.
  • Nice Girl: Cho is popular, and it's easy to see why- she's friendly, cordial, also quite gently lets Harry down when he asks her to the ball. She even forgives Marietta, seeing why she did it from her POV.
  • Operation: Jealousy: While in Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, she mentions she used to date Roger Davies in an attempt to make Harry jealous after he carelessly offers to take her along on what sounds to her like a date with Hermione.
  • Prophetic Name: As detailed above, her name means "melancholy", foreshadowing her grief over Cedric's death.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She's described as having a "long curtain" of beautiful dark hair.
  • Remember the New Guy?: How she's introduced in the film version of Goblet of Fire.
  • Romantic False Lead: For Harry. He had a major crush on her and they started dating in the 5th book. However, she was mainly interested in Harry because he was there when Cedric died.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Actually deconstructed. She latches on Harry due to serious psychological problems, rather than merely being smitten; also, Harry only knew her on a shallow basis before dating her, and neither could handle the stress.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her two main love interests (Cedric and Harry) were definite nice guys.
  • The Smurfette Principle: In the third book, she's mentioned to be the only girl on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
  • The Stool Pigeon: In the fifth film, she takes Marietta's place as this.
  • Swans A-Swimming: Her Patronus is a swan.
  • There Are No Therapists: She gets a lot of flack for using Harry to feel closer to Cedric, when anyone can see what the girl seriously needs is some grief counselling.
  • Truth Serum: In the film, this is what makes her The Stool Pigeon.
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    Roger Davies 
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Portrayed by: Henry Lloyd-Hughes
Chaser and captain of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. Very popular with the ladies.
  • Adapted Out: Is omitted from the film adaptation of his debut in Prisoner of Azkaban, as well as from his brief appearance in Order of the Phoenix.
  • Big Man on Campus: One of the popular Hogwarts students. Mostly due to his looks.
  • Chick Magnet: Popular with the ladies.
  • Covert Pervert: The sixth movie implied he tried to sneak in the girls' bathroom. note 
  • Flat Character: Doesn't get a lot of characterization, except for being handsome and a chick magnet.
  • Handsome Lech: Davies has been repeatedly noted to be quite good looking and see his Covert Pervert section for the "Lech" part.
  • Kendo Team Captain: The captain of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
  • Kid-anova: He's described as handsome and seems to be a ladies' man: he snags Fleur as his date to the Yule Ball and later canoodles with her in one of the rosebushes. In the fifth book, he's at Madam Puddifoot's, once again conspicuously kissing a girlfriend, and Cho informs Harry that he asked her out after Cedric died. Also, if McGonagall's throwaway line in the sixth film wasn't talking about another Davies, he's tried to sneak into a girls' bathroom at least once - to say nothing of the fact that his still being at Hogwarts in Harry's sixth year would have made him a fifth year at the very oldest during the above encounter with Fleur in Goblet of Fire.

    Marietta Edgecombe 

"She's a lovely person really. She just made a mistake..."
Cho Chang
A member of Cho's Girl Posse and apparently the only one to stick with her after Cedric's death. Cho dragged Marietta along to join Dumbledore's Army with her. However, Marietta was part of the crowd which believed Harry to be a liar due to the fact that her mother worked for the Ministry. After six months of keeping her silence, Marietta betrayed the D.A. to Umbridge, but ended up getting the word "SNEAK" written across her face in pimples due to a jinx Hermione placed on the parchment they signed. Rowling says the pimples eventually faded, but left a few scars.

In the film, Marietta is cut. Instead, the D.A. is betrayed by Cho herself, though not of her own free will.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Her mother wanted Marietta to win Umbridge's favour. Well, Marietta did...until Kingsley modified her memory so that she couldn't rat out the D.A. for having organized for months. Then Umbridge manhandled her. Madam Edgecombe has to live with the fact that her daughter is scarred for life out of hollow loyalty to the Ministry.
  • Composite Character: In the movie, her character is absorbed by Cho, which also changes a bit the circumstances of her betrayal.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Torn between her loyalty to Cho and her loyalty to the Ministry. Unfortunately not that conflicted when seven months pass.
  • Continuity Cameo: Marietta is given a token mention in the video game, although it follows the movie storyline and thus features Cho betraying the D.A.
  • Easily Condemned: She covers her face for the rest of the year, and the years after that to hide the marks, and it's revealed the other Ravenclaws are shunning her, even Luna. When the D.A. reforms, needless to say, Marietta is not invited this time around though Cho is.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played with. Cho defends her against Harry even after she ratted on the D.A., the implied justification being that by this point Marietta is Cho's seemingly last friend.
  • A Friend in Need: As noted, Marietta is apparently the only member of Cho's posse to stick with her after she became distraught over Cedric's death.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The "sneak" pimples. As Umbridge put it, Marietta came willingly to her office to rat out the DA rather than being drugged with Veritaserum or coerced by her mother. A Humiliation Conga follows: Hermione's jinx activates, shocking everyone who sees them, and Umbridge says if she talks further, it will make the acne worse. Then Kingsley modifies her memory so she can't nod or shake her head in response to answers, and Umbridge manhandles her in response. The next day, everyone knows that it's Marietta's fault that Dumbledore left and Umbridge appointed herself as headmistress.
  • Never Live It Down/Once Done, Never Forgotten: Forever known, both in-universe and out, as a "sneak" and the student who sold out Dumbledore to Umbridge. The last time she's ever mentioned in the books is Hermione calling her "stupid".
  • The Oath-Breaker: Marietta; told the location of their secret hideout to Umbridge after signing a magical contract claiming she wouldn't do that. As a result she had the word "SNEAK" appear on her face in pimples and was shunned by her classmates. Several books later, it's still visible. Making Hermione angry is a very very bad idea.
  • Offscreen Inertia: Her final two appearances at the end of Harry's fifth year and the start of his sixth reveal that Hermione's jinx is still on her.
  • Reality Ensues: She is shunned by everyone except Cho, including the kids in Ravenclaw, because she sold out Dumbledore to Umbridge and to the Ministry of Magic. This leads to Umbridge taking over Hogwarts and turning the Slytherins into her Inquisitorial Squad. The one thing that most of the houses can agree on is that Umbridge is horrible and a tyrant. Thus, anyone that works with her is evil by association.
  • The Stool Pigeon: In order to secure her mother's career — which from what we heard is pretty secure according to Umbridge saying Madam Edgecombe has been hellping her— Marietta rats out Dumbledore's Army, a group of students who want to practice real magic, to the teacher who refused to let people practice magic in the first place. Because of this, Dumbledore's Army gets shut down, the wise headmaster Dumbledore is made a fugitive, the cruel teacher who refused to teach magic becomes the Headmaster, and she turns the school into a dictatorship. All in all, this was somewhat predictable, since Marietta only joined the club since one of her friends didn't want to join alone.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Chooses to be lawful and hand in the D.A. to Umbridge. Unlike Percy Weasley, we never find out if she ever changed her mind or continued to support the Ministry after Voldemort took over. We do know she didn't get the chance; the D.A. refused to invite her, for obvious reasons.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because Marietta told Umbridge about the D.A., this brought Umbridge and other similar cronies down on Dumbledore's head. To protect the students, Dumbledore pretended that the D.A. was his idea and that they're his own private army. He then disappears to avoid arrest. This makes Umbridge the temporary Headmistress, and everyone in Hogwarts knows that it's Marietta's fault. But this also means Dumbledore isn't around to stop Harry from believing a false vision and going to the Department of Mysteries, which results in lots of people injured and the death of Sirius Black.

    Marcus Belby 
Portrayed by: Robert Knox
Appears in: Half-Blood Prince

A thin, nervous Ravenclaw whom Slughorn considers recruiting into the Slug Club, as his uncle Damocles invented the Wolfsbane Potion. Belby blows the interview, though, and does not appear in the club meetings. This is changed in the films, where he is seen at the Christmas party as a waiter, and not as a guest.


  • Actor Existence Failure: Robert Knox was killed in a fight when he was stabbed while trying to protect his younger brother.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: He's very shy in the books, yet hilariously blunt and rude on the films. In the scene where Slughorn asks him about his uncle Damocles, the book version of Marcus can barely stammer that his uncle and father don't get along, while his film self answers with all the aplomb in the world that his father consider Damocles' accomplishments rubbish (and his tone implies Marcus doesn't disagree).
  • Big Eater: The film has him played by a actor with a round face and portrays him greedily devouring everything set in front of him. Slughorn (perhaps in an example of Hypocritical Humour given his own build) even jokes about it. His book version also wolfs down the food, but it's due to being really nervous and not by gluttonery.
  • Hidden Depths: At least in the film, he seems to have the exact opposite kind of attitude that is supposedly found in Ravenclaw, yet the fact that he's in that house indicates he must be actually quite brainy himself deep down.
  • Jabba Table Manners: In the film, coupled with his change of physique.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Played for laughs in the European Spanish dub, where his choice of words (or rather his dad's) is changed from "rubbish" to a profanity in Spanish language that translates roughly as "bullshit". The films' dubs are almost completely devoid of coarse language in Spain, which is why the scene becomes even funnier by sheer Mood Whiplash.

    Terry Boot 
Ravenclaw student. Member of Lockhart's Duelling Club. Joins Dumbledore's Army and, at the end of the fifth book, saves Harry from an attack by Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle. In the seventh book, he hears about the Trio's raid on Gringotts and escape on the dragon, and is beaten up by the Carrows for yelling about it in the Great Hall. He later participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Ascended Extra: Before Order of the Phoenix, he was simply one of the trio's classmates who was occasionally mentioned in passing.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Hermione demonstrates the ability to perform a Protean Charm with the DA coins, Terry gets jealous and demands to know why she wasn't placed in Ravenclaw.
  • Meta Guy: In the fifth book, he asks Hermione why a Teen Genius like her wasn't sorted into Ravenclaw, a question that fans had been asking since the first book.
  • Nice Guy: He believes Harry about Voldemort coming back, and sincerely compliments Hermione on her intelligence with the DA coins. There is some envy, but he also says she would make a brilliant Ravenclaw.

    Michael Corner 
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Portrayed by: Ryan Nelson and Jack Read

Ravenclaw student who joined Dumbledore's Army and in that school year dated Ginny Weasley. They broke up at the end of that year. Michael later dated Cho Chang and participated in the Battle of Hogwarts. He is described as having dark hair, and is credited in the films as "Slightly Creepy Boy." He is skilled at Potions.


  • Adapted Out: Not his character, but his relationship with Ginny. It doesn't appear that Ginny dates him at all in the films (although they're seen sitting next to each other at the initial D.A. meeting at the Hog's Head). She's still seen hanging around with the main cast in Order of the Phoenix and gives a noticeably troubled look when Hermione mentions that Cho "couldn't keep her eyes off" Harry during the Hog's Head meeting.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is mentioned somewhat in passing as a bit of a joke. Even Ginny calls him a "fool" at one point. And he "runs off to comfort" Cho after Ginny splits with him. Think about what Cho's emotional state was for the vast majority of that book.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjected to this by the Carrows after he was caught freeing a first-year student who had been chained up by them.
  • Hidden Depths: Although Ginny does call him a fool, Michael is in Ravenclaw for a reason. He is one of only four students from his house to earn an "Outstanding" grade in Snape's potions class, and also contributes to the resistance against the Death Eater regime at Hogwarts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a prat, but he is honourable. From what we hear, he believes Harry about Voldemort with some mild scepticism, and throws himself into DA lessons. What's more, he's one of the few Ravenclaws that doesn't blame Cho for what happened with Marietta, rightly intuiting that she didn't know one of their own would turn traitor.
  • Sore Loser: Being this after Gryffindor defeated Ravenclaw at Quidditch ended his relationship with Ginny and began his bond with Cho.
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    Anthony Goldstein 

Ravenclaw student, and later on a prefect. He joined Dumbledore's Army, and later on particpated in the Battle of Hogwarts.


  • Ambiguously Jewish: "Goldstein" is an Ashkenazi Jewish surname, which has led people through the years to believe he might be a Jew. However, it is also an ancient German surname, and Anthony has been consistently portrayed as blond-haired in adaptations, likely adhering to the also probable interpretation that he has German rather than Jewish ancestry. Subverted because Rowling confirmed in 2014 he was indeed a Jewish wizard, ending all the ambiguity.
  • Ambiguously Related : According to Rowling, he’s a distant relative of Tina and Queenie but the exact relation hasn’t been revealed. This also makes him ambiguously related to Luna by marriage.
  • The Generic Guy: He has no real personality. He's just there to fill out the numbers for Ravenclaw.
  • Spear Carrier: At the founding meeting of the D.A., he calls "hear, hear!" during Hermione's speech. This is his only line in the series.
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