T5W – Ravenclaw Book (Characters)

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

This week’s topic so happens to be books that represent your Hogwarts house. However, I decided to do my own little thing and instead pick characters that would share the same Hogwarts house. That’s because I have a confession, and that is that I haven’t read Harry Potter… I know, shame. But that series is so hyped that it is the most intriguing to me. But I’ll get to it, one day… So it was pretty hard to pick books that would fit, so instead I chose to pick characters (from books, although some may count as books for Ravenclaws).

I did the test like twice before, and got Ravenclaw (if I remember correctly). Did the test now again, and got Ravenclaw again, so I trust that’s my house. Plus, I relate  a lot to this house since I’ve always had a deep love for learning, science and discovery, plus creativity and individuality (like when I was little I always wanted to do something that was uncommon here). So it’s little surprise that I mostly relate to characters who’re Ravenclaw or share traits with the house.

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam and Lainey on this Goodreads group.

5. Jack from The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett

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โ€œNevertheless, the book gave Jack a feeling he had never had before, that the past was like a story, in which one thing led to another, and the world was not a boundless mystery, but a finite thing that could be comprehended. โ€

Jack is clearly Ravenclaw. He has a desire for any kind of knowledge, just for the sake of knowledge, and a deep desire to create something original and magnificent. He’s intelligent by nature, but was underestimated as a child due to his somewhat ‘absent’ look and appearance (which is another trait he shares with many of his fellow Ravenclaws).

4. Hoid from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

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“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think but to give you questions to think upon.”

There are several worthy Ravenclaw candidates in this book, so I’m doing a little ‘honorary mention’ here (as I don’t want to mention the same book twice) and that goes to the royal cousins Jasnah and Renarin Kholin, who are both awesome. But I chose to go with Hoid as he is not only one of my favorite characters of Sanderson’s books, but also as he represents most of his books.

Probably Sanderson’s most mysterious character, he would have actually made it to the 2nd place had it not been for that we actually don’t know enough to properly sort him. He could probably go as much into Slytherin (especially after his little “warning” speech to Dalinar near the end of WoR) but for the most part, he reveals traits that fit within the Ravenclaw house. His alias is a hint for the start, but the way he acts and talks makes him sound very “Ravenclawy”. He says intelligent and witty comments, his words usually hide a much deeper, secret meaning and wisdom. Not to mention the fact that Hoid loves to philosophy whenever he gets the chance (and with anyone). And although we don’t know whose side he’s on (if anyone’s), he’s not shown to be villainous or manipulative of the others (he’s actually more “maneuvering” in his behavior to get people to do what he wants, and that actually helps them).

Plus don’t forget that Hoid slanders other characters in both books for sacrificing other people like resources for their personal ambition, which is a very Slytherin trait. Just because you might have a secret agenda or ambition doesn’t mean one automatically becomes a Slytherin. Many examples show that the sorting hats sort after who we want to be as much as who we are.

3. Lord Henry from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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“Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory about,” he answered in his slow melodious voice. “But I am afraid I cannot claim my theory as my own. It belongs to Nature, not to me. Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.”

The cynical and manipulative Lord Henry may appear as the typical popular Slytherin student, but when analyzing his character (which I actually had to do for an essay), one will realize that he’s actually a Ravenclaw.

Lord Henry shows a philosophic and scientific interest in humanity’s darker nature, but never acts on it himself. He lacks any ambition nor, as stated, any desire to act out what he says or just any goal with what he does. Instead, he charms himself and his immoral ideas into other people’s heads with witty and philosophical comments, then proceeds to observe them like a scientist observing a lab-rat.

In that way, Lord Henry demonstrates the more villainous traits (although he’s not exactly a villain in the book) of a Ravenclaw who just happens to have gone too far. From the mind of a Ravenclaw, his character is very interesting to analyze…

2. Faith from The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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“She had always believed deep down that science would not judge her, even if people did.”

Faith’s deep love for discovery and science makes her a clear candidate for the Ravenclaw house. She’s also feeling a bit of an outsider due to this love that is not considered ‘proper’ for a girl in her time period, but Ravenclaw house is famous for accepting and welcoming the little “odd” ones. Although she later demonstrates traits that could fit her into Slytherin, Faith is still a Ravenclaw at heart.

1. Raptor Red from Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker

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A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers. She is an intelligent killer…”

Yes, the first place for a Ravenclaw goes to a raptor. But there’s a reason for that.

For her, the Ravenclaw traits are the very thing that’s vital for her life. She’s an intelligent killer who uses her experiences to survive, but also highly developed problem solving and creativity. The Utahraptor exhibits the Ravenclaw traits at their “core”, why they are important for beings to survive and, most importantly, develop.

 

What are your picks for this week’s theme? Got any editions of your own? Agree or disagree on how I sorted any character? Comment below! โค

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “T5W – Ravenclaw Book (Characters)

  1. I sorted all of the Pillars characters once – I’m not sure I remember them all, but Jack is definitely a Ravenclaw!!! Also Philip is the most Slytherin character ever, which I love because you’d never think of a monk being in Slytherin.

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    1. Omg yes Philip!! I loved his character, how cunning he was yet always ment good though he sometimes didn’t realize that his actions could have negative effects and ooohhh Follett creates such complex and interestung characters! What did you sort the others as?? โค

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      1. Ahhh let’s see if I can remember. Philip is the one that stands out to me the most because I was just like YOU ARE THE MOST SLYTHERIN CHARACTER EVER. You’re so right, Follett creates such multi-faceted characters. And Philip is so fascinating, he’s so ambitious but truly believes his ambitions will bring about justice. He’s a good person but so fundamentally flawed, which makes him such a great character.

        Okay, let’s see.

        Philip – Slytherin
        Jack – Ravenclaw
        Tom Builder – SUCH A HUFFLEPUFF
        Ellen – hmmm, I could make a case for any of them except Hufflepuff… kind of leaning toward Ravenclaw??? She’s clever and resourceful but not really in an ambitious way… She’s obviously very intelligent – moreso than most of the people around her. But I’m not sure???
        William – Slytherin. Duh.
        Aliena – another tricky one…. anything but Slytherin. I’m so torn. Ravenclaw (very intelligent and resourceful!), Gryffindor (so brave, she put up with so much shit but didn’t let it break her), or Hufflepuff (loyalty – honoring the promise she made to her father about Richard at all costs). What do you think???
        Richard – Gryffindor
        Waleran – Slytherin

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      2. Omg all of these are so true. But I actually imagine Ellen as Gryffindor! She’s fiercly proud and brave (giving birth and living in the wild isn’t something anyone can do). Hmmm I think Aliena might be either Hufflepuff because not only is she fiercly loyal to those she love, she feels no need to take credit for the things she does, she only gets mad when people are mistreated or when she didn’t get paid so they could survive. She never even thought of glory when wanting to take back Shiring, only of wanting to keep her promise to her father and improve things. Like she did all the work for her brother.

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      3. I was definitely between Ravenclaw and Gryffindor for Ellen! I do see Slytherin traits in her as well, but not as much as these two. I think you make a good case for her being a Gryffindor though, so let’s go with that.

        Good point about Aliena! The fact that she was willing to do all the hard work herself to build up her wool business is huge. And you’re right, she’s never in it for the glory or for personal gain – it’s all about Richard and the promise she made to her father, and then Jack as well later on. Also, her agreeing to marry Alfred despite wanting to marry Jack was such a selfless thing.

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      4. Hahah then let’s just put Ellen with the Hufflepuffs ๐Ÿ˜‚ (she’d create chaos for them ๐Ÿ˜‚)

        Omg yes Alieeena ๐Ÿ˜ข I’d fight anyone who’d slander her, and her ending had me bawling tears with exhausting and happiness hahah…

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      5. Aliena is seriously one of my favorite characters from anything ever. She’s so strong and amazing!!! I love Jack and Philip too, and I love William and Waleran as villains, but I would go to war for Aliena.

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      6. Omg yes to all!!! Let’s forget Dumbledors Army, we’re Aliena’s Army ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚

        You haven’t read World Without End yet right? You must haha, but I think those characters would be –
        Caris: Slytherin, but like Philip she proves that ambition in itself isn’t evil.
        Merthin: Gryffindor! He’s a lot in the way that makes Jack a Ravenclaw, but Merthin is a lot more proud and values loyalty a lot (to the point of being a little bit problemtic, since one of them happens to be the villain)
        Gwenda: I actually think she’s Hufflepuff, but she’s one of the fierce ones. That makes her friendship with Caris (a kind Slytherin) so great.
        Godwyn: The monk is so slytherin, he’s such a wonderful contrast to Philip (he’s also a monk) great.
        Ralph: Gryffindor, like his brother Merthin. But the evil kind of a Gryffindor. Sure he could fit into Slytherin but his ambitions were always glory and he HATES the thought of anyone looking down on him. And he id actually pretty conflicted because of his loyalty to his brother (they’re also a great contrast to Jack and Alfred)

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      7. Hahaha, Aliena’s Army, I love it!

        Omg no I have not read World Without End yet!!!!! I should really prioritize that, though. Hopefully this summer I’ll get to it! I’m really intrigued by the fact that Caris is a Slytherin, because you mentioned before that you love her a lot, and I love good Slytherin characters. I’ll have to bookmark this and come back to it after I read the book, haha.

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