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Harry Potter: Ravenclaw House Members Ranked By Likability

This year marks the 20th anniversary of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the first film in the eight-part Harry Potter series. It's unbelievable that it has been 20 years since its release (yup, you're old). Stars of the "Harry Potter" films will reunite two decades after the release of "The Sorcerer's Stone" for the television special "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts." Set to air New Year's Day on HBO Max, the special promises to feature in-depth cast interviews and behind-the-scenes views from all eight films. 

The special will take audiences back to magical moments like the sorting ceremony from the series, which saw The Sorting Hat dictate which house students would be placed in. While the series isn't short of members of the Gryffindor and Slytherin houses, the other two houses, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, are somewhat overlooked. With Hufflepuff having Hogwarts champion Cedric Diggory and Fantastic Beasts' Newt Scamander as members, it's high time Ravenclaws got their time to shine. Ravenclaws are known for their wit, learning, and wisdom, with their house motto being, "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." But who among them ranks the highest in terms of likability? Let's find out.

14. Marietta Edgecombe

Marietta was never featured in the films, but she played a pivotal role in the fifth book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." As Cho Chang's best friend and fellow Ravenclaw student, Marietta joined her in signing up for Dumbledore's Army (DA), a hidden Defense Against the Dark Arts class run by Harry during the reign of Dolores Umbridge at Hogwarts. At the time, Cho and Harry were romantically involved, and she wanted to be close to him, but Marietta had other plans. Her mother worked for the Ministry of Magic, which was doing all it could to discredit Harry for announcing that Voldemort was indeed back. Marietta was distrustful of Harry and never wanted to be a part of DA, making her disdain for Harry's activities well known.

In the end, Marietta betrayed the members of DA to Umbridge, and with her being Cho's best friend, that put an end to any more romantic activities between Harry and Cho. Harry ultimately blamed her for being friends with Marietta, while Cho defended her friend for being placed in a difficult situation. The end of Harry and Cho's relationship allowed Harry to explore his feelings for Ginny Weasley in the sixth book, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," and this is all thanks to Marietta. 

13. Quirinus Quirrell

Professor Quirrell was the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry's first year at Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." He was introduced as a timid and nervous character with a stammer, so it came as quite a surprise when it was revealed that Quirrell served as a vessel for Voldemort. It was Quirrell who attempted to steal the Sorcerer's Stone. Quirrell's goal was that the stone would allow Voldemort the power to gain his life back through immortality, as the stone was the Elixir of Life.

Quirrell is one of a handful of villains in the "Harry Potter" series not to be a Slytherin. However, it seems as though the brilliant and arrogant character traits typically associated with Ravenclaws were his downfall. According to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, before returning to Hogwarts to teach, Quirrell deliberately set out to find whatever remained of Voldemort. He arrogantly believed that if he could find him, Voldemort would reward Quirrell by sharing his knowledge. Quirrell believed that all those who made fun of his stammer and teased him for being timid would finally respect him. Unfortunately for Quirrell, that didn't pan out quite as he imagined. Instead Voldemort took immediate possession of him, and he was incapable of resisting. Quirrell may have been the first villain that Harry faced, but he was a sympathetic one, making readers question how much of the evil was truly Quirrell and not Voldemort himself.

12. Xenophilius Lovegood

Eccentric father to Luna Lovegood, Xenophilius is the creator of the wizarding tabloid The Quibbler. His paper was known to publish odd stories like conspiracy theories and imaginary creature sightings. This could be why Luna believed that mistletoe is infested with Nargles, a magical creature that's never been confirmed as real.

After losing his wife, Luna was the most important person to Xenophilius. When Death Eaters kidnapped Luna in retaliation for him posting support of Harry in The Quibbler, Xenophilius became a broken man. In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," he betrayed Harry, Ron, and Hermione when they came to his house looking for help in uncovering the mystery surrounding the deathly hallows symbol. His cowardice and betrayal of the trio notwithstanding, his decision to sell them out in the hopes of saving his daughter is an understandable one. Xenophilius is not an evil man by any means. Even Harry felt sorry for what the man had become. But still, no matter how likeable a character is, if they betray Harry, they end up low on this list. Those are the rules.

11. Michael Corner

Poor Michael Corner, he's really only this low on the list because he's had the unfortunate luck of dating both of Harry's love interests, Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley. Michael and Ginny first started dating after meeting at the Yule Ball in his fourth year. Their relationship carried into his fifth year where Ginny convinced him to join her in Harry's DA classes in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." However, they eventually broke up due to Michael's annoyance at Gryffindor beating Ravenclaw in the Quidditch Final. 

Aside from him being a sore loser, Michael was a pretty decent fellow. He fought with Harry against Professor Umbridge when joining the DA and he stood by his classmates during the battle of Hogwarts in his final year. While Michael and Cho eventually started dating, Harry was happy for the couple and believed that Michael and Cho were a better match together then Harry ever was with her. Readers only ever got to know Michael through the lens of being someone who dated the same women as Harry, and for a character who could have easily been a foe, he never went down that path.

10. Cho Chang

Two Ravenclaws on this list have directly been connected to Cho, Harry's first crush at Hogwarts. Initially, Cho was in a relationship with Cedric Diggory, the other Hogwarts champion in the Triwizard Tournament. However, following his death, Cho and Harry began a relationship in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Cho hoped that the two would connect over their shared loss. Unfortunately, Cedric's death was something that Harry would rather not talk about, as seeing him die haunted his dreams.

As a character, Cho generally feels like a distraction for Harry throughout his journey. He's often late for his dates with her, isn't paying attention to what she's saying, or brings his friends on what's supposed to be a date between the two of them. Add that on top of his refusal to discuss Cedric, and their relationship was something of a disaster. When Cho wanted to talk about her feelings, that only seemed to frustrate Harry more, so when it came to light that her best friend betrayed the DA, it seemed like the perfect out for Harry. Readers had to feel bad for Cho: she was dealing with the death of her previous boyfriend while trying to come to terms with her crush on Harry who, at the time, was public enemy #1. Luckily, Cho found a relationship with Michael Corner, while Harry moved on to dating Ron's sister Ginny Weasley the following year. Cho was a nice girl ... she just wasn't the one for Harry.

9. Rowena Ravenclaw

Rowena Ravenclaw was one of the four founders of Hogwarts alongside Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin. While audiences never meet Rowena in either the films or the books, she plays an important role in the story and in Harry's life.

As the founder of Ravenclaw, Rowena's personality traits became associated with those sorted into her house. Her legacy of education and learning became synonymous with Ravenclaws. It is said that Rowena herself was the mastermind behind the school's grand staircase, as she was the one that developed the strategy of making the stairs move. However, it's her heirloom diadem that's most important to Harry's journey. Voldemort gets his hands on this famous diadem and transforms it into one of his Horcruxes, an object that he stores a piece of his soul in. This makes it impossible to kill Voldemort without first finding and destroying all his Horcruxes. 

Rowena probably would have been happy to help Harry in his fight against the dark wizard, as she stood against the ideals of pure bloods back when Salazar Slytherin proposed that only those from magical families should come to Hogwarts. Rowena deserves a spot on this list as she was a champion for good, helped found Hogwarts, and led the path for all Ravenclaws to follow her.

8. The Grey Lady

The Grey Lady is Ravenclaw's house ghost, but in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she's revealed to be Rowena Ravenclaw's daughter Helena. She holds the missing key to Harry discovering where one of the final Horcruxes is hiding in Hogwarts. This pivotal piece of information helps Harry to eventually defeat Voldemort, as Harry is tasked with finding and destroying all of Voldemort's Horcruxes. It's only once they are all destroyed that Voldemort can finally be vanquished for good.

It turns out that The Grey Lady was murdered by another Hogwarts ghost, the Bloody Baron. Helena always felt as though she was living in her mother's shadow, so she decided to steal Rowena's diadem and run away from home. On her deathbed, Rowena asked the Bloody Baron to find Helena and bring her home. However, in a fit of rage, he accidentally killed Helena, then committed suicide out of regret for what he did. Helena's story is a sad one, as she never found peace with her mother and forever haunts the castle that she shares with her killer. Embarrassed for her actions, she ultimately chooses to help Harry in the hopes that she can make up for allowing Voldemort access to her mother's diadem. It's hard not to care for a character with this tragic a history.

7. Padma Patil

It's not often you find siblings sorted into separate houses, yet the Patil twins were. Although the films saw both Padma and Parvati in Gryffindor, Padma was sorted into Ravenclaw in the books. Not only was she in a different house from her sister, but Padma was also elected as a prefect for Ravenclaw in her fifth year.

In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Padma was Ron's date to the Yule Ball where he memorably spent the entire night ignoring her. He was too busy being jealous and sulking over Hermione's date with Quidditch celebrity Viktor Krum. Luckily, Padma didn't seem to hold a grudge and went on to join him in DA classes to show her support for Harry. While most thought he was lying about Voldemort's return, Padma believed him and was ready to fight for what she thought was right. This was also not the last time Padma would stand with Harry. In her final year, her parents wanted to pull her and Parvati out of school in fear of Voldemort. But Padma chose to stay and fight with her classmates, taking part in the battle for Hogwarts. While romance was never in the cards for her and Ron, she was clearly a trusted ally. 

6. Gilderoy Lockhart

Gilderoy Lockhart was a Ravenclaw whose tales were well known across the wizarding community. He was considered to be brilliant and the perfect replacement to take over as Defence Against the Dark Arts professor from Quirrell in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Students anticipated big things from a wizard with Lockhart's reputation, especially with him being a famous Ravenclaw, and it was predicted that his classes would be exceptional. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

Lockhart was nothing more than a con artist. All his accomplishments were stolen from other witches or wizards. He robbed their glory by simply placing a memory charm on his victims to make them think that their achievements were actually his. Once Harry and Ron discovered the Chamber of Secrets, Lockhart attempted to attack his students and steal the discovery as his own. Luckily, his memory charm backfired, causing him to lose most of his memories. Harry, Ron, and Hermione came across Lockhart years later, when he still had no memory but happily discussed knowing he was famous and was willing to sign autographs for them out of the goodness of his heart. Lockhart is clearly a terrible person, yet he's so charming and charismatic that it's hard not to love him. His pompous attitude comes off as comic relief (he's played to perfection by Kenneth Branagh), and while you know that he's ultimately going to fail, you find yourself rooting for him along the way. He's one of those villains that you love to hate. Lockhart was an idiot, but a lovable one.

5. Garrick Ollivander

Another famous Ravenclaw to make this list, Ollivander is a celebrated wandmaker in England. He's responsible for providing most witches and wizards with their wands when heading to Hogwarts. Notably, Ollivander explains to Harry the connection his wand shares to Voldemort's. It's only later that Harry learns Fawkes's feathers are at the core of both his and Voldermort's wands.

In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," Ollivander explains the true importance of the Elder Wand and wand lore. It's due to this conversation that Harry realizes that by defeating Draco in a duel, he's actually the master of the Elder Wand and not Voldemort — a realization that saves his life during their final duel. Ollivander is famous to readers for saying that the wand chooses the wizard, as wands seemingly have their own personality. Due to Ollivander's huge knowledge and skill in wand lore, it's no surprise that he's a Ravenclaw. He's truly the perfect example of their saying, "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure."

4. Filius Flitwick

Professor Flitwick is the Charms professor at Hogwarts. As the head of Ravenclaw, he's known to be gentle and fair as well as an incredibly powerful wizard. While the films don't detail this, the books note that Professor Flitwick is a skilled duelist. He has defeated various dark wizards in combat in the past and has received accommodations for his pursuits. He was instrumental in building up Hogwarts' defenses during the final battle against Voldemort and his followers.

Professor Flitwick's talents have often been relied upon by Dumbledore, as he trusted Flitwick to contribute to the defense of the Sorcerer's Stone. Being the Charms Master, Flitwick enchanted winged keys to fly through the air in the hopes of hiding the one key needed to unlock the door. Flitwick has been a professor at Hogwarts for some time, and taught both of Harry's parents when they attended school. He's a more relaxed professor than McGonagall or Snape, and genuinely seems to love teaching his students. One of his most memorable moments was teaching his students the levitating charm, one that fans of the films are deeply familiar with.

3. Sybill Trelawney

Played to perfection by Emma Thompson, Professor Trelawney is one of the more eccentric Ravenclaw personalities on this list, and with Xenophilius Lovegood already on here, that's saying something. Sybill Trelawney is the Divination professor at Hogwarts. However, she's considered to be something of a fraud, as Harry, Ron, and Hermione all agree that the seer gene of magic seemed to have skipped a few generations. Every year, Trelawney is known for picking one student and predicting their death. Although these predictions never come to pass, Harry finds them deeply disturbing, as he faces death each year he's at Hogwarts.

In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," it is revealed that Trelawney is indeed a seer, as she made the prophecy regarding Harry and Voldemort before Harry was even born. It's this prophecy that made Voldemort murder Harry's parents and set the events of the series in motion. Trelawney herself seems to be unaware when she makes real predictions, which might be for the best as she'd likely interpret them in a nonsensical way. Trelawney is an immensely powerful yet kind witch, and she does what she can to make a positive difference. 

2. Moaning Myrtle

When first introduced, Moaning Myrtle is a ghost who haunts one of the girl's bathrooms at Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." She was once a Ravenclaw student who was murdered in that very bathroom years prior, when the Chamber of Secrets was first opened by Voldemort, the true heir of Salazar Slytherin. With the Chamber open once more in Harry's second year, it's through Myrtle that he discovers the truth of the monster that lives below.

While Myrtle is known to be slightly melodramatic, she's a sympathetic character as she describes her time at Hogwarts as anything but easy. She found it difficult to make friends, as people teased her for her glasses and acne. As such, she developed an attachment to Harry, Ron, and Hermione and an unlikely friendship with Draco Malfoy. He felt an immense amount of pressure in his sixth year when he was tasked with killing Dumbledore by Voldemort — a task that, if he failed, he knew would end in his death. Myrtle was a sympathetic ear as she understood what it was like to be bullied with no one to turn to.

1. Luna Lovegood

All hail our favorite Ravenclaw: the eccentric, lovable, and pure Luna Lovegood. Although Harry doesn't meet Luna until his fifth year in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," she is one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter series. Like her father, Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna is an unconventional character. She always allows her individuality to shine through, regardless of what others think of her. She's incredibly loyal to Harry, even going as far as to accompany him and his friends to the Ministry of Magic in his fifth year to try and save Sirius Black, a man she's never met before.

Despite Luna's somewhat aloof nature, as a Ravenclaw she's an incredibly wise and thoughtful person. During the battle of Hogwarts, Luna helps Harry find Rowena Ravenclaw's lost diadem and fights alongside her friends against Voldemort and his followers. Luna becomes one of Harry's closest friends and most trusted confidants, and he finds she is one of the only people he can confide in when discussing the death of his godfather, Sirius Black. That's why she tops our list.