12 Book Characters That Are Definitely Ravenclaws

I really wish that I had a portable Sorting Hat that I could exclusively use on literary characters. Who doesn't wonder which house their favorite book heroes and heroines would be sorted into at Hogwarts? I have often contemplated which book characters would be Ravenclaws.

The house animal of Ravenclaw is the eagle, and their colors are blue and bronze. The Sorting Hat says in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that you may belong in "wise old Ravenclaw, if you've a ready mind, where those of wit and learning, will always find their kind." In addition to their love of learning and witty dispositions, Ravenclaws are also known for their creativity, originality, individuality, and acceptance of others.

The Ravenclaws of Hogwarts were an eclectic but awesome bunch: Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, Padma Patil, and Ollivander were all sorted into the house of the eagle. Even though there is already an array of great Ravenclaw characters, I can't help thinking that there are several book characters who would probably join their ranks. The following literary individuals would definitely sport that blue and bronze with pride — their love of wit and learning certainly gives them away as Ravenclaws.

1. Alice From Alice In Wonderland

Alice's curiosity automatically makes me think of Ravenclaw. She loves to learn new things and explore, and she's fiercely creative and individualistic. I can imagine a lot of Ravenclaws would love to explore Wonderland with her.

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2. Emma Woodhouse From Emma

Clever, handsome, and rich, Jane Austen's Emma is definitely a Ravenclaw. Her wit and intelligence place her in another category altogether, and she's always interested in bettering her mind and the minds of those around her. Maybe she sometimes goes far with the matchmaking, but she means well in the end.

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3. Sherlock From The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

Who's more of a Ravenclaw than Sherlock Holmes? He's pure logic, but his creativity allows him to solve even the most difficult crimes. I bet plenty of Ravenclaws become detectives, because this seems like the perfect occupation to utilize their particular set of skills.

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4. Beatrice From Much Ado About Nothing

When I think of wit, I automatically think of Beatrice from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Her verbal sparring with love interest Benedick is pretty much legendary, and I think any Ravenclaw would be proud to claim this entendre-tossing linguistic genius for their house.

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5. Becky Sharp From Vanity Fair

"I have brains," Becky thought, "and almost all the rest of the world are fools." Yep, Becky has the brains... she's definitely a Ravenclaw. (With maybe a touch of Slytherin.)

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6. Matilda Wormwood From Matilda

Matilda is pretty much the definition of a Ravenclaw. She's incredibly intelligent, and she's witty as well. Remember when she bleaches her father's hair? Remember when she reads practically every book in the library? Remember when she can move things with her brain?? That girl definitely has a ready mind.

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7. Nancy Drew From The Nancy Drew Mysteries

Nancy relies on her logic and intelligence to solve mysteries, so she'd definitely be wearing that blue and bronze if she went to Hogwarts.

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8. Linh Cinder From Cinder

In futuristic new Beijing, Linh Cinder is a cyborg mechanic. And she may be living in new Beijing, but if she were to attend Hogwarts, she would definitely be in Ravenclaw. Linh Cinder is always relying on her own intelligence and ready mind to solve problems, so there's no doubt which house she'd be in.

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9. Stanley Yelnats From Holes

He's original, accepting of others, and has the wit to figure out that something's up at Camp Green Lake. Stanley Yelnats is probably a Gryffindor-Ravenclaw hybrid, but I think Ravenclaw wins out, because Stanley won't stop until he learns the truth about his unique life.

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10. The Little Prince From The Little Prince

With his philosophical musings and ability to see things the way no one else can see them, the titular character in The Little Prince would definitely be in Ravenclaw. His creativity and intellectual journey are the obvious signs... I can imagine the prince would get along well with Luna Lovegood.

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11. Laila From A Thousand Splendid Suns

Laila would definitely be a Ravenclaw: she loves learning, and her wit, intelligence, and creativity keep her going even through the most difficult periods in her life.

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12. Jacob From Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob has an open mind, allowing him to learn the truth about the photographs his grandfather used to show him. He is powerful because he sees things that others can't, and I can't help thinking that this power sounds just like a Ravenclaw.

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