Helena Ravenclaw

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Name: Helena Ravenclaw
The Grey Lady
The Ghost of Ravenclaw
Occupation: Ghost, (previously) witch, student
Title/Rank: Ravenclaw house
Location: Hogwarts (Britain)
Status: Pure-blood or Half-blood[1]; dead c. 11th Century
Relationships: Rowena Ravenclaw (mother)
Bloody Baron (ex-classmate/fellow Hogwarts ghost, murderer)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born c. 982
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Helena Ravenclaw, also known as the Grey Lady, is a character in the Harry Potter series.


Helena Ravenclaw is the daughter of Hogwarts founder Rowena Ravenclaw. Out of envy Helena stole during her school time Rowenas Diadem, that was said to enhance the wisdom of the wearer and ran away with it. Rowena was embarrassed by her daughters' betrayal and didn't go after her until she got sick and sent the Bloody Baron, who was unrequitedly in love with Helena, to look for her. When Helena didn't want to go back with him, he killed her and committed suicide. The diadem was never found.

After Helenas dead she went to Hogwarts as the ghost of Ravenclaw where she was known as The Gray Lady and barely talked to anyone. Tom Riddle befriended her during his time in Hogwarts. She told him where she hid the diadem without knowing his intentions of turning it into a horcrux. During the Battle of Hogwarts Helena told Harry Potter (character) where Voldemort has hidden the diadem.

Nina Young portrayed The Grey Lady in the film adaptations of Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 she is portrayed by Kelly Macdonald.


There aren't many Rowena-centered fanworks. Fanfictions featuring her often involve some kind of time travel in which one or multiple Harry Potter characters end up in the Founders Era, sometimes it also goes the other way around. Other Fanfictions are usually about Helenas relationship with her mother or the Bloody Baron.


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  1. Her mother, Rowena Ravenclaw, was a witch and thus Helena herself could not be anything less than Half-Blood.