Rowena Ravenclaw

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Name: Rowena Ravenclaw[1]
Occupation: witch, teacher
Relationships: Helena Ravenclaw (daughter);
Helga Hufflepuff (friend, co-Founder), Godric Gryffindor (co-Founder), Salazar Slytherin (co-Founder)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born c. 10th Century
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Rowena Ravenclaw is a character in the Harry Potter series.


Rowena is one of the four founders of Hogwarts and founded the house Ravenclaw. She valued intelligence, wisdom and a sharp mind.

Rowena owned a diadem said to enhance the wisdom of its wearer, which would, centuries later, become one of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Rowena's daughter, Helena Ravenclaw, was envious of Rowena and ran away with the diadem. Rowena kept her daughter's betrayed a secret until she fell fatally ill. She sent the Bloody Baron, who was in love with Helena, to look for her. When Helana refused to return with the Baron, he killed Helena and then himself. This means Rowena didn't get the chance to make up with her daughter before she died.


Fanfiction with Rowena often revolves around time travel in which Harry Potter and/or other characters travel (accidentally or not) back in time and end up with the Hogwarts founders. Other stories are set in the Founders Era and are about her life at Hogwarts.

There are also a number fanfics in which the founders are immortal and still alive when the Harry Potter books take place.


Common pairings for Rowena are:

Notable Fanworks


  • All Through the Night by Bloodpage-Alchemist. Harry awakens transported back in time over 500 years. Hogwarts is still being built and, amid the bustle, Harry finds the warm, nurturing parental figure missing in his life, in none other than Rowena Ravenclaw. Will Harry ever go home? Will he want to?
  • The Soul Eater by apple2011. Harry finds out he is more than Human, he is a creature beyond time, with Immortality binding to him and a magic only the most powerful can master, with new friends and allies can including Ravenclaw herself can he carve a life from himself and stop a thousand year old plot orchestrated by Godric Gryffindor himself.
  • Dances, Dulcimers, and Marginalia Dragons by Gehayi. Helga knew, even before Hogwarts was founded, that teaching "the rest" was important.
  • Broken Sedoretu by Heather Dursley (Keolah). The First Sedoretu of Hogwarts is falling apart.



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  1. ^ It is currently believed that "Ravenclaw" is her married name, in which case it is unknown who she married or what her original last name was. This is due because her daughter, Helena, has the same last name and the fact that Ravenclaw's house animal is an Eagle which you would think would be a Raven.