Why Ravenclaw Uniqueness is Important

Why Ravenclaw Uniqueness is Important

We all need a little more nerd in us. (Except me–I’m literally writing about Harry Potter on the internet. I’m willing to give away some nerdiness if anyone’s interested.) While this nerdiness can be the traditional type–caring deeply about a subject in school–it can also just be dedication to any topic. Whether that’s a book, a TV show, a podcast, or anything in between, a love of something can be a break from everyday monotony. 

Thinking of Ravenclaws as logical instead of “smart” will help you understand them better. Ravenclaws are often eccentric, passionate, and dedicated. They’re ready to learn, but not necessarily in school. 

Ravenclaws aren’t always going to be the ones with straight A’s. They’re also the kind of people who stay up until midnight researching a special interest and then remember they have a project due the next day. They’re the kids who will complain about pointless school work and uninteresting classes; there is so much depth in their internal dialogue that they’re easily bored by anything that doesn’t catch their attention. (And of course, some Ravenclaws will be straight A students, but this is more often because they value school than because of inherent intelligence).

This dedication to our interests is what I’m advocating for. Not for the sake of more good students or even in pursuit of scholarly topics. It doesn’t matter whether your interest is sports, literature, or puppies. What matters is exploring a topic so that you can have more joy and passion in your life. 

The other great thing about Ravenclaws is their strong belief system. While this can be a flaw–it’s essential we be willing to question ourselves–it’s also really important. Having a code to live by, a set of values, can keep us from being influenced by society. Sometimes it’s time to stop being a push-over and instead stand by our beliefs. Ravenclaws are great arguers–if they choose to be–as they always have the facts to back up their opinions. They won’t always argue because if you’re too dumb (in their eyes) or emotional to see the facts, that’s your problem. Ravenclaws will re-evaluate their beliefs if given a strong (most likely logic-based) argument, but otherwise they’ll can be pretty stubborn–which again can be important in a world where everyone always wants to change your mind. 

Ravenclaws are empathetic in a different way than Gryffindors or Hufflepuffs. Instead of sensing, Ravenclaws come at emotions the same way they do everything else–logic. If Ravenclaws imagine themselves in another’s shoes and think about that person’s perspective, they’re likely to be understanding and empathetic. But this logical approach means they might miss noticing someone’s bad day–if the person is hiding their emotions and the Ravenclaw doesn’t know of a specific reason they might be upset, they might not realize. While for most this might be a negative–we want our friends’ attention!–this is actually not the worst thing. Ravenclaws force their friends to be upfront and communicative, rather than just hoping they sense a vibe. Once they know you’re upset, Ravenclaws are good at cheering up their friends in creative ways. 

Passion–as well as strong values and logical, creative empathy–is why we all need more Ravenclaw uniqueness in our lives.

Keep a lookout for my interview with a Ravenclaw where we’ll explore passion and whether school smarts are a part of their Ravenclaw identity (or not). 

Ravenclaws keep themselves engaged through passionate activities and we could all use more of this unabashed interest.