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-March 2019-
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Greetings! As you may recall, last month’s issue of the Daily Prophet was all about Ravenclaw! If you missed February’s issue, then never fear; you can check it out here!

Ravenclaw is one of Hogwarts' four Houses, and its founder was Rowena Ravenclaw, who was a medieval witch. Ravenclaws are best known for their wittiness, creativity, and wisdom. Their House color is blue because it corresponds to the sky through which their House animal - the bronze eagle - soars. If you were sorted into Ravenclaw, then you have plenty of reason to be excited, because members of this House are notorious for welcoming eccentric people and always speaking their minds.


Discussion Questions to Consider:
- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?


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A particular Ravenclaw I related to was Luna. She was quirky and some might say weird but she didn’t let anyone change her opinions or take any of the cruel things that happened to her to heart. We should all aspire to be so self-confident. I don’t know that I believe Ravenclaw should have been featured more prominently. The Trio were all in Gryffindor so it makes sense that Gryffindor was focused on more. Ravenclaw wasn’t neglected, it just, wasn’t the main focus. I was not at all surprised to see that the “Wit Beyond Measure” was made up of Ravenclaws. I would have been more surprised if it WASN’T. I have mixed feelings about Helena Ravenclaw. On one hand, she shouldn’t have taken her mother’s diadem. On the other hand, she sounds like a child desperate for her mother’s affection and desperate to be noticed for her own accomplishments. I can understand that. I also pity her because she died a horrible death. Also, she didn’t “lose” the diadem, it was stolen from her by a boy she trusted. I can only imagine that she saw Tom as very much like the Bloody Baron when she found out what had happened. So I do pity her.

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?



I always enjoy from the Kitchen. As a Ravenclaw of course the colors of this issue's recipe were delightful!

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- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?



I do relate to Luna, because like her, people thought I was a bit odd in school, lol. I also relate to the Ravenclaw side of Hermione and Minerva. Both of them I admire a great deal, even if they are technically Gryffindors.

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- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?



I would have liked to see more than one Ravenclaw (Luna) be depicted in a favorable light. I feel like they got a bit of a bad rap in the books.

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- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?



Not really. It was rather typical.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?

That she was remarkably naïve. But sometimes people who are book smart are lacking in street smarts. This may have been the case with her.

P.s. I know this is not over 200 words, but this is how I feel. I have a hard time embellishing my writing for length's sake.




Edited by Kestrel Winter
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
I liked the From the Kitchen article. I cannot cook, for the life of me, but I will push the recipe in front of my partner and maybe she will get the hint.
- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
I mean, Luna is definitely a contender. She was a delightful character and I need more of her in my life! I was kind of hoping she would get with Neville XD but she does well with a Scamander.
- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
Oh yes, but I think a lot could be done better in the series. Just about everyone needed more attention XD
- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
A little bit, I guess, but not particularly.
- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
The story was a heartbreak from beginning to end. I looked it up after I read the series to see the entirety of it and it is really so sad
 

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What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
-The wizarding crime section, because it was interesting to read how the strengths of Ravenclaw are useful in the career choice of Auror. The logic and wit that Ravenclaw graduates have would be very useful for solving the various crimes that come their way.

Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
-I suppose that if I were to pick a Ravenclaw I could relate to, it would be Luna Lovegood. I have my moments where it's tough for me to be able to fit in, though I try not to let it bother me. As long as one is alright with one's self, then it doesn't matter what others think.

Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
-I would have enjoyed seeing Ravenclaws as well as Hufflepuffs and Slytherins featuring more prominently in the book series. Each house has it's strengths and weaknesses, and it's important to see how all four Hogwarts houses fit together.

Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
-I wasn't surprised considering Ravenclaws have such a firm grasp on book learning, and can put that into their day to day responsibilities. For a venture like this, I also felt that Ravenclaws would most suited due to their logical minds.

How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
-I was saddened to learn that Helena stole the diadem and both Helena and the Bloody Baron died as well. Even though the diadem is a founder's artifact, no one should have to die over it.

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
I always like "Ask Us" but it was also interesting to read more about Ravenclaw
The reason why I like it is that I do not usually read a lot about Ravenclaw. I am mostly reading about Slytherin, since that is my Hogwarts house. But many of my friends (offline) are Ravenclaws so I actually should get to know about them.

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
I can be as dreamy as Luna Lovegood if I do not sleep enough. If I do not sleep enough, I can talk about random things like Nargles and such. A bit like Luna.
Also I can then be really creative in crazy ways. I come up with ideas that others consider as being too vague or dreamy. But to me those ideas sound really good. So I think that for the Ravenclaws I can relate to, it is Luna. And in the books I thought she was funny and she did not pay attention to her classmates bullying her, which is very good. It just seemed to fly past her because she was in "another world".
I can also be in another world, in a way.


- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
Yes, the books were mainly about Gryffindors and Slytherins. There were not that many Ravenclaws, which was a pity. I would have loved to see the houses interact more. It would have been great if there were more Ravenclaws, for example also in the Order of the Phoenix. The Order of the Phoenix has many Gryffindor members, but I think the Order could have been even stronger and better with some Ravenclaws in it to come up with creative and well-thought plans. Not that Gryffindors can't do that, but I would have loved to see that.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
Not very much because I associate it with Ravenclaw

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
It is very sad and it also shows how much of a manipulator Tom Riddle was.

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why

It's hard to choose, there were so many good articles! I'd have to say one of my favorites was the Ask Us section. I can relate pretty well to the third question - I've always been split pretty evenly between Ravenclaw and Slytherin, and although I was sorted into Slytherin here, I often think Ravenclaw might have been the better fit.
(On this topic, have you seen the Sorting Hat Chats on tumblr? They propose a two-part sorting system, where your primary house corresponds to your motivations and your secondary house corresponds to how you actually do things. By this system I'm definitely a Slytherin primary, Ravenclaw secondary, and I think it can really explain why some people have so much difficulty choosing one house. So I'd recommend that anyone who's reading this check that out!)
Going back to the question, I think it shouldn't be too odd for a Slytherin to aspire to be top of the class. We're ambitious, so we'd do anything for those House Points! A Ravenclaw would probably be more eager to learn for the sake of learning, but Slytherins tend to be very success-oriented. We know where we want to get and what we want to achieve, and doing really well in school is often the way to get there. So just because you're at the top of your class doesn't mean you have to be a Ravenclaw.

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?

I bet everyone's going to say Luna, since everyone thinks they're a bit odd. Me, I relate more to Terry Boot. I'm not necessarily forgettable, but I tend to stay well below the radar. We all know Terry, but he stays out of the limelight, which isn't easy when the class year is this small. But although he flies under the radar, he's still involved in all the things that really matter: Dumbledore's Army, the Battle of Hogwarts, etc. He's not a big-shot like Hermione, at least as far as we know, but he's still super smart, as evidenced by him taking NEWT-level Potions. I can relate to all of this - I'm quiet and tend to watch everyone around me without getting too involved, but whenever anything interesting happens, you can be sure that I'll be there.

That being said, I do relate to Luna. I’ve always been the oddball, and I enjoy saying odd things to see how people will react. (To be fair, Luna doesn’t seem to know that what she says and does is odd.) But the similarities stop there, because Luna is still a pretty nice person, and I’ve never quite figured out how.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?

Yes, absolutely. Harry's great, yeah, but he's just a tad hot-headed (okay, he's super hot-headed). It never hurts to add a bit more logic and common sense into the equation. If not for Hermione, he would have never gotten anywhere, so imagine how much more quickly he could have defeated Voldemort if he had had a few Ravenclaws working with him!
Okay, okay, everything was perfectly orchestrated, and it all worked out in the end. I still wish we could have seen some more Ravenclaw action. At least Ravenclaw got off better than Slytherin and Hufflepuff, though. Slytherin is portrayed as unilaterally evil and despicable, and Hufflepuffs are portrayed as a bunch of happy-go-lucky, boring people. I'm more irritated about Slytherin and Hufflepuff representation in the books, but more Ravenclaw would have been nice as well. It does make sense for most of the major characters to be Gryffindor, though, considering that that’s Harry’s house.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?

Given the name, absolutely not. I'd be shocked if a group from any other House (or even if there was a single non-Ravenclaw) decided to take Ravenclaw’s motto as their company name. However, considering the purpose of the company as a whole, I think it would be fitting for Slytherins to create something like it as well. Slytherins are often all about long-term self advancement, and an investment firm would fit in pretty well with those ambitions. But I bet they’d rather face a full interview with Rita Skeeter than name their firm “Wit Beyond Measure”!

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?

It’s just a sad story, all of it. No one had to die over the thing. I think the Bloody Baron part is the worst, but at the end of the day most of it was Helena’s fault. I just wonder how Tom Riddle was able to track down the exact tree where she hid the diadem. I mean, it’s a forest. Forests have lots of trees.

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?

I really enjoyed the Expose by SerenityDragoon. Although I am proud to be a Ravenclaw, I think we sometimes come across as 'holier than thou' and haughty, but it's reassuring to know that Ravenclaw's aren't all squeaky clean in reputation. Gilderoy Lockhart is by far my least favourite Ravenclaw, so secretly I relished reading up on his downfall, although I think people should give him more credit in terms of intelligence, he did have most of the wizarding world fooled for so long after all!!

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?

My favourite Ravenclaw by far is Professor Filius Flitwick. His story really is amazing. Firstly, he was treated quite badly growing up because of his goblin ancestry, but that didn't stop him shining during his school years. Despite his stature he became an accomplished duelling champion after leaving Hogwarts and I think that this showed his inner strength and the fact that he did exactly what he set out to despite any limitations other people placed against him. I enjoy that Professor Flitwick has a great sense of humour and a relaxed attitude to teaching, pupils seem to be well supported by him. He also teaches my favourite subject by miles. All in all, Professor Flitwick is hugely underestimated but larger than life.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?

No. I actually like the fact that we Ravenclaws are understated throughout the series, but they make up the very soul of everything that occurs. I feel like each thread that involved a Ravenclaw was meaningful and complex, with layers of meaning that you just did not get with any other houses.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?

No! How could I be when that is the motto of Ravenclaw?! As the sorting hat said.. "Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, If you’ve a ready mind, Where those of wit and learning, Will always find their kind"... true story, Wil Wheaton has a blog where he wrote about finding out that he was a Ravenclaw after being sorted by the sorting hat. He is a very clever man, so there was no surprise there.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?

Is it bad that I feel like she deserved what happened? Helena is the reason that her mother died, her greed and jealous streak put the Diadem above all else and the sacrifice was huge. I am surprised that she was susceptible to the charms of Tom Riddle when she herself knew the pull of the diadem. The story is a sad one in and the unrequited love of the Bloody Baron caused un-necessary death.
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
Aunt Edna. It was so warm and witty, I couldn't help enjoying it.

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
Definitely Luna. For a long time she was my favourite character. I am also the odd kid that nobody liked and can relate to her isolation and the teasing she endured. She was kind of inspirational in that she learned to just not care about what others said - it took me until I was much older to achieve the same serenity.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
Not necessarily. I feel like JK did most of the houses a disservice in the books, but they were already so full I don't know that they needed to stuff more in. I just think their treatment could have been handled better in the time they did have.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
No. I wrote the article

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
Shocked, I guess? But more interested than anything. It's hard to be too shocked at anything involving the history of hogwarts any more.

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
Ratings and Reviews. I've seen people mess up book reviews, so it was a pleasure to see a good one. The author was able to give a gist of the plot while not revealing spoilers. She was able to tell the readers both the pros and the cons and why the book is different. She also gave an overall rating and told the reader what to expect. All in all it was an excellent way of presenting a book review.
- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
Garrick Ollivander. He is also somewhat mysterious/weird types like Luna, but I guess he has a different aura around him? I connect with Ollivander because we're both constantly thinking waay more than we're speaking. I mean Ollivander just said, "Well, well..." when he was thinking "Harry Potter and Voldemort share the same wand core!" Also, he prides himself on his memory. I'm no where close to his superb memory but I'm on the path and I do have an eye for details, facts etc.
- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
Definitely! All three houses deserved more attention than they got. Ravenclaws were mentioned only during Quidditch matches and during the search for the Horcruxes.
- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
Not at all. It sounds Ravenclaw-ey, if you know what I mean.
- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
I felt angry at Helena at having stolen from her mother initially. Then the story went such that I hated Tom more than Helena. But somewhere in the back of mind I was always almost impatiently waiting for the knowledge to point towards where Harry will find the Horcrux and destroy it.
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
The Wizarding crimes article was good. It was interesting reading what they said about Ravenclaw aurors. Although I still don't agree that Ravenclaws make the best Aurors. I also wonder how a huge crime ring would have been completely unknown to the non-Aurors. If there were big crimes that the Aurors were trying to stop, how did the group remain unknown? And if the group had not established itself yet, then was stopping them really such a massive accomplishment?

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
Probably Luna Lovegood, because she doesn't care what other people think about her and remains true to herself.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
I think the story was fine the way it was. The other houses could have been portrayed more, but the separation between the houses had seemed to be a big thing for much of the series, especially with a few of the sorting hat songs being about the school needing to come together. Having more Ravenclaws as main characters would have changed that and might have taken away from that.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
Yes and no. The name screams Ravenclaw 100%. But the group could just as easily have been Slytherins, acting ambitiously to take advantage of an opening in the economy to become rich.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
The whole story was sad, and I felt angry at the Blood Baron.
With actually losing the diadem, I felt bad for her because he had already seen how Voldemort tricked other people to get what he wanted.
 

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The Ravenclaw student we get to know best in the books is Luna I think, and of course she's easy to relate to anyone who's ever had troube making friends. She's quirky but embraces it and isn't ashamed to be different, which is why I think a lot of us geeks are attracted to her character ^_^
Luna is someone who's easy to relate to despite the fact that she's so different from most people, because at her core there are qualities which lie within many of us, in my opinion.

I personally think that both Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff should have been featured more prominently in the book series. We got to see all the Gryffindors through Harry's eyes of course, and quite a lot of the Slytherins because of the strong rivalry between the two houses. But I think that Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff were set aside as less special houses, like their students didn't stand out enough to even appear in the books, and that's something that bothered me for a while. Like, Hermione stands out as the smartest person in their year, but do we even know all the Ravenclaw students in their year? One of them might have outshone her. And everyone says that Ravenclaw is the house of the smart / nerdy / book-loving students, but then the one student we get to properly know from Ravenclaw is actually someone who's quirky and whose love for knowledge is very different than what we expected - she doesn't rely on books to tell her what might exist, but rather on imagination and faith. So the house itself doesn't seem to have been portrayed properly.

The whole story with the diadem also didn't seem to fit, because it you are so smart and knowledge loving then it doesn't seem right that you should need a magical object to increase your wit. Unless the whole thing was a myth and the diadem was simply a regular piece of jewlery... But seeing as Helena stole it from her mother, she, at least, seemed to have believed in its supposed qualities. Why would Rowena Ravenclaw even create such an object? Did she actually need it, or is it just a way of seeking to become even smarter?

I really wish we'd get some sort of sequel one day, another story in the HP universe. Hopefully this one will portray Ravenclaw house more prominently.
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
My favorite article is almost always From the Kitchen. I like to try new recipes, and my family have gotten used to my experimenting . So From the Kitchen it is.

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
I have always related to Luna. Luna was always her own person, she put on a good face when others made fun of her, but she never tried to change herself to fit in with the so called cool-kids. Luna was a true and lasting friend to those that took the time to get to know her, and that part of the storyline made me happy.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
While I would have enjoyed knowing more background and larger storyline for Ravenclaw characters I realize that the books were long enough already and a lot of that written material was left out of the movie series. Now on a personal level I believe that Ravenclaw & Hufflepuff should have been featured just as much as Gryffindor & Slytherin, there were four founders after all not only two, and more information on them would have been just as important.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
Certainly not, that is what we pride ourselves with most, wit, learning, & wisdom.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
It was a very sad story, being so jealous of your own mother to steal her diadem, to run away with it, hide it , to trust Tom Riddle, eventually lose not only the diadem but your own life.... and the life of the one who loves to too,.(this is the thing that country music songs are written about)
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
AUNT EDNA'S - the topic was Women's History Month focusing on AndromedaTonks, Katie Bell and Padma Patil. It was interesting to read about them and what they are doing now.
- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
I'm probably not the first to say my favorite Ravenclaw is Luna Lovegood. She has the most interesting attitude about creatures and life in general.
- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
The series concentrated on Gryffindor and Slytherin. I would have loved to see more about Ravenclaw and especially Hufflepuff. I think Hufflpuff is the most well rounded of all of the houses. It doesn't concentrate on one specific attribute or talent but has a wide variety of every kind.
- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
Not at all. Firstly, Ravens are probably the smartest of birds and Helena Ravenclaw prized wit, Learing and wisdom so it's not surprising. It would have been curious if it was a Slytherin, or Gryffindor code. It wouldn't be a Hufflepuff since they don't concentrate on any particular attribute. They value hard work, patience, loyalty and fair play and take any student that the other houses don't want.
- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
I thought it was very sad that a daughter would betray her mother for any reason.

 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
My favorite was probably Aunt Edna's and the hat tip to Women's History month with a few lesser known but important female characters from the series.
- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
I think it would probably be Padma Patil. While I absolutely adore Luna and wish I could be more free spirited with not a care in the world what people think of me, like Luna is, I am definitely more like Padma. Studious, but devoted to the causes we choose. Brave and willing to fight when needed, but without going out of our way to do it.
- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?

While I want to say yes, because I would have loved to have seen more of the house I relate to the most, I think it would have taken away from the story. Ravenclaw came into the light when it needed to, as our trio's world expanded as they grew up and grew more comfortable in the school.
- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
No, it's part of the Ravenclaw motto. I would have been surprised if it were made up of a group solely from another house, honestly
- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
I honestly wasn't really effected. I mean it was a sad story, but betrayal, sabotage and lies happen all over history. They cause pain and death in their wake. It's something that you need to keep in mind when making choices through life. When you choose a path like Helena did, letting the wrong emotions block your better judgment, people are bound to get hurt. I think it really makes a great "buyer beware" sort of tale. Something that teaches a lesson on the importance of morality.

 

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- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
I love Luna Lovegood so much. Although she doesn't appear until the fifth book, I can honestly say she is my favourite character and the one I relate to the most in the whole series. She isn't afraid to be different from other people and even when she's being bullied by other students she still remains true to herself and refuses to change to fit in. She always reminds me that it is fine to not fit in, and I really hope that can be as strong and true to myself as she is. I think everybody feels a bit different, but Luna reminds us that that's okay and we shouldn't let what others say about us affect us as much as it does.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
I think that all the houses that aren't Gryffindor should be featured more prominently in the books. It is understandable since Harry, Hermione, and Ron are the main characters and are all in Gryffindor, but I do wish I could have met more Ravenclaws in the books. The only two Ravenclaws that were featured all that much in the books were Luna Lovegood and Cho Chang, and they didn't even appear until the later books.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
I wasn't too surprised, to be honest.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
I was a bit shocked, and a bit sad.
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
Aunt Edna’s was my favorite article. Ravenclaws are so often thought of as only being smart in an academic sense, so it was nice to see Ravenclaw traits being applied in a different kind of way. I also appreciated how the article recognized how much thinking goes in to taking care of a household, since it is a job that many women do without acknowledgment.

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
There isn’t a Ravenclaw that I strongly relate to, but if I had to pick, I’d choose Luna. She was always viewed as a bit odd and didn’t always fit in. I definitely struggled socially in middle school and took until high school to figure out where I fit in, similarly to how Luna took some time to find friends who accepted her.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
I definitely think that Ravenclaws should have been featured more. When I was trying to answer the last question, I realized that I could only think of two Ravenclaws at all! As a matter of fact, I wish that we had gotten a better sense of all of the houses other than Gryffindor. Of course it makes sense that Gryffindor was the main focus since that was Harry’s house, but I wish we had gotten more insight into what it was like in the other houses.

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
I can’t say that I was terribly surprised that it was made up of Ravenclaws, since Ravenclaws seem like the most likely to be interested in things like finances and investment. I wouldn’t have been surprised if there were some Slytherins involved too though, since the company seems fairly ambitious.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
I just feel really bad for her. She was only a teenager when she stole the diadem from her mother. I imagine that she was jealous of her mother’s successes and just wanted to stop living in her shadow. Then she was stabbed to death by the Bloody Baron just because she rejected his advances, which was a horrible way for her to die.
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
Definitely From the Kitchen. I say this for every issue, I know, but I just love my food! Bread is a particular favourite of mine - nothing beats the scent of freshly baked bread and this recipe was right up my street! I have made bread before, in cookery class in school, but I haven't really bothered since as it's so easy to buy bread from a bakery, but this recipe has definitely got me thinking about trying it out!

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why? 
I'm going to be in the minority here and say Cho Chang. I honestly can't understand why so many people dislike her. She is a very loyal friend, even sticking by Marietta Edgecombe after she sold them all out and maintaining that she was "a lovely girl" which I can really relate to, as I have a very strong sense of loyalty to friends - though I may have felt a bit betrayed if my friend had done what Marietta had. She also showed her loyalty and bravery by coming back to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. I often think Cho is a little less Ravenclaw than some of the others - that's why I relate to her more.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series? 
I do, yes. I found it really hard to relate to many of the Ravenclaws in the books as there wasn't really a lot known about them. Even Hufflepuff was featured a bit more prominently than the Ravies.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?

I felt bad for her. The whole story was really sad. Her stealing the Diadem set in motion a series of events that ended in her not getting to see her mother before she died and worse still, being murdered by the Bloody Baron. Then to place your trust in a boy who then stole the Diadem and turned it into.a Horcrux...well, it's just all very sad. I did feel that everyone who trusted Tom Riddle was a bit stupid though - Slughorn for telling him about Horcruxes and Helena who told him about the Diadem. Both of those were supposed to be intelligent, but were blinded by Tom's flattery of them. I suppose it goes to show that anyone from any House can be blinded to someone's true nature - and that no-one is immune to flattery.
 

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- What was your favorite article from this issue and why?

i like the article From the kitchen - Breakmakers because i love new recipes. i will admit i have never tried a Daily prophet recipe but i plan to one day and who does not love fresh homemade bread? especially french bread! makes me hungry

- Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?

I always want to say i relate to cho chang as i have experienced loss like she did but on the flipside her actions afterwards i do not. in other ways i can relate to luna, as most do because of her odd-ness and her being cast out because people did not understand her but the one i feel the most connected with is Helena Ravenclaw with her high standards and all . She is my soul character.

- Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?

Yes! How much more sense would it have made for hermione granger to have been a ravenclaw ?? Or even just to have more ravenclaws hold more of a significant role..

and it would be easier for me to obtain ravenclaw merchandise instead of all gryffindor and slytherin things

- Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?

Not at all . I think its a perfect slogan for my fellow lovers of learning and all that entails.

- How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?

Very sad . What a tragic end to a life . The whole story is very upsetting . Even on the barons side



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What was your favorite article from this issue and why?
I liked reading AUNT EDNA'S. It was nice reading about female characters other than the usual. And I think there are even more strong female characters in the HP universe who deserve more spotlight.

Is there a particular Ravenclaw you relate to in the book series? If so, why?
Unfortunately we don't get to know a lot of Ravenclaws in the books. But out of the few I think I relate to Luna the most. She's clever, observant, open minded and creative. All traits I see in myself as well.

Do you think that the Ravenclaws should have featured more prominently in the book series?
No, I don't think so. Of course it would have been nice to learn more about Ravenclaws, their students and dorm life. But the series was about Harry Potter, a Gryffindor, and his story about defeating Voldemort. So I think it was okay to only focus on that.

Were you surprised to see that the Wit Beyond Measure was made up of Ravenclaws?
No, not really. It fits their stereotype.

How did you feel when you learned how Helena “lost” the diadem?
I can't remember how I felt. But I guess I was angry at her and felt she was stupid.
 

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