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Ravenclaw common room
Ravenclaw Tower
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Ravenclaw students (as long as in school)

Ravenclaw Tower is located on the west side of Hogwarts; the common room is at the top of a spiral staircase, presumably located on the fifth floor.


The entrance to the common room is a door without a doorknob or keyhole but a bronze knocker in the shape of an eagle. In order to enter the room, a person must answer a riddle asked by the eagle knocker; if they answer incorrectly, they must wait for someone else who gets it right.[HP7]

Known Riddles

Question: "Which came first, the phoenix, or the flame?"
Answer: "A circle has no beginning."
Luna Lovegood[src]
Question: "Where do Vanished objects go?"
Answer: "Into nonbeing, which is to say, everything."
Minerva McGonagall[src]

Common Room


The Ravenclaw Common Room

The Ravenclaw common room is one of the airiest rooms at Hogwarts. It is a wide, circular room with a midnight blue carpet, arched windows hung with blue and bronze silks, and a domed ceiling painted with stars. During the day, Ravenclaw students have an excellent view of the school grounds, including the lake, Forbidden Forest, Quidditch pitch, Herbology gardens and the surrounding mountains. The room is furnished with tables, chairs, and bookcases; and by the door leading up to the dormitiories stands a tall statue of Rowena Ravenclaw made of white marble. According to Prefect Robert Hilliard, the sound of wind whistling around the windows of the tower is very relaxing while going to sleep.

Behind the scenes

  • Since the entrance to Ravenclaw Tower requires an answer to a riddle rather than a password, it seems to be relatively easy for members of other Houses to enter the common room if they are intelligent enough. For example, Minerva McGonagall, Head of Gryffindor House, entered the tower when Amycus Carrow was looking for Harry Potter.
  • Harryluna

    Harry and Luna in Ravenclaw Tower

    It is thought that the Ravenclaw Tower could possibly be the Central Tower as it is one of the tallest Hogwarts Towers. However, this is unlikely since the tower is squared and the common room is circular. It could also be the Stone Bridge Tower, since that was one of the only towers to change in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Alternatively, it could also be a turret on the Astronomy tower, but this is unlikely.
  • Even though the Common Room does not appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we still get to view the stairwell inside the Tower.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, it is strange that Harry knows where the common room is despite not going there in previous films. In the novel, Luna Lovegood takes him to the Tower, although he could have found where the common room was by examining the Marauder's Map.

See also


Hogwarts Castle
Astronomy Tower · Bell towers · Central Tower · Clock Tower · Dark Tower · Founders' Tower · Gryffindor Tower · Headmaster's Tower · Herbology Tower · Hospital tower · Hufflepuff Duelling Turrets · Left Long Gallery tower · Marble Staircase Tower · North Tower · Quidditch tower · Ravenclaw Tower · Right Long Gallery tower · Second-floor girls' lavatory tower · Small Locked Tower ·Small tower by the Great Hall · South Tower · Stone Bridge Tower · Suspension Bridge towers ·The Quad battlements · Training Grounds Tower · Turris Magnus · Turris Medius · Upper Hall tower · Viaduct Courtyard checkpoint towers · West Tower · West Tower battlements
Portraits, statues and other artwork located in the towers
Albus Dumbledore · Armando Dippet · Valeria Myriadd · Dexter Fortescue · Dilys Derwent · Oraclitus Spheer · Fat Lady · Sir Cadogan · Slytherin knight · Hufflepuff lady · Heliotrope Wilkins · Severus Snape · Phineas Nigellus Black · Vulpus · Quintin Trimble · Limebert · Ravenclaw lady · Rowena Ravenclaw · Walter Aragon · Quidditch player · Professor · Female etiquette teacher · Gryffindor lady · Gryffindor man · Gryffindor man · Gryffindor man · Gryffindor seeker · Red-haired witch · Young maiden · Vase with flowers · Group of women in crinolines · Sinister-looking monks

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