The time has come for my final Harry Potter book recommendations post and today we are doing Ravenclaw! I found Ravenclaw one of the most interesting houses to choose books for because I feel like the house traits are a little more broad and also a lot of books kind of fit Ravenclaw since books and intelligence is kind of a Ravenclaw thing anyway. As usual, I am going to be doing an honourable Harry Potter book mention at the end, which is where I choose a book from the series that I think best represents the house in question.
Honestly I couldn’t tell you how I pick out the books for these recommendation post because there isn’t a huge amount of rhyme of reason to it, but I just sort of know it when I see it. Anyway, let’s just get into the books that I think suit Ravenclaw house best…
“Ravenclaw: Intelligence, Creativity, Learning and Wit”
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare
You know I’m not sure I’ve gone a single one of these recommendation posts without including a Cassandra Clare book…. I didn’t realise that at the time, but here we are. I chose Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy for the somewhat obvious reason that it is set in a school. Ravenclaw is of course all about learning and valuing knowledge, so I felt an entire series based around a school (and a kind of magic school at that) fitted Ravenclaw pretty well.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo is, I think, one of my favourite books of all time! For those of you who don’t know, LoT is a collection of Leigh Bardugo’s original fairytales set in her very own GrishaVerse and I absolutely adore them! I love fairytales and feel like fairytales and classic literature, along with the rather witty nature of a lot of these fairytales, means that LoT fits Ravenclaw perfectly.
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
This is probably the loosest link to Ravenclaw amongst all of these recommendations because the characters and the books don’t really embody any of the Ravenclaw traits, but it’s more that the book just gives me the right Ravenclaw vibe if you know what I mean. The main character is very intelligent and rather witty at times and also lives in the back of a library surrounded by stolen books, so I think you can see where the Ravenclaw vibes came from even if the story doesn’t really fit. Also please read The Girl at Midnight series because it is soooooo good and not enough people have read it!
The Fandom by Anna Day
I haven’t heard many people talking about ‘The Fandom’, but I wish they would because I think it deserves so much praise! I did a whole review about it, which you can check out here, but the reason I chose it for Ravenclaw is because the characters really did have to use their heads to get out of the situation they’d fallen into, which just so happened to be their favourite fictional world. I don’t want to spoil anything, but they really did have to use their heads to get out of all the crazy situations they found themselves in and I also think the book tells an important narrative about how we sometimes idealise our favourite worlds and really analyses fandom culture, which seems very Ravenclaw to me.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The final book on this recommendations list is ‘Looking for Alaska’. I chose this book because I think John Green and his rather unique writing style really lends itself to Ravenclaw. A lot of people complain about John Green and his teenage characters being far more intelligent than any teenager actually is, but I personally love that about his writing style because (and I don’t mean to sound conceited here) I am a little more intelligent than average. Teenagers are people just as much as any adult and actually I’d be willing to bet a lot of people relate to the way John Green writes his characters (including myself). Whether you like his writing or not, I think we all agree that the way his characters think, talk and question things is very Ravenclaw.
“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure”
And now onto the Ravenclaw honorary mention: Deathly Hallows. I found Ravenclaw a little harder to pick a book for, for 2 main reasons. The first is that this is the last HP recommendations post, so I’ve already used 3 out of the 7 books and also because Ravenclaw doesn’t really ever play a specific part in any of the books. Most of them feature Gryffindor and Slytherin heavily with a brief focus on Hufflepuff in Goblet of Fire, but Ravenclaw is never really specifically focused on. Characters from that house come and go, but the house itself is never focused on much, which made it hard to choose.
In the end, I chose Deathly Hallows as the Ravenclaw mention because if Ravenclaw are mentioned at all it is probably in Deathly Hallows when Harry is searching for the lost diadem and Luna plays a pretty big role in it as well as a few of the previous books. I also thought that the Deathly Hallows suited Ravenclaw quite well because even though the house itself isn’t mentioned loads, the trio have to use every ounce of intelligence and everything they’ve learnt over the last 6 years to aid them in their quest to find and destroy the horcruxes.
So that concludes my final Harry Potter Recommendations post! I really enjoyed doing this series of recommendations because I don’t do them very often and it was cool to have a theme to write my posts around. Let me know if you’d like me to do another recommendations series themed around something else and give me some ideas down below!
Do you agree with my Ravenclaw recommendations? What house are you in? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below or come and chat to me over on my Instagram: @theoriginalbookdragon
Goodbye for now!
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