At first, I don’t really mind that a lot of people often mistake Ravenclaw to be associated with Ravens. However, it seems that we are being accused of having identity crisis to the point to being rude.
So, just to make things apparently clear, here is an excerpt from our Welcome Message:
“Our emblem is the eagle, which soars where others cannot climb; our house colours are blue and bronze….”
It is also quite apparent, if you look at The Great Hall, that an eagle appears on our emblem and not a Raven.
I have nothing against ravens. However, if we are referring to Ravenclaws, it is common sense to see that a raven, which in popular culture symbolizes death and ill omen, does not logically match with our house motto, “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” Eagles, on the other hand, appears as the principal icon for books, films, songs, broadsides, pamphlets, cartoons, radio and television, comics and various other aspects of popular culture. In other words, it symbolizes higher learning.
Gryffindor’s crest is a Lion. Nobody questions why they are not represented by a griffin – even though a griffin is part lion. It is represented by a Lion because lions, in popular culture, symbolize courage. Hufflepuff is represented by Badgers, not because of its name, but by the characteristics exhibited by that animal which is perseverance. Slytherins are symbolized by a Serpent, which, if I’m not mistaken is characterized as sleek, powerful and often misunderstood. So I hope it is clear that the name does not necessarily follow the animal that represents each houses’ emblem.
I know that the fight for the House Cup between Ravenclaws and Slytherins is pretty tight but there is no need for name calling or insults. I do have friends in Slytherin and I’m sure they will not tolerate such behavior as well.