So here’s one of my founders headcanons: Salazar Slytherin being a potions master is all well and good, but just because his house produced a lot of them doesn’t mean he was one. Basically, imagine Rowena Ravenclaw as a mad scientist. Imagine her working on a potion all night and almost falling asleep at the breakfast table. Imagine her with crazy hair and sooty clothing because “It exploded, Salazar! It’s not supposed to do that! Why did the hellebore have such a violent reaction to the aconite!!” and Salazar just sighs and “Rowena, I have no idea what you’re talking about. Were you experimenting with your potions again? You know that’s not my area of expertise.”
Imagine Rowena getting a pretty diadem from her aunt who thinks she should act more like a lady. And Rowena doesn’t know what to do with it because jewelry isn’t practical, what if it gets stuck in something or falls into a potion? So instead she leaves it on the table and gets distracted by her thoughts, and ´I wonder what would happen if I made a runic chain mixing sumerian and norse. Hmm… if I added mannaz there and.. but what would I use it for. It could boost someone’s intelligence if I added the hagalaz rune there but how do I apply it to a person without causing irreparable damage… what if….´ and then she remembers the diadem in front of her and grabs it, heading for her workshop.
Rowena finishing the diadem but noticing it only works on fullblooded humans, not centaurs or other similar beings. She tries to figure out why and sees the mannaz rune in her configuration. Mannaz, human. She removes it and adds some other runes for balance, because mannaz is usually used to stabilize. But she needs something to try the new rune chain on. She doesn’t really have any more jewelry. So she sneaks in and “borrows” Godric’s hat while he’s asleep, and works on it for hours.The end results are not quite what she planned. Breakfast the next morning is… interesting (maybe she shouldn’t have taken out the mannaz rune). “Hey, has anyone seen my hat?” “Er, about that Godric..” “Rowena what did you do.” “I… ImighthavemadeyourhatsentientI’msosorry!” “..did you just say you made my hat sentient? How the fuck did you even do that? Wait no, don’t answer that, just give me my hat.” “I.. are you sure you want it? It’s just that, well, it picked up some of your habits…” “What do you mean?” “Well.. you know how you sometimes sing drinking songs when you’re bored?” “Yes… Wait. Rowena, please don’t tell me-” “WHEN YOUR DRINK IS HALF EMPTY AND YOUR GLASS IS HALF FULL, WHEN YOU’RE DOWN ON YOUR LUCK AND YOUR LUCK IS DOWNHILL, I’M THE HAT FOR YOU IF YOU TIP YOUR HAT TO ME, OH HEYY, TIP YOUR HAT TO MEEE” “This is your fault Rowena”
Just, mad scientist Rowena. The other founders avoiding her part of the castle because of fumes. Students forbidden from going into the labs without supervision because she might have left a potion to brew or a bit of runework unfinished or another one of those carnivorous cauldrons lying around. Mad scientist Rowena Ravenclaw. Yes.
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