13 February 2013

The Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw

I was watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II tonight. One of my favorite parts is when Harry finds the Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw hidden in the Room of Requirement in Hogwarts Castle. The disappointing part is that the tiara is shown so briefly in the film, but there is such an incredible amount of detail in the tiara.

The tiara in its nice wooden case. There is some writing along the base of the tiara, but it is not possible to read it.

The tiara is in the form of a raven, with a large blue green stone set as its body, and its wings are all set in what look like diamonds, but could also be marcasite.

A marquise-cut stone hangs from the middle of the tiara.

Harry drops the tiara on the floor (I know! How awful!), as he frantically tries to escape from the fire dragon conjured by Draco Malfoy's idiot friend.

The saddest part of the film, when Harry destroys the diadem, which is one of Voldemort's horcruxes, using a Basilisk fang. If only the tiara had played a more prominent part...so much beautiful craftsmanship, gone to waste.
A quick google search, and voila! Better pics of the tiara exist! Or maybe this is a replica. Who knows, but at least we can see the text better, which is in Latin probably.