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    Riddles (word-play, not Tom) [can be closed if mods want - I got what I needed]

    (Please forgive me if I am not in the right spot)

    I need a riddle to get into Ravenclaw, and wondered if anyone had a good one. I am no good at them myself, but it's necessary for the fic I'm working on.

    Thanks to anyone who can help.

    If there is a better place to post this, I'd be eternally grateful if someone would point me there.


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    Lobena Bricatta

    I hope it helps

    I don't know either
    but here I have a few

    It occurs once in every minute

    Twice in every moment

    And yet never in one hundred thousand years.

    -- The letter 'M'.

    It has a golden head

    It has a golden tail

    But it hasn't got a body.

    -- A golden coin.

    It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,

    Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.

    It lies behind stars and under hills,

    And empty holes it fills.

    It comes first and follows after,

    Ends life, kills laughter.

    -- The darkness.

    If you break me

    I do not stop working,

    If you touch me

    I may be snared,

    If you lose me

    Nothing will matter.

    -- Hope.

    My life can be measured in hours,

    I serve by being devoured.

    Thin, I am quick

    Fat, I am slow

    Wind is my foe.

    -- A candle.

    You can see nothing else

    When you look in my face

    I will look you in the eye

    And I will never lie.

    -- A mirror.

    I am always hungry,

    I must always be fed,

    The finger I lick

    Will soon turn red.

    -- A fire.

    Each morning I appear

    To lie at your feet,

    All day I follow

    No matter how fast you run,

    Yet I nearly perish

    In the midday sun.

    -- A shadow.

    I'm a strange contradiction; I'm new, and I'm old,

    I'm often in tatters, and oft decked with gold.

    Though I never could read, yet lettered I'm found;

    Though blind, I enlighten; though loose, I am bound,

    I'm always in black, and I'm always in white;

    I'm grave and I'm gay, I am heavy and light-

    In form too I differ - I'm thick and I'm thin,

    I've no flesh and bones, yet I'm covered with skin;

    I've more points than the compass, more stops than the flute;

    I sing without voice, without speaking confute.

    I'm English, I'm German, I'm French, and I'm Dutch;

    Some love me too fondly, some slight me too much;

    I often die soon, though I sometimes live ages,

    And no monarch alive has so many pages.

    -- A book.

    There's someone that I'm always near,

    Yet in the dark I disappear.

    To this one only I am loyal,

    Though in his wake I'm doomed to toil.

    He feels me not (we always touch);

    If I were lost, he'd not lose much.

    And now I come to my surprise,

    For you are he - but who am I ?

    -- Your shadow.

    I'm often held, yet rarely touched;

    I'm always wet, yet never rust;

    I'm sometimes wagged and sometimes bit;

    To use me well, you must have wit.

    -- Tongue.

    *Smiles and waves*
    Hope it helps

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    Thank you so much!
    I'm deciding between the mirror and the tongue - both seem perfect.

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    Lobena Bricatta


    Glad to be assistance,

    I have actually used the mirror one in my CP but no one has figured it out, I have had three pm's so far about it, silly people...

    need anything else just pm me

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    Mollie Black
    I know that Lobena already answered your question, but I just wanted to point something out that you may or may not consider.

    slightly unimportant DH fact

    In DH, one of the riddles they answer has no specific answer, but many logical answers. Like the question, 'which came first, the chicken or the egg?'. There are two possible answers, and backing up your answer is the key.

    end slightly unimportant DH fact

    More examples:

    Why did the chicken cross the road, if it wasn't to get to the other side?

    When is the best time to eat breakfast?

    Are zebras white with black stripes, or black with white stripes? (Although I don't believe they know of zebras...)

    I just had to get my two knuts in, sorry.


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    Ooh! I have one! It's from "The Hobbit":

    A box without hinges,key, or lid

    Yet golden treasure inside it's hid

    Answer: an egg

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    Snape's Talon
    I wonder whether the riddle presented to a seventh-year would be the same one presented to a first-year or if the door takes into account their age and thus would accept a different answer based on their experience or lack thereof.

    Also, would it know whether the supplicant was Ravenclaw or from another House?

    Slight DH spoiler alert!

    Remember, Luna was with Harry when they confronted the door.

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    No I think all riddles go for the all people. Luna said (in DH) that if you get the question wrong you have to wait for someone else to get it. So, it could have been a different student.

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    I have a riddle:

    What's more powerful than God, more evil than the devil?
    Poor people have it, rich people don't want it.


    I know you probably already got your riddle that you needed, but I figured I'd throw it out there for anyone else.

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    Possible DH spoiler ahead

    Might I mention that it doesn't nessicaraly be a riddle to get in. It asked Carrow where Vanished objects go. So you can ask a question such as 'What is the incantation for a Silencing Charm?'

    Just thought I'd mention that bit of information.


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