We're pretty familiar with the heads of the other houses:

  • The Head of Gryffindor is McGonagall
  • The Head of Hufflepuff is Sprout
  • The Head of Slytherin is Slytherincess Snape, then Slughorn

But who is the head of Ravenclaw?

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    This is a very poorly researched question. Simply googling the title of this question gives one the answer directly.
    – rah4927
    Oct 15, 2015 at 11:24
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    @rah4927 I reckon I was actually faster than google ;) Oct 15, 2015 at 13:37
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    @rah4927 Perhaps, but the first several hits are from wikia, a mildly trustworthy site. Oct 15, 2015 at 14:05
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    @rah4927 Many questions on this site can be answered directly from the books, that does not make them a bad question. I have read the books all at least half a dozen times, and had no idea that Flitwick was the head of Ravenclaw. Oct 15, 2015 at 14:17
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    @rah4927 I have read the books at least half a dozen times and watched the movies about a dozen times; forgive me for forgetting the detail and asking a question on this site. You could ask a Star Trek question that I think is poorly researched, but I know a lot about Trek. Furthermore, the day this site begins accepting the Harry Potter wiki on face value is a sad day for us all! Oct 15, 2015 at 21:57

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Filius Flitwick is the head of Ravenclaw.

Hogwarts Charms professor and Head of Ravenclaw house

Pottermore - Character Profile - Filius Flitwick

Interestingly Filius and Minerva both had a similar experience with the sorting hat which featured opposite outcomes, Minerva into Gryffindor and Filius into Ravenclaw.

After five and a half minutes, the Sorting Hat, which had been vacillating between the houses of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor, placed Minerva in the latter. (In later years, this circumstance was a subject of gentle humour between Minerva and her colleague Filius Flitwick, over whom the Sorting Hat suffered the same confusion, but reached the opposite conclusion. The two Heads of house were amused to think that they might, but for those crucial moments in their youths, have exchanged positions

Pottermore - Writing by JK - Professor McGonagall

  • OMG - how did I not remember that! +1 for the insanely fast response Oct 15, 2015 at 6:32
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    Always here for the HP reminders! @N_Soong Oct 15, 2015 at 6:33

We see that it's Flitwick in at least Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

"Thank you, Hagrid," said Professor McGonagall, standing up at once and turning to look at the group around Bill's bed. "I shall have to see the Ministry when they get here. Hagrid, please tell the Heads of Houses — Slughorn can represent Slytherin — that I want to see them in my office forthwith. I would like you to join us too."
"Rosmerta?" said Professor McGonagall incredulously, but before she could go on, there was a knock on the door behind them and Professors Sprout, Flitwick, and Slughorn traipsed into the room, followed by Hagrid, who was still weeping copiously, his huge frame trembling with grief.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 29

Since we know that Sprout is Hufflepuff's Head of House, and Slughorn was just said to be Slytherin's, that leaves Flitwick as Ravenclaw's.

We also see a more direct mention earlier:

When Harry and Hermione arrived in the Hall (Ron had come down with Lavender), they found that the tables had disappeared. Rain lashed down against the high windows and the enchanted ceiling swirled darkly above them as they assembled in front of Professors McGonagall, Snape, Flitwick, and Sprout — the Heads of Houses — and a small wizard whom Harry took to be the Apparation instructor from the Ministry.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 18

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