Sitting my O.W.Ls – The magical readathon TBR

It is time to get out out anti-cheating quills to run roll those parchments, to take our

Ordinary Wizarding Levels!

I am a huge Harry Potter fan and have re-read the books on multiple occasions. I found myself escaping to the wizarding world to survive writing both my MSc and PhD thesis. I have always been fascinated by Hogwarts and would jump at the chance to attend classes, sitting my O.W.Ls and N.E.W.Ts.


Thanks to Gintare at Book Roast I can now combine my love of the wizarding world with my love of readathons and reading!

She has created this fun take on a Harry Potter inspired readathon where each potential O.W.L subject corresponds to a reading prompt. This has clearly been a labour of love for Gintare and I urge you to go check out her announcement video and follow the official Twitter. For all the details

There is also a beautiful Hogwarts Letter, with full instructions.


Passing the O.W.Ls

Like at Hogwarts there are Six grades, Three Fail grades and Three Passing grades

Fail grades:

Poor – sit only one OWL (Only finish one book)
Dreadful – start but not finish any OWLs tasks (Started books but you didn’t finish any)
Troll – do not show up at your OWLs examinations (Don’t read anything- Why are you taking part in this readathon?)

Pass grades:

Outstanding– sit (and pass) at least 5 OWLs (Finish 5+ Books)
Exceeded Expectations – sit (and pass) at least 3 OWLs (Finish 3/4 Books)
Acceptable – sit (and pass) at least 2 OWLs (Finish 2 Books)

As a proud Ravenclaw I will settle nothing less than Outstanding! I am also going to try and one up Hermione and her 11 O grade O.W.Ls by attempting all 12 O.W.L exams.

My O.W.L Choices

Ancient Runes – A book with a symbol on the cover


The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Arithmacy – Read a book with a number on the cover or in the title

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

Astronomy  – Read a science fiction novel

All our Wrong Todays – Elan Mastai

Care of Magical Creatures – Read a book that includes magical creatures

Borne – Jeff Vandermeer

Charms – Read a fantasy book34728667

Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Defence Against the Dark Arts – Book about/featuring secret societies/clubs.20733840

Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

Divination – Read a book featuring prophecies30846371

The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli

Herbology – Read a book with a nature related word in the title38619945

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

History of Magic – Read a historical fiction36475759

City of Brass – S.A Chakraborty

Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-fiction book3106983

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

Potions – Read a book about/with alchemy33828904

Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting or similar theme37541225

To Kill a Kingdom – Alexandra Christo


Prepping for the N.E.W.Ts and Wizarding jobs?

There have been hints on future readathons based on the N.E.W.Ts and what job you would like in the wizarding world. As I am a Research Scientist/Bioinformatician in real life I would have to be either an Unspeakable or Curse Breaker in the Wizarding world Therefore I am prioritising:

Ancient Runes
Defence Against the Dark Arts


As always I will be taking my reading on Goodreads and I will be updating the number of Parchments (pages) read and O.W.Ls completed over on my Twitter.

Will you be sitting your O.W.Ls this month? What House are you?

Quills at the ready – Let the O.W.Ls begin!



5 thoughts on “Sitting my O.W.Ls – The magical readathon TBR

  1. I am so excited for this one. I am keeping progress on Teitter as well. I started with my Arithmacy O.W.L. book which is Ready Player One.


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