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
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?)
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 book
Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Book about/featuring secret societies/clubs.
Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
Divination – Read a book featuring prophecies
The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli
Herbology – Read a book with a nature related word in the title
The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert
History of Magic – Read a historical fiction
City of Brass – S.A Chakraborty
Muggle Studies – Read a muggle non-fiction book
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
Potions – Read a book about/with alchemy
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Transfiguration – Read a book that deals with transfiguration/shapeshifting or similar theme
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:
Defence Against the Dark Arts
Will you be sitting your O.W.Ls this month? What House are you?
Quills at the ready – Let the O.W.Ls begin!