Hello witches and wizards, it’s that (dreaded) time of year again – the exam season is upon us… but that’s ok because these are exams I actually might enjoy studying for! That’s right, it’s time for the Magical Readathon to kick off this year with the OWLs Readathon 2019 taking place for the entire month of April. (You could also say that, in effect, this is an April TBR post too!)
For those unfamiliar with the readathon, this is a Harry Potter/Hogwarts themed readathon which took place for the first time last year – it has two main readathon rounds, the OWLs and the NEWTs, which correspond with the sets of wizarding examinations that Hogwarts students face in their fifth and seventh years respectively. For each round of exams, the wonderful creator of this readathon, G from the Book Roast, circulates a list of revision topics (read: readathon prompts) from Professor McGonagall herself which you need to swot up on if you hope to pass all your exams!
Because G is incredible and completely extra she has put together incredible materials that detail the ins and outs of the Magical Readathon (seriously, I’ve not seen detail like it before), so be sure to check out the OWLs prompts and the Wizarding Careers Guide to see which prompts you need to complete during the OWLs Readathon if you’re interested in taking part! There’s also a Twitter account and hashtag dedicated to the readathon so any questions you might have probably been answered there.
This year, just like last year, I intend to try for the career path I would definitely want if I were part of the wizarding world: Hogwarts’ Charms Professor. This means there’s a bunch of revision topics I need to get to during the course of April so let’s waste no more time and take a look at what’s on my revision schedule.
OWL Requirements for Hogwarts Professor
Must pass 7 O.W.L.s in total:
A subject you wish to teach
Defence Against the Dark Arts
+ 5 additional subjects of your choice
Charms – Age-line: read an adult work
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Defence Against the Dark Arts – Reducto: title starts with an “R”
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Arithmancy – work written by more than one author
The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab
Astronomy – “star” in the title
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith
History of Magic – Published at least 10 years ago
Betrayal by Harold Pinter
Potions – Next ingredient: sequel
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Transfiguration – Sprayed edges or red cover
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
And one last thing: last year I did a bit of Extra Credit coursework for Charms which means I get to start studying for my Charms exam a whole 4 days earlier, so I’ll be diving into my revision/TBR pile on 28th March! If you’re curious, you can track my reading progress with this Twitter thread. Otherwise, I’ll see you on the flip-side, witches.
Are you taking part in the Magical Readathon this year? What career path have you chosen? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you’re planning to read in April. Do you have any fun or exciting reads lined up? Comment below!