Hello my fellow witches and wizards! I hope you’re all doing well. This week I’ve been working very hard on revising for my OWL exams.
(If you have no idea what I’m talking about and think I might have finally cracked and started hallucinating about going to a fictional wizarding school, don’t worry, it’s just a Harry Potter/Wizarding World readathon but hey, let’s make like Disney World and protect character integrity, shall we?)
If you saw my earlier entry about my revision schedule and careers aspirations, you will have seen that I’m studying hard because, once I graduate, I want to be a Hogwarts Professor, specifically teaching Charms. There are specific OWL and NEWT exams I will have to take to fulfil this dream so I thought, to keep me accountable, I’d do periodic weekly updates of how my studying is going!
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
Shades of Magic: Vol. 1: 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
As you can see, so far I’m off to a flying start with my OWLs revision; I’ve managed to tackle studying for 5 out of the 7 exams I will be sitting. I’d call that a success, wouldn’t you? So much so, I’m starting to entertain the overachiever part of my personality that is saying I should look at maybe taking some extra exams. However, I still need to complete the all important obligatory subject of Defence Against the Dark Arts but, as Ruin and Rising is the third book in a trilogy, I’ll first need to read the second book/study for my Potions exam! Once those are done I’m going to speak to Professor McGonagall and see if I am allowed to sit any extra exams than the ones I originally signed up for – shall we see how that goes? Wish me luck?
Are you taking part in the OWLs/Magical Readathon this year? How are you doing so far? Even if you’re not participating, let me know what you have been reading this week because I’d love to know. Leave a comment below!