Hello my fellow witches and wizards! I hope you’re all doing well. This week I’ve yet again 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 or you saw my week one or my week two progress updates, 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
TBR – Prerequisites
✓ 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
You may have seen in my last post that I decided to make like Hermione Granger and be an overachiever? So there’s also some other books I’ve been working on, aside from my “priority” TBR.
TBR – Extras
Ancient Runes – Retelling
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
✓ Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on cover
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
✓ Divination – Set in future
Scythe by Neal Schusterman Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
(I changed my mind since I’m not a huge sci-fi reader and I was always thinking I’d struggle with this challenge. As I started to read Red, White, and Royal Blue I realised from the time-stamped emails that it’s set in 2020… which makes this book definitely set in the (very near) future. So I’m counting it for this challenge instead. Cop out? Eh, only slightly…)
✓ Herbology – Plant on cover
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
✓ Muggle Studies – Contemporary
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
So, I seem to be doing pretty well with my studies. I just need to finish off a couple of books/subjects and I’ll be well on my way to overachieving just like Hermione Granger. It will also mean my options are kept wide open for the NEWTs examinations later in the year which can’t be a bad thing. Wish me luck with the remaining two books?
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!