I had not been intending to join in with the O.W.Ls readathon again this year, in fact, I had entirely forgotten about it until I saw Alexa’s readathon TBR post. I deliberated whether I would take part or not as I already had other plans but I was convinced by the amazing new set up of the readathon, particularly the introduction of the Wizarding Careers booklet which you can check out here! Major props to the creator, Book Roast, for creating such a brilliant event that successfully drew me back.
Wizarding Careers & O.W.Ls
I am honestly so excited over the introduction of this feature. Although J.K is doing her best to completely ruin everything Harry Potter related for me, I can’t help but still be drawn to certain elements of the wizarding world and my ideal wizarding career is one of those. I would love to have a play around with some of the other careers as they look so fun but for now I’ve chosen the career I would love to personally have.
One of the things I really appreciate about the introduction of this career focused approach is it means that it helps to guide me in prioritizing O.W.Ls to study for. As much as my perfectionist heart wants to read 9 or more books so that I can get an ‘Outstanding’, I know that it’s not likely possible for me to read that many books in a month and the thought of not reaching that goal made the readathon less enjoyable for me last year.
However, this year your chosen wizarding career guides the type of O.W.Ls (and later N.E.W.T’s) that you can prioritize rather than trying to fit everything in. As I’ve chosen the Magizoologist career my O.W.Ls are all geared towards caring for magical creatures so I’ll be focusing on reading those ones first. Then I only need to read an additional 2 books to get an ‘Exceeds Expectations’ for my overall grade.
Ancient Runes: (Not Taken)
Arithmancy: (Not Taken)
Astronomy: An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
Care of Magical Creatures: An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, or Why Look at Animals? by John Berger
Charms: The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Defence Against the Dark Arts: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Divination: Emily Eternal by M.G Wheaton
Herbology: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
History of Magic: Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
Muggle Studies: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Potions: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir or Tone of Voice by Kaia Sønderby
Transfiguration: Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
If you would like to sign up for the O.W.Ls this year then you can check out the announcement video by Book Roast to find out more information along with all of the relevant links to the prompts and careers booklet.