Reading Challenges

2020 Magical Readathon: O.W.L.’s

Hello everyone! As you all know, I’m a huge Potterhead.  I found Book Roast’s  Magical Readathon last year during the N.E.W.T.’s, and I was so sad to have missed the start of it all.  This year I get to participate, and I am so pumped.

The Magical Readathon is a month-long reading challenge hosted by Book Roast, based on the wonderful Wizarding World we all know and love.  You pick a wizarding career path and based on your choice you have certain O.W.L.’s that you need to pass.  Each O.W.L. class has a specific prompt for a book to read to “pass the exam.”  The N.E.W.T’s happen later in the year and are a step up from the O.W.L.’s.  You can check out the readathon in more detail here.


I was struggling to pick which career I wanted to do this year, but I finally settled on Hogwarts Professor.  As of right now, I’m leaning towards teaching Charms, which I have always thought would be my best subject at Hogwarts, but we’ll see what happens as we go along.  I might have bitten off more than I can chew with 7 O.W.L.’s to pass, but I figured what better to do with my quarantine time than study for my O.W.L.’s?

For this career, I need to pass 7 O.W.L.’s: A subject I wish to teach (Charms), Defense Against the Dark Arts, and 5 additional subjects of my choice.  I have chosen Herbology, Potions, Transfiguration, History of Magic, and Divination.

I will update each O.W.L. as I pass.  I don’t wanna make a TBR for this since I am such a mood reader and it will be fun to search out the books for each prompt.

My Prompts are:

Charms– Lumos Maxima: A book with a white cover


Defense Against the Dark Arts– Grindylows: A book set at the sea/coast


Herbology– Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title that starts with an “M”


Potions– Shrinking Solution: A book under 150 pages


Transfiguration– Animagus Lecture: A book/series that includes shapeshifting


History of Magic– Witch Hunts: A book featuring witches/wizards


Divination– Third Eye: Assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read.


Are you participating in The Magical Readathon this year? Let’s cheer each other on!  Post in the comments if you have any good ideas or recommendations for any of these prompts 🙂 Here we go!

6 thoughts on “2020 Magical Readathon: O.W.L.’s

  1. OMG This is SO COOL. Thank you for sharing this Readathon! I had no idea this was a thing, but it checks off both my book-loving and harry-potter-loving sides so I’m off to check out the website to see if I can participate. Good luck on your Hogwarts Professor readathon and I look forward to seeing what books you choose for the prompts!

    P.S. I always believed Charms would be my best subject too 🙂


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