O.W.L. Magical Readathon | 2019

I’ve decided to participate in one of the most creative and fun readathons I’ve ever seen — the Magical Readathon created by booktuber, the Book Roast.

I love and appreciate the amount of work and detail that went into creating it. The readathon is inspired by the Harry Potter books and is separated into two parts that are based on the wizarding exams mentioned in the books:

O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels), which take place April 1-30, and N.E.W.Ts (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests), which are held August 1-31.

Those who participate in this readathon aim for a wizarding career (auror, herbologist, Hogwarts professor, etc.), which are outlined in a career guide. Like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, we’ll all take O.W.L.s and then N.E.W.T.s and must past them to be qualified for the wizarding career of our choice.

I won’t go into more details than that, but this is a fun readathon to participate in whether or not you are a Harry Potter fan. I urge you to join in. You can learn more about the readathon here.

I’ve decided to aim for a career as an


As an aurologist, I must be able to “not only read the auras of others and be able to map the meaning of the colors and sensations of them, but…have a deep understanding of [my] own spirit in order to do so well.”

It sounds like a cool, fun career and an interesting one too. I’m aiming to be an aurologist who works with the Ministry of Magic, Department of Mysteries to conduct research on auras, and I’ll also be associated with “one of the most prestigious Aura Academies (located in the U.S.A.).” So yea, my position as an aurologist will be one of much prestige though some might think the field frivolous and self-indulgent.

Key traits of an aurologist:







History of Magic


Astronomy – must receive E

Divination – must receive E


Research paper on Theory of Color: Auras and Their Interpretations at a Glance

O.W.L.s are graded for total exams completed

Acceptable = 2 or more exams completed

Exceeds Expectations = 6 or more exams completed

Outstanding = 9 or more exams completed

Books I plan to read (and hope I will to pass my O.W.L.s):
Astronomy: Read a book with “star” in the title.

Zodiac Starforce, #1 by Kevin Panetta, illus. by Paulina Ganucheau

Others I might consider:

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffery Cranor
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Divination: Read a book set in the future.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Others I might consider:

Pisces, #1, #2, #3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

History of Magic: Read a book that was first published at least 10 years ago.

Middle Passage by Charles Johnson

Others I might consider:

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

Other subjects
Charms: Read an adult work

Chester 5000, Vol. 2: Isabelle & George by Jess Fink (illus.)

Others I might consider:

Low, Vol. 1 by Rick Remender
Rasputin, Vol. 2 by Alex Grecian
Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Read a book with a title that starts with “R”

Run for It by Marcelo D’Salete (illus.)

Others I might consider:

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel

Herbology: Read a book with a plant on the cover

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (illus.)

Others I might consider:

The Ghosts of Pineville, Vol. 1 by Sara L. Turner
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Potions: Read a sequel

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 8: Old Is the New New by Kieron Gillen, illus. by various artists

Others I might consider:


Transfiguration: Read a book with sprayed edges or a red cover

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-3 by Hiromu Arakawa (illus.)

Others I might consider:

Zana, #1 by Jean Barker
Autumnlands, Vol. 1 by Kurt Busiek

As you can see, I plan to read mostly comics for this readathon because I have a huge pile of them to get through and because I’d like to succeed at this readathon (and become an aurologist).

Do you plan to participate? If so, which career did you choose?

29 thoughts on “O.W.L. Magical Readathon | 2019

    1. It’s one of the most creative readathons I’ve seen.
      I’m horrible following a reading list so most likely I’ll read totally different books from what I have listed here.


        1. Yes they just announced the dates 13th – 26th 🤗 I’m very exited! You could always make one of your OWL books to be over 500 pages and TomeTopple done. 😆

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  1. Such a fun challenge! I will have to join in next year when I’m not expecting a baby any day. Lol. Have fun!


  2. This is so cool! I’m totally going to check this out later tonight and see if I can join in 😀 good luck on becoming an aurologist (did I spell that right?) 😉


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