Tuesday, December 7, 2021

OWLS 2022

 This is the Harry Potter challenge hosted at HPOOTP Facebook page.  I want to be more actively involved in this page this year.  They do a wonderful job at the creative side of the challenge and there are lots of different categories and varieties of books selected by participants.   

For a full list of challenges I found for 2022 see this blog entry.

The instructions from their page:

The Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.s) Reading Challenge
Each of the 12 classes have 5 prompts. You can decide which grades to go for in which classes and which classes you want to attempt an OWL in (receive a passing grade). Thus, you can build the challenge to the number of books you want to read! For example, you can choose to do only 1 subject and go for an O grade (5 books), or you could attempt to earn 3 passing grades in 3 subjects (9 books), or you can choose to go for all 12 subjects & all prompts (60 books) – or anywhere in between!
O.W.L. Grades are as follows:
Failing Grades:
Troll (T) : Start a prompt in a subject, but don’t finish any
Dreadful (D): Finish 1 prompt in a subject
Poor (P): Finish 2 prompts in a subject
*Passing Grades: *
Acceptable (A): Finish 3 prompts in a subject
Exceeds Expectations (E): Finish 4 prompts in a subject
Outstanding (O): Finish 5 prompts in a subject.
Prompts do NOT have to be completed in order. While the challenge is to read unique books for each prompt, this is your challenge and you can make the rules fit as you’d like. Any format of book (audiobook, physical book, ebook, comic, etc) counts–our rule of thumb is if you can mark it as ‘read’ on a book tracking site, it counts. Again, this is your challenge and you’re free to interpret the rules and prompts as you see fit.

Ancient Runes

Ancient Runes: A book in translation

Deathly Hallows: A book that has a symbol on the cover

Tales of Beedle the Bard: A fairytale retelling

Mistranslation: A book whose title is translated differently

Parseltongue: A book that contains a fictional language


Arithmancy: A book with a number on the cover or in the title

Golden Trio: A book that’s a part of a series

Hoggy Warty Hogwarts: A book that involves music

Magical Numbers: A book that relates to a magical number (pi or pi(e), 7, 3, 13, etc)

Mad Eye Moody: A book with multiple points of view


Astronomy: A book set in outer space

Star Gazing: A book with a star on the cover or in the title

Star Struck: A book about a celebrity

Sirius Black: Includes a character with a celestial name  

Telescope: A book you spotted on social media

Care of Magical Creatures

Care of Magical Creatures: Includes a magical creature

Niffler: A book with a shiny cover

Fantastic Beasts: A book with an animal on the cover

Unicorn: Your most anticipated book of the year

Monster Book of Monsters: A scary looking book


Charms: A book by a favorite author

Cheering Charm: A funny or happy book

Flitwick: A short book or book of short stories 

Wingardium Leviosa: A book that contains a feather

Time Turner: A book with dual timelines

Defense Against the Dark Arts

DADA: A book featuring good vs. evil

Dark Arts: A book featuring dark magic

Death Eaters: A book with a dark cover

Magical Me: A book with an incompetent character

Remus Lupin: A paranormal book


Divination: A book set in the future

Trelawney: A book featuring a prophecy 

Star Chart: A book related to your zodiac sign

Unfogging the Future: A mystery or thriller

The Grim: Contains a death

Herbology: A book with a plant on the cover or in the title

Pomona Sprout: Contains a character with a herbology related name

Greenhouses: A book with a green cover

Mandrake: A book that made you cry

Neville Longbottom: Contains a character who is an underdog

History of Magic

History of Magic: A book that mentions a historical witch or wizard

Harry Potter: A book that mentions Harry Potter

Hogwarts, A History: A historical fiction

Helena Ravenclaw: A novella or prequel

Cuthbert Binns: A book you “slept” on

Muggle Studies 

Muggle Studies: An own voices book

Flying Car: A book related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

Hogwarts: A book set in a school

Daily Prophet: A nonfiction book

Rubber Duck: A book with a yellow cover


Potions: A book that includes poison

Amortentia: A book that includes a romance

Severus Snape: Turn to page 394 - A book with page 394.

No Foolish Wand Waving: A book without magic

Liquid Luck: Luck of the draw: choose a book randomly


Transfiguration: A book to screen adaptation

Animagus: Includes a shapeshifter

Switching Spell: A book whose cover and dust jacket are different colors

Minerva McGonagall: Contains a strong female character

Vanishment Spell: A bestseller (that vanishes off the shelf!)

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