Hello there, magical people~ I hope you’re doing well. Today I’m going to be talking about the Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast over on YouTube. This readathon is themed around the Harry Potter universe and includes classes in twelve subjects at Hogwarts, as well as twelve potential careers (and extra seminars and courses) you can take in your time at and after Hogwarts! This seemed like such a fun activity, and I was a bit too late to join the last few times I saw the announcements, but I’m finally early and ready to try this readathon for myself!
Now, if you would like all the details about the readathon, there are links in the video that Book Roast talks about the announcement here, but to summarize, it’s an event that’s taking place for the entire month of April from the 1st to the 30th, and during that time you pick books based on the prompts given for each of the twelve classes, and each class comes with a prompt designated to it:
- Ancient Runes: Heart Rune – heart on the cover or the title
- Arithmancy: Magical qualities of number 2 – balance/opposites – read something outside of your favorite genre
- Astronomy: Night classes – read majority of this book when it’s dark outside
- Care of Magical Creatures: Hippogriffs – creature with a beak on the cover
- Charms: Lumos Maxima – white cover
- Defense Against the Dark Arts: Grindylows – book set at sea/coast
- Divination: Third Eye – assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your read
- Herbology: Mimbulus mimbletonia – title starts with an M
- History of Magic: Witch hunts – book featuring witches/wizards
- Muggle Studies: Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
- Potions: Shrinking Solution – book under 150 pages
- Transfiguration: Animagus lecture – book/series that includes shapeshifting
You can also pick a career path to take after your Hogwarts career (this is totally optional) and allows you to focus on and potentially narrow down which books from which class you read. Careers include: Alchemist, Astronomer, Aurologist, Auror, Broom Maker, Care of Magical Children, Culinary Sorcerer, Curse Breaker, Graphic Designer, Healer, Herbologist, Hogwarts Professor, Journalist or Writer, Librarian, Mage of Visual Arts, Magizoologist, Metal Charmer, Mind Medic, Ministry Worker, Potioneer, Quidditch Referee, Seer, Spell Maker, Trader of Magical Tomes, and Wandmaker. (For more on these, check out the video I linked above!)
So for this readathon, I want to get back into the swing of reading novels (as has been in the case in almost every post I’ve made lately lol), but I didn’t want to overwhelm myself as it’ll be the first actual readathon I participate in this year. Picking a career was tough, but I decided to go with Writer, and I might double up with Graphic Designer, if I have the time and energy to do so. I’ll also be taking a bonus course called Merpeople Linguistics.
Let’s break this down!
Writer O.W.L.s Needed
- History of Magic
- Muggle Studies
- 1 other subject of your choice (I chose Astronomy)
The books I chose for this Writer O.W.L. are:
- History of Magic: Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
- Muggle Studies: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
- Astronomy: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Graphic Designer O.W.L.s Needed
- Ancient Runes
- History of Magic
The books I chose for the Graphic Designer O.W.L. are:
- Ancient Runes: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
- Charms: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- History of Magic: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
- Transfiguration: Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
And for my extra course/seminar, the Merpeople Linguistics course, I’ll be reading a book for Herbology: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This one will be a reread for me.
Oh man, it’s a lot to take in, but I’m very excited. All of these books (except for Heartless) are also on my POPSugar Challenge for 2020, so I’m killing two birds with one stone.
I’m definitely aiming for just the first three books in the Writer’s career O.W.L.s as I don’t want to overwhelm myself, but I think having plenty of options is good for this challenge.
There will also be other challenges hosted on the Twitter, @magicathon, and there’s also a discord for you to join if you want! (Links in the video listed earlier in this post!)
Are you going to be joining the readathon? Which career are you aiming for? Is this your first O.W.L.s? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!