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A Dreadful-graded W.O.M.B.A.T.

"The general standard of this homework was abysmal. Most of you would have failed had this been your examination. I expect to see a great deal more effort for this week's essay on the various varieties of venom antidotes, or I shall have to start handing out detentions to those dunces who get D’s."
Severus Snape to fifth years in Potions[src]

Dreadful was one of the three failing grades, out of six grades overall, in the Ordinary Wizarding Levels, Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, and Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Tests. It was the second lowest mark, immediately below 'Poor' and immediately above 'Troll'.[1]


If a student was given a 'Dreadful' grade on their O.W.L. test, they could not continue on with that subject as a N.E.W.T. class. This was the same for the other failing grades: 'Poor' and 'Troll'.[1] It is unknown if a student could repeat the subject if they received a 'Dreadful'.

Recipients of a D

Known students Subject Date
Harry Potter[2] History of Magic O.W.L.[2] 1996[2]

Notes: Harry passed out during his exam and didn't finish.[3]

Other grades

Exam grades
Passing grades Fail grades


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 15 (The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5 (An Excess of Phlegm)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)