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O.W.L exams being taken in the Great Hall

"Anyway, it's a nightmare of a year, the fifth."
George Weasley's opinion of the fifth year[src]

A fifth year is a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who is in their fifth year of magical education. Fifth years are typically fifteen to sixteen years of age. At the end of this year, students take Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations, in order to determine what subjects they are allowed to take at N.E.W.T.-level.[1]

During the fifth year

"You realise we've got to write three essays, practise Vanishing Spells for McGonagall, work out a countercharm for Flitwick, finish the bowtruckle drawling, and start that stupid dream diary for Trelawney?"
—The increase of homework during O.W.L. year[src]
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The trio in their fifth year

The fifth year is very important for students, due to the fact that it is the year in which they must sit their O.W.L. exams, which will determine what N.E.W.T. courses they will be permitted to take later on in their education.[2] O.W.L.s also determine what job opportunities they can pursue in the future. They will receive career counselling from their Heads of House, where they will be advised as to what N.E.W.T.-level classes they should take in order to qualify for their desired career.[3] The amount of homework for each class is also increased drastically and much of the year is spent studying.[2]

Classes

Fifth year students must take Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, History of Magic, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy and Herbology. They must also take at least two of Divination, Arithmancy, Study of Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures, and Muggle Studies.[4] Students may choose to drop an elective if it becomes a burden.

Curriculum

Prefects

"There's been a mistake. No one in their right mind would make Ron a prefect..."
Fred Weasley[src]
Every year, one male and female Fifth Year student per House is selected to become a Prefect by the professor who was appointed Head of the House in which they are, though the Headmaster may intervene, as with Harry Potter's case (Professor Dumbledore thought he had enough responsibilities to go with).[34] They would likely continue to be Prefects in their sixth and Seventh years. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley became Prefects for Gryffindor house in Harry's Fifth year.[35]

Required textbooks

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
  4. Pottermore
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 15 (The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)
  12. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30 (Grawp)
  14. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 21 (The Search for Peeves) - Charms Lesson "Deletrius"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge)
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "Valentine's Day" Achievement
  18. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 4 (Opposite Day) - Herbology Lesson "Belladonna"
  19. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 16 (A Dance With Diego) - Herbology Lesson "Ginger Root"
  20. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 3 (Detention Before Extension) - History of Magic Lesson "Medieval Assembly of European Wizards"
  21. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 5 (Penny, Portraits, Peace, and Pressure) - History of Magic Lesson "Giant Wars"
  22. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 11 (Mundungus Fletcher) - History of Magic Lesson "Goblin Rebellion of 1612"
  23. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 15 (Secrets and Lies) - History of Magic Lesson "International Statute of Secrecy"
  24. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 19 (The Unforgivable Curses) - History of Magic Lesson "Witch Hunts of 14th Century"
  25. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 28 (About Merula) - History of Magic Lesson "Werewolf Code of Conduct"
  26. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 32 (The Trouble With Ben) - History of Magic Lesson "International Warlock Convention of 1289"
  27. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 22 (Agent of Chaos) - Potions Lesson "Wit-Sharpening Potion"
  28. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 2 (Grave Danger) - Potions Lesson "Hair-Raising Potion"
  29. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 32 (The Trouble With Ben) - Potions Lesson "Everlasting Elixirs"
  30. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 9 (Dangerous Friends) - Potions Lesson "Deflating Draught"
  31. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 14 (Mischief Managed) - Potions Lesson "Befuddlement Draught"
  32. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 25 (Creature of Chaos) - Potions Lesson "Erumpent Potion"
  33. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 30 (Into the Vault) - Transfiguration Lesson "Goldfinch to Golden Snitch"
  34. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
  35. 35.0 35.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
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