Outstanding WOMBAT

An Outstanding-graded W.O.M.B.A.T.

"CONGRATULATIONS! Your exemplary powers of deduction and a formidable knowledge of the inner workings of the magical world reveal you to be a witch or wizard of genuine skill and learning. This first examination has barely tested you."
—'Outstanding'-graded W.O.M.B.A.T.[src]

Outstanding[1] is one of the three passing grades, out of six grades overall, in the Ordinary Wizarding Levels, Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, and Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Tests. It is the highest mark possible, immediately above 'Exceeds Expectations'.


While most professors at Hogwarts set their N.E.W.T. classes entrance standards at 'Exceeds Expectations', meaning that the students must acquire such a grade in their O.W.L. in order to continue, Professor Severus Snape had set his Potion standards to 'Outstanding', meaning only the very best can continue.

Recipients of an O

"So top grade's O for ‘Outstanding'..."
—Hermione Granger reviewing O.W.L. marks
Known students Subject Date
John Dawlish pre 1990s
Jae Kim 1989
Harry Potter
"And best of all, he had achieved 'Outstanding' at Defence Against the Dark Arts!"
—Harry Potter reviewing his O.W.L. marks[src]
Hermione Granger
"Oh, come off it. Yep — nine ‘Outstandings’ and one ‘Exceeds Expectations’ at Defence Against the Dark Arts. You're actually disappointed, aren't you?"
Ron Weasley sees Hermione Granger's O.W.L. results[src]
Neville Longbottom
"Professor Sprout will be delighted to see you back with an 'Outstanding' O.W.L."
— Neville Longbottom's Herbology result[src]

W.O.M.B.A.T. certificates

Other grades


Notes and references

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