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

"Alas — we regret to inform you that you have narrowly failed your Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. This may have been due to factors outside your control (eg: poltergeist intervention, examination nerves or a malfunctioning quill.). Please do not disconsolate."
— 'Poor'-graded W.O.M.B.A.T.[src]

Poor was the highest 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 third lowest mark, immediately below 'Acceptable' and immediately above 'Dreadful'.[1]


If a student received a 'Poor' (or lower) on an O.W.L. for a particular subject, the student had failed that subject and was unable to continue on with it as a N.E.W.T. class.[1] The student however, did have the option to repeat the subject, if they chose to do so.

Recipients of a P

Known students Subject Date
Augusta Longbottom[2] (possibly) Charms[2]
Harry Potter[3] Divination O.W.L.[3] 1996[3]

Notes: Harry's worst subject.[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 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5 (An Excess of Phlegm)