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All third-year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry were required to complete a set of examinations to get into the fourth year. There was one exam for each subject.[1]

1994 timetable

Monday: Transfiguration, Charms, Arithmancy and Study of Ancient Runes.[1]

Tuesday: Care of Magical Creatures, Potions, Astronomy.[1]

Wednesday: History of Magic, Herbology.[1]

Thursday: Defence Against the Dark Arts, Divination, Muggle Studies.[1]

1994 exams


"The third years emerged from Transfiguration at lunchtime on Monday, limp and ashen-faced, comparing results and bemoaning the difficulty of the tasks they had been set, which had included turning a teapot into a tortoise."
— The difficult third year Transfiguration exam[src]

This exam was said the contain difficult tasks, as when finished students emerged "limp and ashen-faced." The exam included turning a teapot into a tortoise. Some students' tortoises still had tails, could breathe steam, and had willow-patterned shells.[1]


"Professor Flitwick did indeed test them on Cheering Charms."
Harry Potter[src]

Was to perform the Cheering Charm,[1] Freezing Spell,[2] and others. Harry overdid his Cheering Charm and had to lead his partner (Ron) away to a quiet room.[1]

Care of Magical Creatures

To keep a Flobberworm alive for an hour. This exam was the easiest exam any of them had ever taken, and gave the trio plenty of time to speak to Hagrid.[1]


"They had Potions that afternoon, which was an unqualified disaster. Try as Harry might, he couldn’t get his Confusing Concoction to thicken, and Snape, standing watch with an air of vindictive pleasure, scribbled something that looked suspiciously like a zero onto his notes before moving away."
— The third year Potions exam in 1994[src]

To brew a Confusing Concoction.[1]

History of Magic

Included questions on medieval Witch-hunts.[1]

Defence Against the Dark Arts

"Professor Lupin had complied the most unusual exam any of them had ever taken; a sort of obstacle course outside in the sun, where they had to wade across a deep paddling pool containing a Grindylow, cross a series of potholes full of Red Caps, squish their way across a patch of marsh while ignoring misleading directions from a Hinkypunk, then climb into an old trunk and battle with a new Boggart."
— Lupin's unusual DADA exam for third year students[src]

The obstacle course

An obstacle course of dark creatures which included wading across a deep paddling pool containing a Grindylow, a series of potholes full of Red Caps, Squishing your way across a patch of marsh ignoring the misleading directions of a Hinkypunk then climbing into an old trunk and battle a Boggart.[1]


"She's seeing us separately... Have either of you ever seen anything in a Crystal Ball?"
Neville Longbottom to Harry and Ron[src]

Included looking into a crystal ball and being able to distinguish what could be seen. Both Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley chose to simply fabricate predictions. Harry's prediction, of a hippogriff flying away,[1] turned out to be accurate.[3] As nobody was mentioned as having failed the exam despite several students admitting they were just fabricating predictions, it is likely that anyone who at least pretended to see something would have been given a pass.

Muggle Studies

Presumably theoretical; Hermione Granger was known to have scored 320%.[4]

See also


Notes and references

Hogwarts subjects
Core classes Astronomy · Charms · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Herbology · History of Magic · Potions · Transfiguration
Elective classes Alchemy · Arithmancy · Care of Magical Creatures · Divination · Muggle Studies · Study of Ancient Runes
Extracurricular classes Apparition · Advanced Arithmancy Studies · Ancient Studies · Art · Flying · Ghoul Studies · Magical Theory · Muggle Art · Muggle Music · Music · Xylomancy
First year exams · Second year exams · Third year exams · Fourth year exams ·
Ordinary Wizarding Level · Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test