"Every year, I am afraid to say, seems to harbour at least one student who thinks that he or she can get around the Wizarding Examinations Authority's rules."
—Attempted cheating on the O.W.L. exams[src]

The Wizarding Examinations Authority is a group of wizards and witches who examine students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during their O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. examinations. The Wizarding Examinations Authority also verifies the results for the W.O.M.B.A.T. tests.[1]

It is a part of the Division for Magical Education in the Ministry of Magic.


The head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority is Griselda Marchbanks. It is known that there is a large group who travels to Hogwarts every year, exhausted from their journey, that is received by the headmaster. Apart from Griselda Marchbanks, the only other known member of the examiners is Professor Tofty, who was known to be present at Hogwarts during the O.W.L.s for the 1988–1989[2] and 1995–1996 school years.[3]

The theory portion of the O.W.L. test is proctored by Hogwarts staff members (Flitwick administered the Defence Against the Dark Arts exam in the 1970s, while McGonagall proctored the Charms O.W.L. for Harry Potter's class).

Draco Malfoy claims that when it comes to the O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. Wizarding Examinations Authority, it is "not what you know, it's who you know." It is unknown whether Draco actually got his O.W.L.s because he knew the Authorities.

They are also noted to charm papers with the Anti-Cheating spell and provide Anti-Cheating Quills to students taking examinations.


Notes and references

  1. Accio Quote!
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "Ordinary Wizarding Levels" Achievement - Part 1, Side Quest "Take the O.W.L.s!"
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)

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Committee on Experimental Charms Personnel
Balfour Blane · Gilbert Wimple
Department of Magical Artefacts Personnel
Sage Bragnam (Head Curator)
Magical Maintenance Department Personnel
Reginald Cattermole · Orford Umbridge · Lift attendant · Man
Research Committee Personnel
Phoebus Penrose (Head)
Wizarding Examinations Authority Personnel
Griselda Marchbanks · Professor Tofty · Unidentified plump little witch examiner · Unidentified examiner with a wart on his nose
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