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Exceeds Expectations WOMBAT

An 'Exceeds Expectations'-graded W.O.M.B.A.T.

Hermione Granger: "So top grade's O for ‘Outstanding,’ and then there's A —"
George Weasley: "No, E. E for ‘Exceeds Expectations.’ And I've always thought Fred and I should've got E in everything, because we exceeded expectations just by turning up for the exams."
— Discussion over O.W.L. marks[src]

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

Advancing to N.E.W.T.

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. Severus Snape however, required an 'Outstanding' from his Potions students. Professor Slughorn, later however, lower the standard to 'Exceeds Expectations' when Snape taught Defence Against the Dark Arts.

Other grades

Passing Grades

Failing Grades

Known recipients of an E

Known students Image Subject Date
Harry Potter
"He ran his finger down his grades... he had passed well in Transfiguration and Herbology, he had even exceeded expectations at Potions!"
—Harry Potter reviewing his O.W.L. results[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?"
—Hermione's O.W.L. results[src]
Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L.
Ron Weasley
Neville Longbottom
"And you qualify for Defence Against the Dark Arts with 'Exceeds Expectations'... I see that you have an 'Exceeds Expectations' in Charms, however — why not try for a N.E.W.T. in Charms?"
—Minerva McGonagall regarding Neville's O.W.L. result[src]

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

Behind the scenes

In 1995, Fred and George Weasley joked that they should have earned "E's" in all of their O.W.L.s, since they exceeded expectations just by showing up for the exams.