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


If a student receives a 'Poor' (or lower) on an O.W.L. for a particular subject, the student has failed that subject and is unable to continue on with it as a N.E.W.T. class. The student however, does have the option to repeat the subject, if they choose to do so.

Other grades

Fred Weasley: "Well, that's nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing wrong with a good healthy P."
Hermione Granger: "But doesn't P stand for…"
Lee Jordan: "‘Poor,’ yeah. Still, better than D, isn't it? ‘Dreadful’?"
— Discussion over O.W.L. marks[src]

Passing Grades

Fail Grades

Recipients of a P

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

*: Harry's worst subject.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2. McGonagall mentioned to Neville that his grandmother failed her Charms O.W.L.