Your exam week as told by Hermione Granger

June 19, 2017
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I know we all wish we could be at Hogwarts for our final exams (or O.W.L.s) but us muggles have to work with what we’ve got. Exams can be a hard and stressful time, but hey, you only have to put up with it for a couple of weeks and then you can treat yo self to a Harry Potter marathon with some magic chocolate frogs and pumpkin juice (or maybe fire whiskey depending on what kind of week you’ve had). Here is your exam week told by the brightest witch of her age (although we all know she would’ve aced her exams).


You’ve just had your last class and you’ve got about a week until exams start – plenty of time! You’re at that stage where exams aren’t close enough to worry about them yet. And why should you deserve a break right? It’s not until after the realisation stage that you wasted so much valuable time on napping and doing sweet nothing.

The realisation

After binging Netflix and spending all your money on eating out with your friends, you suddenly realise that your exam is only a few days away and you should probably start studying. You may have realised this fact a bit too late and now you’re low-key stressing.

When you used to have friends

For the first week of exams, you realise the social life you once had is now non-existent. You haven’t been outside in days, you only leave your room to get more Doritos from the pantry and you can’t remember the last time you showered. You can have friends after exams are over.

The breakdown

You start studying and you feel like someone has cast a memory charm on you because you don’t remember ever learning this shit. You cry to yourself knowing long and lonely nights in the library lay ahead.

Bombard yourself with studying

Palm cards, colour coded pens and plenty of sugar quills scatter your desk. You study all day, only stopping for food breaks as you glare enviously at the students who don’t have exams.

Of course, the real Hermione would be disappointed that you didn’t start studying two months before your exam but she would be pleased that us muggles are trying our best.

The breaking point

You’re sleep deprived, crabby and anyone who speaks louder than a whisper should be subjected to the Cruciatus Curse. You go through the rest of the week as a hot mess and you convince yourself that the bags under your eyes aren’t permanent.

Heading into the exam

You wake up the morning of your exam nervous as hell but ready for it all to be over. To the annoyance of your class mates you mumble the exam material over and over again in your head before going in. You look at the exam paper and feel yourself die a little on the inside as nothing you studied is on the first page. Where’s a time turner when you need one? 

You’re finished!

You hand in your paper with a feeling of accomplishment, knowing you’ll never have to study that dreaded material again. Now all that’s left to do is grab a butterbeer and celebrate!

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is studying a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon. 

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