Provavelmente Dumbledore acabou de cancelar os exames "regulares" feitos internamente na escola no final do ano.
Para OWL e NEWT - Hogwarts apenas os hospeda. O conteúdo do exame vem do Ministério e os examinadores são da Autoridade de Exames dos Feiticeiros.
Meanwhile, Draco Malfoy had found a different way to induce panic.
'Of course, it's not what you know,' he was heard to tell Crabbe and Goyle loudly outside Potions a few days before the exams were to start, 'it's who you know. Now, Father's been friendly with the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority for years - old Griselda Marchbanks - we've had her round for dinner and everthing . . .'
O exame prático dos Feitiços de Harry é feito em frente ao Professor Tofty ( Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix , capítulo 31):
'Professor Tofty is free, Potter,' squeaked Professor Flitwick, who was standing just inside the door. He pointed Harry towards what looked like the very oldest and baldest examiner who was sitting behind a small table in a far corner, a short distance from Professor Marchbanks, who was halfway through testing Draco Malfoy.
'Potter, is it?' said Professor Tofty, consulting his notes and peering over his pince-nez at Harry as he approached. 'The famous Potter?'
Out of the corner of his eye, Harry distinctly saw Malfoy throw a scathing look over at him; the wine-glass Malfoy had been levitating fell to the floor and smashed. Harry could not suppress a grin; Professor Tofty smiled back at him encouragingly.
That's it,' he said in his quavery old voice, 'no need to be nervous. Now, if I could ask you to take this egg cup and make it do some cartwheels for me.'
Para os exames regulares, são os professores que definem as tarefas / perguntas E fazem a pontuação.
Para os exames OWL, os professores só sabem o que devem ensinar aos alunos. Várias vezes os professores mencionam que "muito provavelmente" isso e isso seria parte do exame OWL. Ainda não sabem o que exatamente.
Exemplos:Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix, capítulo 12 - Snape dá a tarefa do dia:
'Today we will be mixing a potion that often comes up at Ordinary Wizarding Level: the Draught of Peace, a potion to calm anxiety and soothe agitation. Be warned: if you are too heavy-handed with the ingredients you will put the drinker into a heavy and sometimes irreversible sleep, so you will need to pay close attention to what you are doing.'
Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix , capítulo 13:
They then spent over an hour revising Summoning Charms, which according to Professor Flitwick were bound to come up in their OWL, and he rounded off the lesson by setting them their largest ever amount of Charms homework.
Os exames OWL também são feitos na frente de uma comissão externa. Os professores apenas facilitam o procedimento.
O mais provável é que os exames OWL e NEWT fossem realizados se não estivessem no cronograma e, em seguida, um pouco mais tarde durante o ano.