To celebrate the release of the final Harry Potter movie, we’ve pulled together some numbers to figure out roughly how much it would cost to attend Hogwarts.
In the first book, Harry receives a letter detailing the equipment that he is required to purchase for Hogwarts (reproduced here). Admittedly, there are flaws with our method, namely:
- You can’t put a price on magical items
- We don’t know the conversion rate from Galleons and Knuts to dollars and cents
- The books do not state whether tuition is paid at Hogwarts
- U.S. wizards would not attend Hogwarts, but rather a different wizarding school here in the states.
In short, indulge us a little in our numbers. In the spirit of research, we scanned the web for comparable items and schools to get an idea of what it might cost to go to school at the most famous wizarding school ever, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry.
Below are links to the comparable items we found:
|Three Sets of Plain robes||$149 (x3)|
|One plain pointed hat||$26|
|One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)||$38|
|One winter cloak (black)||$60|
The cost we used here is the average cost of textbooks for first-time full-time students as recorded here.
Costs could have been as high as 2x that much if Magical Drafts and Potions is anywhere close to the price of a Chemistry textbook ($219).
|1 Cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)||$37|
|1 Set glass or crystal phials||$20|
|1 Set brass scales||$25|
|Students may also bring an Owl (Illegal as pets in the U.S.) OR a cat OR a toad||Varies by pet|
Though no mention is made in the books of tuition at Hogwarts, we do know it is a private school located in Scotland. So, we took the average price for room and board at the top 5 private schools in Scotland found here. The average comes out to £24,849, which converts to roughly $40,504.
Compared to room and board at some of the most prestigious schools in the U.S., Yale ($55,300), Harvard ($53,950) and Stanford ($55,918), Hogwarts comes in at a bargain.
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