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How much would it cost to go to Hogwarts? [infographic]

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:

  1. You can’t put a price on magical items
  2. We don’t know the conversion rate from Galleons and Knuts to dollars and cents
  3. The books do not state whether tuition is paid at Hogwarts
  4. 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:


Item Cost
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
Silver fastenings $5

Course books

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).

Other Equipment

Item Cost
1 Wand $100
1 Cauldron (pewter, standard size 2) $37
1 Set glass or crystal phials $20
1 Telescope $120
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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  1. Cynetra Dmello Apr 23, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Hmm evrythins cool but im frm india v dont get ny invitations so hw r v suppose 2 apply for admission…??! Can sum1 plz help meh!!!

  2. Justine Mar 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I HIGHLY doubt there is a tuition for Hogwarts or if there is it cannot be very much because the Weasley’s sent all 9 of their children there and also you can find a converter of wizard currency to pounds and then pounds to dollars somewhere on the internet

  3. Jhaz Nov 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    How To Convert Dollors To Galleons And Knuts ??? 

  4. theresa childs Oct 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    seriously. can anybody go or just witches or warlocks, I bet the chick from Bewitched went there!

    • Mike Metcalf Oct 18, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Just witches and warlocks. But maybe you’re a witch and you just don’t know it yet. Never hurts to apply!

      • Justine Mar 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        You don’t apply for Hogwarts, the Magic Quill keeps a record of every magical child born in Britain and then Professor McGonagall sends the child their Hogwarts letter the summer before their 11th birthday

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  6. Mike Metcalf Aug 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    According to the HP wiki, one Galleon is equivalent to £5 GBP, or $7.35 USD.

  7. Kitwench Aug 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Hogwarts doesn’t charge tuition – see Draco’s discussion on Ron’s attending, book 1.
    Also, since when is it even close to compare college materials and fees to that of a private middle and high school?

  8. Kristin Jolley Jul 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Wow… hope they have scholarships!

  9. Tim Haslam Jul 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    They probably charge to park your Nimbus 3000 and I guarantee there is a fee for using the Sorting Hat. Plus I hear the concessions at Quidditch matches are ridiculous.

    • Mike Metcalf Jul 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      That’s assuming you can afford a Nimbus 3000! Galleons don’t grow on the whomping willow you know!

      • Tim Haslam Jul 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        You just need a rich uncle to buy you a Firebolt!

      • Joseph LeBaron Aug 1, 2011 at 2:36 am


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