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CNN actually researched how much it would cost to go to Hogwarts
How exactly did they “research” this? Looks like they just pulled a bunch of random figures out of their butts.
It’s stated in the books that tuition to Hogwarts is “free for all children in Britain”. I don’t know why they thought it wouldn’t be - it’s a British high school, not a college. So there, you just saved yourself $42,024.
In Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Weasley emptied her entire bank account which contained only two galleons [£10 / US$20] and she managed to buy all five children’s entire set of books and potion ingredients with this, as well as Ginny’s robes, hat, clock, cauldron, and wand!!! And we know she bought all of these as she mentioned having to buy them. The fact that she bought all of these with only £10 pretty much proves how absolutely ridiculous CNNs estimation is.
If you want more proof, the actual cost of Harry’s want is far over estimated here, and the exact price in both pounds as US dollars can easily be found right within the books! Harry’s wand is bought for seven galleons, a galleon being worth about five pounds [mentioned by JK Rowling in an interview and in FBAWTFT/QTTA] means that his wand was £35, or US$53. So there’s some straight-out-of-the-books-and-word-of-god proof that the figures CNN have given are way off the mark. Not to mention the fact that even if you don’t go to Hogwarts, as a magical human you’re gonna have to buy a wand anyway if you want to do magic.
As for the school books, I’ve done an approximation based on various prices given through-out the books and on Pottermore. While these prices involve a substantial amount of guess-work, I think you’ll agree that my calculation is far more accurate than CNNs:
The Standard book of Spells costs one sickle [29p / US59c]. On the back of my comic relief copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them it says it costs fourteen sickles [£4.60 / US$8.26]. One Pottermore, all text books are one galleon [£4.97 / US$10.17] - however Pottermore currency only uses galleons so it’s likely they have rounded off. Lockhart’s books, the most expensive in the series, are five galleons on Pottermore meaning that the exchange rate in the books puts them around two galleons and fourteen sickles [£14.60 / US$20.80]. If we put a high average on this and assume that all textbooks are approximately a galleon [they are likely much less], and that each year has around seven required reading books, the entire price for seven years worth of books would be forty-nine galleons, which equals approximately £243, or US$367 - and remember, this is the maximum estimated price for the textbooks.
For the minimum, we need to consider that the Weasleys get a lot of things second hand, with Ginny’s copy of A Begginers Guide To Transfiguration being described as “a very old, very battered copy” - likely no more than five sickles. If they got all their books around that price, it would cost them no more than £14 / US$21 for the entire seven years worth! So school books, far from being US$516, fall somewhere between US$14 and US$367 for the entire seven years at Hogwarts.
Next we have robe, glove, cloak, and hat prices - these are never mentioned in the books or on Pottermore, so I can’t account for that. However I seriously doubt it’s as a high as they’ve got here. Considering books in the wizarding world are generally much cheaper than in the muggle world, I think it’s fairly safe to assume that clothing is as well. Likely a maximum of a galleon for a single set of robes.
They’ve also forgotten a huge number of things - cauldrons, potion ingredients, scales, and star charts, among others.
So yeah, I really don’t know where they came up with these figures. It looks like some guy just wanted to make a story about how expensive Hogwarts would be and put a bunch of American college figures together and thought “yeah, this looks good.”
The Harry Potter fandom doesn’t fuck around
Get your shit together CNN and stick to current events
THEY’RE SUCH BULLSHITTERS OMG
harry potter fandom telling it how it is
Americans trying to reassure themselves that it’s ok to charge students more for normal education than Britain charges for magical education.
Friendly reminder that Tom Felton improvised this scene because he forgot his line.
A+ acting, would cackle again.
I love how he looks genuinely impressed in the last gif.
this is my favorite scene in this entire freaking franchise
She was so passive aggressively evil wrapped up in kittens and smiles it frustrated me so much in the book
She’s so incredibly relatable
Everyone has experienced an Umbridge
Like she was just so casually evil
Voldemort is so evil that the average human couldn’t possibly come across him in real life, but everyone has experienced someone like Umbridge
At least Voldemort was up front about being evil. She was horrifying and she just pretended that no one caught on. I hated her so much until the musical made her funny.
another reason this is perfect is because fred died when he was only 20, so he was still in his mischievous part of life while george had to live 60 years without his brother and best friend. So he managed the rest of his life without his brother
DID U HAVE TO ADD THATWHY IS MY DASH GIVING ME ALL THE HP FEELS TODAY?
A penny, he then should have gave that penny to a stranger and told them to pass it on , the result would be Harry Potter never being able to find the penny.
His underwear , who wants to have to take someone’s underwear off of them?!
A dead battery, who would suspect that?
Lily and James’ tombstone. Could harry destroy his parents graves?
YO NUMBER 4 COULD U FUCKIN IMAGINE
A Hogwarts student that uses their wand as a knitting needle, and everything they knit is imbued with magic.
A scarf that can never be lost.
Socks that keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
A christmas jumper with moving patterns.
This is why Dumbledore was interested in knitting patterns
okay but if Tom Riddle used the Chamber of Secrets doesn’t that mean that he would have to take that slide down?
did he scream? did he go “weeee”? or did he just lie there emotionless as he slid down the pipes?
Ron Weasley gives free ice cream to kids. Harry Potter talks about the importance of feminism and gay rights. Hermione Granger is a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women.
The heroes of my childhood became the heroes of my adulthood.
"Hufflepuffs are known to have good friends in Slytherin. Hufflepuffs are some of the few who won’t judge based on negative rumours. This means they’re the most likely to approach Slytherins and help them when in need. This makes amazingly loyal friends between the houses. Mess with a Hufflepuff, and you’ll likely find a Slytherin getting revenge for the more forgiving house."
HELL YEAH FUCKING RIGHT
it’s true doe
#oh my god #look at this #how it starts off with reds and oranges and purples #bright colors #and then it gets continuously darker towards the end #it’s so fitting to the story #and then there is that strip of white at the end #which has to be the king’s cross scene #and it’s just #light #in a dark time #which is extremely beautiful
Every frame of the Harry Potter movies, condensed into a barcode.
you know why theres a white part at the end? because happiness can be found even in the darkest of times
The Harry Potter fandom has officially lost their minds
Okay, but think about this: bath bombs in the wizarding world.
Bath bombs that make complex designs in the water
Bath bombs that turn the steam colors
Bath bombs that play soothing music
Bath bombs that wash your body for you
Bath bombs that change the color of the water based on your mood
Bath bombs that enchant bath toys for children
RAVENCLAWS: *pick the lock*
SLYTHERINS: *find the key*
GRYFFINDORS: *kick it down
This has been a brief description of the Hogwarts houses.
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