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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.
a freshman year enlightenment of mine
I go to an all girls school
A list of what else to expect at a girl’s school:
- girls changing wherever because being ladylike isn’t a thing when everyone’s a lady
- girls who literally couldn’t give less of a shit about their appearance
- freshmen who care too much about their appearance (watch them turn into seniors who stopped giving a shit)
- uniform violations for the silliest things—colored shirt under your uniform instead of a white one, wrong shoes, patterned head band, wrong color socks
- seniors with skirts SO FUCKING SHORT not because of some tired stereotype but because who the fuck wants to buy another skirt when you bought two or three in freshman year when you were like 13
- actually by senior year all your uniform pieces are falling apart. even your socks
- boys from your brother school trying to get with you except they haven’t realized that 1) they’re gross testosterone lumps and 2) lesbians are a thing
- that one girl who always wears the optional pants and is absent on days when the skirt is required
- ALL THE POPULAR GIRLS ARE LESBIANS
GROSS TESTOSTERONE LUMPS
OK SO WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I MOVED TO AN ALL GIRLSCHOOL AFTER BEING IN A COMP FOR MOST OF MY SCHOOL LIFE HERE IS WHAT I LEARNT ABOUT GIRLSCHOOL IN MY YEAR THERE:
-BOUNDARIES DO NOT EXIST, IF YOUR TIGHTS ARE FALLING DOWN, YOU HIKE THAT CROTCH UP NO PROBLEMO IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HALL WAY, GOT CRAMPS? ANNOUNCE IT. NEED A TAMPON? SHOUT DOWN THE HALLWAY SOMEONE WILL GIVE YOU ONE.
-GIRLS ARE MAGICAL PROBLEM SOLVING CREATURES, WE HAD A NO MAKEUP RULE AND IN THAT YEAR I LEARNT HOW TO USE VASELINE AS MASCARA, HOW TO CREATE A ROCK SOLID HAIRBUN THAT STILL LOOKS POOFY AND CUTE AND HOW TO GET RID OF SPOTS USING NOTHING BUT TOOTHPASTE AND ICE.
-GIRLS HAVE WEIRD TRADITIONS LIKE CLEANING OUT LOCKERS ALL AT ONCE AND TRADING THINGS DOWN BECAUSE UNIFORM AND STUFF IS EXPENSIVE AND PEOPLE LIKE TO TRADE JEWELLERY AND THINGS IDK I NEVER EXPERIENCED THIS.
-GIRLS ARE PACK ANIMALS, IT DIDN’T MATTER IF YOU HATED THAT BITCH IF A GUY CHEATED ON HER OR HURT HER IN ANY WAY HE WAS UNDATABLE TO THE ENTIRE FORM.
-I AM HELLA GAY.
that last bullet tho
Ms. Quimby’s 4th graders at Paris Elementary School in Maine decided to introduce the book to the rest of their school! Outside their classroom door, they displayed book reviews and drew themselves as if they were characters in the book.
Giving a standing ovation to all of you!
AAAAH THIS IS ADORABLE! I love the kids’ Wonder versions of themselves ksajhakfhsdfghjk
team i can’t do math for shit but i can write a 3 page english paper in less than an hour
team I can do math for hours but I can’t write an english paper for shit
Team I can’t, I have rehearsal
team in theory I could do these things but instead I’m going to spend four hours on the internet for no reason
Today a public high school in Japan’s Yamanishi prefecture had an event where male and female students wore each other’s uniforms, called セクスチェンジ・デー, or Gender Exchange Day. This event was proposed by students. 299 students participated in this, 117 male students and 182 female students.
The goal of the event is to allow students to see every day things and themselves from a different perspective, and perhaps things that seemed “naturally so” aren’t what they seem at all.
The comments from girls are, “It feels easy to be in male uniform” “I feel cool and handsome”. Comments from boys are “Skirts are cold” “When walking upstairs I have to watch out”
source; secondary translation
those nerds in high school who run like this
in my middle school there was a boy who wanted to be called Sasuke Uchiha and he wore a Sasuke cosplay to school everyday and one day he did this run down the stairs and broke his arm and apparently he told the principle it was the ‘Naruto run’ and then we were all banned from wearing Naruto headbands and doing this run and Naruto was put down as gang activity at our school
my teacher sent a student home today because the student had had an anxiety attack earlier in the morning and she said “if you have a broken bone, you don’t just keep walking on it and damaging it more, you treat it. Your mental health is the same. Health then school.”I was about to get really angry but it took a different turn than I expectedwe really need more teachers like this
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