1. As Harry Potter fans are well aware, wizards use a different form of currency from us Muggles.
It’s a coin-based currency, consisting of three denominations: galleons, sickles, and knuts.
2. Hagrid already explained the exchanges between denominations in the first book, but we still didn’t know what these equal in Muggle money.
3. UNTIL NOW. Industrious Redditor aubieismyhomie went through the books and found out what things cost in galleons and sickles, then compared that to Muggle prices for similar objects.
For example, when Harry buys a bunch of candy off the train trolley in the first book, that costs 11 sickles and 7 knuts.
Other named prices in the books include:
A ride on the Knight Bus: 11 sickles
One hot chocolate: 2 sickles
A water bottle and toothbrush: 2 sickles
One Butterbeer: 2 sickles
Advanced Potion Making textbook: 9 galleons
4. Using this, aubieismyhomie estimated how much wizard money would be compared to Muggle money.
“Based on this, a Butterbeer from the Hog’s Head would be about $3 (as would hot chocolate on the Knight Bus), Harry bought about $18 of candy on the Hogwarts Express in his first year, and a high-level textbook costs about $175 (which Harry complained about how expensive it was),” the Reddit user wrote.
5. That means when Fred and George dropped this joke on Ron, they were trying to charge him about $250 for the item.
6. Harry’s wand from Ollivanders cost 7 galleons, which comes out to only about $175.
Not bad, considering it had a phoenix feather in it and could cast all kinds of awesome spells and stuff.
7. Dobby got a salary of 1 galleon per week, which means he earned about $25 per week.
It isn’t a lot, but he wouldn’t accept Dumbledore’s offer of 10 galleons per week.
8. There’s some inconsistency between the books and the movies over what the bounty was on Harry’s head, but it’s either 10,000 galleons or 100,000 galleons.
That means Voldemort and the corrupt Ministry were offering either $250,000 or a whopping $2.5 MILLION for Harry’s capture.
9. Oh, and that rag, The Daily Prophet? That cost anywhere from a nickel to 25 cents.
Harry paid 5 knuts for it at one point, while Hermione paid only 1 knut.
10. For the full list of known prices for items in Harry Potter, check out aubieismyhomie’s Reddit thread.
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