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Harry Potter: How Much It Would Cost to Attend Hogwarts In 2021

Harry Potter fans finally know how much it would cost to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in real life. Dreams of stepping within the walls of the enchanted setting first filled the minds of readers when J.K. Rowling changed the landscape of literature with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 1997. Seven books and an entire film franchise later, Hogwarts remains a fantasy destination for Potterheads everywhere.

Universal Studios granted fans' wishes in 2010 by opening The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a pair of theme parks in Orlando, Florida that brings the whimsical universe to life. A replica of Hogwarts was erected as the mecca of the Islands of Adventure location, serving as the hub for motion-based dark ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. This is considered the closest fans can come to walking through the hallowed halls in real life.

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Grounding the dream even more in reality, Oxbridge crunched the numbers to give fans a total cost for attending Hogwarts in 2021. Referencing in-universe prices from within the Harry Potter novels, the learning provider added up fees for essentials like uniforms, magical equipment and books. Upon converting the costs for all seven years into American coin, they came up with:

"The true cost of attending Hogwarts in 2021 would be £7,336.92, or 1,467 Galleons, 6 Sickles, and 22 Knuts in wizarding currency. That’s $10,353.47 in US Dollars and €8,506.95 in Euro."

Attending Hogwarts requires purchasing at least 48 items from uniforms to books. Students also need to factor in extra spending cash (for those indulgent trips to Hogsmeade) and money for travel. The latter is apparently the heftiest cost, adding up to $5,136.91 for all 7 years. On the opposite end, wands are surprisingly affordable. Harry himself dropped 7 Galleons on his in 1991, which would be $113.01 in today's world. That's a bargain for being able to levitate items on a whim.

Purchasing a broom is another large slice of the total, costing around $1,614.45 (or 229 Galleons) for a mid-range model. Of course, most muggles would drop that in a second for the dreamy ability to soar high in the sky. Harry got lucky when it came to this piece of equipment. Although his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed by the Whomping Willow during a Quidditch match against Hufflepuff, an anonymous benefactor gifted him a Firebolt racing broom for Christmas.

Apparently it cost about $8,108.97 when Harry, Ron and Hermione roamed through the corridors. The 2021 price increase is due to inflation, but it's still fairly low. In fact, $10,353.47 for seven years of schooling is pretty much unheard of in the pricey academic world of the United States. For those wondering why tuition wasn't taken into account, it's because there is none. Harry Potter creator Rowling confirmed in 2015 that Hogwarts doesn't charge tuition. After all, nothing's more magical than the word free.

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Source: Oxbridge

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