Fans have worked out the salaries for several Wizarding professionals in the Harry Potter series, including Gringotts bank managers and Hogwarts teachers.
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A few weeks ago, a Redditor took a close look at the purchases Harry Potter made over the seven books in J.K. Rowling’s series and worked out conversion rates between Muggle money and Wizard money. Here’re the conclusions, in terms of American dollars:
- Galleon= ~$25
- Sickles= ~$1.50
- Knuts= $.05
It seems that working out fictional conversion rates is a passion for Harry Potter devotees. Now, MoviePilot reports that “some fervent fans” have worked out how much certain people in the Wizarding world make. The fans looked at the work various characters do, found the real-world equivalent of their jobs, and made educated guesses as to their salaries. Behold their findings:
The Head Goblin at Gringotts: $50,000
Likening the job of Head Goblin to that of bank branch manager (figuring that the CEO of the bank wouldn’t personally escort clients to their vaults, especially not if there were dragons to deal with), fans think that’d he pull down around 50k. I’m not sure they accounted for how prominent Gringotts is. It doesn’t just seem like the biggest bank in the Wizarding world—it seems like the only bank in the Wizarding world, at least in the U.K. But then again, goblins are looked down upon, so maybe they don’t earn fully what they’re worth.
Garrick Ollivander: $26,600
Well, that’s just a travesty! Surely the greatest wand-maker of his age makes more than that?
MoviePilot bases its calculations on the price of Harry’s wand (7 galleons, which works out to around $125) and the number of new Hogwarts students who need wants every year. Still, I can’t believe that his salary is so low. As Ollivander is known throughout the world, maybe foreign wizards seek him out? I figure he could clean up on the lecture circuit, too. Wands are hugely important to wizards—it’s in their best interests to make sure Ollivander and other wand-makers are well-cared for.
Rita Skeeter: $94,000
It figures that the most loathsome character on this list also makes the most, although that’s not I-can-buy-you-and-sell-you money. MoviePilot compares The Daily Prophet, where Skeeter plies her trade, to a paper like The Guardian, where journalists make around this much.
If anything, the number seems a little low. As Gringotts is to banks, The Daily Prophet is to papers, which is to say it seems to be the only game in town (not counting The Quibbler, which no one seems to take seriously). Also, Skeeter probably raked in a fair amount from book projects like The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore.
Hogwarts Professor: $32,000 – $47,000
Hogwarts is funded by the government, so MoviePilot figures its teachers make about as much as other educational professionals in the U.K., which comes to somewhere in the $32,000-$47,000 range. It’s not a GREAT salary, but at least the post comes with plenty of prestige, and considering how prominent Hogwarts is in the Wizarding world, its professors are probably on the higher end of that scale.