A few things on my mind lately

As I was talking to my mom last week about important things like pell grants, the national debt ceiling, and the rest of my summer, my mom brought an important point to my attention. (She is very awesome, you know.)

Who pays for the students at Hogwarts to go to Hogwarts? I mean, we all know that Harry’s a rich kid–we saw him take the large sum of money out of his parents’ account at Gringotts.

Hermione’s parents are dentists, so she’s good to go.

But Ron (and all of his siblings, of course), he’s got no real way to pay for school. Everything he ever buys is second-hand (there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s quite unlikely that he’d be able to pay for 7 years of boarding school). So, how on earth does his family pay for school? (Is this the real reason that Ron, Fred, and George didn’t finish school {A revealing read on the Weasley family by Rita Skeeter}?)

Boarding school for 7 years has to be expensive. [College for four years sure is. Not to mention public school for 13 before that.]  I’m sure that, unlike BYU, there’s not a discount for tithe-payers.

We know that most of the employees get paid nothing (SPEW, anyone?) So, perhaps schooling becomes less expensive due to the lack of pay for employees. But still, there are professors, caretakers, headmasters,and Keepers of Keys and Grounds to pay. Utilities are probably non-existent as well, since there are magic spells for lighting up rooms, and enchanting bathrooms.

But you can’t just make something out of nothing: All that food the students of Hogwarts eat has to come from somewhere. And I doubt that the Ministry of Magic paid for much of anything, especially since most of the time they didn’t particularly enjoy how the school was being run.

There are likely scholarships (funded by someone) for prefects, and quidditch players, and those who are above average on their OWLS and NEWTS. There are probably Scholarships for those who are descendents of Helga Hufflepuff, Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw,  and  Salazar Slytherin. There are probably scholarships for those fighting He-who-shall-not-be-named.

And I suppose that is how Hogwarts is paid for. I suppose if I really wanted to know, I could take Hermione’s advice: I’m sure that Hogwarts: A History would tell me.



5 thoughts on “A few things on my mind lately

  1. I think students who have siblings in the same school gets discount. The more you have, the less you pay. Thats how my school/uni system works in my country and we follow the british standards.

  2. It is a well known fact that Pres. Hinckley used the program utilized at Howarts as an example for what is now the Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS church.

    Distinguished and prosperous alumni of the school, as well as wizards from all over the world contribute funds, sometimes in excess of ten percent of their income, so that others can have the same opportunities that they were once given. In the wizarding world it is called EWE (Educating Wizards Everywhere).

    The Weasleys were recepients of this fund, as well as Harry Potter’s classmates Neville Longbottom, Romilda Vane and Gregory Goyle.

    Other notables who received this endowment include Libatius Borage, author of Advanced Potion Making; Daisy Dodderige, proprietor of the Leaky Cauldron; and Dragomir Gorgovitch, quidditch chaser with the Chudley Cannons.

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