Kevin O’Keeffe at Mic tried to estimate the cost of attending JK Rowling’s fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the much beloved Harry Potter series.
O’Keeffe used numbers from the books, Pottermore (a gaming site that accompanies the books), and some intuition to estimate that the total cost of attendance would be $43,301.
He starts with a base of $42,000 a year for tuition, and then uses the books to estimate that supplies would be roughly $1,031. It was an impressive feat, before JK Rowling swooped in and said (almost) everything was wrong.
The article’s conclusion was brought to her attention with this tweet.
Where she releases the bombshell:
Mic, while disappointed that their conclusion was incorrectly, takes the good news in stride.
And would it be a JK Rowling convo without a zinger?
And then the article’s writer himself comes onto the scene!
All in all, it’s a good time to be a wizard. Will the Ministry of Magic retroactively pay for muggle University debt? Maybe? Please?