How much do you think the firebolt cost?

#1razidPosted 3/29/2012 7:23:50 PM
Ok to minimize random guessing, lets put things into context.

1 galleon = 1 galleon
17 sickles in a galleon => 1 sickle = 0.059 galleons
29 knuts in a sickle => 1 knut = 0.0020 galleons

Silver unicorn horns = 21 galleons each
Wand = 7 galleons
Weasley vault in Gringotts = 1 galleon and some sickles
Fred and George life savings = 37 Galleons, 15 Sickles, 3 Knuts = 37.891 galleons
Triwizard Cup winnings = 1000 galleons
Omnoculars at a bargain = 10 galleons each

Harry said something along the lines of "Dumbledore won't spend hundreds of galleons on me" when they were discussing the firebolt

So we know it costs at least 200 galleons, and I'm willing to say it will cost less than 1000 galleons because it will probably be less than the prize money won from the Triwizard Cup, as that's a pretty big deal.

Now 200 to 1000 is a pretty big range. Let's consider these omnoculars. Harry bought 3 of them, which means he had 30 galleons at the time at the Quidditch World Cup. So it seems like 30 galleons is a reasonable amount to have for Harry at any given moment. Unless of course he took some more money than usual, as it is the World Cup, which is quite possible. Harry also told Ron and Hermione not to expect Christmas gifts for "ten years" when he bought them. I'm sure he was exaggerating, but it still goes to say, it seems that 10 galleons is quite a lot to spend.

Based on this, I'm going to say that the firebolt is at least less than 500 galleons. I'm venturing to say that it is somewhere in the 200 to 300 galleon range.
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#2Falling DownPosted 3/29/2012 8:19:23 PM
I am gonna guess about 350 gal. As Irish bought the whole team 1 I doubt they can cost toooo much.
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#3bakkahentai8600Posted 3/29/2012 8:44:28 PM
It had a price on demand which is usually wicked expensive. The problem is that we don't know how much a galleon is to a pound.

I would guess somewhere around 800 to 900 though. Those things were so expensive that it cost more than a full team's worth of Nimbus Two Thousand and Ones, and so expensive that even Lucius wouldn't buy Draco one.

However, they WERE cheap enough that Harry believed he could buy one (even if it might empty out his vault).
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#4RasmohPosted 3/30/2012 12:23:24 AM
Actually, we do know the cash value of a Galleon. Approximately $7.35 USD.

It must have cost thousands of galleons though, because even costing 1000 galleons would only make it cost $7350, which I highly doubt is enough to clear out Harry's vault.
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#5nobleisthynamePosted 3/30/2012 8:47:33 PM(edited)

From: Rasmoh | #004
Actually, we do know the cash value of a Galleon. Approximately $7.35 USD.

It must have cost thousands of galleons though, because even costing 1000 galleons would only make it cost $7350, which I highly doubt is enough to clear out Harry's vault.


The Weasley's had about $8.00 in their bank vault? Seems kinda pointless.
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#6Sephy999Posted 3/31/2012 1:39:50 PM
A Galleon is 5. In dollars it's whatever 5 is at the time, which has been already stated. The economy the wizarding world isn't as developed as the muggle one and inflation is no where near as high.
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#7nobleisthynamePosted 3/31/2012 1:53:00 PM

From: Sephy999 | #006
A Galleon is 5. In dollars it's whatever 5 is at the time, which has been already stated. The economy the wizarding world isn't as developed as the muggle one and inflation is no where near as high.


Then a galleon should be worth much more than $8.00.
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#8Sephy999Posted 3/31/2012 2:32:09 PM
Maybe I phrased it wrong. Salaries in the wizarding world would be far less than the muggle one hence a galleon would be worth a lot more than the relative 5/$8 in the muggle world. It makes Fred and George's life savings less than $300 which wouldn't buy you much in the muggle world but in the wizarding world it'd be a fairly decent amount.

Fred and George opened up a shop with the money Harry gave them from the Triwizard Tournament, $8000.
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#9ClipperPosted 3/31/2012 10:18:43 PM
Yes, but in fairness, Fred and George already had a lot of their stuff invented when Harry gave them that money. Who knows how much of it they actually would've needed, or how much money they made at Hogwarts from selling stuff in OotP. I mean remember, they did have 26 galleons in one night.
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#10LaharPosted 3/31/2012 11:26:32 PM
How thought out is wizarding currency to begin with? Did JKR actually work it out mathematically? Or is it more random, good-sounding numbers like with the student population and the Weasley bros. ages?
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