How Much It Would Cost to Attend Hogwarts, According to JK Rowling

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Warner Home Video

Any Harry Potter fan who grew up with the series no doubt dreamed of receiving an invitation to attend Hogwarts on their 11th birthday. But once Potterheads reached adulthood, more practical matters—like whether they could even afford to attend the Witchcraft and Wizardry school—came into play. From the elaborate Great Hall meals to its world-famous professors (remember the infamous Gilderoy Lockhart?), Hogwarts provided its students with the very best of the best. These days, a school that features all those bells and whistles would surely cost a pretty penny—or a pretty Galleon.

Mic decided to crunch the numbers and calculated that the actual cost of attending Hogwarts would total a solid $43,000 per year. Add in the cost of wands, robes, and cauldrons, and they speculated that seven years of magical training would cost Harry and the gang more than $300,000 apiece.

Potterheads on Twitter have debated this subject as well, with most wondering how any student besides rich kid Draco Malfoy could even afford tuition at a school like that. But it took just one tweet from JK Rowling to clear up the matter for good.

Mic replied to Rowling, suggesting that Muggles should follow in the footsteps of the Ministry of Magic when it comes to education legislation, and Rowling had to agree.

Now we're even more disappointed that our acceptance letter never arrived all those many birthdays ago.

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

LEGO
LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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