Characters Locations Magic Canon Events Things Creatures Essays
The Harry Potter Canon

"Eleven Sickles ...but for firteen you get 'or chocolate, and for fifteen you get an 'ot water bottle an' a toofbrush in the color of your choice."
-- Stan Shunpike on the Knight Bus (PA3)

Sickles are silver coins used in the Wizarding World.

  • The actual values of these coins are a bit complicated for Muggles to figure out in Muggle terms without a calculator, and rather difficult for wizards when dealing with Muggle money (GF7). It's easy for wizards dealing only with wizarding currency, however. Hagrid states: "The gold ones are Galleons. Seventeen silver Sickles to a Galleon and twenty-nine Knuts to a Sickle, it's easy enough." Therefore 1 Galleon = 17 Sickles = 493 Knuts.
  • During Harry's first Hogwarts Christmas Feast, flaming puddings were served that contained silver Sickles. Percy nearly broke a tooth on one (PS12).
  • Harry paid eleven Sickles to go from Little Whinging to London on the Knight Bus.  It would have cost more if he had wanted chocolate or a toothbrush (PA3).
  • In 1999, the Daily Prophet advertised "Muggle Guards" - doorknobs that shrieked if a Muggle touched them, 3 Sickles apiece, 10 for a Galleon (DP2)
  • Floo Powder is two Sickles a scoop (Pm)



"sickle" = something crescent-shaped and silver, like a scythe blade or the moon, or possibly a reference to "shekel" = ancient silver coins used in Jerusalem and the Holy Land

Pensieve (Comments)

Tags: bank coins inheritance money silver