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As we see there's Gringotts bank in London. There may also be one in Egypt (This is my assumption as Bill Weasley was sent to Egypt and as he worked with Gringotts, I assume they do have some branches across other places too).

Be it a single banking organisation or multiple banks handled by various magical creatures. But just like the Muggle world, I guess magical people too face financial problems (We have seen the Weasley's face it multiple times). So is there any sort of loans which Gringotts (or other banks if any) provides to the magical community in need?

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    Related: Does Gringott's Wizarding Bank pay interest on deposits? (see especially the excellent answer from Slytherincess on goblin/Potterverse economics). – Rand al'Thor Dec 9 '17 at 17:18
  • When Harry gives Ron money in the beginning of GoF, I think he says "consider it a loan" when Ron refuses to accept it. So it shows that the concept, at least, exists. – user13267 Dec 11 '17 at 2:51
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In the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix we see an advert at the bottom of the Daily Prophet for a loan service offered by GalloLoan$. Note that they offer loans to people who've been refused them elsewhere, indicating that they're not the only game in town.

"Need a CREDIT for a NEW BROOM? Living on an overpotion? Pressure from debt diviners? Afraid to open your owl-mails? Robbing sorcerer to pay sorceress? BEEN REFUSED A LOAN TO HEX YOUR DEBTS? Send us an OWL, before it is too late. GalloLoan$ Financial Services - NO. 343, Diagon Alley South"

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At 239.45% APR, this is evidently equivalent to a payday lender.

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    Nice catch! Possibly worth noting though that the films are a lower level of canon, and a very minor element like this is unlikely to have been approved by JKR. (Not that I'm criticising your answer - I've done similar ones myself :-) ) – Rand al'Thor Dec 9 '17 at 17:56
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    Compound interest is a sub-discipline of conjuration. Or maybe necromancy. – bp. Dec 11 '17 at 3:19
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We don't know, but there's no reason to think not.

There's not much canon information on the precise administrative workings of Gringotts bank. You can find a detailed analysis in this excellent answer, as well as a small amount of canon information from the old Pottermore in this answer to the same question.

But we do know that goblins are willing to lend money to humans:

"Lee Jordan's dad had had a bit of trouble getting money off Bagman as well. Turns out he's in big trouble with the goblins. Borrowed loads of gold off them. A gang of them cornered him in the woods after the World Cup and took all the gold he had, and it still wasn't enough to cover all his debts."

-- George Weasley, HP and the Goblet of Fire

Whether the money Bagman borrowed took the form of an official loan from Gringotts or just some cash from some dodgy goblins he met down the pub, we don't know. But certainly there isn't a general goblin policy against lending money to humans - it's something that they're willing to do, and they might well do it through the official channels of Gringotts too.

So I would conclude that the answer is probably yes. Things don't generally seem to work differently in the wizarding world from the Muggle world unless there's a particular reason for them to do, e.g. one related to magic usage or magical creatures. Goblins aren't a reason for loans not to be a thing, and nor is the magical creation of money (by Gamp's Law of Transfiguration), so the default assumption is that Gringotts probably does do loans - at least, we have no reason to think otherwise.

  • This is a bit later into the story but Ludo Bagman was into gambling and it was mentioned in the Goblet of Fire that he was "helping" Harry because he was betting on him. I guess his bet involved the Goblins too. – Shreedhar Dec 9 '17 at 19:46
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    @Shreedhar Not later into the story - that reveal is actually in the same paragraph as the bit I quoted here, in the very last chapter :-) – Rand al'Thor Dec 10 '17 at 14:52

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