Seems like the best piece of equipment for a sport that is played professionally and has such a big public following probably costs quite a bit. Did McGonagall buy it in a private capacity or perhaps with funds available to her as head of house?

  • Related.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Aug 17, 2020 at 10:38
  • Maybe she expensed it?
    – Liath
    Aug 17, 2020 at 10:47
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    Are you sure McGonagall paid for it? dear old Albus could've and he just has Minerva deliver it to Harry.
    – Shreedhar
    Aug 17, 2020 at 11:12
  • How much does one cost? Aug 18, 2020 at 4:00
  • How do you know it wasn't a funding project? Something like GoFundWitch?
    – Möoz
    Aug 27, 2020 at 23:33

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Teachers don't make a lot in the muggle world (married to one, trust me), but since her living expenses were essentially zero during the school year, maybe she felt she could afford to splash out her 9 months (approximately) of school year salary on a nice gift for The Boy Who Lived™. Especially since he was in her house.

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    Seems pretty much speculation to me. We're never told how much do magic teachers earn. They might be really well paid.
    – IloneSP
    Aug 17, 2020 at 11:43
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    @Roberto scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/115732/…
    – Shreedhar
    Aug 17, 2020 at 11:50
  • 'tis pure speculation, @Roberto, but if you look at the linked question, it's really not that far off. Especially since, as noted in that linked answer, room & board are covered for the period of time the professor is at school. (Though, one must assume that he's making mortgage/rent payments on her "permanent" non-school residence while at school).
    – FreeMan
    Aug 17, 2020 at 11:54
  • Also, no more or less speculation than the answers on both of the linked questions.
    – FreeMan
    Aug 17, 2020 at 13:19

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