The Knut (pronounced ca-nut)[1] or Bronze-Knut (KnutSymbol.gif) is the least valued coin in British wizarding currency. There are 29 Knuts in one silver Sickle, and there are 493 Knuts in one golden Galleon.[2] Witches and wizards are not averse to laborious calculations, as they can do them magically, so they do not find it inconvenient to pay for goods in Knuts, Sickles and Galleons.[3]

Around the edge of each Knut is a series of numerals representing a serial number referring to the goblin that cast the coin.[4]

A Knut is also approximately equal to one British Penny.


Burgock, a Goblin who suffered from a bronze allergy, made an effort to propose the abolishment of the Knut.[5]

In 1991, the Daily Prophet Wizarding newspaper cost Rubeus Hagrid five Knuts when it was delivered by owl.[2]

Harry Potter's vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank had mounds of Knuts on his first visit on 31 July 1991.[2]

Beetle Eyes cost 5 Knuts a scoop in Diagon Alley.[2]

Harry's first purchase from the Hogwarts Honeydukes Express cost eleven silver Sickles and seven bronze Knuts.[6]

Fred and George Weasley bet Ludovic Bagman thirty-seven Galleons, fifteen Sickles, and three Knuts that Ireland would win, but Viktor Krum would catch the Golden Snitch at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.[7]

Individuals would toss Knuts and other coins in the British Ministry of Magic's Fountain of Magical Brethren which would be donated to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.[8]

Hermione Granger paid one Knut to the Daily Prophet delivery owl for delivering the paper to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[9]

Hermione bought a new quill at Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop which cost fifteen Sickles and two Knuts.[10]

Albus Dumbledore used the expression "It’s like losing a Knut and finding a Galleon" when convincing Cornelius Fudge he should arrest him instead of Harry for Dumbledore's Army.[11]

Fred and George Weasley gave their brother Ron a one-Knut discount on their merchandise at Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, although this discount was applied to the entire purchase and not per-item.[12]

When discussing the Deathly Hallows, Ronald Weasley noted that invisibility cloaks were "not exactly ten a Knut".[13]

In his forward to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dumbledore notes that since 1985 Comic Relief has raised 174 million pounds or thirty-four million, eight-hundred and seventy-two Galleons, fourteen Sickles, and seven Knuts.[14]

Exchange rates

1 Knut 5 Knuts 10 Knuts 29 Knuts 493 Knuts
UK Pound 0.01 0.05 0.10 0.29 4.97
US Dollar 0.02 0.10 0.20 0.59 6.14
Euro 0.01 0.07 0.15 0.43 7.38
Chinese Yuan 0.15 0.77 1.54 4.48 76.09
Australian Dollar 0.02 0.11 0.23 0.67 11.32
Russian Ruble 0.52 2.62 5.24 15.20 258.34
Romanian Lei 0.05 0.24 0.49 1.42 24.15
Bulgarian Lev 0.03 0.15 0.29 0.85 14.45
Japanese Yen 2.36 11.82 23.64 68.55 1165.33
Canadian Dollar 0.02 0.11 0.22 0.63 10.69
Swiss Franc 0.02 0.12 0.29 0.63 12.11
Indonesian Rupiah 192.33 961.63 1923.27 5577.47 94817.00
Indian Rupee 0.84 4.20 8.41 24.39 414.57
Brazilian Real 0.04 0.20 0.40 1.17 19.87
Mexican Peso 0.23 1.13 2.26 6.57 111.64
New Zealand Dollar 0.03 0.15 0.29 0.84 14.32
Swedish Krona 0.14 0.70 1.41 4.08 69.43
Argentinian Peso 0.03 0.15 0.30 0.87 14.79
Danish Kroner 0.09 0.45 0.91 2.64 45.44
Polish Zloty 0.04 0.20 0.40 1.16 19.72

See also

Behind the scenes


NB: currency units are not capitalised in Greek, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian or Spanish.

  • Albanian: Xelina
  • Bulgarian: кнутове (knutove)/кнут (Knut)
  • Catalan: Knuts
  • Chinese (Simplified): 纳特
  • Chinese (Traditional): 納特
  • Croatian: Knutovi
  • Czech: Svrčky (sounds similar to “crickets”, as insects)
  • Danish: Knut
  • Dutch: Knoeten
  • Estonian: Knutid
  • Faroese: Knútar
  • Finnish: Sulmut
  • French: Noises (nuts)
  • German: Knuts
  • Greek, Modern: μαστίγια
  • Hebrew: גוזים
  • Hungarian: knútok
  • Icelandic: knútar
  • Irish: Cnuta
  • Italian: zellini
  • Japanese: クヌート (Kunūto)
  • Latin: Knux (gen. Knucis)
  • Latvian: Knutas
  • Lithuanian: Knutas
  • Low Saxon: Knutts
  • Norwegian: fjong
  • Polish: knuty (singular: knut)
  • Portuguese: Knuts (or Janotas, in the second book)
  • Portuguese (Brazil): nuques
  • Romanian: cnuţi (literal)
  • Russian: кнаты (knaty)
  • Serbian: кнути (Knuti)
  • Slovak: knuty
  • Slovenian: firiči
  • Spanish: Knuts
  • Swedish: Knuting
  • Ukrainian: кнат (knat)
  • Welsh: Cob


Notes and references

  1. Article about pronunciation at Pottermore
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  3. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Measurements" at Wizarding World
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19 (The Lion and the Serpent)
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Side Quest "The Dragon's Treasure"
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco's Detour)
  13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
  14. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Forward
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