- "Leprechauns produce a realistic gold-like substance that vanishes after a few hours, to their great amusement."
Known usesLudo Bagman paid off bets to Fred and George Weasley, as well as many other winners, including goblins, at the Quidditch World Cup using Leprechaun gold. Although Bagman refused to reimburse many of the gamblers for this deceit, the goblins chased after him and took all of his winnings as compensation. Rubeus Hagrid used Leprechaun gold coins in a Care of Magical Creatures class where he was introducing the students to Nifflers, and Gregory Goyle's attempt to pocket them secretly was thwarted when he heard they would disappear eventually.
Ron Weasley paid back Harry Potter in Leprechaun gold for the Omnioculars in the Quidditch World Cup, not knowing that Leprechaun gold would disappear until Hagrid told him later in Care of Magical Creatures class. Ron felt bad about this, but Harry told him it was no problem.
Behind the scenes
- The concept of leprechaun gold vanishing after a time may draw from the concept in Welsh folklore that money or other gifts given by fairies will vanish or turn to worthless objects if you tell anyone where you got them from.
- On Pottermore, leprechaun gold is represented by collecting an item using the same image as the collectible Galleons. However, when the item is later viewed in the trunk, it is completely blank, similar to the "image" used to represent The Invisible Book of Invisibility.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows