- "Leprechauns produce a realistic gold-like substance that vanishes after a few hours, to their great amusement."
It was a gold-like substance produced by Leprechauns that looks and feels authentic as regular coins, that has the unique quality of disappearing after a few hours. Not many wizards and witches seem to be aware of this fact, as shown with the Pure-blood wizard Ronald Weasley. Although the coins seem identical to ordinary ones, Goblin experts can differentiate them from ordinary coins, as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley overheard when they visited Gringotts Wizarding Bank in search of one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes in the Lestrange vault.
Ludo Bagman paid off bets to Fred and George Weasley, as well as many other winners, including Goblins, at the 1994 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.
In 1995, 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
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 37 (The Beginning)
- British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions - Chapter 10 (Fairy Money and Fairy Gifts in General)