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"Something really extraordinary had to be inside this top security vault, Harry was sure, and he leaned forward eagerly, expecting to see fabulous jewels at the very least — but at first he thought it was empty. Then he noticed a grubby little package wrapped up in brown paper lying on the floor."
— Description[src]

Vault 713 was a high-security vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank in London, England. It was located hundreds of miles underground and required a Gringotts goblin to pass its finger along the length of the door, in order for the door to melt away.[1]

History[]

Vault 713

The entrance to the vault

The Philosopher's Stone was protected in this vault until Rubeus Hagrid removed it on 31 July 1991 on Albus Dumbledore's orders to be placed under more effective protection at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1]

Quirinus Quirrell attempted to break into this vault after the Philosopher's Stone had been removed that same day by Harry Potter and Hagrid's visit. This was done under the direction of Lord Voldemort. It is unknown who was the owner of the vault or what, if anything, the vault was used for after it guarded the Philosopher's Stone.[1]

Security[]

Griphook: "If anyone but a Gringotts goblin tried that, they'd be sucked through the door and trapped in there."
Harry Potter: "How often do you check to see if anyone's inside?"
Griphook: "About once every ten years."
Griphook opens Vault 713[src]

According to the goblin Griphook, if anyone but a Gringotts goblin tried to open Vault 713, they'd be sucked through the door and trapped inside the vault until the vault was opened (which Gringotts goblins did once every ten years).[1] Based on this, Disapparition was more than likely impossible from within the vault.

Behind the scenes[]

  • It is unknown whom exactly the Vault belongs to but it could be assumed that it belongs to either Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore or Nicolas Flamel.
  • The vault's number can be separated to have 7 and 13, the two of the most well known lucky (7) and unlucky (13) numbers.
  • A possible reason J.K. Rowling picked the number 713 is that, when written backwards, that is, 317, and separated with a forward slash, you get the date 31/7, or the date Harry Potter, Rubeus Hagrid and Griphook visited Vault 713 to remove the Philosopher's Stone.

Appearances[]

Notes and references[]

Gringotts Wizarding Bank
Founder: Gringott
Positions Head Goblin · Head Curse-Breaker · Curse-Breaker · Gringott's Dragon · Gringotts Guards · Spokesgoblin · Vaults Guardian GringottsLogoDH
Vaults Vault 1 · Vault 2 · Vault 3 · Vault 12 · Vault 619 · Vault 687 · Vault 688 · Vault 711 · Vault 712 · Vault 713 · Vault 998 · Lestrange Vault · Spellbook vault · Weasley Vault · Unidentified Muggle-born Hogwarts student's Gringotts vault
Employees
Goblins Blordak · Bogrod · Burgock · Garnuff's family · Gornuk · Griphook · Nagnok · Odbert · Ragnok · Ricbert · Snaglok · Gringotts manager · Unidentified Head Goblin · Unidentified goblin banker · Unidentified goblin guard (I) · Unidentified goblin guard (II) · Unidentified goblin stockbroker · Unidentified spokesgoblin
Unnamed goblins: I · II · III · IV · V · VI · VII · VIII · IX · X · XI · XII
Humans Fleur Delacour · Grilco Wuthering · Marius · Daisy Rabe · Isko Rabe · Patricia Rakepick · Photine · Teffington · Tertius · Thana · Bill Weasley · Unidentified Gringotts Curse-Breaker (1980s) · Unidentified Gringotts Curse-Breaker · Unidentified Gringotts guard
Others Follo · Fractcumulus · Frantielo · Hadkiss · Niffler at the Magical Creatures Reserve · Nimbley · Nimbostratus · Rabat · Sickleworth · Willowborough
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