How Wizards Do Money: Anthony Goldstein

When the owl arrived, bearing an envelope on Daily Prophet stationery, Anthony Goldstein already knew what was inside. He got the same letter every year, every time one of the Prophet reporters remembered to check a Muggle calendar and figure out when Hanukkah was. This year, they didn't even send the note until the third night, which was why the owl stayed at Anthony's windowsill, quietly preening and watching him as it waited for his response.

How Wizards Do Money: Blaise Zabini

When Blaise was a young Hogwarts student, many classmates automatically assumed Blaise was female. Blaise at that time identified as male, although they identified as male primarily because nobody had presented any other option.

How Wizards Do Money: Dean Thomas

When he flipped the coin, he knew how it would land. Dean Thomas didn’t know a lot of things, but he did know that. It was a simple spell.

How Wizards Do Money: Stan Shunpike

Stan Shunpike’s mum always told him that when he grew up, he could be anything he wanted.

When he was a very young wizard, he went to the library with the other young wizards who weren’t old enough for Hogwarts yet, and the librarians handed around paper and asked everyone to draw pictures of what they wanted to be when they grew up.

“I want to be the Minister of Magic,” Stan said. He drew a picture of himself grown up: a big circle of a face with a huge smile.

“Of course you will,” his mum said. “Anyone can grow up to be Minister of Magic these days.”

Stan went to Hogwarts, where tuition was free, and muddled along with his set of hand-me-down robes, secondhand supplies, and a used wand. At first, he didn’t notice the difference between himself and his classmates—yes, their robes weren’t stained, and yes, they had pocket money for chocolate frogs—but he didn’t realize that his cast-iron cauldron was frustrated at having to endure another generation of badly-cast spells, and he had no idea that his used wand was actively fighting against him.

If he had thought to mention to one of his professors that holding his wand felt like putting two magnets together the wrong way, he might have gotten help. But even at eleven years old, young Stan was already mastering the art of politics—which is to say, diplomacy and misdirection.

“I don’t eat chocolate frogs ‘cause I’ve got allergies,” he said proudly.

“You ate your chocolate cake just fine,” his classmate protested.

“It’s the frog bit I’m allergic to,” Stan said.

How Wizards Do Money: Minerva McGonagall

Minerva keeps neat ledgers; a tap of her wand against the page and the numbers fly from one column to another, ordering themselves like birds on wires.

How Wizards Do Money: Lee Jordan

Lee did not know how to say to his children that the future would bring them careers they had never heard of, working on things that did not currently exist.

How Wizards Do Money: Ginny Potter

Ginny Potter hadn't expected her life to change so much after having children.

How Wizards Do Money: Susan Bones

After everything settled, though settling wasn't exactly the right word, most of Dumbledore's Army went home to their families. Susan went back to an empty house.

How Wizards Do Money: Pansy Parkinson

Pansy always walks quickly, her shoes calibrated to both catch the eye and propel her forward. If you weren't looking at her shoes, you were looking at her bag, her robes, her hair. Pansy used to watch to see if people were watching her. Now she just assumes it.

How Wizards Do Money: Gregory Goyle

There were two types of Hogwarts students: the "well-adjusted" ones, who came rushing out of the Second Wizarding War with blood on their hands and smiles on their faces, ready to start their new lives, and the others.