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"Inside were mounds of gold coins. Columns of silver. Heaps of little bronze Knuts."
—Description of the interior of the Potter vault[src]

Vault 687 in Gringotts Wizarding Bank belongs to the Potter family. It appears to be of moderate depth and deeper underground than the vault of the Weasley family, but not as deep as Vault 713. It is accessible only by a cart operated by one of the bank's goblin employees, and by using a small gold key.

History

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A view of Vault 687

In 1991, Harry Potter was escorted to Gringotts by Rubeus Hagrid, and learned that his late parents had left him a small fortune in their vault, of which his guardians knew nothing. This was very fortunate for Harry, since they would have surely taken most, if not all, as "proper compensation" for "opening their home" to him.[1]

In 1992, when Harry went to withdraw some funds for his school supplies, he felt rather awkward with the Weasley family accompanying him, since his vault contains far more money than theirs, and he tried to cover up their view from the contents within his vault as he hastily shovelled money into his bag.[2]

In 1996 Bill Weasley obtained gold from this vault in order for Harry to buy school supplies, as it took the public hours to access their vaults, due to the tightened security brought on by the Second Wizarding War.

Behind the scenes

  • The Potters' vault is identified as number 687 in the film adaptations.
  • In the Game Boy Advance version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Potters' vault is instead identified as Vault 704.
  • Harry noted that he would have gladly split half the contents of his vault to the Weasleys, but he knows full well they would never accept it.[3]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry)