Here's What it Would Cost to Build the Death Star, Hogwarts, and the Starship Enterprise For Real
There are lots of reasons why we love getting lost in fictional stories, and world-building is a major one. The environments and structures that writers, artists, and designers bring to life make stories more relatable and more real for the viewer. The structures in sci-fi and fantasy stories are awesome because the architects who "build" them don't have to play by real world rules or spend actual money... but what if someone tried?
Big Rentz crunched the numbers to see just how much it would cost to erect the fictional buildings from your favorite films and TV shows: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from Harry Potter, Batman's Batcave, The Wall from Game of Thrones, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from Star Trek, and maybe the most ambitious of them all, the Death Star from Star Wars.
To determine the cost of constructing each structure, the equipment rental network considered materials and dimensions, and referenced comparable real-world buildings. It's no surprise that all of the build projects would be very expensive, and that's before the cost of labor, setbacks, and other factors that real-world builders would have to consider.
By these estimates, Bruce Way...I mean, Batman's Batcave would be nearly $200 million more expensive to build than Hogwarts, but you could build close to 87,000 Batcaves for the price of one USS Enterprise. Unsurprisingly, the biggest waste of money, time, and resources would be the Death Star at $17.5 nonillion. We know they were fighting for the greater good, but if the Rebel Alliance knew how much money they were blowing to smithereens, maybe they would have found a better way to temporarily cripple the Empire? For comparison's sake, the tallest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa in Dubai) cost $1.5 billion, and the Great Mosque of Mecca cost an estimated $100 billion. The functions are very different, but perhaps making these fictional structures a reality isn't so far-fetched after all.