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The Department of Magical Transportation was responsible for various aspects of magical transport. Madam Edgecombe was an employee of this department. It was located on the sixth level of the Ministry of Magic.

The seal of this department features a Biohazard symbol, maybe in a nod to the dangers entailing each of the four main types of magical transportation (broomstick, Floo powder, Apparition and Portkey).

Both the Hogwarts Express and the Knight Bus were the result of creative ideas from the Minister for Magic of the day, and the Ministry of Magic were as such likely to have been very much involved in bringing said ideas to life, meaning both of them would be likely to have their own subdivision at the Department of Magical Transportation, or at the very least subject to its authority.[1]


Floo Network Authority

The Floo Network Authority was responsible for setting up and maintaining the Floo Network. They also regulated the distribution of Floo Powder.

The network was composed of the fireplaces of all the wizarding buildings, which were interconnected, and it allowed the user, or "passenger", to transport themselves to any other fireplace on the network.

The Floo Network was subject to intense scrutiny by the Ministry. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's fireplaces were at one time closely monitored for any "questionable activity."

The Floo Network could sometimes temporarily set up a connection between a wizarding building and a Muggle building. One such temporary connection was once put in place between 4 Privet Drive and The Burrow.

Broom Regulatory Control

The Broom Regulatory Control had the authority to determine what factors allowed an individual to use and ride a broom. If a broom had been determined to be dangerous or tampered with to cause damage, this office would confiscate the broom.

The broomstick regulations were presumably relevant to the work of this office.

Portkey Office

Main article: Portkey Office

The Portkey Office regulated and authorised objects that were turned into portkeys, as well as the network in which they were used. This was slightly similar to the Floo Network Authority.[2]

During the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, the Portkey Office was involved in regulating the thousands of portkeys used to bring witches and wizards to the game.[2]

Apparition Test Centre

The Apparition Test Centre granted Apparition licences to qualified witches and wizards. One had to be 17 to obtain such a licence. Training was required to prevent the likelihood of splinching. One was usually taught and tested by a qualified Ministry employee, such as is the case at Hogwarts. One such educator in the skill of Apparition was Wilkie Twycross.[3] However, in the case of Side-Along Apparition, the accomplice did not require a licence, provided they were taken by a licenced wizard.


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 6 (The Portkey)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 18 (Birthday Surprises)
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