The Flying Ford Anglia and the Hogwarts Express

"Funny way to get to a wizards' school, the train. Magic carpets all got punctures, have they?"
Vernon Dursley facetiously discussing wizarding transportation[src]

There exists various methods of magical transportation[1] that are employed by Wizardkind across the Wizarding world.

Methods

Apparition

Main article: Apparition
Harry Potter: "You have to pass a test to Apparate?"
Arthur Weasley: "Oh, yes. The Department of Magical Transportation had to fine a couple of people the other day for Apparating without a licence."
Harry's and Mr Weasley's discussion regarding Apparition[src]

Harry Potter and Hermione Granger Apparating

Apparition allows an individual to vanish and appear at another place almost instantly. The act of Apparating creates a noise ranging from a small pop to a loud crack. It is difficult technique to master and becomes increasingly unreliable over long distances. It requires complete concentration on the destination, determination and focus upon the desired location, and deliberation and certainty of reaching the goal. Only of-age wizards who qualify for licences may legally Apparate. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry offers Apparition classes to students ages seventeen and older.[2] Side-Along Apparition allows those with licences to bring minors along with them. Poor focus may result in Splinching, which causes body parts to be separated and left behind.[3][4] The process of Apparition is said to feel like being "forced through a very tight rubber tube".[5]

Floo Network

Main article: Floo Network

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Floo Powder is a magical green powder that is thrown into a lit fireplace and allows for a portal to connect to another fireplace at a desired location.[6] The system is operated and overseen by the Floo Network, which is based at the Ministry of Magic.[7] A fireplace must be connected to the Floo Network for one to travel to it, and fireplaces can be connected temporarily, in the case of travelling to Muggle homes.[8] The Floo Network can also be used as a form of communication between wizards.[9][10]

For America, the Magical Congress of the United States of America oversees the Floo Network. The network appears to be divided into regions as the "Southern Floo Network" is mentioned in the newspaper The New York Ghost.[11]

Flying

Main article: Flying

A flying lesson taking place at Hogwarts

Wizards use broomsticks to travel long distances, or for sport, particularly in the game Quidditch.[12][13] This skill of flying on brooms is taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to first years.[14] The Cushioning Charm invented by Elliot Smethwyck provides comfort. Some modern broomsticks include the Comet, Cleansweep, Nimbus, and Firebolt.[12]

In Asia and the Middle East, Flying carpets are the primary form of wizarding transport, but are currently designated as muggle artefacts in Britain and are therefore illegal to enchant. They also cannot be imported despite at least one merchant's continued efforts to do so. This ban seems to be relatively recent as Bartemius Crouch Senior's grandfather owned a flying Axminster before they were made illegal.[15]

Vehicles such as cars[6][16][17] and motorcycles[18][19] can also be modified to be capable of flight, though this is also technically illegal under Misuse of Muggle Artefacts laws.

A range of flying creatures are also available for transport, such as Thestrals[20][19] and Hippogriffs.[21][22] When visiting Hogwarts for the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, the Beauxbatons students travelled in a carriage drawn by Abraxan winged horses.[23]

Ground travel

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The Knight Bus takes stranded wizards to anywhere in the United Kingdom.[24]

Hogwarts students are transported to and from the school on the Hogwarts Express, a train that departs from a magically hidden rail platform in London.[25] Ministry cars can be used to get to King's Cross Station.[26][27]

Very rarely, a Centaur will allow a human to ride on its back. This is the most solemn of events, offered only to highly honoured riders.[28]

Portkey

Main article: Portkey

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Portkeys are magical objects that allow for travel across extreme distances or to places that have been charmed against detection. Portkeys may send unsuspecting people anywhere, and so they require Ministry authorisation to use and operate. They are usually disguised as ordinary rubbish, such as a crushed aluminium can or a dirty, discarded sock, so Muggles are more likely ignore them, though incidents of muggles being transported have happened.[29]

Portkeys can be set to activate either at a prearranged time, or as soon as the person comes in contact with them.[30]

Miscellaneous

The Durmstrang students travelled on a ship when visiting Hogwarts for the 1994 Triwizard Tournament. Even though it appears from a whirlpool in the Hogwarts lake, there is still rowing involved. The ship probably acts like a boat on water but with anti-water spells of some sort to prevent water entering the boat.[23]

A Vanishing Cabinet allows objects and creatures to transport from one cabinet to the other.[31][32]

The British Ministry of Magic uses the Toilet network as the official way to gain entry.[33]

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 18 (Birthday Surprises)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 14 (The Thief)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 3 (The Burrow)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 4 (Back to The Burrow)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 32 (Out of the Fire)
  11. (see this image)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Quidditch Through the Ages
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11 (Quidditch)
  14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15 (Aragog)
  18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 4 (The Seven Potters)
  20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33 (Fight and Flight)
  21. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 21 (Hermione's Secret)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 15 (Beauxbatons and Durmstrang)
  24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 3 (The Knight Bus)
  25. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  26. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Technology" at Wizarding World
  27. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  28. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
  29. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Portkeys" at Wizarding World
  30. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 6 (The Portkey)
  31. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  32. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
  33. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)
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