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"For a moment the kettle trembled, glowing with an odd blue light; then it quivered to rest, as solidly black as ever."
— Description of the spell[src]

The Portkey Spell[4] (Portus)[1] was a charm[2][3] used to turn an ordinary object into a Portkey.[1] Since creating Portkeys were restricted by the Ministry of Magic, the usage of this spell was, by extension, restricted as well. This was the subject of a question of the Theory of Charms O.W.L. in 1996[3]


Immediately after casting, the target would glow bright blue, as the Portkey did when it is ready, but after a few seconds, it would return to its normal colour.[1]

Known practitioners

"While there have been no proven referee slayings since [1357], there have been several incidences of broom-tampering over the centuries, the most dangerous being the transformation of the referee's broom into a Portkey, so that he or she is whisked away from the match halfway through and turns up months later in the Sahara Desert."
Kennilworthy Whisp, on the dangers of being a Quidditch referee, Quidditch Through the Ages[src]


Portus comes from the Latin word "portare" which means "to carry".


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Portkeys" at Wizarding World
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 See this image.
  4. Wizarding World - A handy guide to the lesser known spells in the wizarding world
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 18 (The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore)