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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]

Portus is the incantation of a charm used to transform an ordinary object into a Portkey. Since creating Portkeys are restricted by the Ministry of Magic, the usage of this spell is, by extension, restricted as well. This was the subject of a question of the Theory of Charms O.W.L. in 1996[2]

Effect

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

Etymology

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

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]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  2. See this image.
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
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