An advanced spell that allows the caster to disappear from one spot and
reappear in another almost instantly.
regulated by the Ministry. Use of the spell requires a license, which is
granted when a witch or wizard passes a test, demonstrating their mastery
of the technique. The Apparition Test Center is part of the
Department of Magical Transport
at the Ministry of Magic.
Apparition over very
long distances is unreliable
After Voldemort and his minions assassinated Minister of Magic
Scrimgeour during the Second Wizarding War and took over the Ministry
of Magic, Apparition in and out of the Ministry of Magic was stopped (DH12).
The arriving first-years travel across the Lake to the castle
in a flotilla of small boats, propelled by magic
The most widely used and accepted form of magical transportation in Britain,
although this is a cultural thing. In some countries, the flying carpet
appears to be the preferred form of transportation instead
See broomstick entry for more.
Although flying carpets are used in other countries,
currently they are banned in Britain,
since they appear on the Registry of Proscribed Charmable Objects - that
is, they're defined as Muggle artifacts, and are thus illegal to enchant.
Historically, however, flying carpets have been legal in Britain within
living memory (GF7).
A huge powder blue flying carriage as big as a house was used by the
Beauxbatons students to attend
the Triwizard Tournament at
Hogwarts. The carriage was
drawn by twelve gigantic
Madame Maxime (the headmistress
of Beauxbatons) breeds
Wizarding fireplaces may be connected to the
Floo Network (see).
To reach the deep underground vaults of
Gringotts' Wizarding Bank, a
goblin whistles for a small cart in
which they and the visitor ride. The cart is self-propelled and apparently
steers itself along the underground passages, because the
goblin doesn't steer as it winds its
way along railway tracks in the floor. The cart has only one speed:
A Portkey is an enchanted object, often a piece of supposedly worthless
junk, which when touched will transport a person to a preprogrammed
location. An object can be transformed into a Portkey by the
spell, but the caster must be authorized to do so. The Portkey Office is
part of the Department of Magical Transportation at the Ministry of Magic
The students from
at Hogwarts aboard a magical ship which surfaced in the center of the Lake.
"It had a strangely skeletal look about it, as though it were a resurrected
wreck, and the dim, misty lights shimmering at its portholes looked like
ghostly eyes (GF15)."
(PA, GF, OP)
About a hundred carriages wait for arriving
Hogwarts students along a rough, mud road
near the railway station on September first each year, and take them back
to the station at the beginning of the summer holidays. They are pulled
by what Harry as a third- and fourth-year student assumed were invisible
horses; this was verified at the beginning of his fifth year, when he first
became aware of his ability to see thestrals. The thestrals who pull the
carriages are very well-trained, since they make the journey unassisted
past the wrought iron gates and around the Lake to the castle. The coaches
smell of mold and straw
A carriage was waiting for Lupin "at the gates" when he was
ready to leave Hogwarts. It is unclear whether this was one of these
same stagecoaches or why it would be stopped way back at the gates
All forms of magical transportation are regulated and controlled by the
Department of Magical Transportation.