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Modes Of Transportation In Harry Potter, Ranked By How Uncomfortable They Are

Updated February 10, 2021 3k votes 424 voters 10.3k views21 items

List RulesVote up the wizarding modes of transportation that make you grateful for your bus pass.

While the heroes of the Harry Potter universe can use their magic to travel in a variety of ways we can't, that doesn't mean they're always comfortable. Getting from one place to another, even with magic, can be a bit of a nightmare. Even magically-enhanced vehicles have flaws. While some forms of Harry Potter transportation are better than others, even their best is not much better than our real-life versions.

Consider this: Harry Potter broomsticks seem cool from the outside, but unless you've got a good grip, you'll go tumbling right off. Flying cars can crash. And Harry Potter apparition, while convenient, can also make you leave bits and pieces of your body behind, a horrific process called "splinching." Leaving half an eyebrow behind, as Ron did in his apparition test, might not be so bad - but a faulty spell could mean you leave half of yourself behind, killing you.

Sure, wizard desserts might be great and it would be awesome to have magical powers, but taking a closer look at the average ways that wizards get around leaves much to be desired. Unless you want to ride a rickety minecart into the bowels of a bank, scrabble for grip on the back of a hippogriff, or end up sick and lost thanks to an unfortunate Floo Powder incident, it might be best just to play it safe and take the bus - the regular bus, that is, not the Knight Bus.

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    Dragon

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    How it feels: While riding a dragon sounds awesome, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows proved otherwise. As Rowling writes: 

    There was no means of steering; the dragon could not see where it was going, and Harry knew that if it turned sharply or rolled in midair they would find it impossible to cling onto its broad back.

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    Pensieve

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    How it feels: Though travel by pensieve is more metaphorical, it still allows people to move through both space and time. As Rowling writes in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

    Dumbledore's office gave an almighty lurch--Harry was thrown forward and pitched headfirst into the substance inside the basin--

    But his head did not hit the stone bottom. He was falling through something icy-cold and black; it was like being sucked into a dark whirlpool--

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    Broomstick

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    How it feels: While not everybody enjoys a broomstick ride, Harry certainly does. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rowling writes: 

    [Harry] mounted the broom and kicked hard against the ground and up, up he soared; air rushed through his hair, and his robes whipped out behind him--and in a rush of fierce joy he realized he'd found something he could do without being taught--this was easy, this was wonderful.

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    Hippogriff

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    How it feels: In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the titular hero has to ride a hippogriff a couple of times. During his first ride, he thinks:

    It was nothing like a broomstick, and Harry knew which one he preferred; the Hippogriff’s wings were beating uncomfortably on either side of him, catching him under his legs and making him feel he was about to be thrown off; the glossy feathers slipped under his fingers and he didn’t dare get a stronger grip; instead of the smooth action of his Nimbus Two Thousand, he now felt himself rocking backwards and forwards as the hindquarters of the Hippogriff rose and fell with his wings.

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