Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Portkeys

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Vote up the most interesting lore about the wizarding world mode of transportation.

Portkeys are used a few times throughout the Harry Potter books but there is actually a lot more to them that aren't fully explained. From accidents to government authorization, these are lore bits that you may not have known about Portkeys.


  • 1
    11 VOTES

    There Are Multiple Types Of Portkeys

    From Redditor u/amyosaurus:

    There seem to be two types of Portkey; one type goes when it is touched, like the Triwizard Cup. The second type goes at a certain time, like the boot on Stoadshead Hill the Weasleys and Harry used to get to the Quidditch World Cup. If it was a timed Portkey, you could probably use the method you describe.

    11 votes
  • 2
    8 VOTES

    Portkeys Are Mainly Used When Things Need To Be Kept Secret

    From Redditor u/dangerouslycheesy94:

    [Rowling said] When secrecy is paramount, and mass movement is planned, the chosen Portkey will be a nondescript object secreted in an out-of-the-way place, so that it will be taken for a piece of unimportant debris by Muggle passers-by. 

    8 votes
  • 3
    7 VOTES

    Portkeys Were Used To Get Students To Hogwarts Before The Hogwarts Express

    From Redditor u/melrna:

    Pottermore states that Portkeys have been used in the past, but there were always students who'd get lost, of weren't able to get a suitable object for one, or lost their time slot, or got sick from using them, among other problems, so they decided to get a train.

    7 votes
  • 4
    7 VOTES

    Traveling Through Portkey Is Unpleasant

    From Redditor u/dangerouslycheesy94:

    [Rowling said] The sensation of traveling by Portkey is universally agreed to be uncomfortable, if not downright unpleasant, and can lead to nausea, giddiness and worse. Healers recommend that the elderly, pregnant and infirm avoid using Portkeys. The suggestion of arranging Portkeys for the transportation of annoying relatives has saved many a wizarding family Christmas.

    7 votes
  • 5
    13 VOTES

    Nearly Anything Can Become A Portkey

    From Redditor u/StagTerrierOtter:

    Almost any inanimate object can be turned into a Portkey. Once bewitched, the object will transport anyone who grasps it to a pre-arranged destination. 

    13 votes
  • 6
    10 VOTES

    Anyone Can Make A Portkey But The Ministry Needs To Authorize It

    From Redditor u/Kyoburger:

    Portkeys can be made by any wizard but the ministry are supposed to authorize portkeys so creating an unauthorized Portkey would be illegal but not impossible.

    10 votes