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Harry Playing Quidditch™ - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™

Harry Potter flying a broomstick in his sixth year.

Flying is one of the primary methods of magical transportation, along with Floo powder, Portkey and Apparition. It involves a person or persons using a magical object bewitched with a Flying Spell to journey through the air to another location. Magical objects used for this purposes are Broomsticks and Flying carpets.

Compared to other methods, Flying is the slowest method of transportation available. However, some bewitched objects can fly much faster than others and it is the most common method of transportation, as witches and wizards who cannot or do not want to Apparate or use Floo powder use it. Flying itself is a class taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by Madam Hooch, for first year students.

Flying is also used in magical sporting events, such as the popular game of Quidditch.

Main article: Unsupported flight

In defiance of magical law (that states that a wizard can only fly using a vehicle, which itself can only have a flying charm), the most infamous Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort somehow discovered a way to fly without any form of magical vehicle (though some form of magical assistance is certainly required to do this). This was witnessed in battle with Order of the Phoenix operatives in 1997, and by Harry Potter during his connection with Voldemort's mind. This method can be duplicated, as Voldemort taught his (supposedly) most loyal Death Eater Severus Snape how to fly the same way.

Behind the scenes

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Quirinus Quirrell flying.

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