|Posted by Christina Cooper on July 2, 2011 at 2:44 PM|
While reading Harry Potter, I've begun to question how I would travel if I was a witch. It sounds ridiculous, but the more I've read, the more I've thought about how most wizards and witches travel. We know that you can't apparate until your 17 (and you still have to pass a test), but do how to parents travel with children. Dumbledore took Harry on a side along apparation trip in Harry's sixth year, and the trio (Ron, Harry and Hermione) spent most of The Deathly Hallows apparating together. But if you have young kids, wouldn't it be extremely dangerous to apparate with them. Ron splinched himself quite badly in The Deathly Hallows, but that was under extreme circumstances.
I'm sure that the Weasley family did not do side along apparation because that would mean too many trips back and forth for Molly and Arthur. I'm pretty sure that you can only apparte with at most three people, otherwise you'd get splinched.
So, if wizards aren't traveling by apparation, are they traveling by floo powder, broom, or threstrals. The Weasley's choose to travel by floo, but do families like the Malfoy's do the same? The Malfoy's pride themselves on being extremely classy (and always pompous) so would that mean they apparate everywhere? I'm sure when Draco was a baby they weren't allowed to apparate. After seeing how dirty Harry got after using the Floo network in Chamber of Secrets, I'm guessing most families would choose not to use the floo network. But besides that, is every place connected to the Floo network? Hogwarts can't be directly apparated too, maybe the Floo network is the same.
Dumbledore has mentioned in the books, I believe it is Order of the Phoenix, that when he travels long distances, he likes to use Thestrals because they have a great sense of direction. Dumbledore may do this because you can't apparate across international borders..
After much thought, I've come to the conclusion that most wizards choose not to travel by broom. But, I do think that many wizards and witches may use the Knight Bus, unless they're traveling a far distance. Wizarding families will probably use the Floo Network, because of connivence and the safety over apparation. And finally, I think that any witch or wizard over the age of 17 chooses to apparate over any other form of transportation.
So Potter fans, how would you travel if you were a witch or wizard? Personally, I'd always choose to apparate!