A magical object enchanted to take anyone touching it from one location to another, a Portkey was usually an inconspicuous item unlikely to draw the attention of a Muggle. Travelling by Portkey was set to be quite uncomfortable and felt like being hooked just behind the naval and being dragged to the new location. Useful for transporting large numbers of people, for instance to the Quidditch World Cup, or for wizards and witches who were unable to Apparate, Portkeys were fast, easy and if not comfortable - mostly safe.

Non-magical people could use Portkeys, as Jacob Kowalski found out when Newt Scamander introduced him to one.