Rowling is a human being (muggle), and to have constructed such a massive fictional world with no flaws is far-fetched. However, this particular plot hole in Harry Potter is a major one and removing this would cause tremendous changes in the storyline.
Plot holes are some unavoidable voids that makes a reader question the text. They are never intentional. Despite Rowling’s brilliance, it’s fairly easy to argue the impossibility of filling up all the gaps of a huge fictional background like that of Harry Potter. Sometimes, plot holes can be twisted and turned to adjust with the flow of the text. But it isn’t possible with this one. Let’s look deeper.
The Harry Potter Plot Hole
We all know how in Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, Harry and Cedric were transported to the burying grounds from Hogwarts when they touched the Triwizard Cup. In the books, the Cup was considered to be a portkey which facilitated their transport. However we know that portkeys are not supposed to work ‘on touch’ and they cannot be re-used whatsoever. We witnessed both of these unnatural events taking place without an explanation provided.
Portkeys Always Work At A Specified Time
Portkeys are daily objects that can be bewitched to transport people to specified places at a specified time. There are lots of examples to support the facts. In the Quidditch World Cup, Harry along with the others had to touch a portkey and wait for it to work at a given time. Once they were through, the portkey was then tossed into a bag of other portkeys since they couldn’t be used again.
After the duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic, Dumbledore made a portkey for Harry which would take him back to the Headmaster’s office. That worked similarly too at a particular point of time.
So, there is no event in the whole course of the books that would explain why the Triwizard Cup acted ‘on touch’, nevertheless worked again for a second time.
Can It Be Explained By Dark Magic?
Rowling has always stayed adrift when it came to Dark Magic. We don’t know how Horcruxes can be made. We don’t know how Voldemort underwent his transformation or how the death eaters can fly. All books related to Dark Magic had been safely stowed away in the Restricted Section of the library.
Perhaps dwelling deep into Dark Arts would have given the Harry Potter universe a colder, darker approach. This is probably why Rowling never dived deep into the restricted sections.
Now since we know too little of the Dark Arts, could there be a spell which made the Portkeys respond to touch? Could there be a spell which made the Portkeys reusable?
We don’t know. Voldemort was a powerful wizard and he could have invented a spell that would do the same. Spells can be invented as Snape had shown us with ‘Sectumsempra‘ and ‘Levicorpus‘. So it is quite plausible.
What Possible Changes Could The Story Face On Account Of It?
The existence of a portkey that responded to touch should have made things easier for the Death Eaters to transport Harry. However, Barty Crouch Jr. chose a longer path to infiltrate the whole staff and conjure a massive plan.
If the Portkey hadn’t responded to touch then Harry wouldn’t have been transported. Cedric would have been alive. Voldemort wouldn’t have been reborn.
So you see that a small plot hole could leave a gaping hole in the story. Since Rowling hasn’t commented on this particular issue, it might not have been a plot hole this entire time but speculations and theories are all we got. So, plot hole or no plot hole, let’s be content with the facts we have got this far.
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