... they'll be watching the Floo Network, and it's more than our life's worth to set up an unauthorized Portkey." ...

[From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix page 51] What does "more than our life's worth" mean?

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Roughly, it means "not worth the danger".

The implication is that the risk in setting up an unauthorized Portkey is very great, and that someone who gets caught setting up an unauthorized Portkey will suffer greatly, so that the benefits of doing it are not worth the risk.

  • +1 and to be clear that "life's" is a contraction of "life is", rather than a possessive, so it means, "more than our life is worth" rather than "more than the value of our life"
    – gotube
    Commented May 17, 2023 at 16:42

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