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"Good morning. Today we shall learn the transfiguration spell known as Avifors. Avifors will allow you to transform small objects ⁠— such as the parts of this statue ⁠— into birds."
Minerva McGonagall[src]

The Avifors Spell[5] (Avifors)[1] was a transfiguration spell that transformed small objects[1] and creatures[3] into birds.[1] The spell was viewed as a jinx when used to transform certain creatures into birds.[3]

Nature

"Transfiguration is some of the most difficult magic to practise effectively. It is extremely difficult, for example, to transform something non-living into something that is alive. However, mastering a transfiguration spell such as 'Avifors', which will transform small inanimate objects into birds, can be both rewarding and useful."
Miranda Goshawk regarding this spell[src]

A Dugbog being transformed into birds with this spell

The Avifors Spell could, at times, be a very complicated spell and some beginning Hogwarts students were known to struggle with it. One student nearly failed the class when he proved unable to transform objects into anything more than eggs. His cousin bragged about this.[6]

This spell could also transform certain creatures into birds, like Dugbogs or Blast-Ended Skrewts.[7]

Teaching

"My cousin had trouble with Avifors. He could only turn things into eggs. He was popular at breakfast time but he nearly failed the class."
— A Hogwarts student[src]

The Avifors Spell was learned in first year and revised in second year Transfiguration class with Professor Minerva McGonagall, and was included in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 by Miranda Goshawk.[2]

Known practitioners

Etymology

From Latin "avis", meaning "bird", with the -fors suffix attached.

See also

Behind the scenes

Harry seen casting the removed Avifors Spell in the first video game

  • In the Goblet of Fire video game, this spell is categorised under "jinxes", which seems to contradict past depictions in video games, since the earlier video games do not depict this spell as a jinx, but simply as a harmless transfiguration spell which transforms objects into birds. However, it is possible that the spell is also categorised as a jinx when used to transform creatures into birds, as opposed to inanimate objects, similar to how the Doubling Charm is known as the "Geminio Curse" when used to curse objects into multiplying.
  • The only known wand movement for Avifors appears as cut content in the PC version of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone video game.

Appearances

Notes and references

Transfiguration (class)
COS Vera Verto demo.gif
Branches of Transfiguration Transformation · Vanishment · Conjuration · Untransfiguration
Notable practitioners Circe · Emeric Switch · Falco Aesalon · Mirabella Plunkett · Thaddeus Thurkell
Professors Albus Dumbledore · Minerva McGonagall
Textbooks A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration · Intermediate Transfiguration · A Guide to Advanced Transfiguration
Transfiguration spells studied at Hogwarts
Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Change of hair colour and style (Crinus Muto) · Hardening Charm (Duro) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Partial Vanishment · Reparifarge · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Switching Spell · Vanishing Spell (Evanesco)
Conjuring Spells Bird-Conjuring Charm (Avis) · Inanimatus Conjurus Spell · Bouquet Spell (Orchideous) · Snake Summons Spell (Serpentsortia)
Transforming Spells Animal to Water Goblet (Vera Verto) · Armadillo to Pillow · Bowling Ball to Balloon · Beetle to Button · Cauldron to Badger · Cat to Cauldron (Felifors) · Cauldron Cakes to Cabbages · Chair to Cat · Cross-Species Switches · Desk Into Pig · Fairy Cakes to Fairies · Feather Duster to Ferret · Ferret to Feather Duster · Goldfinch to Golden Snitch · Flobberworm to Fritter · Gnomes to Lawn Gnomes · Guinea Fowl to Guinea Pig · Gobstone to Skunk · Hedgehog to Pin Cushion · Lovebird to Love Note · Match to Needle · Meddling Man to Monkey · Mice to Snuffboxes · Owl to Opera Glasses (Strigiforma) · Pawn to Queen · Porcupine to Pin Cushion (Hystrifors) · Puffskein to Paperweight · Small Child to Rat · Small Object to Dragon (Draconifors) · Snail to Teapot · Target to Bird (Avifors) · Target to Matchbox (Flintifors) · Target to Rabbit (Lapifors) · Teacup into Gerbil · Teacup to Rat · Teapot to Tortoise · Thimble to Thestral · Toad to Toadstool · Tortoise to Trumpet · White Rabbits to Slippers
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