"Most of the class had already left, although several twittering yellow birds were still zooming around the room, all of Hermione's creation; nobody else had succeeded in conjuring so much as a feather from thin air."
—The difficulty of conjuring birds[src]

The Bird-Conjuring Charm[1] (Avis) was a charm that conjured a flock of birds. Out of all of the spells used to conjure living things, The Bird-Conjuring Charm was the among the easiest, alongside the Snake Summons Spell.[2]

The birds were shot from the caster's wand tip, accompanied by a loud blast that sounded like a gun being fired and smoke.[2]


"Severed heads, unidentifiable stumps, terrifying frog-rabbit mutations — all have been created, to the dismay of those who made them..."
—Side-effects of the spell[src]

Hermione Granger conjuring yellow birds in 1996

During the 1989–1990 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Minerva McGonagall taught her sixth year Transfiguration students how to conjure birds with this spell.[3]

This spell was used by Garrick Ollivander when testing the four Triwizard Tournament Champions' wands before their First Task of the Triwizard Tournament, in 1994.[4]

This was one of the spells that sixth year Transfiguration students were learning to perform non-verbally in 1996. Hermione Granger also conjured a flock of birds that same year using this spell, and made them attack Ron Weasley, after seeing him kiss Lavender Brown.[5]

Known practitioners

See also


The Latin words avis or aves, meaning "bird".

Behind the scenes

  • This charm may be capable of blocking the Killing Curse; if the curse hit the birds before the caster, it is possible that this would negate the curse. Since conjured creatures differ from real animals, this is not conclusive. If it is true, then such spells as the Snake Summons Spell might also prove effective. Nonetheless, no canon evidence has been given in favour or denial of this theory.
  • It's unknown why this spell is classified as a charm, as conjuration is mainly a form of magic taught in Transfiguration class, and has been emphasised to be different from charm-work.
  • In LEGO Dimensions, Hermione uses Avis as one of her finishing moves in combat.[6]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Wonderbook: Book of Spells - Birds and Pumpkins Floor Demo" from GameSpot Gameplay
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 9 (Artefact Check) - Transfiguration Lesson "Avis"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14 (Felix Felicis)
  6. LEGO Dimensions

Transfiguration (class)
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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) · Reparifarge · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Switching Spell · Vanishing Spell (Evanesco)
Conjuring Spells Bird-Conjuring Charm (Avis) · Inanimatus Conjurus Spell · Orchideous · Snake Summons Spell (Serpentsortia)
Transforming Spells Animal to Water Goblet (Vera Verto) · Beetle Buttons · Cat to Cauldron (Felifors) · Cauldron Cakes to Cabbages · Chair to cat · Cross-Species Switches · Desk Into Pig · Fairy Cakes to Fairies · Goldfinch to Golden Snitch · Flobberworm to Fritter · Gnomes to Lawn Gnomes · Guinea fowl to guinea pig spell · Gobstone to skunk · Hedgehog to pincushion spell · 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 to gerbil spell · Teacup to Rat · Teapot to tortoise spell · White Rabbits to Slippers
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