Falco Aesalon was an Ancient Greek wizard. Being able to transform into a falcon at will, he was the first recorded Animagus. For this spectacular magical feat, he was placed on a Chocolate Frog Card.[1]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Transfiguration: Falco mastered the art of Self-Transfiguration and became an Animagus, showing him to have been exceptionally gifted in this highly difficult and complex branch of magic, given the immense skill and dedication required to successfully become an Animagus.
  • Potions: Having become an Animagus, he would have needed to have successfully brewed the Animagus potion, a potion known for being highly advanced, complex and time-consuming, showing his great level of skill in potion-making.


Falco Aesalon is the former scientific name of the European Merlin, before it and the American Merlin were reclassified as the same species.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Its unknown whether Falco was the first wizard to discover the process of becoming an Animagus, or if other Animagi that were not recorded in magical history did it before him.


Notes and references

Transfiguration (class)
COS Vera Verto demo
Branches of Transfiguration Transformation · Vanishment · Conjuration · Untransfiguration
Known 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 · 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 · Dinner plate to mushroom · Guinea fowl to guinea pig · Hedgehog to pincushion · Match to needle · Meddling Man to Monkey · Mice to Snuffboxes · Owl to Opera Glasses (Strigiforma) · Porcupine to Pin Cushion (Hystrifors) · 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 · Teacup to Rat · Teapot to tortoise · White Rabbits to Slippers

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