At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
Human Transfiguration is more difficult than any other form of Transfiguration, including Cross-Species Transfiguration and is therefore N.E.W.T.-level, taught only to sixth years and above at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Human Transfiguration can be used to essentially replicate the natural abilities of Metamorphmagi, allowing the practitioner or the subject to take on an entirely different form or make various individual changes to their appearance, such as growing or changing the colour, style or pattern of one's hair or taking on individual animal body parts. However, while human Transfiguration can presumably be performed by any wizard who's skilled enough, on themselves as well as on others, a Metamorphmagus is born with the ability to make such changes to their own bodies with little to no effort and without the use of a wand.
Although it is possible to transfigure humans into inanimate objects, it is unknown how someone who had himself transfigured into an object would be able to untransfigure without the intervention of another witch or wizard. Probably, if witches and wizards perform this on themselves, they will do this with the intention of retaining their mental consciousness and abilities. Therefore, they could untransfigure themselves back to human form, both nonverbally and wandlessly.
It has been stated many times that human Transfiguration can go badly wrong when performed poorly. The user has the risk of getting stuck in his or her transfigured state.
Prior to 1991
|Unknown||1473||During the Quidditch World Cup of 1473, all 700 fouls were committed, including one of the players transfiguring one of the Chasers on the opposite team into a polecat.|
|Thaddeus Thurkell||1600s||During the 1600s, Thaddeus Thurkell had seven sons, all of whom were Squibs. Thurkell was so angry he transfigured them all into hedgehogs.|
|Mirabella Plunkett||1800s||During the 1800s, it is possible that Mirabella Plunkett transfigured herself into a haddock in order to live with her merman lover, although it may be possible that she was an Animagus.|
|Gellert Grindelwald||1926||Using entirely the power of Human Transfiguration, Gellert Grindelwald disguised himself as MACUSA auror Percival Graves.|
|Circe||Unknown||Circe, a witch who lived in ancient times, was famous for turning sailors into pigs.|
|McCliverts||According to legend, after Quintius MacBoon, head of the MacBoon clan, killed the head of a the rival McClivert clan, Dugald McClivert, in a drunken duel, the MacBoons were attacked by the McCliverts and the entire family was transfigured into Quintapeds.|
|D.J. Prod||D.J. Prod stated that he was able to turn his wife into a yak after he took a Kwikspell course.|
|Harry Potter||31 October, 1981||After travelling back in time Harry and Hermione used a transfiguration spell to disguise Harry as Lord Voldemort.|
|Rubeus Hagrid||1991||Rubeus Hagrid attempted to transfigure Dudley Dursley into a pig, but only succeeded in giving him a pig's tail (or, according to another interpretation, willingly gave Dudley a pig's tail and joked to Harry about turning him into an entire pig).|
|Unknown||1992||A Hogwarts student accidentally changed his classmate into a badger.|
|Fred and George Weasley||1994||Fred and George Weasley invented the Canary Cream, a prank item which, when eaten, automatically transfigures the eater into a large canary, which they used on Neville Longbottom.|
|Barty Crouch Jr||Barty Crouch Jr transfigured Draco Malfoy into a ferret, and in 1995, transfigured his father into a bone.|
|Gwenog Jones||Unknown||Gwenog Jones, captain of the Holyhead Harpies, was particularly skilled at transfiguring anyone who disagreed with her into wood lice.|
|Viktor Krum||1995||While competing in the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, Viktor Krum attempted to transfigure himself fully or partially into a shark; ultimately, only his head was transfigured, the shark's teeth were misplaced.|
|Horace Slughorn||1996||Horace Slughorn transfigured himself into an over-stuffed armchair in order to avoid detection from Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter.|
|Ron Weasley||During a Transfiguration lesson in 1996, Ron Weasley accidentally transfigured a moustache on to his face.|
|Harry Potter||In a Transfiguration lesson Harry Potter transfigured his eyebrow bright yellow.|
|Hermione Granger||1998||Hermione Granger used human Transfiguration to disguise Ron Weasley as "Dragomir Despard" before breaking in to the Lestrange Vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank.|
|Percy Weasley||During the Battle of Hogwarts, Percy Weasley shot a jinx at Pius Thicknesse, transfiguring him into some sort of sea urchin.|
Behind the scenes
- In September 1994, when Draco Malfoy was transfigured into a ferret, he tried to get to the dungeons. Complete transfiguration into an animal makes a human think like the animal, except Animagus transfigurations. This suggests that the attempted escape had nothing to do with him wanting to get to his common room and was coincidental.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World (Partial transfiguration)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image)
- ↑ JK Rowling FAQs - 5. Why did ‘revelio’ undo the effects of Polyjuice Potion?
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ 17 December 2007 PotterCast interview with J. K. Rowling
- ↑ Quidditch Through the Ages