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"Right! Lapifors - the transformation of a small object into a rabbit"
Hermione Granger defining the spell[src]

The Lapifors Spell[2] (Lapifors)[1][2] was a transforming spell that could be used to transform the target into a rabbit;[1] it worked best on smaller targets such as statues,[2] salamanders[3] or cats.[1] The spell could be viewed as a jinx when used to transform creatures into rabbits.[3]

History

This spell was learned in third-year Transfiguration class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, taught by Professor Minerva McGonagall. This spell was covered in third-year exams at the end of the school year.[2]

Effects

Once performed, the caster had an option to control the rabbit in question, directing its movements.[2]

Known practitioners

Etymology

From Latin "lepus", meaning "hare", with the -fors suffix attached as with most transforming spells.

Alternatively, Lapi- could be derived from Latin Lapis, meaning "stone", in reference to the statues Lapifors can transform.

Behind the scenes

  • The first two syllables of the incantation of this spell, "lapi", sounds very much like "lapin", a French word meaning "rabbit".
  • The Goblet of Fire video game categorises this spell under "Jinxes", but it is unknown if this is canon or not, since no video game depict this spell as a jinx, but simply as a harmless transfiguration spell.

Appearances

Notes and references

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) · 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 (Serpensortia)
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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