"Today in Transfiguration, the pawn becomes the queen. While the practical application is ill advised, the technique will further your skill in this class. Please do not use to cheat in chess. Pay close attention to see the weakest piece become the strongest."
Professor McGonagall introducing this spell to her sixth year students[src]

Pawn to Queen (incantation unknown) was a transforming spell that turned a pawn chess piece into a queen chess piece.[1]

History

During the 1989–1990 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Minerva McGonagall taught her sixth-years how to perform this particular transforming spell in Transfiguration class.[1]

Known practitioners

Behind the scenes

  • This spell is seemingly a reference to promotion (alternatively known as "queening"), a rule in chess saying that a pawn is replaced with a queen, rook, knight or bishop when it reaches the eighth rank of the chessboard.[2]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 14 (A New Friend of a Friend) - Transfiguration Lesson "Pawn to Queen"
  2. WP favicon.PNG Promotion (chess) on Wikipedia


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 (Serpentsortia)
Transforming Spells Animal to Water Goblet (Vera Verto) · Armadillo to Pillow · Bowling Ball to Balloon · Beetle to Button · Cat to Cauldron (Felifors) · Cauldron Cakes to Cabbages · Chair to Cat · Cross-Species Switches · Desk Into Pig · Fairy Cakes to Fairies · 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 · White Rabbits to Slippers
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