"Well, there are Switching Spells... but what's the point of Switching it? Unless you swapped its fangs for wine-gums or something that would make it less dangerous..."
Hermione Granger considers using Switching Spells against a dragon[src]

The Switching Spell (incantation unknown) is a Transfiguration spell[1][2] used to switch the positions of two objects.[2] The spell was studied in transfiguration class by fifth years[3] and fourth years[4] respectively during the 1988–1989 and 1994–1995 school years. Hermione Granger, however, gained points for knowing about Switching Spells in her first year.[1]


During the 1988–1989 school year, fifth year students, including Jacob's sibling, were taught the Switching Spell in Transfiguration class, with individual lessons on feather dusters with ferrets,[3] piggy banks with guinea pigs,[5] top hats with rabbits,[6] and pillows with armadillos.[7]

Neville Longbottom proved unable to perform a Switching Spell by October 1994, a fact that was criticised by Minerva McGonagall, who called the spell "simple".[2]


Behind the scenes

  • Hermione Granger idly suggested to Harry Potter that he might use this spell on a dragon to turn its fangs to wine-gums, but rejected the idea as impractical because as a rule it was nearly impossible to cast a spell through a dragon's hide.
  • Hermione also gained some house points for knowing about these spells before they studied them.[citation needed]
  • Harry Potter forgot the definition of a Switching Spell when doing his written Transfiguration O.W.L.[8]
  • This might have been the spell Tina and Queenie Goldstein used to change their clothes before entering The Blind Pig to talk to Gnarlak. If so, they presumably made their work clothes switch places with a pair of nicer attire that hung in the closet back in their apartment.
  • There may be specific spells used for switching specific things.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 5 (Penny, Portraits, Peace, and Pressure) - Transfiguration Lesson "Switch: Feather Duster & Ferret"
  4. Pottermore - From the Story: Switching Spells
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 11 (Mundungus Fletcher) - Transfiguration Lesson "Switch: Piggy Bank & Guinea Pig"
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 17 (Broken Bonds) - Transfiguration Lesson "Switch: Top Hat & Rabbit"
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 20 (Peter Pettigrew) - Transfiguration Lesson "Switch: Pillow & Armadillo"
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)

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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