"'But,' said the Prime Minister breathlessly, watching his teacup chew on the corner of his next speech..."
— The Muggle Prime Minister is stunned by Fudge having turned his teacup into a gerbil.[src]

Teacup into Gerbil[2] (incantation unknown) was a transforming spell that turned teacups into gerbils.[1][2]

History

In the 1989–1990 school year, Professor Minerva McGonagall taught this spell to sixth year students in Transfiguration class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]

Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge used this spell to prove himself to be a wizard to the "Prime Minister of Muggles". The Prime Minister was stunned. Despite the evidence of his eyes, he tried for a time to convince himself that Cornelius Fudge was a hallucination. The continued presence of the gerbil was less easily explainable, but he gave it to his niece, in an attempt to rid himself of all reminders of the encounter.[1]

Known practitioners

Behind the scenes

  • This spell may be similar in mechanics to Teacup to Rat, which begins with the same object, but features a different type of rodent as the end result.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 5 (Wherefore Art Thou, Weasleys?) - Transfiguration Lesson "Teacup into Gerbil"


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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