"I'm particularly interested in Transfiguration, you know, turning something into something else, of course, it's supposed to be very difficult —"
Hermione Granger regarding transformation[src]

Transformation or Transubstantial Transfiguration[3] is the name given to a branch of Transfiguration that focuses on altering the physical features of an object. It is not to be confused with Trans-species Transformation, though that is a type of transformation.

Nature

Transformation is the first branch of Transfiguration that students will learn at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, beginning with Match to needle in first year and progressing from there.[2]

Transformation contains the following sub-groups all of which overlap with each other to varying degrees): human Transfiguration, defined by and named for the target being a human being; Switches, which simultaneously exchange features between organism; and the aforementioned Trans-Species Transformations, which refer to transformations that change organisms from one species to another.

Danger

A poorly performed Transfiguration spell, in which the object if half-transformed

Due to the applied, precise nature of Transfiguration magic there is a large potential for it to go disastrously wrong, even for the experts.

If transformation is done improperly, the Transfigured object can become half-Transfigured or permanently stuck in one state (whether fully or partially Transfigured); for example, Viktor Krum half-Transfigured himself once into a shark in the Second Task of The Triwizard Tournament in 1994 (although he was not stuck in that form, so it may have been intentional).[4]

Methods

Transformation can be achieved in a number of different ways, namely: Transforming Spells,[5] Animagi,[6] Metamorphmagi,[7] and Lycanthropy.[8]

Transforming spells

General

Avifors

A rock being transformed into a bird with Avifors

The Raven into Writing Desk spell

Steelclaw

Trans-Species Transforming spells

Human Transfigurations

Known practitioners

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  3. Quidditch Through the Ages (real)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 9 (Grim Defeat)
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 32 (The Elder Wand)
  14. Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood)
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
  17. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
  22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)
  24. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  25. 25.0 25.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9 (The Writing on the Wall)
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 19 (The Servant of Lord Voldemort)
  29. 29.0 29.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  30. 30.0 30.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
  31. http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/1217-pottercast-anelli.html Neville had a brief stint as an Auror
  32. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 18 (Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs)
  34. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)


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 · 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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