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"The ideal starting point for every student of Transfiguration."
—Advert at Flourish and Blotts[src]

A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration is a textbook on Transfiguration by Emeric Switch. This textbook was used as an introduction to Transfiguration for young witches and wizards, it contained basic transformation spells.

A copy of this book costs 1 Galleon at Flourish and Blotts.[1]

History

It was a required textbook and as such was on the list of items needed by first years for Transfiguration classes in 1991 and 1992 for first[2] and second year[3] students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Before Ginny Weasley's first year at Hogwarts, Lucius Malfoy managed to slip Tom Riddle's diary into her second-hand copy of the book in Flourish and Blotts, leading to the re-opening of the Chamber of Secrets in that term.[3]

Known content

When Transfiguring, it is important to make firm and decisive wand movements. Do not wiggle or twirl your wand unnecessarily, or the Transfiguration will certainly be unsuccessful.

Form a clear mental picture of the object you are hoping to create before attempting a Transfiguring spell.

Beginners should say the spell clearly. More advanced wizards do not need to say the spell aloud.

Incomplete Transfigurations are difficult to put right, but you must attempt to do so. Leaving the head of a rabbit on a footstool is irresponsible and dangerous. Say ‘Reparifarge!’ and the object or creature should return to its natural state.

Larger creatures are difficult to Transfigure except by skilled and powerful wizards. Know your limits.

Behind the scenes

A begginers guide to transfiguration!

The book in the films

Appearances

Notes and references


Transfiguration (class)
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Branches of Transfiguration
Transformation · Vanishment · Conjuration · Untransfiguration
Known practitioners
Emeric Switch · Circe · 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
Change of hair colour and style (Crinus Muto) · Hardening Charm (Duro) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Reparifarge · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Switching Spell · Vanishing Spell
Transforming Spells
Animal to Water Goblet (Vera Verto) · Beetle Buttons · Cat to Cauldron (Felifors) · Chair to cat · 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 Rabit (Lapifors) · Teacup to Rat · Teapot to tortoise · White Rabbits to Slippers