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A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration

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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 text book on Transfiguration by Emeric Switch. It was a required textbook for Transfiguration classes for first[1] and second year[2] students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A copy of this book costs 1 Galleon at Flourish and Blotts.[3]



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.[2]

Behind the scenes


A begginers guide to transfiguration!

The book in the films

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pottermore
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
  5. The hand for this is shown on Pottermore, hence it's likely that this is one of the spells included. This also explains how Hermione would know about them.

Transfiguration (class)
Professors: Albus Dumbledore · Minerva McGonagall
Textbooks: A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration · Intermediate Transfiguration · A Guide to Advanced Transfiguration
Known practitioners: Emeric Switch · Circe · Falco Aesalon · Mirabella Plunkett · Thaddeus Thurkell ·
Transfiguration spells studied at Hogwarts: Chair to cat · Match to needle · Snail to Teapot · Teacup to Rat · Switching Spell · Transforming Spell · Avifors Spell · Mice to Snuffboxes · Beetle Buttons · Rabbit Slippers · Vera Verto · Teapot to tortoise · Draconifors Spell · Lapifors Spell · Vanishing Spell · Owl to opera glasses · Guinea fowl to guinea pig · Hedgehog to pincushion · Small Child to Rat · Meddling Man to Monkey · Crinus Muto
Branches of Transfiguration: Transformation · Vanishment · Conjuration · Untransfiguration

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