"However, mastering a Transfiguration spell such as "Avifors" can be both rewarding and useful."
The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 on the Avifors spell[src]

The Avifors Spell[4] (Avifors[1]) is a transforming spell that could be used to change the target into a bird[1], flock of birds[2] or occasionally a flock of bats[3] with a vivid flash of blue light.[2]


"Avifors" can, at times, be a very complicated spell and some beginning Hogwarts students are known to struggle with it. One student nearly failed the class when he proved unable to transform objects into anything more than eggs. His cousin bragged about this.[5]


When used in an offensive manner, a jet of blue light will shoot from the witch or wizard's wand, erupting upon hitting the target and solidifying them into a bird, a flock of birds, or more rarely, a flock of black bats[3]. These bats can be controlled by the caster, although they may also fly away[3].

"Avifors" should not be confused with "Avis", a spell to conjure a flock of birds but does not involve any transformation.[2]

SPSavifors (unused) found in SpellShapes.utx of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban PC Game texture files next to the used SVSlapifors and SVSdraconifors spell symbols.


This charm was learned in first year and revised in second year Transfiguration class with Professor Minerva McGonagall, and was included in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 by Miranda Goshawk.[2]

Known practitioners


From Latin "avis", meaning "bird", with the -fors suffix attached.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS2 version
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game) - PS2 version
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - GBA version
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - GBC version. "My cousin had trouble with Avifors. He could only turn things into eggs. He was popular at breakfast time but he nearly failed the class."

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 · Felifors 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