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Class information
Required textbooks

A Guide to Advanced Transfiguration (sixth year)

Required equipment


"Quirrell snapped his fingers. Ropes sprang out of thin air and wrapped themselves tightly around Harry"
Quirinus Quirrell conjures ropes[src]

Conjuration is an advanced form and branch of Transfiguration. Conjurations are distinguished from the other branches of Transfiguration by their ability to transfigure the desired object from 'thin air'.


" [...] these are easier than Conjuring Spells, which you would not usually attempt until N.E.W.T level"
Professor McGonagall to her fifth year class[src]

Since Conjuration is an advanced form of Transfiguration most are N.E.W.T.-level and are taught to sixth years and above at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,[1] although some conjurations are simpler and are taught to younger students. Some conjurations taught are the Water-Making Spell (Aguamenti) and the Bird-Conjuring Charm (Avis). There are limits as to what can be conjured, however; according to Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration, food cannot be conjured.

Frog-rabbit mutation

A frog-rabbit hybrid.


Many things can go wrong when attempting to conjure something from nothing, especially in the case of animals. If Conjuration is not performed exactly right, mistakes such as frog-rabbit hybrids can occur, explainable by the Principle of Artificianimate Quasi-Dominance.

Known instances of Conjuration

  • In the Tales of Beedle the Bard, the three brothers conjured a bridge to get across a river.
  • Appleby Arrows supporters used to fire arrows onto the Quidditch pitch to support their team by use of the Arrow-shooting spell, however, the spell was banned in 1894 when referee Nugent Potts was pierced through the nose with a stray arrow.
  • Some time during his time at Hogwarts, Rubeus Hagrid was the victim of a Sardine Hex.

1991–1992 school year

1992–1993 school year

1993–1994 school year

1994–1995 school year

1995–1996 school year


Umbridge conjures ropes

1996–1997 school year

1997–1998 school year


Harry Potter conjuring water

Known Conjuration spells


Behind the scenes

  • J.K. Rowling has said that items conjured from thin air tend not to last long.[11]


See also


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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