Wikia

Harry Potter Wiki

Human Transfiguration

Talk8
12,003pages on
this wiki

Redirected from Human transfiguration

Human transfiguration
Human Transfiguration
Class information
Professor
Required textbooks

A Guide to Advanced Transfiguration

Required equipment

Wand

"If only we'd done human Transfiguration already! But I don't think we start that until sixth year, and it can go badly wrong if you don't know what you're doing [...] "
Hermione Granger[src]

Human Transfiguration is a sub-branch of Transfiguration and a form of transformation in which one transfigures human body parts or an entire human being into another form.

Human Transfiguration is more difficult than any other form of Transfiguration, including Cross-Species Transfiguration and is therefore N.E.W.T.-level, taught only to sixth years and above at Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry.[1]

Nature

"They had just embarked upon the immensely difficult topic of human Transfiguration; working in front of mirrors, they were supposed to be changing the colour of their own eyebrows."
Harry Potter in his sixth year[src]
Ron disguised

Ron Weasley disguised by the use of human Transfiguration

Human Transfiguration can be used to essentially replicate the natural abilities of Metamorphmagi, allowing the practitioner or the subject to take on an entirely different form or make various individual changes to their appearance, such as growing or changing the colour of one's hair[2] or taking on individual animal body parts. However, while human Transfiguration can presumably be performed by any wizard who's skilled enough, on themselves as well as on others, a Metamorphmagus is born with the ability to make such changes to their own bodies with little to no effort and without the use of a wand[3].

Although it is possible to transfigure humans into inanimate objects[4], it is unknown how someone who had himself transfigured into an object would be able to untransfigure without the intervention of another witch or wizard.

Dangers

It has been stated many times that human Transfiguration can go badly wrong when performered poorly. The user has the risk of getting stuck in his or her's transfigured state.

Known instances

Prior to 1991

Caster(s) Date Notes
Unknown 1473 During the Quidditch World Cup of 1473, all 700 fouls were committed, including one of the players transfiguring one of the Chasers on the opposite team into a polecat.
Thaddeus Thurkell 1600s During the 1600s, Thaddeus Thurkell had seven sons, all of whom were Squibs. Thurkell was so angry he transfigured them all into hedgehogs.
Mirabella Plunkett 1800s During the 1800s, it is possible that Mirabella Plunkett transfigured herself into a haddock in order to live with her merman lover, although it may be possible that she was an Animagus.
Circe Unknown Circe, a witch who lived in ancient times, was famous for turning sailors into pigs.
McCliverts Unknown According to legend, after Quintius MacBoon, head of the MacBoon clan, killed the head of a the rival McClivert clan, Dugald McClivert, in a drunken duel, the MacBoons were attacked by the McCliverts and the entire family was teansfigured into Quintapeds.
D.J. Prod Unknown D.J. Prod stated that he was able to turn his wife into a yak after he took a Kwikspell course.

1991 to 1998

"Harry turned and saw something monstrous cutting through the water toward them: a human body in swimming trunks with the head of a shark.... It was Krum. He appeared to have transfigured himself — but badly."
—Description of Victor Krum's use of human Transfiguration [src]
Caster(s) Date Notes
Rubeus Hagrid 1991 Rubeus Hagrid attempted to transfigure Dudley Dursley into a pig, but only succeeded in giving him a pig's tail.
Unknown 1992 A Hogwarts student accidentally changed his classmate into a badger.
Fred and George Weasley 1994 Fred and George Weasley invented the Canary Cream, a prank item which, when eaten, automatically transfigures the eater into a large canary, which they used on Neville Longbottom.
Gwenog Jones Unknown Gwenog Jones, captain of the Holyhead Harpies, was particularly skilled at transfiguring anyone who disagreed with her into wood lice.
Barty Crouch Jr. 1994 Barty Crouch Jr. transfigured Draco Malfoy into a ferret, and in 1995, transfigured his father into a bone.
Viktor Krum 1995 While competing in the second task of the Triwizard Tournament, Viktor Krum attempted to transfigure himself fully or partially into a shark; ultimately, only his head was transfigured, the shark's teeth were misplaced[4].
Viktor transformation
Nymphadora Tonks 1995 According to Nymphadora Tonks, her Metamorphmagus abilities gave her an advantage in the Disguise and Concealment portion of Auror training, as Aurors have to transfigure and untransfigure themselves on a regular basis[2].
Horace Slughorn 1996 Horace Slughorn transfigured himself into an over-stuffed armchair in order to avoid detection from Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter.
Ron Weasley 1996 During a Transfiguration lesson in 1996, Ron Weasley accidentally transfigured a moustache on his face.[5]
Harry Potter 1996 In a Transfiguration lesson, Harry Potter transfigured his eyebrow bright yellow.[5]
Hermione Granger 1998 Hermione Granger used human Transfiguration to disguise Ron Weasley as "Dragomir Despard" before breaking in to the Lestrange Vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank[6].
Percy Weasley 1998 During the Battle of Hogwarts, Percy Weasley shot a Transfiguration-based jinx at Pius Thicknesse, transfiguring him into some sort of sea urchin.

Practitioners

Appearances

See also

Notes and references


Transfiguration (class)
VeraVerto175px
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

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki