"Lapifors, the transformation of a small object into a rabbit"
Hermione Granger[src]

The Lapifors Spell[2] (Lapifors[1][2]) is a transfiguration spell that can be used to transform the target into a rabbit[1]; it works best on smaller artefacts such as statues, salamanders[1] and cats[2]. It may also work on humans but it has never been tested.


This charm is learned in the third year Transfiguration class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, taught by Professor Minerva McGonagall[2]. She set up an obstacle course to be completed using this and the Draconifors Spell, and one of the questions in the final exam in June of 1994 concerned this spell[2].


Once performed, the caster has an option to control the rabbit in question, directing its movements in a similar manner to the Piertotum Locomotor spell[2].



From Latin "lepus", meaning "hare", with the -fors suffix attached as with most transforming spells.

Behind the scenes

  • The first two syllables of the incantation of this spell, "lapi", sounds very much like "lapin", a French word meaning "rabbit".


Notes and references

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 · Porcupine to Pin Cushion · Small Child to Rat · Meddling Man to Monkey · Crinus Muto
Branches of Transfiguration: Transformation · Vanishment · Conjuration · Untransfiguration