"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)
Branches of Transfiguration Transformation · Vanishment · Conjuration · Untransfiguration
Known practitioners Circe · Emeric Switch · Falco Aesalon · Mirabella Plunkett · Thaddeus Thurkell
Professors Albus Dumbledore · Minerva McGonagall
Textbooks A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration · Intermediate Transfiguration · A Guide to Advanced Transfiguration
Transfiguration spells studied at Hogwarts
Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Change of hair colour and style (Crinus Muto) · Hardening Charm (Duro) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Reparifarge · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Switching Spell · Vanishing Spell (Evanesco)
Conjuring Spells Orchideous · Snake Summons Spell (Serpentsortia)
Transforming Spells Animal to Water Goblet (Vera Verto) · Beetle Buttons · Cat to Cauldron (Felifors) · Chair to cat · Guinea fowl to guinea pig · Hedgehog to pincushion · Match to needle · Meddling Man to Monkey · Mice to Snuffboxes · Owl to Opera Glasses (Strigiforma) · Porcupine to Pin Cushion (Hystrifors) · Small Child to Rat · Small Object to Dragon (Draconifors) · Snail to Teapot · Target to Bird (Avifors) · Target to Rabit (Lapifors) · Teacup to Rat · Teapot to tortoise · White Rabbits to Slippers