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Switching Spell
Switching Spell


Hand Movement





Switches two targets simultaneously.

"Well, there are Switching Spells... but what's the point of Switching it? Unless you swapped its fangs for wine-gums or something that would make it less dangerous..."
Hermione suggests using this spell to deal with the dragon of the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament.[src]

The Switching Spell (incantation unknown) is one of many transforming spells used to swap two different objects for one another. They are studied in the first year in transfiguration class.


Behind the scenes

  • Hermione Granger idly suggested to Harry Potter that he might use this spell on a dragon to turn its fangs to wine-gums, but rejected the idea as impractical because as a rule it was nearly impossible to cast a spell through a dragon's hide.
  • Hermione also gains some house points for knowing about these spells before they studied them.
  • Neville Longbottom cannot perform a simple Switching Spell. This has been criticised by Minerva McGonagall.
  • Harry Potter forgot the definition of a Switching Spell when doing his written Transfiguration O.W.L.[1]


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 · 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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