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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 is one of many transforming spells used to swap two different objects for one another. They are studied in the fourth year in transfiguration class[1]. Hermione Granger, however, gained points for knowing how to perform the spell in her first year.


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 proved unable to perform a Switching Spell by October, a fact that was criticised by Minerva McGonagall, who called the spell "simple".
  • Harry Potter forgot the definition of a Switching Spell when doing his written Transfiguration O.W.L.[2]


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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