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"Five branches"

I don't recall where it was mentioned that there are five branches of transfiguration, and that "switching" is one of them, but then it's been a while since I read the books. Would someone care to source this? Thanks! Starstuff (Owl me!) 16:10, July 27, 2011 (UTC)

Likewise, there is no mention that inanimate-inanimate, animate-inanimate or inanimate-animate are branches of transfiguration. The thing is, we do know that there are branches of transfiguration, we just don't know what they are. However, we do know all the labels used to describe transfigurations and we can use them to create a classification. Switching is the art of switching two things (such as with a switching spells), just like Vanishment is the art of vanishing things (such as with Vanishing spells) and Conjuration the art of conjuring things (such as with conjuring spells). They are closer to canon than the "inanimate-inanimate, animate-inanimate, inanimate-animate" system of classification is (especially since that is contradicted by one spell at least) and hence I included switching but not those three to the new, more accurate system of classification. That is why this article exists.
Also, please see your talk page. Green Zubat 17:09, July 27, 2011 (UTC)