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"Transfiguration is some of the most complex and dangerous magic you will learn at Hogwarts. Anyone messing around in my class will leave and not come back. You have been warned."
Professor McGonagall introducing Transfiguration to her new students[src]

Transfiguration is a subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It teaches the art of changing of the form and appearance of an object. This type of magic is commonly referred to as "Transfiguration." There are limits to transfiguration, which are governed by Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration. There are also many branches of Transfiguration, including Cross-Species Transfiguration and Human Transfiguration.

Class information

Transfiguration is a required subject for all first year to fifth year students, with the option of a N.E.W.T. course in the sixth and seventh years. Minerva McGonagall was the Transfiguration Professor from 1956 until 1998, the year in which she became Headmistress of the school. Before her, Albus Dumbledore taught Transfiguration.

Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore, former Transfiguration Professor.

It is unknown who became Transfiguration professor after McGonagall became Headmistress of Hogwarts. McGonagall believes Transfiguration to be more elegant and superior to other types of magic.
Mcgonagall

Minerva McGonagall, Professor of Transfiguration.

Like Charm work, Transfiguration is achieved through concentration, precise wand movements, and the proper pronunciation of an incantation. However it is generally more difficult than Charms and requires great effort.

Students practise actual transfigurations during Transfiguration classes. Accidents sometimes result in partial transfigurations. Hermione is one of the best students in Transfiguration; therefore, she is a favourite of Professor McGonagall.

Curriculum:

  • First Years: Turn match into needle, Switching Spells; Exam: Turn mouse into snuffbox
  • Second Years: Turn Beetles into Buttons, Turn white rabbits into a pair of slippers
  • Third Years: Animagi; Exam: Turning a teapot into a tortoise

Known Professors

Textbooks

Transfiguration

Complex notes taken in Transfiguration class

Known O.W.L.s

List of known Transfigurations

Padfoot to Sirius Black

Sirius' Animagus Transfiguration.

Draco transfigured by Moody into a ferret

Draco transfigured by Moody into a ferret.

Scabbers Transfiguration 01

Scabbers in Transfiguration class in 1992.

Professor McGonagall Transf

McGonagall's Animagus Transfiguration.

Scabbers to Pettigrew

Scabbers transformed into Peter Pettigrew.

Pettigrew to Wormtail

Peter Pettigrew re-transformed into rat (Scabbers).

Animagus Transfigurations

  • McGonagall's Animagus Transfiguration.
  • Animagus transfigurations of the Marauders.
  • Rita Skeeter revealed as an unregistered Animagus.

Transfigurations outside of Hogwarts

  • Hagrid tries to change Dudley into a pig.
  • Testimonial of a man able to turn his wife into a yak after a Kwikspell course.
  • Fat white rabbit changing into a top silk hat and back in the Magical Menagerie.
  • Fred and George change Percy's badge to read 'Bighead Boy'.
  • Healing requires at least an E on a student's Transfiguration O.W.L.
  • After Mad-Eye Moody's death, Harry imagines that he was probably "transfigured [and] stuffed".
  • Slughorn transfigured himself into an armchair.
  • Cornelius Fudge transfigured a teacup into a gerbil, while trying to prove to the British Prime Minister that he was a wizard.
  • Hermione trying to transfigure the mold off bread when on the run in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • When he was alive, Nearly-Headless Nick accidentally transfigured Lady Grieve's broken tooth into a tusk.
  • Gwenog Jones had a habit of turning people who disagreed with her into wood lice.

Transfigurations during class

  • McGonagall changes her desk into a pig.
  • Students learn how to turn a turtle into a teapot.
  • Students try to change match into a needle.
  • Hermione earning House points in class for knowing about Switching Spells.
  • Students trying to turn a mouse into a snuffbox for their end of term Transfiguration practical - extra points for how pretty the snuffbox was, points off if it still has whiskers.
  • Students turning a beetle into a button.
  • Students turning pairs of white rabbits into slippers (maybe you have to be familiar with bunny slippers to think this is funny).
  • Student accidentally changes his friend into a badger in class.
  • McGonagall's first lecture on Animagi, with demonstration.
  • Transfiguration practical: transforming a teapot into a tortoise, concerned over whether they had spouts for tails, breathed steam, or still had willow-patterned shells.
  • Changing a hedgehog into a pincushion.
  • Students learn how to turn an owl into opera glasses.
  • Transfiguring oneself to acquire extra powers (post-O.W.L. level).
  • Students changing guinea fowl into guinea pigs.
  • Cross-species switches.
  • Learning human transfiguration in the sixth year at Hogwarts.
  • Vanishing Spells, among the most difficult O.W.L. material - working on invertebrates (snails).
  • Conjuring Spells mentioned as N.E.W.T. level.
  • Long essay for McGonagall on the Inanimatus Conjurus spell.
  • Vanishing Spells, starting on vertebrates.
  • Hannah Abott accidentally transfigured her ferret into a flock of flamingos during her O.W.L. examination.
  • Ron Weasley accidentally mutated his dinner plate into a mushroom during his O.W.L. examination.
  • Students had to turn a porcupine into a pincusion by their third year.

Transfigurations at Hogwarts

  • McGonagall Transfigured the chessmen guarding the Philosopher's Stone to make them 'come alive'.
  • Dumbledore may have transfigured the Slytherin banners in the Great Hall to become Gryffindor banners when he awarded Gryffindor last minute points.
  • Gargoyle statues outside Dumbledore's office 'coming to life' when password is spoken.
  • 'Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret'.
  • Harry considered using Switching Spells to change a dragon's teeth into wine-gums.
  • Cedric Transfigures a rock into a Labrador retriever to distract the Swedish Short-Snout.
  • Harry wished to become an Animagus in order to breathe underwater as a goldfish or as a frog.
  • Krum's partial Transfiguration into a shark.
  • Crouch having been Transfigured into a bone.
  • Lupin studying for Transfiguration O.W.L.
  • Snape Transfigures McGonagall's fire into a black serpent.
  • McGonagall turned Snape's black snake to smoke and then transformed the smoke to daggers.
  • McGonagall transfigures dozens of desks and suits of armour to help defend Hogwarts.
  • Percy Weasley transfigured Pius Thicknesse into some form of a sea urchin during the Battle of Hogwarts.

Branches of Transfiguration

Fera verto

'Fera Verto' in action.

Behind the scenes

Appearances


Transfiguration (class)
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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


Wizarding Education
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Schools: Beauxbatons Academy of Magic · Brazilian wizarding school · Durmstrang Institute · Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry · Koldovstoretz · Mahoutokoro School of Magic · Salem Witches' Institute · Uagadou School of Magic
Specialised schools: Academy of Broom Flying · Charm School · Euro-Glyph School of Extraordinary Languages · Merge School of Under-Water Spellage · Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts
Examinations: First year exams · Second year exams · Third year exams · Fourth year exams · Ordinary Wizarding Level · Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test
Core classes: Astronomy · Charms · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Herbology · History of Magic · Potions · Transfiguration
Elective classes: Alchemy · Arithmancy · Care of Magical Creatures · Divination · Muggle Studies · Study of Ancient Runes
Extra-curricular classes: Apparition · Advanced Arithmancy Studies · Ancient Studies · Art · Flying · Frog Choir · Ghoul Studies · Hogwarts orchestra · Magical Theory · Muggle Art · Muggle Music · Music · Xylomancy

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