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"The Magazine that Changes Lives."
—The magazine's slogan.[src]

Transfiguration Today was a scholarly journal focusing on the latest news on developments in the field of Transfiguration.[1] It published articles[2] as well as papers submitted by proeminent and knowledgeable figures in the subject.[3] The magazine was also known for awarding the Transfiguration Today Most Promising Newcomer award to accomplished Hogwarts School students who extraordinarily excelled in Transfiguration.[4]


During his student years at Hogwarts School in the 1890s, Albus Dumbledore wrote some papers to the magazine,[1] at least one of which on Trans-Species Transformation.[3] Bathilda Bagshot was favourably impressed with the paper, leading to her acquaintance with him and the Dumbledore family.[3] Almost a century later, in 1991, Dumbledore was still an attentive reader of this periodical.[5]

In the summer of 1993, during Harry Potter's stay at the Leaky Cauldron in London, he noticed some venerable-looking wizards arguing over the latest article in Transfiguration Today over breakfast.[2]

In her student years, in the 1950s, Minerva McGonagall was awarded with the Transfiguration Today Most Promising Newcomer award.[4] In her adult years, McGonagall became Transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts School, and in her spare time she made the scientifical revision of the articles in the magazine.[6]

In 1999, the magazine ran an advertisement on the Daily Prophet, which included a coupon entitling the bearer to a free Muggle Guard with the December, 1999 issue.[7]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 18 (The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pottermore biography of Minerva McGonagall (transcription available here)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  6. Pottermore biography of Minerva McGonagall (see this image)
  7. Daily Prophet Newsletters

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