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Class information
Required textbooks

Intermediate Transfiguration (third-fifth year)

Required equipment


Vanishment is the art of vanishing objects i.e., causing object to cease to exist[1]. It is one of the four branches of Transfiguration, and is the opposite of Conjuration (another branch), which brings objects into existence.


"So... today we are starting Vanishing Spells. These are easier than Conjuring Spells, which you would not usually attempt until N.E.W.T. level, but they are still among the most difficult magic you will be tested on in your O.W.L."
Professor McGonagall regarding Vanishing Spells[src]

Compared to the other three branches, Vanishment appears moderately difficult — it is taught in fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and up — and is considered one of the hardest transfigurations to be tested on in one's O.W.L.

The difficulty of the Vanishment to be performed positively correlates with the complexity of the organism to be vanished. For example, invertebrates are easier to vanish than vertebrates, whilst mammals are more difficult.[2]


There are several methods one can employ to vanish an object, described below.

Vanishing Spells

Main article: Vanishing spell

Unlike Conjuring Spells, Vanishing spells all follow the same, simple incantation — Evanesco, Latin for "disappear". The intent of the caster directs the spell, vanishing the target.

The Vanishing Cabinet

Main article: Vanishing Cabinet

The Vanishing Cabinet is a special piece of furniture in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that randomly Vanishes & reappears. As such, it be used to vanish things for a variable but finite length of time (since the cabinet always reappears at some point in the future).

The Room of Requirement

Main article: Room of Requirement

Like the Vanishing Cabinet, the Room of Requirement also appears and reappears, though in accordance with one's wishes. Things left in the Room after one no longer has need of it will be vanished along with the Room itself until a later date (when one has need of that specific object, at which point it will be conjured up inside the Room for them to retrieve).


Behind the scenes

  • Vanishing sickness is a wizarding illness treated at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. It is unknown if Vanishing is the cause or effect of this illness though it appears to be related to the contraction of some sort of magical bug (since it is treated in the "Magical Bugs" section of St. Mungo's).[8]
  • According to W.O.M.B.A.T., it may be possible to Vanish both inanimate and animate objects.
  • It is unknown if the Vanishment of a living creature would result in said creature's death, or merely send it into a conscious, intermediate state until it is naturally Conjured back into existence. According to Minerva McGonagall, Vanished objects enter "everything", possibly suggesting that Vanished entities do have some form of existence, albeit an unknown kind.
  • It may be possible to retrieve Vanished objects, as Bill Weasley possibly Vanished some of the Order of the Phoenix's plans in order to hide them (though it is also possible that he used a teleportation spell).

See also


Notes and References

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30, "[Vanished objects go] into non-being, which is to say, everything." - Prof. McGonagall.
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, "The Hogwarts High Inquisitor", page 287
  3. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Thirteen - Detention with Dolores)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Seventeen - Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter thirty-one - O.W.L.S)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, "St. Mungo's Hospital", page 429

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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