Transfiguration is the magical art by which one can transform, vanish or create something. It is extremely complicated and more than a tad dangerous, as Professor Minerva McGonagall noted when teaching her first-year students on 2 September, 1991.
It is possible to transform oneself into something else, which is immensely difficult and can go horribly wrong if done improperly. For example, one could turn themselves into a submarine to allow underwater exploration, or else into a bat to take flight. However, when one Transfigures themselves, they take on the sentience and mentality of whatever they are becoming, and therefore a wizard becoming a bat would have a bat's brain and forget where he was going the moment he took flight. The sole exception to this rule, it would seem, is the Animagus, a witch or wizard who can, at will and without the use of a wand, transform themselves into a certain and specific animal.
It is more difficult to Transfigure an invertebrate such as a snail than it is to Transfigure a mammal such as a mouse. It also appears that the larger an animal is, the more difficult it is to Transfigure, as the Transfiguration of a kitten is more difficult than that of a mouse.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Eight - The Potions Master)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Thirteen - Detention with Dolores)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Twenty-Six - The Second Task)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Quidditch Through the Ages (Chapter One - The Evolution of the Flying Broomstick)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Chapter Twenty - The Dementor's Kiss)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Fifteen - The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Five - Diagon Alley)