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PostSubject: General rules of Transfiguration; + Spell list. [OOC]   General rules of Transfiguration; + Spell list. [OOC] EmptySun May 26, 2013 12:50 pm

Transfiguration is the art of changing the form and appearance of an object and conjuring or vanishing of objects.

Every transfiguration spell requires delicate, trained hand wave while pronouncing the incantation/casting the spell.

The general rule is: clockwise or left to right. The slower and steadier the movements are, along with the last "flick", more successful the result.
For untransfiguring, the general rule is: counterclockwise or right to left.

Exams will consist of:

Theory + 2 transfiguration spells which are graded based on overall effectiveness of the object/animal/conjuration (if there are remains of their animal/object "side" points are deducted) and detail.
Higher years also gain points based on their casting skill (how much time to concentrate is needed, incantation pronounciation, hand waving).

Theory = PM. Spells = RP posts. How well you RP it and describe it is pretty much your grade.

Color codes:
Very + color.
Difficulty level varies + color.
e: - example.

Complex = require more RP and more details while describing.
Spell list soon.


Taught to: 1st years and above.

Same rules as for all of the above apply (only reversed in most situations). The caster must know what the subject previously was in order for the spell to be successful.

Animate to inanimate transfiguration [ATIT]

Taught to: 1st years and above.

If the difference in size/shape of the animal and the object it is being transfigured into is great (e: owl into a pair of glasses, beetle into a chair) the spell requires more concentration and skill. If the object you want to transfigure it into is very detailed (e: a decorative box, a pair of golden opera glasses, an unique, hand-made porcelain) the transfiguration is also much more complex.

If their size/shape is similar (e: pig into a desk, a snake into a coat hanger, a hedgehog into a ball) the spells are considered very simple and easy.

Inanimate to animate transfiguration [ITAT]

Taught to: 3rd years and above

If the difference in size/shape of the object and the animal it is being transfigured into is great, the spell requires more concentration and skill. If the object which is being transfigured is more detailed than the animal, the spell is consider to be easier. If the animal is detailed (e: several colours, feather/fur density, eye colour) and the object is simple, the spells are more complex.

Cross-species transfiguration [CST]

Taught to: 4th years and above.

If the difference in size/shape of the original animal and the resulting animal is great, the spell requires more concentration and skill. Same goes for difference in detail. Also, if the original creature has a smilar name or the same number of vowels as the resulting creature, the spell is easier. (e: cat – dog, horse – bear, snow owl – snow fox).

If the original creature is being transformed into a flock, herd or just more than one different creature; the spell is considered difficult (some can be very difficult). Also, if the original creature is the same size as its result, less concentration is needed.
(e: a stork into three flamingos – since a flamingo and a stork are similar in size, the spell requires less concentration, but since you need to transfigure it into three flamingos, the spell requires more skill. A bear into 20 hedgehogs – the spell is very difficult, since we have a large number and a large variation in size, the names of the animals do not have the same number of vowels and the hedgehog spikes are considered more detailed than fur.)

Conjuration [CO]

Taught to: 6th years, but simpler spells to lower years as well.

Considered one of the most offensive branches of transfiguration. Size, number and complexity (detail) of objects/animals conjured determine the difficulty of spells.

Similar rules as for ATIT/CST apply; the greater the size/shape, the greater the detail and the number of the ending result(s) – the harder the spell is (see summary). (e: Conjuring a hundred flying arrows requires a significant amount of skill and concentration, while conjuring a flock of small birds is quite simple.)

Human transfiguration [HT]

Taught to: 6th years and above.

It is forbidden to transfigure others into animals or objects against their will. Changes in appearance are allowed (e: there are several easy hexes which are mostly used as pranks among the students). This type of transfiguration is one of the most difficult, and it has a very wide range of circumstances it is affected by.

- The willingness of the subject (is it forced or voluntary?)
- Caster's skill
- Often requires more than 30 seconds of concentrating
- How detailed is the object/animal the subject is transfiguring into
- If the caster is self-transfiguring into an animal, it depends on their mental state and will if they will be able to transfigure themselves back
- If the caster is self-transfiguring into an object, it requires that another witch or wizard untransfigures them

Cheat sheet
Summary for ATIT/ITAT/CST/CO: (AICCO):

Size/shape (AICCO) – Are they very different? Requires more skill. Similar? Requires less skill.

Detail (AICCO) – Depends on the skill of your character, keep in mind it is quite difficult and also depends on the personality of your character. (Does he/she have an eye for detail? Is he/she careful/observant? What kind of attention span does he/she have, short-term or focused?)

Number of vowels (CST) – The same? Spell requires less concentration. If it is different it requires more concentration (and perhaps a spoken incantation for higher years).

Number of products the spell will result it (CCO) – Is it a big number? Requires more skill.

Hand waving (AICCO) – Some spells require delicacy, others don't. With spell complexity, casting difficulty rises.
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