A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration is a book written by Emeric Switch.

It can be bought at Flourish and Blotts for one Galleon. It is a required first year textbook and therefore cannot be traded unless more than one copy is owned.


A Beginner’s Guide to Transfiguration, by Emeric Switch, is the Transfiguration textbook on the first-year book list.

Item Description

The ideal starting point for every student of Transfiguration.


An extract of the book can be found in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, chapter 15, The Forbidden Forest, Harry Becomes an Outcast" in the second zoom layer, by clicking on the book on the second shelf to your left, sixth row from the top.


New from J.K. Rowling

When Transfiguring, it is important to make firm and decisive wand movements. Do not wiggle or twirl your wand unnecessarily, or the Transfiguration will certainly be unsuccessful.

Form a clear mental picture of the object you are hoping to create before attempting a Transfiguring spell.

Beginners should say the spell clearly. More advanced wizards do not need to say the spell aloud.

Incomplete Transfigurations are difficult to put right, but you must attempt to do so. Leaving the head of a rabbit on a footstool is irresponsible and dangerous. Say ‘Reparifarge!’ and the object or creature should return to its natural state.

Larger creatures are difficult to Transfigure except by skilled and powerful wizards. Know your limits.

From the Story

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

"A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration" is first discovered in chapter 5, Diagon Alley, "Arriving at Diagon Alley".

An extract of the book can be found in chapter 15, The Forbidden Forest, Harry Becomes an Outcast".

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Discovered in chapter 4, At Flourish and Blotts

Ginny Weasley gets a battered second-hand copy of A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration from Flourish and Blotts for her first year at Hogwarts.


  • The title is correctly spelt “A Beginners’ Guide to Transfiguration” (a single guide for all beginners) on the shopping list in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, but is simplified in Pottermore to “A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration”.

See Also

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.