Transfiguration spells are configured to avoid causing mental damage, given the unpredictability of the long-term effects of mind manipulation (eg., a boy becoming a girl, and over time becoming more attracted to boys). Botched transfigurations can possibly kill a creature. Permanent transfigurations are possible, especially when the victim has no protections, and is sometimes employed as a permanent punishment. In some cases, transfiguration is even used as a method of torture.
Self-transfiguration, while possible, is extremely dangerous, and is usually only used in the most extreme of circumstances.
Transfiguration can often be worked around. For example, if a transfiguration charm affects the human body, a magician can transform themselves into something else in order to circumvent the charm.
Tutors warn that transfiguration spells must be cast with great precision, with a full understanding of just what the caster desires to turn their object into. It also requires great power and discipline Despite this, transfiguration spells are often used by magicians as pranks.
- ↑ Schooled in Magic, Chapter 17
- ↑ Schooled in Magic, Chapter 33
- ↑ Schooled in Magic, Chapter 44
- ↑ Lessons in Etiquette, Chapter 24
- ↑ Lessons in Etiquette, Chapter 26
- ↑ The School of Hard Knocks, Chapter 19
- ↑ Schooled in Magic, Chapter 46
- ↑ Work Experience, Chapter 37
- ↑ A Study in Slaughter, Chapter 7
- ↑ Work Experience, Chapter 21
- ↑ Schooled in Magic, Chapter 21
- ↑ Lessons in Etiquette, Chapter 6