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In the wizarding world, there are creatures known as Animagi. They are witches and wizards who possess magical skill and prowess that allow them to turn into animals at will. Will you be a cat, like Professor McGonagall, or something eerier like Grim, as Sirius was once call? The only way to find out is to take this quiz. Similar to most things in the magical world-like wand choosing a wizard-one cannot choose which animal he or she will become. Animal Animagus transforms into what is chosen for them, and is closely tied to their personality. So because Wormtail was a sneaky coward, he transformed into a rat, whereas Sirius was loyal and fierce, which is why he got a dog. Most people confuse Animagus forms with corporeal Patronuses. While everyone can have Patronus, although it is complex Magic, not everyone has the skill to be able to turn into an animal. Also, your Patronus and Animagus form may not necessarily be the same animal, although it is for most witches and wizards. So after holding Mandrake leaf in your mouth for a month straight, which animal will you become? Get started on this quiz if you want to find out. How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is the octane rating? And how do you use proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world work. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we always explore in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!
It takes skill, practice, and patience for wizards and witches to become Animagi. The process of becoming Animagus was long and arduous, and had the potential to backfire and cause transformation to go horribly wrong. Many witches and wizards simply felt that their time might better be used in other ways, as skill was of limited practical use unless one had great need of disguise or concealment. Part of the process by which one becomes Animagus was holding leaf of mandrake in their mouth for an entire month, using leaf for creation of potion, reciting incantation on a daily basis, and drinking Animagus Potion during lightning storm. Once initial training was over, Animagus could then change at will, with or without the use of wand. Animagi who take on the form of species capable of flight could enjoy sensation without the need for Broomsticks, flying carpet, or riding on flying animals. There was debate about one's Animagus form to be a magical creature, and also debate about animagus to be dementor. The process was extremely difficult and could result in disaster if done incorrectly. A witch or wizard had to keep a single mandrake leaf in their mouth for an entire month. If leaf was removed or swallow, witch or wizard would have to start over again. At next visible full moon wizard had to spit leaf in phial within range of the moon's pure rays. To moon-struck phial, wizard or witch must add one of their own hairs, silver teaspoon of dew that had not seen sunlight or been touched by human feet for seven days, and the chrysalis of Death's-head Hawk Moth. The mixture had to then be put in a quiet, dark place, and could not be in any way disturb. The next thing that had to happen was for the wizard to wait for an electrical storm, whenever that might be. During this waiting period, wizard would have to, at sunrise and sundown without fail, chant incantation Amato Animo Animato Animagus with tip of their wand place over heart. When, at last, there was a lightning storm, wizard had to move immediately to a large and secure place, recite incantation one final time, and then drink Potion. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, theory of Animagus Transfiguration was taught about in the third year. When Minerva McGonagall, Animagus herself, was teacher, it also included practical demonstration. Talented and determined students could acquire skills during their school years if they wish to. Minerva had become Animagus by the age of seventeen, being taught by Professor Dumbledore, who made note within Tales of Beedle Bard to explain to her that, while Animagi were usually people who saught to avoid punishment when they break the law, she merely became one to further her studies in Transfiguration.
Animagus Transfiguration can be performed wandlessly, but this can only be accomplished by advanced Animagi. It is possible for another witch or wizard who is sufficiently knowledgeable to force Animagus to Transfigure from animal shape back into human shape; incantation for spelling is not currently know, but it is accompanied by flash of light around the target Animagus. If used on true animal, resume natural shape spell would have no effect. The Animagus normally retains his or her clothing, spectacles, and so on throughout transformation, disappearing when the Animagus is in animal shape but reappearing when human shape is resume. Sirius, for example, when Transfiguring into human shape to meet with Harry, Ron, and Hermione outside Hogsmeade, retains his wizard robes. Clothes become part of the transfiguration process, absorb into the skin. Animagus can also choose to leave their clothes behind, and the longer they have been Animagus, the easier it is for them to choose the nature of their transformation.
In some cases, items such as spectacles may affect animals ' appearance. For example, both Minerva McGonagall and Rita Skeeter wear spectacles in human shape, and these are not only transformed with Animagus but, in these two cases, form part of resulting animal markings. Animagus form almost always matches witches or wizards Patronus. While the form of your Patronus can change during the course of your life, there is no recorded instance of Animagus form also changing to match it. However, as it is very rare to be Animagus and also be able to cast Patronus, there isnt enough data on the subject to know for certain what happen in this situation.
Animagus appear to have some ability to communicate with true animals, although it is not know whether Animagus must be in Animagus form to do so. For example, Sirius was able to understand fairly complex concepts from Crookshanks during their alliance in Harry's third year, such as the fact that Crookshanks had stolen a list of Gryffindor Tower S passwords from the boys bedside table. Peter Pettigrew has an affinity for rats, and was able to learn Voldemort's hiding place in Albania from his knowledge of a place in the forest that was deadly to small animals such as themselves. Whatever this form of communication is, it is evidently not speech; Sirius did not know Crookshanks name until Harry, Ron, and Hermione told him, although he had been working with Crookshanks for months at that point.
Only very powerful and skilled wizards and witches are able to become Animagi. The process of becoming Animagus is long and arduous, and has the potential to backfire and cause transformation to go horribly wrong. Once initial training is over, Animagus can change at will, with or without wand. Animagi can only take the form of one specific animal. This animal form is not chosen by wizard, but determined by its personality and inner traits. It may also be that full-body patronus may reveal what witch or wizard would turn into if they were Animagus. For example, we find in 7 books that Professor McGonagal, known cat Animagus, also has patronus of cat. Apparently, form patronus takes may be determined by the same inner-traits as Animagus form. It can be conjecture that James Potter's patronus was stag, as he took that form when he transform. His wife's patronus was doe. The only doubt about this theory is that Animagi seem to retain the same sex as human form, whereas Severus Snape's patronus is down because of his love of Lily Potter. It therefore might differ somewhat between patronus and Animagi forms. It is unknown whether Animagi can take the form of more magical creature. Animagus in animal form is also not restrained by the lifespan limit of creature that they otherwise transform into, see in the case of Wormtail, who stays in the form of rat for at least twelve years, remaining alive despite the fact that rodents have a short lifespan. Each Animagus bears an identifying mark on their animal form that is caused by something on their human body. This may be physical trait like dental structure, or acquire trait such as glasses. For example, both Minerva McGonagall and Rita Skeeter have markings on their Animagus forms caused by their spectacles, and Peter Pettigrew had bald spot on his Animagus form from his balding head. If Animagus undergoes major physical change, such as loss of limb, their animal form will also reflect that, as in the case of Peter Pettigrew's finger. In addition, Animagus will appear to lose their clothing upon morphing. Clothing will reappear upon re-establishing human form. What physically happens to clothing is unknown. A strong possibility, however, is that clothing is enchanted beforehand, and will morph / disappear with the person as they do so. An Example is when Peter Pettigrew morphs into a rat whilst Sirius Black and Severus Snape are occupy detaining werewolf Remus Lupin. Another explanation would be if clothes themselves are physically involved in morphing, ie transforming into skin and fur of animal form.
Magical world is, well, magical-and that does makes sense when you think about it. But, just because it's magical doesn't mean it's all anarchy. Witches and wizards must be govern, just like muggles, so while there are plenty of neat-o magical things Magic folks can do that non-Magic folks can't, they're all highly regulate. Every animagus must register with the Ministry of Magic. Not doing so put them at risk of being thrown into Azkaban prison. Of course, Harry's dad and his buddies ran around Hogwarts for years as unregistered animagi, but as clever as the Marauders were, they're exception, not the rule.
The difference between Transfiguration and Animagus transformation Ability is that Animagus can change into an animal whenever they want, WITHOUT wand or Incantation. Being Animagus is an ability, and transfiguring requires spell. Animagus still think as humans do when they are in their animal form, seeing as Rita Skeeter was able to eavesdrop on others' conversations when she was in the form of a beetle. However, Animagus's feelings are not as complex when they are in their animal form. Animagi also have the ability to communicate with normal animals. There seems to be clear understanding of want and need in this ability, but the full extent and quality is unknown. Sirius Black's Animagus Form, Black dog named Padfoot or Snuffles, was able to communicate at a rudimentary level with Crookshanks, Hermione Granger's part-kneazle cat. The precise form of communication is yet unknown, though it is probably not telepathy since Sirius did not know Crookshanks' name until Hermione told him. As well, Peter Pettigrew picks up hints and directions from passing rats as he travels around Albania in search of Voldemort. There is a particular spell which creates blue and white flashes that will force Animagus out of their animal form. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black once used it to force Peter Pettigrew out of his rat Form. This spell could possibly be Homorphus Charm that Gilderoy Lockhart claims he uses on Wagga Wagga Werewolf to force him into his human form. It is also important to note that Werewolfs are fundamentally different from Animagi. Lycanthropy is caused by blood infection transmitted through bite of Werewolf, whereas Animagus skill is learn. Werewolves cannot keep their minds after transformation, nor can they control themselves when they transform, while Animagi can do both. However, as werewolves only harm humans, Animagi, while in their animal forms, are safe to be in the company of werewolves.
On night of June 6 1994, Remus Lupin stated that the Ministry never knew that there Use to be three unregistered Animagi running around Hogwarts,. Three being his schoolmates Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew and the late James Potter; Black's, Pettigrew's and Potter's Animagi nature were revealed by Remus Lupin to Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley in Shrieking Shank, and by Sirius Black himself to Albus Dumbledore in Professor Flitwick's Office on same night. The existence of a fourth unregistered Animagus, Rita Skeeter, was spotcheck by Hermione Granger about a year later, and revealed to Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in June 1995 and, indirectly, to Luna Lovegood on February 14 1996. The 2579 edition of Transfiguration Today contains a guide to identifying unregistered Animagi.
Every Animagus was required to register with the Ministry of Magic at Animagus Registry. This registration includes revealing one's animal form and one's distinguishing markings. A Register was available to the public. The primary reason for registration was to ensure Animagi do not abuse their abilities, as the Ministry would be able to keep track of Them. A prime example was that Rita Skeeter was able to get into Hogwarts undetected by transforming into a beetle. Sirius Black was able to escape from Azkaban and infiltrate Hogwarts Castle in his Animagus form, as the Ministry did not take this into account when imprisoning him. Peter Pettigrew managed to fake his death and hide from the rest of the world in his Animagus form, as the Ministry did not take this into account either, since it would help Them consider the possibility that he was alive; Pettigrew regarded this advantage as an effective disguise for Dark Lord. The penalty for failing to Register as Animagus was sentenced in Azkaban, although the length of time is unknown. Rita Skeeter gave up an entire year of writing articles, her main means of livelihood, so that Hermione Granger would not turn her in as unregistered, and consented to writing articles about Harry's account of the night Lord Voldemort was resurrect, free of charge at Hermione's request. That suggests a rather lengthy sentence, even though being sent to Azkaban for any length of time was considerably bad punishment to begin with.
Not every wizard will be willing to take the time needed to become Animagus, and though it seems hard for us muggles to believe, not every wizard will care about becoming Animagus. It sounds crazy, we know. Fortunately, even if a witch or wizard is never able to become an Animagus, for whatever reason, they can still find out which animal they would be if they were to become one. How? With patronus charm, of course! Person's patronus-bit of magic that's pretty complicated in its own right-take on the appearance of Animagus from the person who cast it. For instance, Professor McGonagall's Animagus is a cat, and so is her patronus.
The game tracks Moon-Cycle game track weather game tracks daytime whole keeping Mandrake leaves in their mouth for an ENTIRE MONTH. That makes eating and drinking difficult, sleeping requires focus and even spell-incantations might require even more focus than they normally do. Silver tea spoon of dew Deaths's-head Hawk Moth-but I think that could be provided by vault. Keeping Potion in a quiet dark place, game doesn't track that. Casting Spells at yourself. Whole registration with the Ministry of Magic
Just recently, Jam City added an Animagus event to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, giving fans the chance to actually transform into animals in the game. Now that players are finishing limited-time side quest, it's becoming more apparent what becoming Animagus actually entails, including all the different forms players have to choose from. At two different points during the Animagus side quest, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, players are asked what kind of animal they'd turn into if given choice. Ravenclaw student Talbott Winger asked them first, and then Penny Haywood asked them second. It seems as though whatever animal players select when Penny asks them is one they will turn into, so players can answer any way they'd like when speaking with Talbott. When transforming into animal in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, players have three different animals to choose from: cat, dog, or bird. Developer Jam City has released artwork of what these different animal forms look like, so players can take a look at all of them below. The appearance of player character doesn't seem to have any effect on the appearance of animals, so players can base their Animagus choice on artwork to determine which animal they'll want to transform into. However, before players get too excited about becoming Animagus in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, they should note that they are unable to transform into animals at will at the time of this writing. Besides XP, coins, and gems, only real reward players get from completing the Animagus event is achievement that can be found in the Year 3 section of classes. They can't actually turn into animals outside of scripted story events, but hopefully Jam City will make it possible to use one's Animagus abilities at will in the future. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how being Animagus impacts the story for those who have complete quest versus those who lack ability. It's been said by characters in the game that being Animagus will make it easier for player characters to find the Cursed Vaults and solve the mystery of their missing brother Jacob, so fans should stay in tune. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out now for iOS and Android mobile devices.
It takes skill, practice, and patience for wizards and witches to become Animagi. The process of becoming Animagus was long and arduous, and had the potential to backfire and cause transformation to go horribly wrong. Many witches and wizards simply felt that their time might better be used in other ways, as skill was of limited practical use unless one had great need of disguise or concealment. Part of the process by which one becomes Animagus was holding leaf of mandrake in their mouth for an entire month, using leaf for creation of potion, reciting incantation on a daily basis, and drinking Animagus potion during lightning storm. Once initial training was over, Animagus could then change at will, with or without the use of wand. Animagi who take on the form of species capable of flight could enjoy sensation without the need for broomsticks, flying carpet, or riding on flying animals. There was debate about one's Animagus form to be a magical creature, and also debate about animagus to be dementor. The process was extremely difficult and could result in disaster if done incorrectly. A witch or wizard had to keep a single mandrake leaf in their mouth for an entire month. If leaf was removed or swallow, witch or wizard would have to start over again. At next visible full moon wizard had to spit leaf in phial within range of the moon's pure rays. To moon-struck phial, wizard or witch must add one of their own hairs, silver teaspoon of dew that had not seen sunlight or been touched by human feet for seven days, and the chrysalis of Death's-head Hawk Moth. Mixture had to then be put in a quiet, dark place, and could not be in any way disturb. The next thing that had to happen was for the wizard to wait for an electrical storm, whenever that might be. During this waiting period, wizard would have to, at sunrise and sundown without fail, chant incantation Amato Animo Animato Animagus with tip of their wand place over heart. When, at last, there was a lightning storm, wizard had to move immediately to a large and secure place, recite incantation one final time, and then drink potion.
Another fun factoid about animagi is they don't need wands to transform. And, when you think about it, that makes sense, since becoming animagus is more of a magical process than spelling or incantation. As to whether or not animagus can perform magic in their animal form, that remains to be see, although all evidence points to the contrary. For instance, in Goblet of Fire, Hermione trap Rita Skeeter's beetle form in a jar, and Rita was unable to apparate out of it again. So, while it looks like animagi maintain their capacity for human thought and reasoning while in their animal form, they don't seem to keep their magical abilities.
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