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It's a crisp Autumn afternoon at Hogwarts, but not just any afternoon. Today is Halloween! Students attending today's transfiguration lesson will find the classroom adorned with a few simple decorations. There are several paper pumpkins stuck to the walls, and a large jack-o-lantern sits on the professor's desk. As students walk past the desk, the jack-o-lantern lights up and cackles. Notice a pattern with the decorations? Could this be a sign of things to come, or is the professor simply obsessed with pumpkins?

Beside the cackling jack-o-lantern are three plastic skulls, and an identical trio of skulls sits on each student's desk. Even Professor Carton has gotten into the Halloween spirit (pun not intended!) with a costume of his own! He stands in his usual place at the front of the room, greeting each student with directions to NOT touch the plastic skulls yet.

OOC: Welcome to transfiguration! Please keep in mind that this is not the first IC lesson your students would've had with Professor Carton this term. Class will start in 18-22 hours HAS STARTED!

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Q1: Why do people believe there's no room for creativity in transfiguration? Why do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Q2: Name an example of creativity in transfiguration, either through visualization or application.
Main activity - making jack-o-lanterns with Melofors
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Mini activity: Decorate the school with jack-o-lanterns
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... Alright, the t-rex costumes were hilarious and Evan covered his mouth to hide a small laugh at the spectacle they had created. It was rather unfortunate so many things had gone flying around as a result of the large tails, and he did understand why the Professor wanted to at least transfigure the tails smaller. Which was rather cool there was even something they could do to do that. He hoped they chose that option and then maybe Professor Carton could teach the class in the process.

See? Just more educational opportunities.

Seeing his sister enter after the dinosaurs, Evan smiled at her as she slid into the spot next to him. "Another Appa gift?" He wasn't sure he remembered exactly which onesies had been gifts and which had been choices. "I'm surprised no jedi robe?"

But class was starting, so he shushed to listen to everything, pulling out his text and notebook to place in front of him. Once the first question was posed, he did like the answers being posed and as it was pretty much what Evan would have answered as well, he wasn't sure if he had anything to contribute. However, he did still raise his hand. "I agree with the other answers given, but there's also that because of how precise Transfiguration is, any deviation if it is actually desired is just going to look like you made a mistake rather than a creative contribution. So then people might not want to because it wouldn't be worth the conversation of explaining your creative decisions." Or maybe it would. He was discovering he rather liked to debate. "I don't agree it can't be creative though. Just because you can't differentiate with how you execute a transfiguration spell, that doesn't mean you can't use a transfiguration spell creatively."
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Kale Trent was dressed in the Jane Fonda fantasy of his dreams. He was in stretchy shorts and rocking some rainbow sweatbands to really tie together the whole aerobics vibe. Was it cute? Yes. Did he feel cute? Also yes.

When he arrived at the lesson, he was practically vibrating with excitement as he clocked his peers costumes. Everyone had really turned out this year and to great success. There was some real amateur bedazzling skills in this classroom. Kale was v impressed.

He also missed the question because he was so jazzed. But luckily, the sixth year managed to catch the end of the question and pieced together what was asked from the context of his peers answers. "Yeah. Transfiguration can be used creatively, but the actual spells are exact. They don't leave room for interpretation because they each do one thing." Didn't mean that one thing couldn't be employed creatively, but you weren't gonna mess around with a Transfiguration spell. You could end up a pocket watch for all of existence.
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Blake was slightly startled by the first year (Scarlett) so boldly sitting next to him. Why did all the first years look so tiny?? This year especially.... so strange.

And all the costumes around him were a bit over whelming to, man he sounded like a fuddy duddy even in his own mind. He needed to loosen up. The T-rex costumes were great though, that was for sure.

"Well it can be creative right?? Because if you're transforming say a beetle into a pin cushion can't the pin cushion each look unique?"
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Ollie was very excited to come to transfiguration class today. She had a witch outfit picked out. Of course, she still wore her school uniform, but she threw on an old witch hat and brought a fake, costume broom and cauldron with her to the lesson.

Upon entering the class she walked up to Professor Carton greeting him. "Good Afternoon Professor. I hope your Halloween had been well. I really like your costume!" She offered him a smile. She then held her cauldron up to him "Oh! I did bring treats, or tricks," She gave a wink, "for you! Close your eyes and reach inside." The Professor had nothing to worry about, Ollie only had candy in her cauldron.

She then walked over to the desk next to her friend Remy, careful not to touch the skulls laid out for them. "Hellooo, Remy! Happy Halloween to you!" She then reached her cauldron out to the girl "Close your eyes and reach in!"She was excited to see how her friend reacted.
Remy BEAMED as Ollie approached her, and with a cauldron, too?! OOOH, wasn't she lucky? "You're a witch." She laughed, "That's a good one." Remy stuck her hand inside the cauldron and pulled out some candy. "Awww, that's so cool, thanks, Ollie!!" Remy popped the candy in her mouth. Kinda just made her day!

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He paused a few moments to allow time for the students to turn their full attention to him. “It’s often said that there’s no room for creativity in Transfiguration,” he continued. “Why do you think people believe this? Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?”
Hmm... Remy wasn't so sure at first. She had always found Transfiguration fun and didn't really understand why it wouldn't be creative. "I think it's creative." She commented. "I guess it needs to be done exactly how it says in the book, otherwise it won't work." Which wasn't a bad thing.
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Nem smiled again, and drew their wand, non-verbally levitating the fallen skulls back onto their desk and stacking them one on top of the other. They were not oblivious to the lingering looks directed their way, or the students making a point to sit on the other side of the room, but Nem was sure they'd survive. They could be strong. Brave. Resilient in the face of adversity. Et cetera. Et cetera.

As for Fox, Nem nodded a greeting to her, cancelling the spell and twirling their wand around their fingers when the skulls stayed stacked in place. "I won't tell," they said lightly, tilting their chair back on two legs. "Reckon you can pull it off. But, you know, most villains just look like regular people." That was because they were people, labelled as villains by others, but this was neither the time nor the place to get into all that. The lesson would be starting soon, probably after Godzilla over there had finished his wave of destruction.

True enough. Still tilting their chair back and twirling their wand in their fingers, Nem set eyes on the Milk Monitor, but kept quiet. Creativity was one of those things they had always had little regard for, up until the moment it had occurred to them that the things they did were rife with creativity of a different sort. But that had little to do with this question, and though Nem supposed they could have provided an answer to the first part, that people tended to believe that more systematic and arguably scientific subjects could not overlap with creativity, they opted instead for silence - others had covered that anyway, either in their answer or as their answer.

As for whether they agreed or disagreed, hard pass. Opinions, real or fabricated, were staying locked down. Even regarding a topic as apparently innocuous as this, Nem was keeping their mouth shut.
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Her hand shot up. "I think it's a bit dull, because you have to THINK UP the thing you want to conjure up, for instance, OR you can be SUPER CREATIVE thinking up what you want the thing you're transfiguring to look like. It could look like ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!" LITERALLY!!!!!!!!!!

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Charlie had arrived in her cat outfit, well jungle cat outfit. She was living for Halloween this year and she wanted to enjoy every last moment of it she could. She should have tried to get a party started in the room of requirement if she could remember exactly where it was, but that was a task for next term.

Watching everyone slip into the classroom was fun and it made her smile that most of her classmates were actually living their lives now. At least as much as they could these days. "Transfiguration is both creative and definitive." She sighed a bit. before continuing, "while you have to be specific in details or have a spell backfire, you also get to be creative in what you change the person or thing into. That seems creative enough to me." A slight shrug of her shoulder played off her answer more nonchalantly than it actually was.
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Ahem. Anyway. Hand up.

"Transfiguration's a form of magic that required precision, just like Potions. But there lies the difference. Transfiguration needs creativity and resourcefulness to execute it at the get-go. Sort of, working with whatever it is that you have at the moment. You cannot do Transfiguration without at least a bit of imagination." And so, for those who think otherwise don't have an ounce of fun in them. Totally boring people. Totally not his vibe.

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Tadhg arriving shortly after his best friend gave her a soft wamr smile before sitting down beside her. He was glad they decided on a costume, quite honestly he thinks they look fantastic if he must say. Like Lia he worked hard on his costume to make it perfect and as real as possible. Looking around he seen that a lot his fellow classmates had some wicked looking costumes. He was glad him and Lia weren't the only ones that dressed up for the day.


Nodding at his fellow classmates mates answers taking notes while doing so. Biting his lip he raised his hand. "I think why people don't think Transfigurations is creative, cause like everyone else said it takes firm and decisive movements and got to be very precise with what you want it or else you can get a half turned animal that you meant to turn into a glass or so. I reckon people think it's boring cause unlike Charms it doesn't add onto it the properties of it, I mean sure a color changing charm is great and all but changing a animal into something else is wicked!" Clearing his thought he blushed a bit realizing he said the last bit out loud and in a bit of a outburst. Go quiet he wrote down some more notes.
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Nem smiled again, and drew their wand, non-verbally levitating the fallen skulls back onto their desk and stacking them one on top of the other. They were not oblivious to the lingering looks directed their way, or the students making a point to sit on the other side of the room, but Nem was sure they'd survive. They could be strong. Brave. Resilient in the face of adversity. Et cetera. Et cetera.

As for Fox, Nem nodded a greeting to her, cancelling the spell and twirling their wand around their fingers when the skulls stayed stacked in place. "I won't tell," they said lightly, tilting their chair back on two legs. "Reckon you can pull it off. But, you know, most villains just look like regular people." That was because they were people, labelled as villains by others, but this was neither the time nor the place to get into all that. The lesson would be starting soon, probably after Godzilla over there had finished his wave of destruction.

True enough. Still tilting their chair back and twirling their wand in their fingers, Nem set eyes on the Milk Monitor, but kept quiet. Creativity was one of those things they had always had little regard for, up until the moment it had occurred to them that the things they did were rife with creativity of a different sort. But that had little to do with this question, and though Nem supposed they could have provided an answer to the first part, that people tended to believe that more systematic and arguably scientific subjects could not overlap with creativity, they opted instead for silence - others had covered that anyway, either in their answer or as their answer.

As for whether they agreed or disagreed, hard pass. Opinions, real or fabricated, were staying locked down. Even regarding a topic as apparently innocuous as this, Nem was keeping their mouth shut.
Ash felt something- kinda- when Nem replied to her. She didn't understand what it was. She listed all the emotions she knew in her brain. Love, anger, betrayal, happiness, fear, relief, guilt, loneliness, disappointment, determination, surprise, misery, pain... etcetera... no. It wasn't there. Ash couldn't place it. She knew what it felt like though, and filed it away for careful analysis. A feeling of lightening. Like you had a 50 pound backpack, and now it weighed 49 pounds. A little bit like relief, but also different. She ought to look up what that emotion was, or subtly ask around. She was curious as to what it was, but she didn't really want it getting out that she didn't know what that emotion was, as she was sure that everyone else knew it. She'd ask... she'd ask... she didn't really know. Maybe the divination teacher. She didn't trust divination, but she didn't trust emotions either, so it all worked out.

"I think that would make me an even better supervillain. Because I'm also a regular, relatable person. And who's to say I'm the evil one, instead of just tragically misunderstood." Seriously, nobody liked player characters stomping on their land, murdering their families, and screaming at them. Nobody did. Really, who was a truly good person? Most people she'd met were neutral at best. Including her, probably. And definitely including player characters...

Wait wait wait. Were they trying to tell her something? About good and evil, or the universe or whatever? Ash was sure it had something to do with the emotion she didn't understand, but she couldn't see a connection. She couldn't place the emotion, and she didn't get the message. But she was 80% sure it was significant somehow, and would probably stare at the ceiling in her dorm reflectively until she understood what she was trying to connect, whether it was real or perceived.

But for now she really ought to concentrate on the lesson... whatever, she could multitask. Speaking of... she loved the costumes, even the destructive dinosaur ones. Ahem. They were focusing on the lesson. "I guess people would say you can't have creativity for safety reasons? Like you turn someone into a fish and accidentally turn them into a reverse mermaid with legs and a fish head. But if you wanted to turn someone into a mermaid with legs and a fish head, I suppose then there would be room for creativity, when you do spell experimentation... but you have to be careful that you don't kill anyone." Cause fish only breathed water. And however much you might hate someone, murder via spell experimentation was not the way to go.

Wait wait wait. Creativity... half-transfiguration... would they be hexing each other to have pumpkins for heads? Ash would rather not. What was a better thing to think about? Ummmmm..... uhhhh.... ummmm.... how about the emotion that Ash didn't recognize? That was more important, and slightly less scary.
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It was only when she heard Aibhilinn wish Carton a ‘Happy Halloween’ did she realise she hadn’t. Poor manners on her part. But at least she’s been polite when he complimented her. It pleased her that Carton realised she had been dedicated to the costume and not go the lazy way of using a wig.

There were some pretty notable costumes but all were creative in her opinion. The artist in her appreciated the talent. Oh! There was a kitty coming towards her. “Hi, Quinn. I really love your costume. Extra points for the creativity.’’ Was that Avalon as a butterfly? It was! Claudine was thrilled that she seemed to be attracting the ‘creatures’. “Hi, Avalon. Thank you!” She low-key thought that she looked horrible with the short hair the moment she saw her reflection in the mirror earlier. “Your costume is so pretty.’’

The sixth year was inclined to agree with Charlotte. “I think Transfiguration can be both. It is precise as many said, yes, but we can use a single spell to make something creative… like changing one’s hair. Or we can use a variety of Transfigurative spells to make something completely new… like a Halloween costume.”
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The laughter did not bother him. He knew how absurd this all looked and at least he didn't look as absurd as his brother with the tiny arms. In fact, the laughter was surprisingly refreshing even this far into term and therefore Atlas found his tainted Gryffindor heart welcoming it.

As Aries entered soon after him and tried to wrangle in the costume that HE had picked out for them, Atlas tried to push the massive T-Rex head back and adjust the little face hole so he could see more easily. Grumbling a few incoherent things about what Aries could do with his grip, the blonde's eyes shifted to Professor Carton when he began his clean up of the Cretaceous size mess he had caused.

And because this was all his brother's fault, Atlas decided that this was a singular Mr. Flamsteed rather than a collective Mr. Flamsteed and therefore the man was solely speaking to his brother. But a couple of words in and suddenly Atlas found himself feeling defensive and, honestly, a bit haughty about the situation. Amazing was being told 'you can't do this' could do to somone. Like putting a roll of bubble wrap in front of him and telling him that he couldn't meticulously pop every single bubble or jump on it to do so or roll himself up in it and make a bubble wrap burrito.

And while Atlas WAS truly apologetic for the mess, and breaking that pumpkin, his brain and mouth were sort of on different playing fields at the moment.

"Pardon me, sir, but we were under the impression that school appropriate meant not revealing too many of your physical assets...which these costumes over compensate for." There was not any attitude in his voice and he spoke more as though he were describing the weather or rattling off some facts about cobalt blue tarantulas. "In the future you might want to specify what exactly 'school appropriate' means to avoid confusion." Air quotes being performed by little claws attached to T-Rex arms was absolutely an absurd sight.

That being said, Atlas had come to a conclusion about his costume now that he had changed sides - though he would always be on the side of his brother. "I'd like my tail shrunk, please."

As for whether or not Transfiguration was limited in its creativity or not...well... There was laws of magic that were followed. Sure, Transfiguration had these fancy official sounding things with Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration, but that didn't mean that every other area of magic was exempt from guidelines.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world," Atlas quoted his dad who had quoted someone else."The only thing limiting creativity is narrowmindedness. Constraints, like laws of magic, are powerful enablers more than hinderances."
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A lot of mayhem going on with some of these costumes. Well, mainly Atlas and Aries' costumes. It was pretty funny though, in Ivy's opinion. And creative! A lot of the costumes people had come up with were, and she was happy with how hers had turned out too.

And speaking of creative...was there room for it in Transfiguration? She considered for a moment, listening to some of the others' answers too. Then she raised her hand. "I think it depends on where you're trying to apply the creativity. Some rules are inflexible, but some of them you can bend a little if you think of a creative solution."
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So you might need to be exact in the how you execute but why you use transfiguration and what object you choose has ample room for creativity.
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Quinn picked himself up off the floor, steadying his breath and wiping tears out of his eyes. He felt mildly bad that he might've gotten in the way of some people, but jeez that was a good laugh. Quinn nodded at the Professor. "Yes, sir, I'm alright... uh, but yes, I did knit the tail myself," he said, looking down at it. Wass it... noticeably homemade?

He gave Claudine a little smile as he sat back in his seat. "Thanks! I had fun making it. And yours looks really good, too. Interesting seeing you with short hair." Quinn wasn't sure how he felt about Claudine with short hair. It would take some getting used to since this was the first time he had seen it... but, then again, it could very easily be the last time, too. Costumes were generally a one-time thing.

Quinn gave a little side frown at the question. "Well, no, I think you need some imagination. You normally have to visualize whatever you're transfiguring in your mind, and that takes some imagination. Plus, you might be able to customize the shape or color or other physical attributes of whatever you're transfiguring based on what you imagine, right? So I think that's kinda a bogus statement. Like the others said about the rules and the precision—you might not have the most wiggle room, but you don't have none, either."
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Mhmm!” she nodded with her hum of agreement going up in octave. The stitch onesie was completely their father’s idea and gift to Lisa. He always had this infectious creative energy that excited Lisa more and pushed her extravagant antics. They were like to sources of light that fed off of each other to make the room seem brighter.

The Jedi robes were a touchy subject. Evan just HAD to mention it, huh? She knew it was her own fault but would she admit that outloud? Absolutely not. Lisa pouted. “I thought I put them in my bag but maybe Jinx fished them out.” she explained as her mind went to work creating an elaborate story of how Noah’s cat was secretly an evil mastermind - no - a Sith Lord! She gasped as she got lost in the dialogue of the whole story before looking back to her brother to see what he thought of her exaggeration.

Class began with a question concerning CREATIVITY and Lisa was here for it. She felt qualified to answer this question but she waited to see what her peers said. The answer that she agreed with the most was Atlas’! He was 150% correct. Imagination was more powerful than knowledge. She even wrote down what he said in her notebook and then doodled the Flamsteed twins in their dinosaur costumes in her book.

Oh right! Back to the question. “Professor.. While there are certain rules that need to be met that are non negotiable... I think if we stop being creative or thinking outside the box or asking why something is the way it is then we lose the ability to create something even more amazing. Amazing in the sense that it’s more practical and fun and AWESOME! I think creativity belongs in transfiguration but I AGREE with Atlas and Quinn. Imagination is key.

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Seeing the mess made by the dinosaur twins, Dia was glad she'd decided not to dress up for Halloween (also, she wasn't sure her costume would've been considered appros anyway). She was laughing at the chaos, though. It was funny and those who disagreed needed to find a sense of humor.

The first question.......um, could they offer their opinion without fearing for their grade? Because she pretty much did agree with that statement but explaining why without offending Professor Carton was nigh on impossible. Like, it was going to take some word salading, basically. "Er...." she started, looking uncomfortable. "Maybe because the field of Transfiguration has shone no outward signs of advancement in many years, so people naturally assume that any creativity that was there has died out?" Ooops, so much for not offending the professor! "Sorry, sir."

........wasshefailingthisclassnow?


Wolff’s answer was unexpected, but Norman wasn’t offended by it. He wasn’t the type to have an emotional reaction to an opinion, especially one he asked for. “It’s fine,” he said, waving a dismissive hand to indicate there was no need to apologize. “Interesting perspective, Miss Wolff. Many people do make assumptions based on what they do or don’t see, so that could very well be true.”

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Emm was present. Present, in costume and you know what else? Ready for the lesson. Transfiguration was her favourite class, it was one of the only ones she felt like she wasn’t miserably behind on and the only one she felt she really had something to prove in. The Gryffindor had BIG plans and needed to make sure she set the ground work early on. It was important to her that Professor Carton knew how competent she was, how proficient, how up to whatever task.

Now that she was a third year, she absolutely needed the man taking her seriously so not just any answer would do.

Where she could say anything off the top of her head in other classes, Emm REALLY thought about this, wanting to be as perfect as possible without a textbook—wasn’t so impressive if you were just reading.

That’s not why, Professor.” Emm said, rolling her eyes at that Wolff girl. The answer was so ridiculous, real ridiculous. The most ridiculous, and she would know. Emmerson gave ridiculous answers ALL the time, sometimes on purpose. “It’s because like with potions, transfiguration is an exact science. There’s formulas and laws you have to follow. You can’t just do things willy nilly and expect them to turn out right because it takes precision. Some people think because there’s all those rules you have to follow, you can’t still be creative but that’s only because they don’t know the rules enough or understand the subject enough to follow them and still be creative.”

Duh.


Norman had noticed Cambridge’s attentiveness, and it was much appreciated. Her answer got a slight smile from him. “Nicely put, Miss Cambridge!” he said, nodding. “I don’t think I could’ve worded that better myself.”

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Ollie was very glad the professor decided to reach in. He had made out with a canary cream, HA! That was the trick *wink*

Ollie listened to the third year's answer before adding on her own two cents. "It's like science! You can alter a formula to fit your needs but there are a limited number of ways you can do that, and not only that then there is only one thing you can use that formula for. That's just like transfiguration. " She thought for a moment, not fully satisfied with that answer. "Plus, people just think that it's boring and hard. No one has fun with things they don't find interesting." That was Ollie though. She found transfiguration wayyy interesting.


Norman instantly recognized the candy in his hand and shot Burke a knowing look, pocketing the canary cream for now. He’d enjoy it later when he wasn’t teaching a class. As for her answer to the question, he thought it was going to go in a similar direction as Cambridge’s until the bit at the end. “Yes, Miss Burke,” he replied, nodding. “It’s always difficult to stick with something we find hard, isn’t it?”

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Norman glanced at his watch and saw it was exactly 1:00 on the dot, time to begin the lesson. With a wave of his wand, he closed the door - closed but not locked. “Good afternoon and happy Halloween,” he addressed the class as a whole. “Nice costumes, everyone!” Or everyone who was wearing one anyway. “Let’s get started with a discussion, shall we?”

He paused a few moments to allow time for the students to turn their full attention to him. “It’s often said that there’s no room for creativity in Transfiguration,” he continued. “Why do you think people believe this? Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?”

OOC: I am loving these costumes, guys! Class has officially started now. If you’re just joining us, please post as if your character has been here the whole time unless you want IC consequences for late arrival. For question 1, Norman is asking your character to explain why one might believe there is no room for creativity in transfiguration and whether or not they believe it. We’ll move on in ABOUT 20 HOURS from now.


Fixing the bow in her hair to her snow white costume she sat back in her seat in class listening at Carton started his lesson. The question he asked was pretty interesting in her opinion. She never really thought about it before, but now she started to think. No room for creativity in Transfiguration...? She thought about it for a moment before raising her hand a bit to answer. "Well, with Transfiguration...it's more...precise than other things. With transfiguration, things and features have to be precise. Right on the dot. It's like following a certain formula with transfiguration. You get one thing wrong and the whole thing just doesn't work or look like what you are trying to perceive to others."



Here was another answer to mention the precision of transfiguration. Norman nodded approvingly at O’Hanlan-Draven, for now choosing to focus on the part of her answer that hadn’t already been touched on. “Yes, Miss O’Hanlan-Draven,” he said. “Not only could your target look or work wrong, but there can be dangerous consequences as well. Incomplete transformations, for example.”

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Dahlia had been here all along in her costume that had taken her quite awhile to put together but she had manged it with a little help from a sibling or two. Honestly she hadn't even known what she was going to be or if she even planned on dressing up this year buuuuuut after a bit of back and forth debating with the bestie they had come up with they BEST costumes ever.

The bit of chaos that had been the Flamsteed dinos, had allowed her to slip into the room pretty much unnoticed but still very much on time. A warm polite greeting had been given to Professor Carton. A curious glance was given to Quinn when she had to step around him to get to a seat but she assumed he was on the floor laughing because of the dino duo? Who also got a quick grin from her because well.. who didn't love dinosaurs?!

Was quietly looking around at everyone in their costumes as the lesson began. Now where was the matching part to her costume? AKA, the bestie? He should be here by now. SIGH. That boy better not be late to class.

Shifting in her seat to face the front of the room, blue eyes on the professor. She raised her hand. "Isn't it really difficult to create a transfiguration spell? Like Emmerson said about it being an exact science?," Lia paused for a moment before continuing. "You have to be exact with what you are doing. If anything is off the entire outcome of the spell could be disastrous."


Had Norman missed greeting Donovan? He couldn’t recall seeing her arrive. Maybe she came while he was distracted by the dinosaur rampage? Never mind… He nodded in response to her answer. “It is indeed, Miss Donovan,” he replied. “Creating a transfiguration spell - or any spell, for that matter - involves a long process of trial and error. It takes a lot of concentration and patience.”

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... Alright, the t-rex costumes were hilarious and Evan covered his mouth to hide a small laugh at the spectacle they had created. It was rather unfortunate so many things had gone flying around as a result of the large tails, and he did understand why the Professor wanted to at least transfigure the tails smaller. Which was rather cool there was even something they could do to do that. He hoped they chose that option and then maybe Professor Carton could teach the class in the process.

See? Just more educational opportunities.

Seeing his sister enter after the dinosaurs, Evan smiled at her as she slid into the spot next to him. "Another Appa gift?" He wasn't sure he remembered exactly which onesies had been gifts and which had been choices. "I'm surprised no jedi robe?"

But class was starting, so he shushed to listen to everything, pulling out his text and notebook to place in front of him. Once the first question was posed, he did like the answers being posed and as it was pretty much what Evan would have answered as well, he wasn't sure if he had anything to contribute. However, he did still raise his hand. "I agree with the other answers given, but there's also that because of how precise Transfiguration is, any deviation if it is actually desired is just going to look like you made a mistake rather than a creative contribution. So then people might not want to because it wouldn't be worth the conversation of explaining your creative decisions." Or maybe it would. He was discovering he rather liked to debate. "I don't agree it can't be creative though. Just because you can't differentiate with how you execute a transfiguration spell, that doesn't mean you can't use a transfiguration spell creatively."


Here was another unexpected answer. Norman hadn’t initially considered the role one’s perception of a creative decision might play in the matter, but it was a valid point. “Interesting point, Mr. Nam,” he said with a small smile. “Explaining one’s creative process can be tiresome.”

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Kale Trent was dressed in the Jane Fonda fantasy of his dreams. He was in stretchy shorts and rocking some rainbow sweatbands to really tie together the whole aerobics vibe. Was it cute? Yes. Did he feel cute? Also yes.

When he arrived at the lesson, he was practically vibrating with excitement as he clocked his peers costumes. Everyone had really turned out this year and to great success. There was some real amateur bedazzling skills in this classroom. Kale was v impressed.

He also missed the question because he was so jazzed. But luckily, the sixth year managed to catch the end of the question and pieced together what was asked from the context of his peers answers. "Yeah. Transfiguration can be used creatively, but the actual spells are exact. They don't leave room for interpretation because they each do one thing." Didn't mean that one thing couldn't be employed creatively, but you weren't gonna mess around with a Transfiguration spell. You could end up a pocket watch for all of existence.


Trent’s answer earned an approving nod from the professor. “Well said, Mr. Trent,” he replied. “I’m glad you made the distinction between creativity in the spell casting and creativity in its usage.” He would come back to that later.

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Blake was slightly startled by the first year (Scarlett) so boldly sitting next to him. Why did all the first years look so tiny?? This year especially.... so strange.

And all the costumes around him were a bit over whelming to, man he sounded like a fuddy duddy even in his own mind. He needed to loosen up. The T-rex costumes were great though, that was for sure.

"Well it can be creative right?? Because if you're transforming say a beetle into a pin cushion can't the pin cushion eat look unique?"


Another good point. “Yes, Mr. Ryan,” Norman replied with a nod. “Our visualization of our end result is limited only by our imagination.”

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Remy BEAMED as Ollie approached her, and with a cauldron, too?! OOOH, wasn't she lucky? "You're a witch." She laughed, "That's a good one." Remy stuck her hand inside the cauldron and pulled out some candy. "Awww, that's so cool, thanks, Ollie!!" Remy popped the candy in her mouth. Kinda just made her day!



Hmm... Remy wasn't so sure at first. She had always found Transfiguration fun and didn't really understand why it wouldn't be creative. "I think it's creative." She commented. "I guess it needs to be done exactly how it says in the book, otherwise it won't work." Which wasn't a bad thing.


Norman noticed Gaeltheos pop a candy in her mouth, and the action earned her a slight eyebrow raise. “In the future, let’s wait until after class to enjoy the candy, please,” he reminded gently. He’d let it slide this time because it was Halloween, but strictly speaking, there was a “no eating” rule in his classroom.

He wasn’t sure if the girl was going to answer the question at first, but he was pleased when she did. “Good point on both counts, Miss Gaeltheos,” he replied, nodding.

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Nem smiled again, and drew their wand, non-verbally levitating the fallen skulls back onto their desk and stacking them one on top of the other. They were not oblivious to the lingering looks directed their way, or the students making a point to sit on the other side of the room, but Nem was sure they'd survive. They could be strong. Brave. Resilient in the face of adversity. Et cetera. Et cetera.

As for Fox, Nem nodded a greeting to her, cancelling the spell and twirling their wand around their fingers when the skulls stayed stacked in place. "I won't tell," they said lightly, tilting their chair back on two legs. "Reckon you can pull it off. But, you know, most villains just look like regular people." That was because they were people, labelled as villains by others, but this was neither the time nor the place to get into all that. The lesson would be starting soon, probably after Godzilla over there had finished his wave of destruction.

True enough. Still tilting their chair back and twirling their wand in their fingers, Nem set eyes on the Milk Monitor, but kept quiet. Creativity was one of those things they had always had little regard for, up until the moment it had occurred to them that the things they did were rife with creativity of a different sort. But that had little to do with this question, and though Nem supposed they could have provided an answer to the first part, that people tended to believe that more systematic and arguably scientific subjects could not overlap with creativity, they opted instead for silence - others had covered that anyway, either in their answer or as their answer.

As for whether they agreed or disagreed, hard pass. Opinions, real or fabricated, were staying locked down. Even regarding a topic as apparently innocuous as this, Nem was keeping their mouth shut.


Norman showed no sign of reaction to Upstead’s smile or to their lack of a response to the question. He wasn’t going to force anyone to speak in his lessons. That would be a waste of time and energy for all involved!

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Don't let WHAT bandages drag on the floor? Jk, she knew they were there but she left them there aaaaanyway. Kay, she tugged one a bit closer JUST so the professor wouldn't see it as a defiance because it WASN'T.

Ahh, so the GOOD LOOKING boy (Blake) was RUDE then. No hi, no nothing??? HMMMMM. Good THING he was pretty.

Her hand shot up. "I think it's a bit dull, because you have to THINK UP the thing you want to conjure up, for instance, OR you can be SUPER CREATIVE thinking up what you want the thing you're transfiguring to look like. It could look like ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!" LITERALLY!!!!!!!!!!

That was a VERY COOL THING in Scarlett's book!!!!!!!!!!


Norman was not blind to the bandages still dragging, but as long as Mordaunt - or anybody else - didn’t trip over them, he wasn’t going to repeat himself. Instead, he focused on her response to the question. Another one to touch on visualization. “Yes, Miss Mordaunt,” he said. “There’s a lot of room for creativity in the visualization process.”

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Charlie had arrived in her cat outfit, well jungle cat outfit. She was living for Halloween this year and she wanted to enjoy every last moment of it she could. She should have tried to get a party started in the room of requirement if she could remember exactly where it was, but that was a task for next term.

Watching everyone slip into the classroom was fun and it made her smile that most of her classmates were actually living their lives now. At least as much as they could these days. "Transfiguration is both creative and definitive." She sighed a bit. before continuing, "while you have to be specific in details or have a spell backfire, you also get to be creative in what you change the person or thing into. That seems creative enough to me." A slight shrug of her shoulder played off her answer more nonchalantly than it actually was.


Norman had no idea what all the sighing and shrugging from Rivers was about. Maybe she was unsure of her answer? If that was the case, she needn’t be; he thought it was well thought-out and well-spoken. “Well put, Miss Rivers!” he replied with a slight smile.

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Transfiguration was one of the more challenging branches of magic that they had to learn and master, and he wouldn't be surprised if a lot of wizards and witches had an aversion to it. The subject took a lot of time and patience and practice mastering, so it wasn't really for people who were impatient. The Gryffindor who was sat lazily at the back with the big kids took a moment to collect his thoughts, since his mind was obviously elsewhere. It was Halloween, after all. The treats, the fun, and everything in between that was gonna go down that day.

Ahem. Anyway. Hand up.

"Transfiguration's a form of magic that required precision, just like Potions. But there lies the difference. Transfiguration needs creativity and resourcefulness to execute it at the get-go. Sort of, working with whatever it is that you have at the moment. You cannot do Transfiguration without at least a bit of imagination." And so, for those who think otherwise don't have an ounce of fun in them. Totally boring people. Totally not his vibe.



So far, touching on the precise nature of transfiguration and the imagination that went into visualization seemed to be the most popular answers, so Norman was not the least bit surprised when both subjects came up in Mordaunt’s answer. “True on all counts, Mr. Mordaunt,” he replied.

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Tadhg arriving shortly after his best friend gave her a soft wamr smile before sitting down beside her. He was glad they decided on a costume, quite honestly he thinks they look fantastic if he must say. Like Lia he worked hard on his costume to make it perfect and as real as possible. Looking around he seen that a lot his fellow classmates had some wicked looking costumes. He was glad him and Lia weren't the only ones that dressed up for the day.


Nodding at his fellow classmates mates answers taking notes while doing so. Biting his lip he raised his hand. "I think why people don't think Transfigurations is creative, cause like everyone else said it takes firm and decisive movements and got to be very precise with what you want it or else you can get a half turned animal that you meant to turn into a glass or so. I reckon people think it's boring cause unlike Charms it doesn't add onto it the properties of it, I mean sure a color changing charm is great and all but changing a animal into something else is wicked!" Clearing his thought he blushed a bit realizing he said the last bit out loud and in a bit of a outburst. Go quiet he wrote down some more notes.


Norman couldn’t hold back a small smile at O’Neill’s answer. Personally, he shared the boy’s opinion on transfiguring animals, but that was neither here nor there. Instead he focused on the distinction between transfiguration and charms. “I suppose that could be true, Mr. O’Neill,” he replied, “Some might find it boring to alter the molecular structure of an object, as in transfiguration, rather than altering its properties, as in charms. It just comes down to personal preference.”

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Ash felt something- kinda- when Nem replied to her. She didn't understand what it was. She listed all the emotions she knew in her brain. Love, anger, betrayal, happiness, fear, relief, guilt, loneliness, disappointment, determination, surprise, misery, pain... etcetera... no. It wasn't there. Ash couldn't place it. She knew what it felt like though, and filed it away for careful analysis. A feeling of lightening. Like you had a 50 pound backpack, and now it weighed 49 pounds. A little bit like relief, but also different. She ought to look up what that emotion was, or subtly ask around. She was curious as to what it was, but she didn't really want it getting out that she didn't know what that emotion was, as she was sure that everyone else knew it. She'd ask... she'd ask... she didn't really know. Maybe the divination teacher. She didn't trust divination, but she didn't trust emotions either, so it all worked out.

"I think that would make me an even better supervillain. Because I'm also a regular, relatable person. And who's to say I'm the evil one, instead of just tragically misunderstood." Seriously, nobody liked player characters stomping on their land, murdering their families, and screaming at them. Nobody did. Really, who was a truly good person? Most people she'd met were neutral at best. Including her, probably. And definitely including player characters...

Wait wait wait. Were they trying to tell her something? About good and evil, or the universe or whatever? Ash was sure it had something to do with the emotion she didn't understand, but she couldn't see a connection. She couldn't place the emotion, and she didn't get the message. But she was 80% sure it was significant somehow, and would probably stare at the ceiling in her dorm reflectively until she understood what she was trying to connect, whether it was real or perceived.

But for now she really ought to concentrate on the lesson... whatever, she could multitask. Speaking of... she loved the costumes, even the destructive dinosaur ones. Ahem. They were focusing on the lesson. "I guess people would say you can't have creativity for safety reasons? Like you turn someone into a fish and accidentally turn them into a reverse mermaid with legs and a fish head. But if you wanted to turn someone into a mermaid with legs and a fish head, I suppose then there would be room for creativity, when you do spell experimentation... but you have to be careful that you don't kill anyone." Cause fish only breathed water. And however much you might hate someone, murder via spell experimentation was not the way to go.

Wait wait wait. Creativity... half-transfiguration... would they be hexing each other to have pumpkins for heads? Ash would rather not. What was a better thing to think about? Ummmmm..... uhhhh.... ummmm.... how about the emotion that Ash didn't recognize? That was more important, and slightly less scary.


A slight smile twitched on Norman’s face at the image of a mermaid with legs and a fish head. “Yes, that certainly would be a creative use for transfiguration,” he replied. “At any rate, that’s a good point, Miss Fox. One must balance creativity with safety.”

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It was only when she heard Aibhilinn wish Carton a ‘Happy Halloween’ did she realise she hadn’t. Poor manners on her part. But at least she’s been polite when he complimented her. It pleased her that Carton realised she had been dedicated to the costume and not go the lazy way of using a wig.

There were some pretty notable costumes but all were creative in her opinion. The artist in her appreciated the talent. Oh! There was a kitty coming towards her. “Hi, Quinn. I really love your costume. Extra points for the creativity.’’ Was that Avalon as a butterfly? It was! Claudine was thrilled that she seemed to be attracting the ‘creatures’. “Hi, Avalon. Thank you!” She low-key thought that she looked horrible with the short hair the moment she saw her reflection in the mirror earlier. “Your costume is so pretty.’’

The sixth year was inclined to agree with Charlotte. “I think Transfiguration can be both. It is precise as many said, yes, but we can use a single spell to make something creative… like changing one’s hair. Or we can use a variety of Transfigurative spells to make something completely new… like a Halloween costume.”


Blaze’s answer started out along the lines of many others, but Norman was pleased with the examples she chose to include. Pertinent not just to the subject, but also the day. “Good examples, Miss Blaze,” he replied, nodding approvingly.

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The laughter did not bother him. He knew how absurd this all looked and at least he didn't look as absurd as his brother with the tiny arms. In fact, the laughter was surprisingly refreshing even this far into term and therefore Atlas found his tainted Gryffindor heart welcoming it.

As Aries entered soon after him and tried to wrangle in the costume that HE had picked out for them, Atlas tried to push the massive T-Rex head back and adjust the little face hole so he could see more easily. Grumbling a few incoherent things about what Aries could do with his grip, the blonde's eyes shifted to Professor Carton when he began his clean up of the Cretaceous size mess he had caused.

And because this was all his brother's fault, Atlas decided that this was a singular Mr. Flamsteed rather than a collective Mr. Flamsteed and therefore the man was solely speaking to his brother. But a couple of words in and suddenly Atlas found himself feeling defensive and, honestly, a bit haughty about the situation. Amazing was being told 'you can't do this' could do to somone. Like putting a roll of bubble wrap in front of him and telling him that he couldn't meticulously pop every single bubble or jump on it to do so or roll himself up in it and make a bubble wrap burrito.

And while Atlas WAS truly apologetic for the mess, and breaking that pumpkin, his brain and mouth were sort of on different playing fields at the moment.

"Pardon me, sir, but we were under the impression that school appropriate meant not revealing too many of your physical assets...which these costumes over compensate for." There was not any attitude in his voice and he spoke more as though he were describing the weather or rattling off some facts about cobalt blue tarantulas. "In the future you might want to specify what exactly 'school appropriate' means to avoid confusion." Air quotes being performed by little claws attached to T-Rex arms was absolutely an absurd sight.

That being said, Atlas had come to a conclusion about his costume now that he had changed sides - though he would always be on the side of his brother. "I'd like my tail shrunk, please."

As for whether or not Transfiguration was limited in its creativity or not...well... There was laws of magic that were followed. Sure, Transfiguration had these fancy official sounding things with Gamp's Law of Elemental Transfiguration, but that didn't mean that every other area of magic was exempt from guidelines.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world," Atlas quoted his dad who had quoted someone else."The only thing limiting creativity is narrowmindedness. Constraints, like laws of magic, are powerful enablers more than hinderances."


Norman had considered how his instructions could be misconstrued, which was why he offered the option of shrinking the dinosaur tails. While he did not tolerate defiance, he would always acknowledge his part in misunderstandings and try to accommodate them. “Fair enough, Mr. Flamsteed,” he said, “School appropriate does mean that, but it also means, unlikely to cause damage or distraction.” He nodded, aiming a spell at the dinosaur tail. He was going to leave the costume intact as much as possible. “Alright. This spell will shrink your tail to fit its surroundings so it won’t knock into anything. It’ll go back to its normal size when there’s nothing nearby.”

The Gryffindor’s answer to the question got an approving nod. “That’s a nice way of looking at it, Mr. Flamsteed,” he said. “There are many people who do see constraints as hindrances.”

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A lot of mayhem going on with some of these costumes. Well, mainly Atlas and Aries' costumes. It was pretty funny though, in Ivy's opinion. And creative! A lot of the costumes people had come up with were, and she was happy with how hers had turned out too.

And speaking of creative...was there room for it in Transfiguration? She considered for a moment, listening to some of the others' answers too. Then she raised her hand. "I think it depends on where you're trying to apply the creativity. Some rules are inflexible, but some of them you can bend a little if you think of a creative solution."


Grimm’s answer earned an approving nod. “That’s true, Miss Grimm, and not just in transfiguration,” Norman said. “A lot of creativity depends on where we apply it.”

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Misa nodded in agreement to everyone that said transfiguration required exactness and precision. She raised her hand and added "I think it's because people consider spellwork to be a creative measure when really problem solving requires just as much, if not more, of it."

So you might need to be exact in the how you execute but why you use transfiguration and what object you choose has ample room for creativity.


Norman noticed Couture nodding along with others’ answers. He supposed he shouldn’t be surprised when her own response was along the same lines. “Good point, Miss Couture,” he replied. “Problem-solving requires quite a bit of creativity.”

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Quinn picked himself up off the floor, steadying his breath and wiping tears out of his eyes. He felt mildly bad that he might've gotten in the way of some people, but jeez that was a good laugh. Quinn nodded at the Professor. "Yes, sir, I'm alright... uh, but yes, I did knit the tail myself," he said, looking down at it. Wass it... noticeably homemade?

He gave Claudine a little smile as he sat back in his seat. "Thanks! I had fun making it. And yours looks really good, too. Interesting seeing you with short hair." Quinn wasn't sure how he felt about Claudine with short hair. It would take some getting used to since this was the first time he had seen it... but, then again, it could very easily be the last time, too. Costumes were generally a one-time thing.

Quinn gave a little side frown at the question. "Well, no, I think you need some imagination. You normally have to visualize whatever you're transfiguring in your mind, and that takes some imagination. Plus, you might be able to customize the shape or color or other physical attributes of whatever you're transfiguring based on what you imagine, right? So I think that's kinda a bogus statement. Like the others said about the rules and the precision—you might not have the most wiggle room, but you don't have none, either."


Norman was relieved to see Kingsley get off the floor and collect himself. There was no need to be self-conscious about the cat tail! He appreciated the effort that went into it. “And you did a great job on it,” he replied. As for the Ravenclaw’s answer to the question, he nodded in approval. “Yes, Mr. Kingsley,” he said. “There’s a lot of room for customization.”

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Mhmm!” she nodded with her hum of agreement going up in octave. The stitch onesie was completely their father’s idea and gift to Lisa. He always had this infectious creative energy that excited Lisa more and pushed her extravagant antics. They were like to sources of light that fed off of each other to make the room seem brighter.

The Jedi robes were a touchy subject. Evan just HAD to mention it, huh? She knew it was her own fault but would she admit that outloud? Absolutely not. Lisa pouted. “I thought I put them in my bag but maybe Jinx fished them out.” she explained as her mind went to work creating an elaborate story of how Noah’s cat was secretly an evil mastermind - no - a Sith Lord! She gasped as she got lost in the dialogue of the whole story before looking back to her brother to see what he thought of her exaggeration.

Class began with a question concerning CREATIVITY and Lisa was here for it. She felt qualified to answer this question but she waited to see what her peers said. The answer that she agreed with the most was Atlas’! He was 150% correct. Imagination was more powerful than knowledge. She even wrote down what he said in her notebook and then doodled the Flamsteed twins in their dinosaur costumes in her book.

Oh right! Back to the question. “Professor.. While there are certain rules that need to be met that are non negotiable... I think if we stop being creative or thinking outside the box or asking why something is the way it is then we lose the ability to create something even more amazing. Amazing in the sense that it’s more practical and fun and AWESOME! I think creativity belongs in transfiguration but I AGREE with Atlas and Quinn. Imagination is key.

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Another one for the imagination bandwagon. Norman nodded approvingly. “Good thinking, Miss Nam,” he replied. “Thinking outside the box is important in all things.”


Norman’s blue-green eyes scanned the classroom in search of more hands in the air. Seeing none seemed a clear indication that anyone who wanted to answer had already done so, and it was time to move on. “Good answers, everyone!” He addressed the class. “As many of you said, transfiguration is a precise branch of magic that requires discipline and concentration. The saying, “there’s no room for creativity in transfiguration” refers to the actual casting of spells more than anything else. Unlike charms which allows for a certain level of personal flourish, wand movements in transfiguration must be firm and decisive; otherwise the spell will be unsuccessful.”

He paused a minute to allow time for the information to sink in before continuing, “That said, there is a certain level of creativity involved in other aspects of transfiguration: application - how we use spells - and visualization - what the end result of your spell should look like. Bearing that in mind, what is an example of a creative use for transfiguration? Some of you already provided one in your last answer; now give me another.”

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Here was another answer to mention the precision of transfiguration. Norman nodded approvingly at O’Hanlan-Draven, for now choosing to focus on the part of her answer that hadn’t already been touched on. “Yes, Miss O’Hanlan-Draven,” he said. “Not only could your target look or work wrong, but there can be dangerous consequences as well. Incomplete transformations, for example.”

Norman’s blue-green eyes scanned the classroom in search of more hands in the air. Seeing none seemed a clear indication that anyone who wanted to answer had already done so, and it was time to move on. “Good answers, everyone!” He addressed the class. “As many of you said, transfiguration is a precise branch of magic that requires discipline and concentration. The saying, “there’s no room for creativity in transfiguration” refers to the actual casting of spells more than anything else. Unlike charms which allows for a certain level of personal flourish, wand movements in transfiguration must be firm and decisive; otherwise the spell will be unsuccessful.”

He paused a minute to allow time for the information to sink in before continuing, “That said, there is a certain level of creativity involved in other aspects of transfiguration: application - how we use spells - and visualization - what the end result of your spell should look like. Bearing that in mind, what is an example of a creative use for transfiguration? Some of you already provided one in your last answer; now give me another.”

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Letting this information sink in and take a few more mental notes as Professor Carton continued on with the lesson. Hearing his second question, Aibhi tried to think of what his question meant and gave it a little time in the class before raising her hand and says, "Professor, correct me if I am wrong, but there are four branches of Transfiguration, right? I think the four are Transformation, Untransfiguration, Vanishment, and Conjuration. Some creative ways you can use Transfiguration is that you can force an Animagus to revert back to their human form, can shoot arrows from the tip of your wand, conjure a bridge, vanish objects...just to name a few."

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He paused a minute to allow time for the information to sink in before continuing, “That said, there is a certain level of creativity involved in other aspects of transfiguration: application - how we use spells - and visualization - what the end result of your spell should look like. Bearing that in mind, what is an example of a creative use for transfiguration? Some of you already provided one in your last answer; now give me another.”
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Remy gulped the candy down and nodded in response to the professor. She couldn't BELIEVE she just broke a classroom rule so carelessly. "Sorry, professor." She replied quietly. Remy peeked a glance over to Ollie, too.

To the question. Hmm... "There's human transfiguration, sir," Remy began. "It's possible to transfigure parts of yourself into animals... or even changing the colour of your hair." Not to be confused with a Metamorphmagus, of course. Remy would be interested in learning that when she was older, but she knew that it was quite dangerous magic.
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There were a lot of examples that sprang to mind for Evan for what could be done for a creative application for Transfiguration, but most of them did center around changing the color of an object which had already been covered, so he decided to think a little more. There was one spell that stood out to him that while he could not really think of a practical application, it was certainly creative. So he raised his hand and waited for his turn to be called open.

"Melofors strikes me as a creative transfiguration spell to use. Turning someone's head into a pumpkin would definitely be interesting, and it could even be used to create your own Halloween costume." Or maybe as a joke? Creativity points certainly should also go to the person who created the spell.
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It sucked not being able to explain herself properly because what Carton was explaining about the application of Transfiguration was exactly what she had been trying to hint at. She actually got that frustrated at herself that Claudine actually felt tears sting her eyes. Darn this trait of her wanting to cry when she was frustrated.

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Since Claudine had already provided an example before {well, two}, she needed to provide another. She cast her mind around for one, blinking furiously to get those tears out of her eyes. “There’s the mice to snuffbox spell where you picture a pretty snuffbox, you may be able to conjure the snuffbox you thought of if you did the spell correctly.”
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Remy gulped the candy down and nodded in response to the professor. She couldn't BELIEVE she just broke a classroom rule so carelessly. "Sorry, professor." She replied quietly. Remy peeked a glance over to Ollie, too.

To the question. Hmm... "There's human transfiguration, sir," Remy began. "It's possible to transfigure parts of yourself into animals... or even changing the colour of your hair." Not to be confused with a Metamorphmagus, of course. Remy would be interested in learning that when she was older, but she knew that it was quite dangerous magic.
Oops. Ollie didn't mean to get Remy a comment of disapproval from the professor. It's Halloween! Shouldn't they be allowed to eat candy in class this one day out of the year? "Sorry" She whispered.

She waited for Remy to produce her answer before giving her own. "Yes! It's also creative because you could use it for, say, a play. Instead of sewing costumes together, you can transfigure one! That sure is a creative way to use transfiguration." She gave a nod at the end. Maybe that was something she could bring to the play when they put out the cast list. That might even earn them extra points in Transfiguration!
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Her huffing had drawn too much attention by the looks of Professor Carton's face. However she didn't really mind because you know what it was frustrating saying things couldn't be creative because it didn't feel out of the box enough for them. Ridiculous.

Listening to everyone give their options on creativity. "Could use it to scare your siblings?" You know not that she had ever done such a thing she would never do such a thing. Her eyes glanced over at the poor first year that was getting in trouble for having food. Poor thing, she had made that mistake once.... she'd tried to not make it a second time.
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Phoebe was pretty sure she had Kizzy's blood on her dress, and she fussed with the sparkley fabric for a while before returning her attention to the Professor's questions. Transfiguration was hard and didn't allow a lot of room for variation, but it was important, too.

"A transfiguration spell would direct the kind of change, but your imagination and intent would direct the details, right? So if I wanted to change my hair color, length, and texture, the spell would let me do it, but my imagination is required to decide that I want to go fully ginger and grow it out by 4 inches." Sounded pretty.
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