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Animagus (plural animagi) is a word in the Harry Potter series referring to a wix who has done the magic necessary to be able to transform into an animal at will. It is a common feature in Harry Potter fic to give Harry (or whoever is the fic's protagonist) an animagus form, and fans enjoy theorizing about which animals form characters from canon would take. There is some discussion amongst fans that one's animagus form is related to one's patronus, though not everyone agrees.
In Wizard World, as a rule, animagi wizards and witches must register with the Ministry at However, within the canon and consequently in the fanon, many characters do not register their animagus form for various reasons, that extend from not trusting the government, hiding the extent of its powers, or using that magic in a criminal manner.
Characters who are animagi in canon:
Fan ReactionsPottermore's explanation of how to become an animagus was dissatisfying to some fans who saw it as just a list of tedious instructions in opposition of the book's assertion that it required skill to achieve.
I can't express how utterly disappointed I was with the Pottermore depiction of it. Like all that talk from Dumbledore about it being 'extraordinary' and you give me that...? And Uagadou students cadually turning into animals...? It contradicts book canon as far as I am concerned. It may be the largest reason why I don't consider Pottermore canon.
Other fans in the thread found that an unfair characterization of the requirements listed on Pottermore, rebutting that "This is a complicated potion requiring lots of preparation" and "the fact that kids in a school managed to pull all of this off without anyone knowing is crazy. The magic in Harry Potter doesn't only need talent, it needs lots of hard work too."
- Kit and Kin by AMarguerite (2015). Minerva McGonagall saves baby Harry from Death Eaters by extending her animagus power to him.
- Perhaps by Naralanis. Narcissa Malfoy is a registered Animagus.
- Lazing around with Padfoot by lunopal
- a normal yoga session by HAX
- Snack dog animagi by ershebet
- Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco by snonions-and-cream
- Minnie and the soothing tea… by joaniefan83
Archives & Fannish Links
- post by Mo0nFishy to r/HPfanfiction on 2 Sept. 2018.
- post by JKoldnameJK to r/HPfanfiction on 8 Sept. 2018.
- post by howAboutNextWeek to r/HPfanfiction on 8 Sept. 2018.
- "lunopal on Twitter: "Lazing around with Padfoot"". 2021-09-03. Archived from the original on 2021-09-03.
- "-HAX- — A normal yoga session". 2021-09-03. Archived from the original on 2021-09-03.
- "who nakhuy — the canine nature defeated Snape. shame. he locked..." 2021-09-03. Archived from the original on 2021-09-03.
- "All Good Snapes — Animagus AU (one of many I have because I love..." 2021-09-03. Archived from the original on 2021-09-03.
- "Everything is Chelsie — Minnie and the soothing tea... Hope you like …". 2021-09-03. Archived from the original on 2021-09-03.