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My reading of this has always been that they practised Ron's disguise thoroughly, before they actually attempted the break-in. So I guess Hermione had done a few experiments at Shell Cottage and the most recent one is the "last time" Ron refers to here. We know from the previous chapter that their plans were meticulous and that they took the attack very ...


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Historically, she has reverted to her natural form when she has been rendered unconscious, or when she's suffered severe trauma (this may have changed recently, I haven't kept up with the comics). She does seem to be able to maintain her form while sleeping. This leads me to believe that her shapeshifting is less like tensing a muscle or concentrating and ...


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"Michael Bay" Transformers can choose any form, but there is a size/mass limitation. In the Michael Bay movies, Transformers have an existing robot mode and personality, but can at any time scan a vehicle to use as an alt mode. Their robot mode "armor" changes to accommodate this new form, but the underlying robot's appearance and mass are basically ...


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"Daughter of Regals" by Stephen R Donaldson. It's in the short story collection of the same name. The plot is pretty much as you described. It tells of a young woman called Chrysalis, the nominal ruler of three kingdoms who is about to come of age. To claim her throne, Chrysalis must exhibit the magical abilities of her ancestors the Regals - who ...


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JK Rowling has said that Transfiguration is a highly precise and scientific form of magic: "I see Charms as a slightly lighter subject than Transfiguration. [Transfiguration] is harder work. Charms has a little bit of leeway for more personal creativity. Transfiguration you have to get exactly right, so it's much more of a scientific subject." JK Rowling -...


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Sounds a bit like Jack Chalker's "Web of the Chozen". (1982, ISBN-10: 0345304551) A spacer named Bar Holliday crash lands on an alien planet that is populated by "Choz", quadrupedal, deerlike creatures that turn out to have been genetically modified humans. Apparently they were a religious colony fleeing an oppressively totalitarian society, and their ship'...


10

This is the Hugo and Locus nominated "Options" by John Varley, written in 1979. Technology has enabled the populace of Betaville to change ones sex as easily as changing ones clothes. So when Cleo Lawson finds that her husband is a philanderer she takes the opportunity to change her sex [to Leo] as a means to understanding what it is to be a man, ...


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This is Meihem In Ce Klasrum written in 1946 by Dolton Edwards and originally published in 'The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology'. The story is a classic example of futurespeak. There's a full copy of the text here. Because we are still bearing some of the scars of our brief skirmish with II-B English, it is natural that we should be enchanted by ...


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"Enchanted Village" (aka "The Enchanted Village" aka "The Sands of Mars") by A. E. van Vogt, perhaps his best short story, reprinted many times; originally published in Other Worlds Science Stories, July 1950, available at the Internet Archive. Here is an excerpt: "I've won!" thought Jenner. "The village has found a way!"After a while he remembered ...


10

Could it be "The Color of Distance" by Amy Thomson, published in 1999? Description: Juna is the sole survivor of a team of surveyors marooned in the dense and isolated Tendu rain forest, an uninhabitable world for humans. Her only hope for survival is total transformation--and terrifying assimilation--into the amphibian Tendu species. Juna will learn ...


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I'm going to go with no. Presumably such a restriction would apply to animagi as well, and James turned into a stag, which was (almost certainly) much heavier than himself. As far as where the mass goes, I'd imagine it goes into (and comes from) the same place objects vanished entirely do: "Where do Vanished objects go?" "Into non being, which is to ...


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This may be a stretch, and it's certainly not canon (but it is loosely based on canon). I wouldn't even put it as an answer except that your final question asked "Anyone see a way to reconcile these?" This is a way to reconcile these... Before that night's events started, Hagrid sent the following note to Harry: Lost appeal. They're going to execute ...


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Actually I believe Animagi do not need wands to transform themselves. As suggested by Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 19: The Servant of Lord Voldemort "Er -- Mr. Black -- Sirius?" said Hermione. Black jumped at being addressed like this and stared at Hermione as though he had never seen anything quite like her. ...


9

Moody punished Draco by humiliating him. Even right after he’s Transfigured back, Draco seems to be aware that something bad, painful, and embarrassing happened to him, even if he didn’t specifically remember he was a ferret. “Malfoy, whose pale eyes were still watering with pain and humiliation, looked malevolently up at Moody and muttered something in ...


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It is called (incorrectly, IMO) drakanthropy and has it's roots in Far East mythology. And this answers part of your question - it's not "modern fantasy". The Chinese further state that they (maybe broadly humans, definitely Chinese folk) are descendants of the dragons. Also, sometimes, it is being defined as common ancestor of human and other species (...


8

Never saw 1986 the remake, but in the original "Invaders From Mars" they fall into a cave in the ground and have the drilling of the control device into the back of the neck. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091276/ Maybe?


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According to the answer to this question, there will be a magical component, so Polyjuice potions won't be solely a chemical transformation. It makes sense that the magical component comes from transfiguration, then.


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For most of them in the first movie at least, it appeared that they chose one of the first vehicles that they saw after arriving on Earth. But, as we saw from Bumblebee, they can change it at any time.


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There is now an official answer, the: Subspace Storage Pocket Greg Sepelak and Trent Troop used this phrase in two of their stories for the official Transformers Collectors' Club comic. Hence this phrase is now canon. The subspace storage pocket is used by multiple transformers, eg for weapons storage, gestalt parts and mass changes. Source; this rather ...


6

I think you're coming from a flawed starting position in werewolves requiring sight of the moon to transform. As you mention, Lupin transformed in the Shrieking Shack without sight of the moon. In this case Lupin's transformation just happened to kick in at the same time as the cloud revealing the moon, for dramatic effect. This becomes more apparent ...


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Actually I found the answer myself, after searching high and low on the net! It is Phoenix 2772. …Godo is one such child brought up to be a cadet and nursed by the beautiful robot-maid Olga… …After learning that Rena is to marry Rock, Godo had become stricken with misery and pushes away Olga's advances when she shows signs of love (and previously ...


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Could this be the film Ssssss from 1973? While it does have a young man being transformed into a snake, and there is a scene at a freak show as you describe, I don't recall the "romantic" scene in the woods you mention. (But then, I haven't seen the movie in a very long time, either.) From the Wikipedia entry: Dr. Carl Stoner (Martin), a herpetologist, ...


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I think it is indeed Space Firebird 2772. You can watch the entire thing on YouTube. Practically everything you have mentioned matches; only the part about orangutans is suspect, but (see below) there is a part that you might have remembered that way. The characters are in hand-drawn anime style, with varying degrees of ...


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It sounds a lot like Cat Wife, written by Arch Obeler and performed by Wyllis Cooper's Lights Out radio program in February, 1939. From the Old Time Radio link: A husband's feline-like wife goes too far. This broadcast has an amazing performance by Boris Karloff and an even better one by the actress who stars as "Cat Wife" -- sadly she receives no ...


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As Nick said, it definitely sounds like the plot of "Invaders from Mars", but I think some of the visual details you remember make it more likely that it's the 1986 remake rather than the 1953 original, which (for now) can be seen online here: At around 37:35 you can see the boy entering into the Martian underground base (...


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Murray Leinster The Mad Planet The Red Dust Nightmare Planet The Forgotten Planet I only saw references to The Mad Planet, they included hazy, cloudy skies and near extinction and eventual evolution of the species, but it did not refer to metamorphosis into flying beings.


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Willing transformation as an Animagus does not need a wand. Pettigrew needed a wand in his case because a spell was cast on him to transform him into his human form. I think the reason that Pettigrew needed a wand in this case was because Sirius and Remus forced him to transform into a human: Black had already retrieved Severus’s wand from the bed. He ...


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I think you remember incorrectly: Pettigrew had dived for Lupin's dropped wand. Ron, unsteady on his bandaged leg, fell. There was a bang, a burst of light - and Ron lay motionless on the ground. Another bang - Crookshanks flew into the air and back to the earth in a heap. 'Expelliarmus!' Harry yelled, pointing his own wand at Pettigrew; Lupin's wand ...


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Depends on his skill level. To return to a human form, visualise your human self as clearly as you can. This should be sufficient, but do not panic if the transformation does not occur immediately. With practice, you will be able to slip in and out of your animal form at will, simply by visualising the creature. Advanced Animagi can transform without ...


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Perhaps you are thinking of "The Sparrow"? It focuses on a Jesuit priest who goes to live in an alien culture, and is physically altered by the aliens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sparrow_%28novel%29


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