Jorpho wrote:Thanks for that. Much appreciated. But does that mean a living being can be Transfigured as long as the new form doesn't breathe..? I feel like there's some arse-pulling going on here.
Continuing from the end of my previous quote:
Chapter 15 wrote:That explained why he had seen such things as fat boys, or girls less than perfectly pretty. Or old people, for that matter. That wouldn't happen if you could just Transfigure yourself every morning... Harry raised his hand and tried to signal Professor McGonagall with his eyes.
"Yes, Mr. Potter?"
"Is it possible to Transfigure a living subject into a target that is static, such as a coin - no, excuse me, I'm terribly sorry, let's just say a steel ball."
Professor McGonagall shook her head. "Mr. Potter, even inanimate objects undergo small internal changes over time. There would be no visible changes to your body afterwards, and for the first minute, you would notice nothing wrong. But in an hour you would be sick, and in a day you would be dead."
MOR Transfiguration is completely different from canon, but my own mental model of MOR Transfiguration has, with one exception, remained unchanged since the early chapters (i.e., roughly since the partial Transfiguration discovery). The one exception is
My mental model says that it's not a problem with living subjects per se, but with subjects that are damaged by microscopic changes. For example, if you Transfigured a microprocessor to a steel ball and back, it would no longer be functional. My model says that using a stable target like a single buckyball might avoid the problem, but there have been no tests like this in story.