Alchemy is a permanent way to change objects. Alchemy uses magic to enact real changes at the mundane level of things. It is the bridge that links magic to muggle disciplines such as chemistry and physics. Most other forms of magic, including potions and transfiguration, use magic to directly apply an effect over a structure that doesn't change and that is not what Alchemy does.
Alchemy does not create new things, it merely works with what is already there. You can not permanently create from nothing, but you can permanently change some things to others, if one knew how.
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[ v ]Human magic
|Wand based||Alchemy · Charms · Duelling · Transfiguration · Wand lore|
|Wandless||Enchantments · Herbology · Necromancy · Potions · Rituals|
|Mixed||Divination · Healing · Magical theory · Mind magic|
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