"Besides, I am supposed to be taking you for education, and, as soon as I finished my snack here, that is what we shall have to do"(pg 164)
"Where are you going to take me?"(pg 164)
When in Merlin's home, there were a lot of weird things happening including the dishes cleaning themselves. Humanlike qualities to objects is an element of fantasy.
Talking animals are definitely an element of fantasy especially when there are very unrealistic things happening with the characters including them talking like humans. Examples include Archimedes the owl talking or the fish talking at the moat.
Merlin uses his magical skills to turn Wart into different animals.