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The Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra) was a jinx that made a target's legs spasm wildly out of control, making it appear as though they were dancing. It worked on both living and inanimate targets, so long as it had legs. It was mainly used to humiliate a victim, but it could be also be used in duelling.
This Dancing Feet Spell was created in ancient Italy but was best remembered for its improper usage by warlock Zaccaria Innocenti who was credited with conjuring a 'dance' within Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, triggering its eruption.
|Zaccaria Innocenti||79 AD||Conjured a 'dance' within Mount Vesuvius, triggering its eruption and killing over a thousand people.|
|First years||June 1992|
|Draco Malfoy||17 December, 1992||Cast this spell on Harry Potter in 1992 at the first and last meeting of the Duelling Club.|
|Albus Dumbledore||June, 1996||Albus Dumbledore used this spell in Hogwarts to make the armour dance.|
|Antonin Dolohov||18 June, 1996||Used it against Neville Longbottom during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries making Neville smash the prophecy of Harry and the Dark Lord.|
|Harry Potter||September, 2020||Harry used this spell while duelling Draco Malfoy in his home.|
- "Essential Tip # 1: You must have an unobstructed view of your subject in order to properly cast the Tarantallegra.
Essential Tip # 2: In order to make a subject dance, it must first possess legs (a spell for growing legs appears in the advanced CAST-A-SPELL training handbook)."
- —Tips on casting, Cast-a-Spell handbook
The Tarantella is a dance originating in Italy. It was believed to cure the effects of the bite of a Tarantula by causing the victim to sweat out the toxin. It wasn't until centuries later that scientists determined the Black Widow was actually the venomous spider in question; people merely blamed the Tarantula because of its size. Allegra may be derived from allegro, a musical tempo meaning "quick and lively"; or simply from the word "leg" as this is the only body part affected by the jinx.
Behind the scenes
- It can be bought at Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment in Diagon Alley in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, and in Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.
- It should be noted that although this spell requires the target to have legs (animate or inanimate) it can also provoke a reaction out of legless targets (for example, it is known to have caused Mt. Vesuvius to erupt).
- The hand movement required to use this jinx, highly resembles a pair of legs dancing. This is most likely intentional as the jinx is the dancing feet spell (Tarantallegra).
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter Official Site
Notes and references
- ↑ Scholastic Pronunciation Guide
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pottermore
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Tarantallegra entry on the Cast-a-Spell kit found in the Library section of the Harry Potter Official Site.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
- ↑ This spell is covered in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1, a Hogwarts Charms textbook.
- ↑ A&E Special on Spiders
- ↑ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- ↑ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
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