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"The "Dancing Feet" spell has its origins in ancient Italy, but is best remembered for its improper usage by Warlock Zaccaria Innocenti who is credited with conjuring a 'dance' within Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD."
—History of this spell, Cast-a-Spell handbook[2]

The Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra) is a jinx that makes a target's legs spasm wildly out of control,[3] making it appear as though they are dancing.

History

This spell has its origins in Italy but is best remembered for its improper usage by warlock Zaccaria Innocenti who is credited with conjuring a 'dance' within Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, triggering its eruption.[2] It is mainly used to humiliate a victim, but it can be also be used in duelling.

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Zaccaria Innocenti 79 AD Conjured a 'dance' within Mount Vesuvius, triggering its eruption and killing over a thousand people.
First years June 1992

It is possible this is the spell used to make a pineapple dance across the classroom in the first year Charms exam.

Dancing pinapple
Draco Malfoy 17 December, 1992 Cast this spell on Harry Potter in 1992 at the first meeting of the Duelling Club.
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 uses this spell while duelling Draco Malfoy in his home.
Albus Dumbledore June,

1996

Albus Dumbledore uses this spell in Hogwarts to make the armour dance.

Casting

"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 legts appears in the advanced CAST-A-SPELL training handbook.
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—Tips on casting, Cast-a-Spell handbook[2]
In order to be successfully cast, the spell requires a clear, unobstructed view of the target. The spell works on both living and inanimate targets, but the target must possess legs for the spell to work properly, otherwise, the spell may provoke an undesired reaction reaction out of legless targets, such as in the case of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.[2]

Etymology

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.[4] 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.

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Appearances

Notes and references


The Standard Book of Spells
Book of Spells 1
Grade 1 · Grade 2 · Grade 3 · Grade 4 · Grade 5 · Grade 6 · Grade 7
Charms included in the series: Fire-Making Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Mending Charm · Softening Charm · Severing Charm · Unlocking Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Disarming Charm · Engorgement Charm · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Memory Charm · Tickling Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Substantive Charm