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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[3]

The Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra) is a jinx that makes a target's legs spasm wildly out of control,[2] making it appear as though they are dancing. It works on both living and inanimate targets, so long as it has legs.[3] It is mainly used to humiliate a victim, but it can be also be used in duelling.[4][5][6]

History

This Dancing Feet Spell was created in ancient 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.[3]

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.[3]
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.[7]

Dancing pinapple
Draco Malfoy 17 December, 1992 Cast this spell on Harry Potter in 1992 at the first and last meeting of the Duelling Club.[4]
Albus Dumbledore June, 1996 Albus Dumbledore used this spell in Hogwarts to make the armour dance.[8]
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.[5]
Harry Potter September, 2020 Harry used this spell while duelling Draco Malfoy in his home.[6]

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 legs appears in the advanced CAST-A-SPELL training handbook).
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—Tips on casting, Cast-a-Spell handbook[3]
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 in question must possess legs for the spell to work properly, otherwise, the spell may provoke an undesired reaction, such as in the case of Mt. Vesuvius.[3]

Known practitioners

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.[10] 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

Appearances

Notes and references


Charms (class)
PS Wingardium Leviosa feather
Charmbook writers and developers
Blagdon Blay · Daisy Pennifold · Delfina Crimp · Miranda Goshawk · Jarleth Hobart · Basil Horton · Randolph Keitch · Levina Monkstanley · Orabella Nuttley · Mnemone Radford · Scarpin · Elliot Smethwyck · Felix Summerbee · Fred Weasley · George Weasley · Violeta Stitch
Professors Fortinbras · Filius Flitwick
Textbooks Achievements in Charming · Extreme Incantations · Quintessence: A Quest · The Standard Book of Spells
Charms studied at Hogwarts
Banishing Charm (Depulso) · Cheering Charm · Cistem Aperio · Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra) · Descendo · Disillusionment Charm · Drought Charm · Eradication Spell (Deletrius) · Engorgement Charm (Engorgio) · Exploding Charm (Bombarda) · Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Freezing Charm (Immobulus) · Freezing Spell (Glacius) · Full Body-Bind Curse (Petrificus Totalus) · General Counter-Spell (Finite Incantatem) · Growth Charm · Knitting Charm · Knockback Jinx (Flipendo) · Leg-Locker Curse (Locomotor Mortis) · Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) · Locking Spell (Colloportus) · Locomotion Charm (Locomotor) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Memory Charm (Obliviate) · Muffliato Charm (Muffliato) · Nonverbal spell · Pack Charm (Pack) · Red Sparks (Vermillious) · Reductor Curse (Reducto) · Scouring Charm (Scourgify) · Seize and Pull Charm (Carpe Retractum) · Severing Charm (Diffindo) · Shrinking Charm (Reducio) · Silencing Charm (Silencio) · Slowing Charm (Arresto Momentum) · Skurge Scouring Charm (Skurge) · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Spell for growing legs · Substantive Charm · Summoning Charm (Accio) · Tickling Charm (Rictusempra) · Unlocking Charm (Alohomora) · Vinegar into Wine · Wand-Extinguishing Charm (Nox) · Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos) · Lumos Maxima · Water-Making Spell (Aguamenti)


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: Banishing Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Engorgement Charm · Fire-Making Spell · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Memory Charm · Mending Charm · Severing Charm · Softening Charm · Substantive Charm · Summoning Charm · Tickling Charm · Unlocking Charm
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