"Jelly-Legs Curse: Point your wand directly at your enemy and shout Locomotor Wibbly!'"
Vindictus Viridian, Curses and Counter-Curses.[src]

The Jelly-Legs Curse, also known as the Jelly-Legs Jinx (Locomotor Wibbly) is a dark charm that causes the victim's legs to collapse[1] as if they were turned to jelly. This curse is covered in Curses and Counter-Curses by Professor Vindictus Viridian.

Known users

Caster(s) Date Notes
Hermione Granger June 1995 Hermione used this spell on Harry Potter while he was practising the Shield Charm for the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament.[3]
George Weasley Crabbe was hit with this jinx, in combination with Pimple Jinx, by Harry and George Weasley, causing little tentacles to sprout all over his face.[3]
Neville Longbottom September 1996 Neville used this spell during their first six year Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson on Hermione Granger, but she used nonverbal Shield Charm.
Nymphadora Tonks 1987 Tonks learned this spell as a young girl[4], and taught it to Jacob's sibling.
Jacob's sibling Jacob's sibling was taught this spell by Tonks, as thanks for helping her avoid detention.

Behind the scenes

  • In the GBC video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this spell is used to damage the opponent for multiple turns.
  • When asked whether anything in the series reflects any of her childhood fantasies, author J. K. Rowling says, "...who wouldn't want to be able to use the Jelly-Legs Curse?"[5]. This seemingly confirms that it is a curse, rather than a jinx.
  • There have been various mistranslations of this spell's name, such as "Jell-O Legs", "Jam Legs", "Broken Legs" and "Twisted Limping Legs", in the Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese versions of the books[6]

See also


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jelly-Legs Jinx practise screen on Pottermore (see this image)
  2. Jelly-Legs Curse described on Pottermore (see this image)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Year 4, The Trouble with Tonks
  5. Scholastic interview with J. K. Rowling
  6. Mistranslations: Jelly-Legs

Curses and Counter-Curses
Spells included in the book: Full Body-Bind Curse · Leg-Locker Curse · Jelly-Legs Curse · Pimple Jinx · Stickfast Hex · Tickling Hex · Tongue-Tying Curse · Hair Loss Curse