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"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,[1] also known as the Jelly-Legs Jinx[2][3][4][5] (Locomotor Wibbly)[1] was a dark charm that caused the victim's legs to collapse[8] as if they were turned to jelly. This spell was covered in Curses and Counter-Curses by Professor Vindictus Viridian.[1]

This spell would have unpleasant side effects if used in conjunction with the Pimple Jinx, namely causing little tentacles to sprout all over the victim's face.[3]

Known users

Caster(s) Date Notes
Nymphadora Tonks 1987 Tonks learned this spell as a young girl, and taught it to Jacob's sibling.[9]
Jacob's sibling Jacob's sibling was taught this spell by Tonks, as thanks for helping her avoid detention.[9]
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.[2]
George Weasley Crabbe was hit with this spell, 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 sixth year Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson on Hermione Granger, but she used a nonverbal Shield Charm to block it.[4]

Known practitioners

See also

Behind the scenes

  • In the GBC video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, this spell is used to paralyse the opponent for a near-indefinite amount of 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?".[10] 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[11]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Pottermore - Curses and Counter-Curses spell menu
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 37 (The Beginning)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - GBC version
  7. Jelly-Legs Curse described on Pottermore (see this image)
  8. Jelly-Legs Curse practise screen on Pottermore (see this image)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Side Quest "Trouble with Tonks"
  10. Scholastic interview with J. K. Rowling
  11. 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