The trantalegra spell had a large impact on both the wizarding world and the muggle world. How far do you agree?
Whilst Trantalegra, the tap dance spell, had a large impact when it was first invented in the avant-garde movement of 1923-1928 Weimar Germany, its impact has decreased over time as it has degraded into a children's jinx.
When Trantalegra was first invented as a cross between a charm and a hex, bought to Germany with the Jazz movement by sorceresses' from the Salem Witches institute, the influence on both Wizarding and muggle dance at the time was dramatic. Experimental wizards used it as a way to impress friends at dances and the characteristic twisting movement evolved into many new forms of dance, the most noticeable the later creation of the twist in the 1960s. The impact was significant on the younger generations of both Wizards and muggles, becoming a pivotal part in the expanding arts movements which burgeoned after the end of the Ruhr crisis and the stabilization of Germany's economy after hyperinflation. However, its effects were not all positive. Many pure blood wizarding families frowned upon the influx of muggle culture and similarly there were many conservative pressure groups within Muggle Germany who proclaimed the avant-garde movement to be immoral. This was very significant as it gave rise to a growing number of right-wing extremist groups playing on conservative sympathies, allowing the parties to gain votes in the Weimar government, eventually leading to the appointment of Hitler by Hindenburg. This was also significant for the wizarding world as factions began to appear in the German Ministry of magic (Zaubereiministerium) between the more staunch pure blood family representatives and the more liberal half bloods and younger wizarding members. This culminated in an intervention by the International confederation of wizards in 1929, which cost large amounts of money and led to many wizarding families withdrawing from muggle society in protest, removing thier shares from companies and causeing the Wall Street Crash, which some see as a major cause of World War two. Whilst the use of Tarantalagra, and the expansion of wizarding and muggle culture, was not the main cause of this –polarisation of the American Institute of Magic had been an issue since the breach of clause 73 of the statute of secrets act involving a muggle memorial ground and a large number of redkapps in 1931- it was one of the underlieing causes, suggesting it had a large impact on both the wizarding and muggle community.
However, over the past 20 years the value of the spell had decreased. After the 1980's act passed by the department of games and sports banned it in any formal dance competitions, the overall usesage of the spell has decreased from aproximatly 14,000 casts per year to around 8,000 casts per year. Removal of the practical use of the spell has led to the idea that Trantalegra is simply a trick, designed to amuse, rather than to enhance the charmed person's dance skills. When used on an untrained dancer, the effect is amuseing but not effective, merely causeing sporadic kicks and twists. On the other hand, when cast on a trained dancer the spell will manginfy the dancer's ability, stimulating the muscle memory without the pain of the build up of lactic acid from anaerobic respiration or the stretching of ligaments. It was this origional use that was so admired by the caberet movements of the 1920s but it's impact has lessened over time, leading to is decreased usage and significance.
In conclusion, whilst Tarantalegra had a large impact when it was first invented, it's impact had lessened in both the muggle and wizarding worlds.