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Italy is a country on the Mediterranean coast of Europe, consisting of a boot-shaped peninsula and a number of islands, the largest of which are Sicily and Sardinia.[1]


In 79 A.D., the warlock Zaccaria Innocenti cast Tarantallegra on himself and danced around inside the crater of Mount Vesuvius,[2] a volcano located 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) east of the city of Naples.[3] The mountain also erupted that year, destroying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and killing at least 1500 people.[3]

A sub-committee of sorcerers from the island of Sardinia did something of note in September of 1289. Professor Binns mentioned this during a lecture on the International Warlock Convention of 1289 he gave to his second-year History of Magic students in 1992.[4]



The flag of Italy hanging in the all-night café on Tottenham Court Road.

Italian cuisine is popular around the world.[5] There was an all-night café on Tottenham Court Road in London which served hot panini, where Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger sought refuge after fleeing the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour in 1997.[6]


Notes and references

  1. "Italy" on Wikipedia
  2. Tarantallegra entry on the Cast-a-Spell kit found in the Library section of the Harry Potter Official Site
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Mount Vesuvius" on Wikipedia
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9
  5. "Italian cuisine" on Wikipedia
  6. In the the film adaptation of Deathly Hallows, an Italian flag can be seen hanging inside the café, and "hot panini" is advertised on its window (see this image).

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