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[[File:Screen_Shot_2013-09-30_at_8.00.40_PM.png|thumb||250px|right|The Dark Mark in the sky]]
 
{{Quote|...You-Know-Who and his followers sent the Dark Mark into the air whenever they killed. The terror it inspired...you have no idea, you’re too young. Just picture coming home and finding the Dark Mark hovering over your house, and knowing what you’re about to find inside... Everyone’s worst fear...the very worst.|[[Arthur Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|...You-Know-Who and his followers sent the Dark Mark into the air whenever they killed. The terror it inspired...you have no idea, you’re too young. Just picture coming home and finding the Dark Mark hovering over your house, and knowing what you’re about to find inside... Everyone’s worst fear...the very worst.|[[Arthur Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
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==Appearance==
 
==Appearance==
[[File:Dark_Mark_Over_Hogwarts.JPG|thumb|236px|The Dark Mark above [[Hogwarts Castle]] during the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]]]]
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[[File:Tumblr_n3wuitxArT1qetk8mo1_250.gif|frame|left|The Dark Mark]]
 
The Dark Mark appears as a glittering green skull with a snake protruding from its mouth. This might have been inspired by the hiding place of the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk in]] the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. When summoned, the basilisk would emerge from the mouth of [[Salazar Slytherin]]. The serpent is also the symbol of [[Slytherin]] house, and thus appropriate to be used by the [[Tom Riddle|Heir of Slytherin]].
 
The Dark Mark appears as a glittering green skull with a snake protruding from its mouth. This might have been inspired by the hiding place of the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk in]] the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. When summoned, the basilisk would emerge from the mouth of [[Salazar Slytherin]]. The serpent is also the symbol of [[Slytherin]] house, and thus appropriate to be used by the [[Tom Riddle|Heir of Slytherin]].
   
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{{Quote|The werewolf might be allowed to wear Death Eater robes when they wanted to use him, but only Voldemort's inner circle were branded with the Dark Mark: Greyback had not been granted this highest honour.|[[Harry Potter]] on [[Fenrir Greyback]]'s lack of a Dark Mark|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Quote|The werewolf might be allowed to wear Death Eater robes when they wanted to use him, but only Voldemort's inner circle were branded with the Dark Mark: Greyback had not been granted this highest honour.|[[Harry Potter]] on [[Fenrir Greyback]]'s lack of a Dark Mark|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
[[File:DarkMarkCrouch.JPG|thumb|left|The Dark Mark on [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]]'s arm.]]
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[[File:DarkMarkCrouch.JPG|thumb|230px|The Dark Mark on [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]]'s arm.]]
 
An inactive Dark Mark appears as a faint mark on the inner part of the left forearm, similar to that of "a vivid red [[tattoo]]"; an active one is jet black.
 
An inactive Dark Mark appears as a faint mark on the inner part of the left forearm, similar to that of "a vivid red [[tattoo]]"; an active one is jet black.
[[File:LuciusDarkMark.jpg|thumb|The Dark Mark on Lucius Malfoy's arm.]]
 
[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] placed the Dark Mark [[Wikipedia:branding|brand]] on his followers' inner left forearms both as a sign of their loyalty to him and as a method of summoning them to him when he desired. This was done by pressing his wand to any [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]'s Mark, which turns it jet black and delivers a burning sensation to any person with the Dark Mark. Feeling the burn, the Death Eaters then [[Apparition|Apparate]] to Voldemort's side.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> Death Eaters could also use it to signal Voldemort by pressing on their Dark Marks. Bearing this mark also allows the Death Eaters to bypass a [[Death Eater's barrier curse|cursed barrier]] that is also invented by Voldemort.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> During the height of the [[Second Wizarding War]], they were under orders to only signal [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] if they had successfully captured [[Harry Potter]], or face severe penalties. The brands faded to scars with the death of the Dark Lord. There is no possible way of getting rid of the Dark Mark.
 
   
[[File:Markdolohov.jpg|thumb|274px|The Dark Mark on [[Antonin Dolohov|Dolohov's]] arm]]Only Voldemort's inner circle were branded with the Dark Mark, which was considered a great honour among his followers. Thus, people like the [[Snatchers]] never received one.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 23</ref> After Voldemort was defeated for the final time, the dark marks faded to a scar, similar to Harry's lightning-bolt scar. They would no longer burn, but would remain nevertheless.
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[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] placed the Dark Mark [[Wikipedia:branding|brand]] on his followers' inner left forearms both as a sign of their loyalty to him and as a method of summoning them to him when he desired. This was done by pressing his wand to any [[Death Eaters|Death Eater's]] Mark, which turns it jet black and delivers a burning sensation to any person with the Dark Mark. Feeling the burn, the Death Eaters then [[Apparition|Apparate]] to Voldemort's side. When Voldemort was regaining his strength after his first defeat, the faded marks were getting clearer, and were burning slightly, a sign of their master's impending return.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> Death Eaters could also use it to signal Voldemort by pressing on their Dark Marks. Bearing this mark also allows the Death Eaters to bypass a [[Death Eater's barrier curse|cursed barrier]] that is also invented by Voldemort.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> During the height of the [[Second Wizarding War]], they were under orders to only signal [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] if they had successfully captured [[Harry Potter]], or face severe penalties. After Voldemort was defeated for the final time, the dark marks faded to a scar, similar to Harry's lightning-bolt scar. They would no longer burn, but would remain nevertheless. There is no possible way of getting rid of the Dark Mark.
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[[File:Markdolohov.jpg|thumb|left|240px|The Dark Mark on [[Antonin Dolohov|Dolohov's]] arm]]Only Voldemort's inner circle were branded with the Dark Mark, which was considered a great honour among his followers. Thus, people like the [[Snatchers]] never received one.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 23</ref>
   
 
[[Hermione Granger]] used the [[Protean Charm]] to create [[Dumbledore's Army coin|special coins]] for [[Dumbledore's Army]], which would heat up when signaling a meeting, and she claimed that she indeed got the idea from the Dark Mark. However, instead of burning them onto the members' arms, she decided to use coins, something that Harry agreed was better.
 
[[Hermione Granger]] used the [[Protean Charm]] to create [[Dumbledore's Army coin|special coins]] for [[Dumbledore's Army]], which would heat up when signaling a meeting, and she claimed that she indeed got the idea from the Dark Mark. However, instead of burning them onto the members' arms, she decided to use coins, something that Harry agreed was better.
[[File:Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Lord Voldemort is back part 1|thumb|center|300px|Death Eater apparition]]
 
   
 
==In the sky==
 
==In the sky==
[[File:The_Dark_Mark_in_the_sky_over_the_Quidditch_World_Cup_campsite.jpg|thumb|170px|The Dark Mark over the Quidditch World Cup]]
 
 
{{Main|Morsmordre}}
 
{{Main|Morsmordre}}
   
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[[File:Dark_Mark_Over_Hogwarts.JPG|thumb|210px|The Dark Mark above the [[Astronomy Tower]].]]
 
As a signature of their work, the Death Eaters can also use a spell to create an image of the Dark Mark in the sky. The incantation of this spell is ''[[Morsmordre]]''. The appearance of the one in the sky is basically the same as the one on the forearm, but green in colour.
 
As a signature of their work, the Death Eaters can also use a spell to create an image of the Dark Mark in the sky. The incantation of this spell is ''[[Morsmordre]]''. The appearance of the one in the sky is basically the same as the one on the forearm, but green in colour.
   
[[File:Dark Mark Over London.JPG|thumb|left|248px|The Dark Mark over the [[London]] skies.]]
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[[File:Dark_Mark_Over_London.JPG|thumb|left|210px|The Dark Mark over the [[London]] skies.]]
   
 
Notable uses include in the woods during the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]] Final, when it was cast by [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], and over the [[Astronomy Tower]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] by [[Gibbon]] in [[1997]]. It normally appears where there has been death by the hands of Death Eaters or [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].
 
Notable uses include in the woods during the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]] Final, when it was cast by [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], and over the [[Astronomy Tower]] of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] by [[Gibbon]] in [[1997]]. It normally appears where there has been death by the hands of Death Eaters or [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*[[Fred and George Weasley]] created [[Edible Dark Mark]] for their joke shop.
 
*[[Fred and George Weasley]] created [[Edible Dark Mark]] for their joke shop.
[[File:20110819-js-dark-mark-comparison.jpg|thumb|300px|right|The Dark Mark as seen in the films of [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] (left) and [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]] (right).]]
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[[File:20110819-js-dark-mark-comparison.jpg|thumb|240px|The Dark Mark as seen in the films of [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] (left) and [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]] (right).]]
 
*The Dark Mark in the sky and on the Death Eaters&apos; arms are different in appearance. The one in the sky is plainly a skull with a snake coming out straight out of its mouth, while the brand on Death Eater&apos;s arm is much more intricate and detailed, the snake being much longer and winding.
 
*The Dark Mark in the sky and on the Death Eaters&apos; arms are different in appearance. The one in the sky is plainly a skull with a snake coming out straight out of its mouth, while the brand on Death Eater&apos;s arm is much more intricate and detailed, the snake being much longer and winding.
 
*The spells used to brand and conjure the Dark Mark were likely invented by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. He may have based the spell on the [[Protean Charm]], as [[Hermione Granger]] mentioned in [[1995]] that the Dark Mark inspired her to use the [[Protean Charm]] to create the [[Dumbledore's Army coin|method of communication]] used by [[Dumbledore's Army|Dumbledore&apos;s Army]].
 
*The spells used to brand and conjure the Dark Mark were likely invented by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]. He may have based the spell on the [[Protean Charm]], as [[Hermione Granger]] mentioned in [[1995]] that the Dark Mark inspired her to use the [[Protean Charm]] to create the [[Dumbledore's Army coin|method of communication]] used by [[Dumbledore's Army|Dumbledore&apos;s Army]].
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== Appearances ==
 
== Appearances ==
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[[File:SnapeDarkMarkShowPottermore.png|thumb|Snape showing his Dark Mark to the crowd in the Hospital Wing]]
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
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The Dark Mark in the sky

"...You-Know-Who and his followers sent the Dark Mark into the air whenever they killed. The terror it inspired...you have no idea, you’re too young. Just picture coming home and finding the Dark Mark hovering over your house, and knowing what you’re about to find inside... Everyone’s worst fear...the very worst."
Arthur Weasley[src]

The Dark Mark is the symbol of Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. It refers both to a magically induced brand that every Death Eater bears on his or her inner left forearm, and to the same symbol conjured in the air by the spell Morsmordre.

AppearanceEdit

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The Dark Mark

The Dark Mark appears as a glittering green skull with a snake protruding from its mouth. This might have been inspired by the hiding place of the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. When summoned, the basilisk would emerge from the mouth of Salazar Slytherin. The serpent is also the symbol of Slytherin house, and thus appropriate to be used by the Heir of Slytherin.

The symbol might also be related to the fact that Lord Voldemort was a Parselmouth, a gift he thought made him unlike the rest of the wizarding world. The Dark Mark on the forearm is black, while the Dark Mark conjured by Morsmordre is green, this is most likely for more contrast with each respective background as a black Dark Mark would be hard to see in the night sky.

On the armEdit

"The werewolf might be allowed to wear Death Eater robes when they wanted to use him, but only Voldemort's inner circle were branded with the Dark Mark: Greyback had not been granted this highest honour."
Harry Potter on Fenrir Greyback's lack of a Dark Mark[src]
DarkMarkCrouch

The Dark Mark on Barty Crouch Jr's arm.

An inactive Dark Mark appears as a faint mark on the inner part of the left forearm, similar to that of "a vivid red tattoo"; an active one is jet black.

Lord Voldemort placed the Dark Mark brand on his followers' inner left forearms both as a sign of their loyalty to him and as a method of summoning them to him when he desired. This was done by pressing his wand to any Death Eater's Mark, which turns it jet black and delivers a burning sensation to any person with the Dark Mark. Feeling the burn, the Death Eaters then Apparate to Voldemort's side. When Voldemort was regaining his strength after his first defeat, the faded marks were getting clearer, and were burning slightly, a sign of their master's impending return.[1] Death Eaters could also use it to signal Voldemort by pressing on their Dark Marks. Bearing this mark also allows the Death Eaters to bypass a cursed barrier that is also invented by Voldemort.[2] During the height of the Second Wizarding War, they were under orders to only signal Voldemort if they had successfully captured Harry Potter, or face severe penalties. After Voldemort was defeated for the final time, the dark marks faded to a scar, similar to Harry's lightning-bolt scar. They would no longer burn, but would remain nevertheless. There is no possible way of getting rid of the Dark Mark.

Markdolohov

The Dark Mark on Dolohov's arm

Only Voldemort's inner circle were branded with the Dark Mark, which was considered a great honour among his followers. Thus, people like the Snatchers never received one.[3]

Hermione Granger used the Protean Charm to create special coins for Dumbledore's Army, which would heat up when signaling a meeting, and she claimed that she indeed got the idea from the Dark Mark. However, instead of burning them onto the members' arms, she decided to use coins, something that Harry agreed was better.

In the skyEdit

Main article: Morsmordre
Dark Mark Over Hogwarts

The Dark Mark above the Astronomy Tower.

As a signature of their work, the Death Eaters can also use a spell to create an image of the Dark Mark in the sky. The incantation of this spell is Morsmordre. The appearance of the one in the sky is basically the same as the one on the forearm, but green in colour.

Dark Mark Over London

The Dark Mark over the London skies.

Notable uses include in the woods during the 1994 Quidditch World Cup Final, when it was cast by Barty Crouch Jr., and over the Astronomy Tower of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by Gibbon in 1997. It normally appears where there has been death by the hands of Death Eaters or Lord Voldemort.

The other form of the Dark Mark has been seen when Voldemort touches the Dark Mark branded on an arm, a skull forms in the sky above and the alerted Death Eaters apparate out of its mouth instead of a snake.

Behind the scenesEdit

20110819-js-dark-mark-comparison

The Dark Mark as seen in the films of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (left) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (right).

  • The Dark Mark in the sky and on the Death Eaters' arms are different in appearance. The one in the sky is plainly a skull with a snake coming out straight out of its mouth, while the brand on Death Eater's arm is much more intricate and detailed, the snake being much longer and winding.
  • The spells used to brand and conjure the Dark Mark were likely invented by Lord Voldemort. He may have based the spell on the Protean Charm, as Hermione Granger mentioned in 1995 that the Dark Mark inspired her to use the Protean Charm to create the method of communication used by Dumbledore's Army.
  • Peter Pettigrew, despite being a low-ranking soldier for his cowardice and lacking skills, is branded with a Dark Mark. However, he is not given the same respect as the other Death Eaters would receive, and is instead treated as a lowly household servant by both his master and his colleagues. Voldemort would use it shortly after his resurrection to summon his other Death Eaters
  • When Harry mentions that the Dumbledore's Army coin reminds him of the Death Eaters' brands, he incorrectly refers to the brand as a scar.
  • In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Dark Mark is cast by Gibbon in order to lure Dumbledore to the Astronomy Tower. In the film version, the Mark is cast by Bellatrix Lestrange in celebration after Dumbledore's death.
  • In the beginning of the fourth film, the skull and snake appear as a green glowing light, brightening like an Aurora, while later in the same film and twice in the sixth film, the skull is moulded from the clouds. There also seems to be no serpent jutting out of the mouth of the skull.
  • At the near end of the fourth film, when Barty Jr. held Harry inside his office, he kept rubbing Harry's wound where Pettigrew cut him, using the blood to form a crude form of the Dark Mark.
  • In the books and in the back cover of the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Dark Mark is depicted by Mary GrandPré as being a group of green glowing stars, like a monstrous constellation. Otherwise in the movie adaptations, they are either shaped from the clouds or made of glittering green light
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Draco Malfoy openly displays his Dark Mark to Albus Dumbledore. In the novel, it is not verified that Draco received the Mark, though it was highly speculated by Harry Potter that it was what Draco showed Borgin as a form of intimidation.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4, during the Quidditch World Cup, you can see the shadow of Barty Crouch Jr when the ring of fire comes, Death Eaters stay and attack, however, they flee in the book and movie.
  • The Dark Mark has been used on both the J. K. Rowling Official Site and Pottermore to indicate content of a spoilerish nature.

Appearances Edit

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Snape showing his Dark Mark to the crowd in the Hospital Wing

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