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|incantation=''Morsmordre''<ref name="GF9">{{GOF}} - Chapter 9 (''The Dark Mark'')</ref><br/>(morz-MOR-druh)
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{{Quote|Then he realised it was a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue. As they watched, it rose higher and higher, blazing in a haze of greenish smoke, etched against the black sky like a new constellation.|The [[Dark Mark]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
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'''''Morsmordre'''''<ref name="GF9" /> was the [[incantation]] used to conjure the [[Dark Mark]], the skull-and-serpent sign used by [[Honourific|Lord]] [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]]<ref name="GF9" />. The Death Eaters cast their mark over the homes of anyone they [[Killing Curse|killed]] as their calling card.<ref name="GF9" />.
   
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==History==
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===First Wizarding War===
|image=[[File:Dark_Mark_Half-Blood_Prince.jpg|250px]]
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In the [[First Wizarding War]], ''Morsmordre'' became something of a [[Signature spell|signature move]] for the Death Eaters<ref name="GF9" />. After a murder, the spell would be cast in order to both claim credit for the attack, and to further terrify the wizarding community.<ref name="GF9" />.
|incantation=''Morsmordre'' (morz-MOR-druh)
 
|light=Green
 
|type=[[Curse]]
 
|hand=Point wand in the sky <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''</ref>
 
|effect=Conjures the Dark Mark
 
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{{dialogue a-b|Ronald Weasley|I don't get it, I mean... it's still only a shape in the sky...|Arthur Weasley|Ron, 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... Everyone's worst fear... the very worst...|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Arthur Weasley]] discussing the [[Dark Mark]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
 
'''Morsmordre''' is the incantation of the [[curse]] used to conjure the [[Dark Mark]], the skull-and-serpent sign used by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]]. It is very likely that Voldemort invented this piece of magic and taught it to his followers. Only [[Death Eaters]] and [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] know the correct way to cast the spell, although [[Horace Slughorn]] is implied to know how to cast the spell as well<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 ([[Horace Slughorn]])</ref>. [[Death Eaters]] often cast it after committing a murder, placing the [[Dark Mark]] in the sky over the location of the victim's corpse. It is against the law to cast this spell, even though, beyond its symbolic impact, there's no indication the spell causes any physical damage.
 
   
==Known users==
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After Voldemort's [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|first defeat]], the Mark was no longer seen since the method for casting it was known only to the innermost circle of Death Eaters. If these individuals had escaped death or [[Azkaban]], they had done so by lying about their membership in the organization, and therefore casting the spell would have been something of a give-away.<ref name="GF9" />.
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*[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]]
 
*[[Bellatrix Lestrange]]
 
*[[Gibbon]]
 
*[[Lord Voldemort]]
 
   
==Uses==
 
[[File:Dark_Mark.JPG|thumb|right|Morsmordre over the Quidditich World Cup]]
 
 
===1994===
 
===1994===
[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr]] used this spell to set off the Dark Mark during the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]] using [[Harry Potter]]'s [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]], in order to scare the Death Eaters who were disloyal to Voldemort. At first, the [[house-elf]] [[Winky]] was blamed for the act until the truth was revealed by Crouch himself under the influence of [[Veritaserum]].
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[[File:Thedarkmark.gif|thumb|left|230x230px|The Dark Mark over the Quidditich World Cup.]]
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[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Junior]] cast the spell after witnessing a number of disloyal Death Eaters engaged in muggle torture and rioting after the [[Quidditch World Cup]]. His motive in casting this spell was primarily to terrify the former Death Eaters, as opposed to the other spectators.
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[[File:Barty crouch jr 1.png|thumb|220x220px|[[Barty Crouch Jr.]] casts ''Morsmorde'']]
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At first, the [[house-elf]] [[Winky]] was blamed for the act due to the fact that both she and the wand used to cast the spell were found together at the location from which the spell was apparently cast. After it was remembered that only a former Death Eater would have had the knowledge to cast the spell, both Winky along with Harry, Ron and Hermione were cleared of any involvement.
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Voldemort later used his knowledge of this event to contradict Lucius Malfoy's claim that he was on the alert for any sign of Voldemort's return, and would have immediately rejoined him.
   
 
===1996===
 
===1996===
 
[[Igor Karkaroff]] was killed in [[1996]] by Death Eaters for betraying Lord Voldemort, and the Dark Mark was cast over the shack in which his body was found.
 
[[Igor Karkaroff]] was killed in [[1996]] by Death Eaters for betraying Lord Voldemort, and the Dark Mark was cast over the shack in which his body was found.
 
After the [[Death Eater]] [[Attack on Diagon Alley|attack]] on [[Diagon Alley]] and the destruction of the [[Millennium Bridge]], the Dark Mark towered over [[London]].
 
   
 
===1997===
 
===1997===
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[[File:Dark_Mark_Over_London.JPG|thumb|215px|The Dark Mark over Tower Bridge, following the [[Attack on London]].|left]]
It was cast over [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' [[Astronomy Tower]] by [[Gibbon]] when the Death Eaters [[wikipedia:Invasionj|invaded]] the castle in 1997, in order to lure [[Albus Dumbledore]] to the tower so that [[Draco Malfoy]] could kill him. However, it was [[Severus Snape]] who committed the murder, and Dumbledore's corpse was described to have fallen off the tower under the Mark's eerie green light like a great rag doll.
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It was cast over [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' [[Astronomy Tower]] by [[Gibbon]] when the Death Eaters [[Wikipedia:Invasion|invaded]] the castle in 1997, in order to lure [[Albus Dumbledore]] to the tower so that [[Draco Malfoy]] could kill him. In this case, the mark was cast before, rather than after, a murder.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
The incantation of this spell appears to be derived from the French ''mort'', "death", and ''m''[[File:The Dark Mark|thumb|right|300px|Barty Crouch Jnr casts Morsmordre]]''ordre'', "to bite". This alludes to the name of Voldemort's followers, the [[Death Eaters]]. The English word ''murder'' could also contribute. In Norwegian, Morsmordere directly translated means "mothers killers".
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The incantation of this spell appears to be derived from the French ''mort'', "death", and ''mordre'', "to bite". This alludes to the name of Voldemort's followers, the [[Death Eaters]]. The English word ''murder'' could also contribute. The literal translation of the Norwegian word "morsmodre" would be "mothers killers".
   
 
It may also be a reference to the word "mord", which means "murder" in Icelandic, German, Norwegian, Danish Polish and Swedish, since the spell is cast after someone has been murdered, and sounds like "mass murder".
 
It may also be a reference to the word "mord", which means "murder" in Icelandic, German, Norwegian, Danish Polish and Swedish, since the spell is cast after someone has been murdered, and sounds like "mass murder".
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==Known practicioners==
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* [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]]
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* [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]<ref name="HBPf">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
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* [[Horace Slughorn]] (possibly)<ref name="HBF4">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 4 ([[Horace Slughorn]]) - Dumbledore notes that the Dark Mark had not been cast when Slughorn faked his death and Slughorn stated that he knew he had forgotten something. This might suggest that he knew how to cast the spell.</ref>
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* [[Gibbon]]<ref name="HBP29">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 29 (The [[Phoenix Lament]])</ref>
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', the Dark Mark only appears greenish when it was cast at the [[Quidditch World Cup]]. When cast later in the same film after [[Return of the Dark Lord|Voldemort's resurrection]], along with its appearances in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', it appears to be formed out of dark grey clouds.
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* Despite the film adaptions showing that the caster simply has to point the wand upwards and speak the incantation to launch the mark, in ''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]'' shows the hand movement required.
*In the book version of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', the Dark Mark was cast over the Quidditch World Cup by [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]] in order to strike fear at disloyal Death Eaters during their torturing of the [[Roberts family]]. However, in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film version]], the Mark was cast after the Death Eaters destroyed the campsite, as a sign of the Death Eaters' works.[[File:Morsmordre_bellatrix.jpg|thumb|Bellatrix casts Morsmordre]]
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* In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', the Dark Mark only appears greenish when it was cast at the [[Quidditch World Cup]]. When cast later in the same film after [[Return of the Dark Lord|Voldemort's resurrection]], along with its appearances in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', it appears to be formed out of dark grey clouds.
*In the book version of ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'', the Dark Mark was cast over the [[Astronomy Tower]] by [[Gibbon]] in order to lure Dumbledore there. However, in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film version]], the Mark was [[Nonverbal spell|non-verbally]] cast by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] in celebration after Dumbledore was killed. Furthermore, in the film the Mark was dispelled by the mourning residents of Hogwarts as a sign of respect for the late [[headmaster]].
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* In the book version of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', the Dark Mark was cast over the Quidditch World Cup by Barty Crouch Jr. with Harry's wand in order to terrify the disloyal Death Eaters who were willing to engage in muggle torture but not search for their (former) master. However, in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaption]], the Mark was cast by his own wand after the Death Eaters destroyed the campsite.
*The Dark Mark could also be similar to the Swastika, as the Death Eaters reasemble the Nazis in the fact that Death Eaters (Nazis) had a supreme hatred for Muggle Borns (Jews).
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* In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaption]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', the Dark Mark was cast after the Death Eaters [[Attack on Diagon Alley|attacked]] [[Diagon Alley]] and destroyed the [[Millennium Bridge]], with it towering over [[London]].
*This is the only spell that Barty Crouch Junior casts.
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[[File:Morsmordre_bellatrix.jpg|thumb|Bellatrix casts Morsmordre]]
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* In the book version of ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'', the Dark Mark was cast over the [[Astronomy Tower]] by [[Gibbon]] in order to lure Dumbledore to that location. However, in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaption]], the Mark was [[Nonverbal spell|non-verbally]] cast by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] in celebration after Dumbledore was killed. Furthermore, in the film the Mark was [[Anti Dark Mark spell|dispelled]] by the mourning residents of Hogwarts as a sign of respect for the late [[headmaster]].
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* This is the only spell that Barty Crouch Jr. casts onscreen, in his true form, before becoming [[Alastor Moody]] by means of [[Polyjuice Potion]].
   
 
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==References==
 
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Morsmordre
Incantation

Morsmordre[1]
(morz-MOR-druh)

Hand Movement

Darkhand

Light

Green

Effect

Conjures the Dark Mark[1]

Creator

Voldemort

"Then he realised it was a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue. As they watched, it rose higher and higher, blazing in a haze of greenish smoke, etched against the black sky like a new constellation."
—The Dark Mark[src]

Morsmordre[1] was the incantation used to conjure the Dark Mark, the skull-and-serpent sign used by Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters[1]. The Death Eaters cast their mark over the homes of anyone they killed as their calling card.[1].

HistoryEdit

First Wizarding WarEdit

In the First Wizarding War, Morsmordre became something of a signature move for the Death Eaters[1]. After a murder, the spell would be cast in order to both claim credit for the attack, and to further terrify the wizarding community.[1].

After Voldemort's first defeat, the Mark was no longer seen since the method for casting it was known only to the innermost circle of Death Eaters. If these individuals had escaped death or Azkaban, they had done so by lying about their membership in the organization, and therefore casting the spell would have been something of a give-away.[1].

1994Edit

Thedarkmark

The Dark Mark over the Quidditich World Cup.

Barty Crouch Junior cast the spell after witnessing a number of disloyal Death Eaters engaged in muggle torture and rioting after the Quidditch World Cup. His motive in casting this spell was primarily to terrify the former Death Eaters, as opposed to the other spectators.

Barty crouch jr 1

Barty Crouch Jr. casts Morsmorde

At first, the house-elf Winky was blamed for the act due to the fact that both she and the wand used to cast the spell were found together at the location from which the spell was apparently cast. After it was remembered that only a former Death Eater would have had the knowledge to cast the spell, both Winky along with Harry, Ron and Hermione were cleared of any involvement.

Voldemort later used his knowledge of this event to contradict Lucius Malfoy's claim that he was on the alert for any sign of Voldemort's return, and would have immediately rejoined him.

1996Edit

Igor Karkaroff was killed in 1996 by Death Eaters for betraying Lord Voldemort, and the Dark Mark was cast over the shack in which his body was found.

1997Edit

Dark Mark Over London

The Dark Mark over Tower Bridge, following the Attack on London.

It was cast over Hogwarts' Astronomy Tower by Gibbon when the Death Eaters invaded the castle in 1997, in order to lure Albus Dumbledore to the tower so that Draco Malfoy could kill him. In this case, the mark was cast before, rather than after, a murder.

EtymologyEdit

The incantation of this spell appears to be derived from the French mort, "death", and mordre, "to bite". This alludes to the name of Voldemort's followers, the Death Eaters. The English word murder could also contribute. The literal translation of the Norwegian word "morsmodre" would be "mothers killers".

It may also be a reference to the word "mord", which means "murder" in Icelandic, German, Norwegian, Danish Polish and Swedish, since the spell is cast after someone has been murdered, and sounds like "mass murder".

Known practicionersEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

Morsmordre bellatrix

Bellatrix casts Morsmordre

  • In the book version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Dark Mark was cast over the Astronomy Tower by Gibbon in order to lure Dumbledore to that location. However, in the film adaption, the Mark was non-verbally cast by Bellatrix Lestrange in celebration after Dumbledore was killed. Furthermore, in the film the Mark was dispelled by the mourning residents of Hogwarts as a sign of respect for the late headmaster.
  • This is the only spell that Barty Crouch Jr. casts onscreen, in his true form, before becoming Alastor Moody by means of Polyjuice Potion.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn) - Dumbledore notes that the Dark Mark had not been cast when Slughorn faked his death and Slughorn stated that he knew he had forgotten something. This might suggest that he knew how to cast the spell.
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 29 (The Phoenix Lament)

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