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{{Spell infobox
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|name=''Morsmordre''
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|incantation=''Morsmordre'' (morz-MOR-druh)
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|incantation=''Morsmordre''<br/>(morz-MOR-druh)
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|type=[[Curse]]
 
|type=[[Curse]]
|hand=Point wand in the sky <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''</ref>
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|hand=Point wand at sky<ref name="GOFf">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''</ref>
|effect=Conjures the Dark Mark
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|light=Green<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 9 (The [[Dark Mark]])</ref>
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|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}}
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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''''' is the incantation of a [[spell]] used to conjure the [[Dark Mark]], the skull-and-serpent sign used by [[Honourific|Lord]] [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]]. The Death Eaters cast their mark over the homes of anyone they [[Killing Curse|killed]].<ref name="GOF"/>
   
'''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.
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==Practicioners==
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* [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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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>
   
==Known users==
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==Uses==
<!--DO NOT delete Severus Snape. The Behind The Scenes facts says that he and Bellatrix performed the hugest Dark Mark (Morsmordre) ever-->
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===First Wizarding War===
*[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]]
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In the [[First Wizarding War]], the ''Morsmordre'' curse was somewhat of a [[Signature spell|signature move]] for Death Eaters. Upon committing murder, they would cast it over the locations as a declaration of their crimes. This led the wizarding community to fear the mark's appearance, as it would usually mean death is found when it is present.
*[[Bellatrix Lestrange]]
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*[[Gibbon]]
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After Voldemort's first defeat, the mark became absent when Death Eaters were either rounded up or evaded justice, and due to very few wizards knew how to cast it, almost exclusive to Death Eaters. Because of its affiliation, the casting of this curse is considered illegal.
*[[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:Dark_Mark.JPG|thumb|left|The Dark Mark over the Quidditich World Cup.]]
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[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] witnessed Death Eaters torturing the [[Roberts family]] for entertainment, which awakened him from the [[Imperius Curse]] [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|his father]] placed on him. He took [[Harry Potter]]'s [[Harry Potter's wand|wand]], which was sticking out of the boy's pocket in front of him, and cast the curse to set off the Dark Mark during the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]], in order to scare the Death Eaters there for being disloyal to Voldemort. This caused mass panic to both the audience and Death Eaters alike, causing the former to run around in hysteria and the latter to [[Apparition|Disapparate]] in fear of facing their master's wrath.
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At first, the [[house-elf]] [[Winky]] was blamed for the act due to the culprit wand was found in her possession and the [[Prior Incantanto|record showed]] it had performed the curse. Much later, the truth was revealed by Crouch himself under the influence of [[Veritaserum]]. The Dark Mark's appearance over the campsite was a huge scandal amongst the British magical community, and many citizens filed various complaints to the Ministry.
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Voldemort would later comment on [[Lucius Malfoy]] fleeing at the sight of the mark as a sign of disloyalty when Lucius was hastily making poor excuses.
   
 
===1996===
 
===1996===
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[[File:Dark_Mark_Over_London.JPG|thumb|The Dark Mark over the [[Millenium Bridge]], following the [[Attack on London]].]]
 
[[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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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. 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.
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.
 
   
 
==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. In Norwegian, Morsmordere directly translated means "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".
   
 
==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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[[File:Darkhand.png|thumb|The hand movement]]
*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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* 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 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 [[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.
*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 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 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 adaption]], the Mark was cast by his own wand after the Death Eaters destroyed the campsite, as a sign of the Death Eaters' works.
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]'' shows the hand movement to be thus:<br/>[[File:Darkhand.png]]
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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]].
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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 there. 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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Morsmordre
Incantation

Morsmordre
(morz-MOR-druh)

Type

Curse

Hand Movement

Point wand at sky[1]

Light

Green[2]

Effect

Conjures the Dark Mark

"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 is the incantation of a spell used to conjure the Dark Mark, the skull-and-serpent sign used by Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The Death Eaters cast their mark over the homes of anyone they killed.[2]

PracticionersEdit

UsesEdit

First Wizarding WarEdit

In the First Wizarding War, the Morsmordre curse was somewhat of a signature move for Death Eaters. Upon committing murder, they would cast it over the locations as a declaration of their crimes. This led the wizarding community to fear the mark's appearance, as it would usually mean death is found when it is present.

After Voldemort's first defeat, the mark became absent when Death Eaters were either rounded up or evaded justice, and due to very few wizards knew how to cast it, almost exclusive to Death Eaters. Because of its affiliation, the casting of this curse is considered illegal.

1994Edit

Dark Mark
The Dark Mark over the Quidditich World Cup.
KickAssJediAdded by KickAssJedi

Barty Crouch Jr. witnessed Death Eaters torturing the Roberts family for entertainment, which awakened him from the Imperius Curse his father placed on him. He took Harry Potter's wand, which was sticking out of the boy's pocket in front of him, and cast the curse to set off the Dark Mark during the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, in order to scare the Death Eaters there for being disloyal to Voldemort. This caused mass panic to both the audience and Death Eaters alike, causing the former to run around in hysteria and the latter to Disapparate in fear of facing their master's wrath.

At first, the house-elf Winky was blamed for the act due to the culprit wand was found in her possession and the record showed it had performed the curse. Much later, the truth was revealed by Crouch himself under the influence of Veritaserum. The Dark Mark's appearance over the campsite was a huge scandal amongst the British magical community, and many citizens filed various complaints to the Ministry.

Voldemort would later comment on Lucius Malfoy fleeing at the sight of the mark as a sign of disloyalty when Lucius was hastily making poor excuses.

1996Edit

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

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. 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.

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. In Norwegian, Morsmordere directly translated means "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".

Behind the scenesEdit

Darkhand
The hand movement
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Morsmordre bellatrix
Bellatrix casts Morsmordre
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AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
  4. 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.
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 29 (The Phoenix Lament)

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