The scar on Harry Potter's forehead was shaped like a lightning bolt

Minerva McGonagall: "Is that where — ?"
Albus Dumbledore: "Yes. He'll have that scar forever."
Minerva McGonagall: "Couldn't you do something about it, Dumbledore?"
Albus Dumbledore: "Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."
— Discussing scars[src]

A scar is a permanent mark on the skin sometimes caused by a healed wound.[1]

Harry Potter has received many scars in his life, the most well-known being the lightning scar that can be seen on his forehead from where Voldemort's Killing Curse struck him as an infant,[2][3] another of his well known scars was on his left hand and quotes "I must not tell lies" this is from detention with Dolores Umbridge when she forced him to write with the Black Quill.[4][5] He, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody,[6] Bill Weasley,[7] and Remus Lupin[8][9] are some notable wizards who have been scarred.

Harry Potter's scar on his hand after detention from Dolores Umbridge

Although healing magic can usually heal injuries without scarring, with dittany being one of the more effective,[10] injuries caused by dark magic usually leave scars that cannot be healed,[3][7][11] as Severus Snape expressed possibility that Draco Malfoy may have some scars from the Sectumsempra curse,[12] and Bill's scars from the werewolf Fenrir Greyback were cursed that they cannot be completely healed.[7] Constant usage of the Black Quill scarred Harry's hand with the words he was forced to write out every night of a week.[4][5]

Using the Mending Charm on flesh wounds may cause serious scarring.[13]

Scarred individuals

Behind the scenes

  • Prior to publication, J. K. Rowling stated in interviews that the final word of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was to be "scar." After publication, she revealed that the line would have been something along the lines of "Only those whom he loved could see the lightning scar."[25] The actual final lines of the novel were "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."[26]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Scar on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 2 (The Scar)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 15 (The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 29 (The Dream)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 29 (The Phoenix Lament)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 17 (Cat, Rat and Dog)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Remus Lupin" at Wizarding World
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 14 (The Thief)
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 5 (Fallen Warrior)
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)
  13. Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 24 (The Wandmaker)
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33 (The Death Eaters)
  18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  21. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club)
  22. 22.0 22.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 29 (The Lost Diadem)
  23. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 23 (Malfoy Manor)
  25. J. K. Rowling One-on-One: Part Two, available via Accio Quote
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Epilogue (Nineteen Years Later)
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