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. 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, another of his well known scars is on his left hand and quotes "I must not tell lies" this is from detention with Umbridge when she forced him to write with a magical quill. He, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, Bill Weasley, and Remus Lupin 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, injuries caused by dark magic usually leave scars that cannot be healed, as Severus Snape expressed possibility that Draco Malfoy may have some scars from the Sectumsempra curse, and Bill's scars from the werewolf Fenrir Greyback were cursed that they cannot be completely healed. Constant usage of the Black Quill scarred Harry's hand with the words he was forced to write out every night of a week.

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

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."[1] The actual final lines of the novel were "The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well."[2]


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