'You know what these remind me of?'

'No, what's that?'

'The Death Eaters' scars. Voldemort touches one of them, and all their scars burn, and they know they've got to join him.'

Since we see that the Dark Mark can be used to cause harm to a Death Eater, is it possible that the Dark Mark can be used to kill traitors?

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    False premise: a burning sensation is not inherently harmful. Jan 26, 2019 at 21:12
  • Where is that quote from?
    – Möoz
    Jan 26, 2019 at 23:50
  • Order of the Phoenix
    – Neo Darwin
    Jan 27, 2019 at 2:21

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No - Karkaroff had to be found to be killed.

The Dark Lord couldn’t use the Dark Mark to kill Death Eaters - when he wanted to kill Karkaroff for deserting, they had to actually track down where he was hiding to kill him.

“And they’ve found Igor Karkaroff’s body in a shack up north. The Dark Mark had been set over it – well, frankly, I’m surprised he stayed alive for even a year after deserting the Death Eaters; Sirius’s brother Regulus only managed a few days as far as I can remember.”
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco’s Detour)

If he could kill Death Eaters (individually) through the Dark Mark, then there’d be no reason to track Karkaroff down before killing him for his betrayal, since Karkaroff has a Dark Mark.

“When he touched the Mark of any Death Eater, we were to Disapparate, and Apparate, instantly, at his side. This Mark has been growing clearer all year. Karkaroff’s, too. Why do you think Karkaroff fled tonight? We both felt the Mark burn.”
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 36 (The Parting of the Ways)

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    Perhaps Voldemort wanted to torture him first for betraying him. Jan 26, 2019 at 15:29
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    My thought is exactly the same. He had special torture planned for him so he didn't kill him remotely.
    – Neo Darwin
    Jan 26, 2019 at 17:21
  • "He didn't kill him remotely" is my new favourite quote!
    – Möoz
    Jan 26, 2019 at 23:51
  • @Möoz he sent a patronus snake, that ate him. Jan 30, 2019 at 12:37

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