In the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire we see Moody with a pocket watch that he uses several times.

Close up of the pocket watch in question
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It has a bio-hazard like symbol with an eye in the middle and a sort of shading in the background? What is this?

There are also runes around the outside but I'd imagine these are just numbers considering their placement.

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    – Valorum
    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:40
  • The runes are simply Norse runic numbers
    – Valorum
    Sep 16, 2019 at 9:40
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    Is it Moody's clock or one of Crouch junior? This could affect the interpretation of the symbols ... If I should guess, the similarity with the "biohazard" is intended but extended to "magical hazard". One "all seeing" eye (like Moody's own eye) and maybe 6 teeth, or 3 slim moons? Sep 16, 2019 at 10:20
  • @Allerleirauh It isn't clear but he does use it in view of other characters so one could argue it was Moody's. However, we should "interpret" what it is as a last resort and instead try and find out what it actually is.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:21

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Differenzes between clock, moons and symbol for biohazard

An eye in the middle of a symbol is in almost cases referred by as "all seeing eye". This is a symbol of early Christian, to show the eye of God, watching over humanity (Wikipedia "Eye of Providence")

If I assume the background are three moons with points of intersection (see the picture), then this three are the symbol of "Triple Crescent Moon". Like this website wrote: a symbol for three stages of women life, or in general three fates (birth, life and death). And it should be the opposite to the horned god.

Strange thing: If one search for pictures with "symbol triple crescent moons" one gets some of biohazard as jewelry too...

Like I wrote in my comment: The three outer circles in biohazard symbol do touch, but have no point of intersection. The symbol on Moody's clock clearly have outer circles with point of intersection.

So it is not the biohazard symbol, but the similarity is intended I assume, to illustrate the role of Moody as an Auror, who watch over the "normal" people (magic and non magic) to find the evil and guard them against it. "Magic-hazard", if you want to call it that.

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    Except it doesn't look like the Triple Crescent Moon really and is pretty much identical to the biohazard symbol.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:42
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    If you assume the bows behind the eye are three long instead of six short ones, the triple crescent moons comes as close as one could come. Maybe there is an in-universe answer too. I am curious about it :) But I assume some movie-guy want to make a fancy symbol... Sep 16, 2019 at 10:49
  • Except they aren't 3 long ones and clearly 6 short ones. And even if they are 3 long ones they are clearly not crescent moon shaped but rather more of a "w" shape with a dip in the middle. (And FWIW it probably is just a fancy symbol for a prop but it does get a few close ups so maybe it is meant to be something else in universe.)
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:50
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    I have compared the symbols again: It is not the biohazard symbol. The three outer circle parts of the biohazard symbol are touch each other, but do not overlap. In the clock's picture, the three circle parts overlap clearly. In biohazar's symbol a fourth full circle is painted with the middle of the whole symbol is the middle of the full circle. One can assume, this is replaced by the eye, but then the points of intersection/touching points of the three partial circles should not be visible... Sep 16, 2019 at 10:53

This symbols appears on a pocket watch, and pocket watches were traditionally personalized items. They were traditional signs of status, and even simple ones were often engraved with the owner's monogram on the case. British lords could have them further customized with their family crests or escutcheons on the case or the dial.

Based on these real-world background facts, I assumed that the symbol was Mad-Eye Moody's personal emblem. It is thematically appropriate, with an eye appearing in a (close approximation of a) biohazard symbol—metaphorically indicating that his "mad" eye is dangerous on its own. It is also vaguely suggestive of the masonic eye emblems that masonic lodge members sometimes incorporated into their personal crests.


It's a reference to Mad-Eye Moody's actor Brendan Gleeson's role as Frank in 28 Days Later, a popular zombie flick from 2002. In addition, it features Norse runes for the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11.

  • Is he known as a master of runes? He was an Auror.
    – RalfFriedl
    Sep 16, 2019 at 18:17
  • Apparently there's no evidence to support that Aurors take Ancient Runes. I've removed that claim.
    – Carduus
    Sep 16, 2019 at 18:23
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    In what way is it a reference? Can you offer any evidence to back up this claim?
    – Valorum
    Sep 16, 2019 at 18:34

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