Moody was one of the most grumpy characters in Harry Potter, the most experienced after Dumbledore and yet he was also one of the most mysterious. His eye was the most mysterious thing about him. It must be a very powerful thing, to see through an Invisibility Cloak. What is the origin of his eye?

Either canon mentions or well-reasoned arguments are acceptable.

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    Here is a theory youtube.com/watch?v=WUnTBaf-vNI
    – MBEllis
    Commented Jan 6, 2021 at 7:47
  • Why the close votes? I was only planning on cannon answers, but after realizing that there were no proper explanations for this, I decided that reasonable speculations could do the job. Commented Jan 7, 2021 at 2:19
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    I've edited your question to explain a bit more clearly what you're looking for (and remove the assumption that there are no canon mentions - who knows what might turn up). Asking for answers supported by canon or good reasoning is fine, but the word "speculation" sometimes puts people's close votes on a hair trigger.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Jan 7, 2021 at 8:57

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We never find out because Harry never asked. He meets Moody as a teacher, and finds him quite intimidating at first.

...it was the man's eyes that made him frightening.
The Triwizard Tournament, GoF

...he entered the room, looking as strange and frightening as ever... it was nevertheless a relief to know that he ever did anything as friendly as smile.
The Unforgivable Curses, GoF

They're not on their own together that much, or not in circumstances where he'd be likely to ask about the eye (on the stairs in the middle of the night; after he's come out of the maze).

There are a few more opportunities in OoTP at Grimmauld Place, but Harry doesn't actually know

the real

Moody that well. There's also a lot going on — he doesn't see him often, and isn't as relaxed around him as he is with some of the other adults. When Moody calls him over for a conversation and shows him a photograph of the old OotP Harry finds it upsetting

well, Moody might find that interesting... he, Harry, found it disturbing...
The Woes of Mrs Weasley, OotP

and makes an excuse to escape talking to him.

Also (possible speculation), Harry is usually pretty polite. He does know that it was presumably lost duelling a dark wizard, and maybe thinks that's enough. Asking somebody what caused their injuries isn't really the done thing — you'd generally wait until somebody trusts you enough to tell you that information, or at least until it was raised in conversation.

Out of universe, presumably because JKR didn't think knowing would add much to the story, which is really about Harry.

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