What does the Dark Mark on Harry's arm mean, and why does he have it if it was only meant for Voldemort's inner circle?

DUMBLEDORE : Barty Crouch Junior.

BARTY JR : I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

Barty Jr rolls up his sleeve to reveal a skull and snake marking.

DUMBLEDORE : Your arm Harry.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Film

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    i dont think harry got a dark mark on his arm. – Himarm Jan 23 '15 at 15:03
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    Do you maybe mean the scar that was left after Wormtail took Harrys blood in Goblet of Fire? – Lars Ebert Jan 23 '15 at 15:16
  • yeah, that one. – Chinmayee Jan 23 '15 at 15:19
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    Perhaps the question should be more, "What is the mark on Harry's hand from, and what does it mean." Then provide reference to the scene with Barty Crouch Junior in the details of the question. As it stands, "Harry doesn't have a Dark Mark." is the only correct answer. – Firebat Jan 23 '15 at 15:39
  • Besides the scar where Wormtail took his blood, there's also the scar Umbridge's quill has left. Harry shows this latter to Rufus Scrimgeour in Hallows. – b_jonas Jan 23 '15 at 16:19

Harry doesn't have a Dark Mark.

The mark you are referring to is the knife wound that Harry suffered when Wormtail took Harry's blood for Voldemort's new body.

  • But in Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Junior saw Harry's dark mark. – Chinmayee Jan 23 '15 at 15:17
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    @chinmayee No he didn't. You're either misremembering or misinterpreting a section of the book. Can you provide an actual quote? – Anthony Grist Jan 23 '15 at 15:19
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    In Goblet of Fire movie, Barty Crouch Junior says, 'I'll show you mine, if you show me your' and then Dumbledore shows Harry's hand and he had something on his hand. – Chinmayee Jan 23 '15 at 15:24
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    @chinmayee Not a "dark mark", but the spot where Harry's blood had been forcibly taken to bring back Voldemort. Debateable, but I believe that quote was Crouch looking for proof that Voldemort was really back. – Firebat Jan 23 '15 at 15:34
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    @Stephan, Crouch Jr was heavily involved in the entire plan, was present when it was conceived: he knew what Voldemort was gonna do as well as where it would take place. – Mac Cooper Jan 23 '15 at 22:53

In the film, I think it's for dramatic effect. The dark Mark, the sign of evil and, for many, cowardice, against Harry's bravery. In this scene, blood doesn't carry negative connotations as it often does but rather reinforces the fact that Harry still has blood in his veins and has once again survived. The juxtaposition of the two "marks" is a powerful image. It is also, perhaps, a hint at the link between Harry and Voldemort's respecive survivals- a hint at what is to be revealed in later instalments. However, as the comparison doesn't happen in the books I don't think it's significant in terms of plot or explanation.

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    If the filmmakers mentioned this anywhere, that would help your answer. – Bellatrix Oct 25 '17 at 17:44
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    This is confusing – amflare Oct 25 '17 at 18:01

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