Can muggles see the Dark Mark skull cloud?

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Can muggles see the skull with serpent cloud Dark Mark produced by Death Eaters?

Goblet of Fire example -

Then he realised it was a colossal skull, comprised of what looked like emerald stars, with a serpent protruding from its mouth like a tongue. As they watched, it rose higher and higher, blazing in a haze of greenish smoke, etched against the black sky like a new constellation.

Also seen at the start of the Half-Blood Prince.

It seems this is certainly no ordinary cloud formation so should be visible and provoke reaction?

I know the Death Eaters don't care about breaking the Wizarding Law or alerting/scaring muggles, but I was wondering if they could see this formation?

Best Answer


From Pottetmore, the purpose of Morsmordre is:

[To cast] a giant skull with a serpent's tongue into the clouds for all to see

Considering Voldemort's ultimate goal was to 'put muggles in their place', it makes sense that the Dark Mark would be visible to everyone.

Making it non visible to muggles wouldn't be as effective if you're trying to scare a large group at once.

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Do all Death Eaters have the Dark Mark?

All Death Eaters did have the Dark Mark \u2013 Snape specifically says so \u2013 but not all Voldemort supporters are Death Eaters, including Greyback. The very definition of the term Death Eater is basically 'someone from Voldemort's inner circle who was branded with the Dark Mark'.

Can the Dark Mark be removed?

After Voldemort was defeated for the final time, the Dark Marks faded to a scar, similar to Harry's lightning-bolt scar. They would no longer burn, but would remain nevertheless. There was no possible way of removing the Dark Mark.

Does Sirius Black have a Dark Mark?

10 Sirius Black Didn't Have One If both the movie version of Sirius and the one many fans illustrate in fan art are to be believed, the wizard had plenty of tattoos all over his body, but a Dark Mark wasn't among them.

Why did the Dark Mark scare the Death Eaters?

He was disgusted by the behavior of the "free" death eaters who had not bothered to look for their master when their own powers were intact. He wanted to frighten them & remind them that their sole purpose should be search of dark lord and not idle time pass of muggle torture.

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Answer 2

There is nothing stated book or movies that would make it hidden to muggles. It is a pretty basic elemental magic, nothing that seems particularly difficult aside from the scale. Remember, pretty much all magic can be seen and affects muggles just as much as they affect wizard kind. Which is a problem that is addressed by magical law prohibiting magic in front if muggles. The Ministry must clean these messes up. Muggles that witness magic are made to forget and the wizards at fault punished. If magic could easily be hidden from muggle eyes, then there would not be a need for the law.

Everything we see says that most magic can't be hidden. This would not be an exception unless we are told otherwise. Also note the muggle prime minister and government are aware of wizard kind and magic, and reports of magic come through those channels to the Ministry.

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