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08 May 2005 @ 08:10 pm
Death Eater scar poll  
Another curiosity poll.

Poll #490221 the Dark Mark

*counting heads*

Yes, I'm taking the poll.

What is the Dark Mark that goes on the Death Eaters' arms?

a brand
a tattoo
a scar
other (comment and tell)

How is it put on their forearms?

an actual metal brand
a slow, Muggle-like tattooing process
a spell
a potion
other (comment and tell)

How painful is the application of the Dark Mark?

very itchy/like a bee sting
pretty painful, but not unbearable - only the weak make a sound
Cruciatus version 2.0

Who gets the Dark Mark applied?

only the innermost circle - the ones we saw in the graveyard
everyone who wants to help Voldemort

What kind of protection is on it so not just any Auror can pull up a Death Eater's sleeve and see the mark?

What happened to the Dark Mark during the Vapormort years (after Harry "defeated" him and before he was resurrected in the graveyard)?

it disappeared completely
it became very faint
the details were unclear - it was like a smudge
other (comment and tell)

Any other personal theories concerning the Dark Mark?

breathe her deep and smile: CoS - safegirlandetc on May 10th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
the way i've always seen it is as a combination spell/tattoo. i've read a handful of stories that include wizarding tats - firequill tattooing, moving tattoos, w/e - and i imagine in like that. perhaps only other marked DEs can see it? (have we ever actually seen one in a book?) so when it's tattooed in your skin - maybe a potioned ink or something - it "recognizes" the other DEs. clearly, Voldemort uses it to notify DEs, so it has to be magical.
Jamochejamoche on May 10th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
We've seen Snape's, at the end of GoF.
GMTHgmth on May 10th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Here via the Snitch
We saw Pettigrew's, too. In the graveyard scene, Voldemort uses it to summon the other DEs.
breathe her deep and smile: bonnie - threegirlandetc on May 10th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: Here via the Snitch
thanks to both of you :) so much for that theory, then.
Zuzu: glorylibertyzuzu_jane on May 10th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
As far as how it goes on, I think it's a spell, but it's not just *snap* and it's done, it's more complicated than that. So, a mixture of 'a slow, Muggle-like tattooing process' and 'a spell.'
scruffywesley on May 10th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
I clicked Other for 2 and 3.

I think it's a combination of a brand/tattoo/something else. And I think it involves probably a spell/tattoo process/potion.
Fiat lux!: severus by dark_velvetcantatrix05 on May 10th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
I've always thought of the Mark as a magical brand, but not necessarily quick. The Dark Lord would never let it be painless-- why deprive himself of so much fun?
Sarahscarah2 on May 10th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
I picked other for question 2. I think it's a spell, and therefore cannot be directly correlated with Muggle body mods like tattooing and branding.

Also, for question 5 I chose the inner circle from the graveyard, but it must be noted that they have not all been identified to us.
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Garrettrated_g on May 10th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
Yes, after reading the results, I realized how broad that selection can include. I took it as "Everybody actively helping Voldemort, not simply supporters and people providing supplies and other resources." The group did seem smaller than I expected, though.
Nobody's laughing now: the lavinialavender on May 10th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
It's my personal theory, presented by someone else, that there's an inner circle of supports who are called Death Eaters and who get the mark. They're the ones we saw in the graveyard. He has many others, but they aren't as trusted. There has to be more than what we've seen, because how could even thirty wizards terrorize all of Britain?
Shatner's Cock Mitten :D: romance by mints (sticks)snackbreak on May 10th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
For the Vapormort years, I chose "other" because I think nothing happened. It stayed as it was (unless I am somehow contradicted in canon, in which case, I don't read closely enough.) I think this is either because he wasn't dead enough or because it isn't something that goes away with the death of Voldemort. It is a permanant spell... maybe it could go away by the choice of the death eater after Voldemort is permanantly dead, I don't know, but maybe not.
Atropa: SS/RLa_belladonna on May 10th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Snape tells Dumbledore (in the chapter where Harry visits Dumbledore's Pensieve in GoF), that "It's coming back...Karkaroff's too..stronger and clearer than ever...", so it probably was less visible in the "Vapormort" years...
Nobody's laughing now: DNA!Ravenclawlavinialavender on May 10th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Ack, I forgot that choice. But in the fourth book, we overhear a couple of incidents where Karkaroff is cornering Severus, telling him, "It's coming back, clearer than ever."
jazzypomjazzypom on May 10th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
The dark mark is probably a sort of psychic bond as well (albiet a weak one) in the sense that it is tied to a residual sort of Occlumency? I mean, if VMo can keep tabs enough to say 'one of you has left me forever' there must be something there, right?

I'd think that getting the mark must be painful. Probably because the pain is what brings the cause closer and nearer to your body (so that you don't forget the power that you've aligned yourself to), which is perhaps why Regulus bolted. Perhaps the pain gave him clarity.
Shannon: singshannon_sue on May 10th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
IMO, it goes on with a painted-on potion in the shape of the mark--and then a matching brand. But I doubt that's how JK sees it, so...
Catherinechickenrock on June 7th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
hey Laura, this is Catherine... do you remember me from school? i was in your Alg. 2 class, both semesters.. i dunno if you remember me, but nice journal, it's awesome

catch you later

Nobody's laughing now: good!Lilylavinialavender on June 9th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
Catherine Wiese, right - Laura's friend? Yeah, of course I remember you! One of the cool freshman.

Yeah, I got a paid account a few months ago. Quite awesome, it is. But my journal's largely private so my dad can't read it - sorry, I would befriend you.
Catherinechickenrock on June 9th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
whoa! so you can't befriend me? add me to your friends or blah? aw man, that sucks!! majorly.. oh well, i'll catch you on the flip side
Nobody's laughing now: My first icon ever.lavinialavender on June 10th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Well, it's just...*shifts*...I tend to explode in my journal. There's more stuff in it than everyone at school knows, combined. Then when I type entries, I forget who's all reading it. So far, Laura's the only one who I've befriended that I know in RL. So I don't know, it's nothing personal, really - I just don't want to embarrass myself. But I guess I can befriend you. Be warned, though, I post quite a bit. And, I have no life. But you'll figure that out soon enough if you read my entries. [winky]
Catherinechickenrock on June 10th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
no worries, i don't really have a life, i get so bored and everything, and i get lazy with my lj too, so i don't post TOO many posts.. lol but it's alrighty, i like reading posts and shtuff, so i'm cool with it
Sister Sword of Courteous Debate: hppepperjackcandy on July 7th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
Didn't Hermione say in OotP that the spell she used on the coins to make them heat up was the same (well, same type, maybe) as is on the DM?

And I think that the Dark Mark is applied to anyone whom Voldie would want to be able to communicate with face-to-face. Someone doing menial tasks, like grinding up potion ingredients, probably wouldn't, because when's Voldie going to need to speak directly to that person?
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Nobody's laughing now: Practical Magic Lily/Severus representeelavinialavender on July 8th, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
...Wow. I'm running through everything, and coming up blank on when I might have requested a Sevily drabble.

Any chance of an explanation?

But you may tell seasymphony333 that that last line is love. And thank you very much.