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What does harry potter scar symbolize?

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majormiles | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 31, 2009 at 11:15 PM via web

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What does harry potter scar symbolize?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM (Answer #2)

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It is a symbol that was bestowed upon him after his parents died. Lord Voldemort knew that this "Wizard King" was born and would destroy him. In his efforts to kill him first, Harry's parents gave their lives to protect him. As part of a very ancient ritual, before her death, Harry's mother decreed that should Voldemort ever try to attempt to curse Harry, each curse would come back to him. Hence, the apparition of the scar. Therefore, the lightning shaped scar was the symbol of what separates Harry from the other magicians, sort of a mark of destiny and supremacy among the other wizards.

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bigsis2011 | Student | eNoter

Posted November 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM (Answer #3)

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it does represent anything voldie just tried to kill him and it backfired on him and left him with the scar

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mpbeanie | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2009 at 12:43 PM (Answer #5)

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The way that J.K. Rowling had put it was that it was Harry's way of remembering that awful night when his father had died trying to save Harry and Lily Potter. Also, of his mother sacrifying herself for him. I think that it was a question that has been answered all along, but no one has yet to have answered it. I think that the scar symbolises that everything that had happened, happened for a reason. That lightening bolt scar represented the hardships that he would have to overcome before the wizarding community could be realized of the dark lord known as no other than, Lord Voldemort.

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