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Judging a book by its cover

by David Haber

We finally have images of the covers of the American and British versions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and if these covers are anything like previous Harry Potter book covers have been, these new covers potentially tell us a lot of what is going to happen in Book 7.

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Reader Comments:

Wow, the covers of both books are amazing and packed full of detail! The U.K. cover has them bursting into/out of a treasue chamber of some kind. I can see armour as well as jewels and I think the fact that Ron brandishing a sword means that his friends be fighting with him.

I noticed Harry is wearing what looks like a locket in the U.S. version, either the one from the cave 'liberated' by Sirius' brother, but it could be Slytherin's.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on March 28, 2007 4:08 PM

Not a wand in sight... interesting.

Posted by Ivor from Edinburgh on March 28, 2007 4:10 PM

Excellent, Marjorie! I didn't notice that. I think it's a good bet that's a locket (the locket?) around Harry's neck!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 28, 2007 4:11 PM

Ron is not holding the sword. It is a house elf on Harry's shoulder.

Posted by awesome sauce from Phillipsburg, NJ on March 28, 2007 4:19 PM

Omigosh! You're absolutely right! There is a house-elf behind harry, holding onto his shoulder with his right hand and wielding the sword with his left!

There is a house-elf involved in the climax of the story? Which one? Since JK said there are no new characters in ly Hallows, is it Dobby? Winky? Or, even weirder, is it Kreacher? Harry's still his master, after all...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 28, 2007 4:30 PM

i think the order of the phoenix is possibly coming to escort harry because if you remember the spells and enchantments protecting harry until the age of 17 are now gone right? so that means that voldemort would be able to go there and find harry.

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on March 28, 2007 4:32 PM

I agree that the American version is not as detailed as the UK version. I believe the house elf is dobby or more likely kreacher. And it is true the comment about Dumbledore is pass tense, but i believe that it is a reference to Dumbledore being done with guiding Harry to his ultimate destination, not a comment to him truly being ...

Posted by Carlene Lee from Chicago, Illinois on March 28, 2007 4:33 PM covers YAY!

So, we know by the inserts, that the book starts at Privet Drive with Harry going back one final time, and that he is once again being taken away by the Order. We know that the sword (presumably the Gryffindor sword) is used by one of the house elfs, and that Harry goes straight from The Burrow into looking for the Horcrux. Also, that Ron and Hermione do indeed seem to be with him for a ways, but perhaps not all the time? As Harry is alone yet again with Voldemort on one of the covers.

Posted by Amy from P. Kentucky on March 28, 2007 4:39 PM

In the British Edition, right below Harry, there appears to be fawkes in the reflection of the armor, and there is another piece there with a dragon on it.

Posted by Kyle from Kearney, Ne on March 28, 2007 4:39 PM

one thing i am wondering... is this possibly godric gryffindor's sword that the house elf is holding?

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on March 28, 2007 4:40 PM

just one more thing i notice... in other book covers you can always see harry's scar... i dont see it on the american version.

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on March 28, 2007 4:50 PM

Interesting! There is definitely a scar in the British picture, though...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 28, 2007 4:53 PM

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