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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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I can't believe all the things everyone has found, this is so incredible. I was just looking at the UK childrens cover, and on the helmet under harry, it looks like a griffin, which was known to protect treasure. I think that this is Dumbledores vault in gringotts, and i think that he was an heir to griffindor. I know griffindor's symbol is a lion, but a griffin is an eagle and a lion, so maybe that is a clue, though i dont know what it could be. As for the chest plate, i dont know what that is because it looks like a snake with a beak. Maybe thats all armour from all four houses mixed together, but thats a long shot.
As for the US cover, i was thinking what if Harry and Voldemort went through the veil, and Harry is summoning his family, and all the people that love him, or that d at the mercy of voldemort, and the power of love is coming to help him finish off voldemort and him for good, his one main fear?
Obviously these are just guesses, but theyre worth a shot!

Posted by emd from Columbus Ohio on March 30, 2007 2:57 PM

No, I don't think it can be a Quidditch stadium. It looks more like a stage, with the curtains. But here's an idea though. Could the curtains on the sides be the curtains to whatever is beyond the veil, which has been opened?

Posted by Connor K from Rigby, ID on March 30, 2007 2:58 PM

Sorry everybody, but if you see closely, the american version DOES NOT have a scar, what might look like it is a strand of hair on top of his nose, the scar should be above his right eye (our left side) as it is on the UK cover.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 30, 2007 4:05 PM

Rickie from Illinois...Yes, I do see see a face and then some. Look directly under the face, do you see another one? (looking out at us) there are a couple more partial faces concealed within his clothing and in Voldemort's as well. Look in Voldemort's sleeve. There are two faces there.
Anyone else see them? Pull the picture up full screen and look closely. The thing around Harry's neck kind of looks like it is wearing armor (a helmet)or a Native American headress (can't decide)
or...maybe I'm over analyzing again.

Posted by tracy on March 30, 2007 4:22 PM

The Adult UK version it seans to me that the locket is placed on coal (burnt wood).

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 30, 2007 4:34 PM

If you look at a close up of the british children's cover, the house-elf is obviously Dobby. Just look at the pointy ears! also, Ron looks like he is so scared that he is fleeing. Harry looks determined, and it looks like fire reflected in his glasses. and you know the dragon: it looks like baby norbert and is clutching an egg.

Posted by nicole from California on March 30, 2007 4:43 PM

"If you look for something hard enough, you may well find it" (Even if it's not there).
As someone in Australia posted earlier, we'll just have to wait and see what (if anything) the jacket artwork signifies.

Posted by Elder Lupus from Leicester, UK on March 30, 2007 4:52 PM

Patty from Quincy,

Expeliarmus should affect the sword as �expel� is to drive or force out or away, and �armus� refers to arms (weapons) and a sword is definitely a weapon.

Herv� from Strasbourg,

The beast on the helmet cannot be a Griffin as they are supposed to have the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion, I can�t find any feathers in the head or wings and those are definitely not the hid quarters of a lion, and the back has spikes, which are not found in either an eagle nor a lion.

Kyle from Kearney,

The object looks more like a vase than a cup and Hermione does not seem to be reaching for it, but for something elese.

Rickie from Illinois,

You are absolutely right, there is a face in the �amulet� hanging from Harry�s neck in the American cover.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on March 30, 2007 5:36 PM

thanks emilio i thought i was just blind because i have been looking and looking at it and i just can not see a scar on the cover of the american version. and also i see something on the bag around harry's neck. i dont see a face but what looks like eyes maybe im just missing the face part.

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on March 30, 2007 5:57 PM

The Dementors are 'breeding'. It causes fog. Is that what we see from the forbidden forest with the Hogwart's door open.. and hence the patronus inside the cover?

It might be Dobby's ear... look at the house elf ears on the back of British, Kid's OOP...they are simply different.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on March 30, 2007 6:21 PM

Tracy, I can see the face under the one on Harry's pouch, But I do not see any on Voldermort's sleeves.

Maybe this is just JK's way of giving us something to do until the book comes out!

Posted by Kyle from Kearney, Ne on March 30, 2007 6:23 PM

I was just reading HBP and a certain passage struck me in relation to the US cover art of DH:

"But he understood at last what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the and walking into the arena with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew - and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents - that there was all the difference in the world." (HBP 512)

I think maybe this could hold some (hopefully good) foreshadowing as to what happens when Harry faces Voldemort in DH.

Posted by Chris from Raleigh, NC on March 30, 2007 7:09 PM

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