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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: (Page 12)

The pouch around Harry's neck can be the mirror that Sirius gave him in OOTP. Maybe the face that you are seeing is Sirius' face.

Posted by Luiz from Brazil on March 31, 2007 11:19 AM

I can also see the face on the thing around Harry's neck, but I think the thing itself is the face and not a pouch.

Posted by Dumbledore's Fan on March 31, 2007 12:33 PM

Elizabeth, I have also wondered about who owns that house. For some reason I imagined it at first to be Lucius Malfoy, he wouldn't live there, but he could be keeping it for Voldemort. Only problem is he wouldn't keep Frank around, neither would Voldemort. Maybe Dumbledore? Aberforth? Could that be how Dumbledore found out about Frank Bryce's ? It seems the muggle papers would just list it as old age or something, not anything Dumbledore would pay attention to. Unless he was looking for it...

As far as a horcrux being hidden there, I think it is possible. The muggles who have lived there all left because it felt spooky or scary, and Dumbledore says that magic always leaves traces. Why didn't Dumbledore check though?

Posted by Lisa from North Carolina on March 31, 2007 1:06 PM

In the US version in the background I think you can see hooded figures probably eaters so i would not say they are alone.

Posted by Abu- Griffindory from ontario, barrie on March 31, 2007 1:19 PM

on the british cover, harry seems to be reaching for something, yet ron and hermione seem afraid...could harry be reching for the thing that ron and hermione are scared of? why would harry do that? what could it be?

Posted by Dubledores FAvorite on March 31, 2007 1:48 PM

I'm thinking that maybe in the UK cover they are not falling but maybe being blown away / pushed by a spell into the archway because of the direction of the coins and the way Hermione is drawn and reactions - fear/surprise. Perhaps they are in Gringotts and attempting to collect something belonging to Sirius or Dumbledore.
I think also that since there is a sword, helmet and chest armour all with the dragon and red stone on that one of them need the items to fight and defeat someone, red/dragon maybe the phoenix theme? Is the house elf (Dobby) trying to hold back Harry to give him the sword perhaps? I can't make out what's on his glasses (reflection) but clearly an enemy attempting to stop him from proceeding/obtaining something, given the determination on Harry's face though it's very important.
On the US cover I'm thinking pouch rather than the locket because of the shape and size, maybe they have fallen through the veil, a couple of the figures look like they may be wearing hoods so followers of Voldemort perhaps? I quite like the idea of Voldemort getting his just desserts once he's on the other side of the veil having to face all those that he has ed/d because of him.
Can't wait to read it but it be sad once it's all over!

Posted by Julia from London, UK on March 31, 2007 2:43 PM

Luiz from Brazil, it can't be Sirius's mirror or face because Harry broke the mirror after he tried to contact Sirius in it unsuccessfully (after he had fallen through the curtain.)

Posted by Rickie from Illinois on March 31, 2007 4:46 PM

I was just re-reading one of Dave's other articles, the one about clues to Dumbledor's possibly faked when I came upon this passage written by Dave.

"In these examples from Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban, different wizards are issuing the Expelliarmus spell with the results being described almost exactly the same way, the victim being voilenty blasted up and backwards."

This made me think that perhaps the UK cover shows them being blasted backwards by the Expelliarmus spell and explains why they don't have wands.

Posted by Rickie from Illinois on March 31, 2007 5:14 PM

Wow! Ron and hermione elope, marry? What a great idea!But i do not agree. how can they elope in this 'emergency' situation? I think the only reason they use flashy robes but harry doesnt is because Harry doesn't have a robe, right? He do has a plan to go to bill's wedding, but he doesn't have any robe in his home.

And, another point. Look at the American cover clearly and zoom it! i think that's not a scar. i agree with that, it just hair. And then in British cover, harry's eyes is not green but black.

and the creatures behind harry and voldemort are the dark-eaters, i agree. But they're more then twenty, i think... And the pouch? i can't see any face there...

Posted by HerGe from Indonesia on March 31, 2007 8:29 PM

if you look at the bloomsbury edition, in the reflection of the purple cup, you�ll see something which seems to be a dog.

Posted by diego from bs as on March 31, 2007 10:17 PM

Ok just cause I used the term eloped does not mean they went anywhere. We don't know how wizards get married. The fact is this could happen at any time anywhere.

And sorry HerGe but harry does have a rather nice set of robes that were bought before the triwizard tournament. They are green, which mrs weasley thought would go nice with his eyes.

The thing around harry's neck is i think simply a locket. We already know that harry carries the fake horcrux around with him. This item would have even more significance to him once he has figured out who R.A.B. is, because he would feel either connected spiritually with him/her or feel that R.A.B owes the world dumbledores life.

The other factor which i didn't think of as regards shenanigans behind the veil is that the have helped hary before. Priori Incantatem. The idea that previous victims would help harry is interesting but oddly contradictary to rowlings own statement about it being more interesting if harry goes alone.

And is anyone else wondering what james and lily did to secure so much gold during their brief carreers? They d really young and with (conjecture) their own home and yet had enough money aside to finance harry's relativly expensive career at hogworts as well as owning an invisibility cloak, which seems to be a very rare/costly item.

Oh and my own personal theory is that regulus is a red herring. Amelia Bones has just as many of the eponymous initials as regulus and also has an interesting little note that i think is a real clue. something to the effect of "we think Voldemort may have personally ed her off" (Other minister)

Amelia has had many more seemingly unnecessary mentions than regulus has had however it is impossible to decipher with any degree of certainty. Did anyone guess that snape would be who he is?

Posted by Des from Korea on March 31, 2007 10:40 PM

In the sixth book Dumbledore cut his hand so that he and Harry could enter the cave.
In the british version the injuries on Harry's and Hermione's hand could be for a similar reason which could mean that Harry is searching for a horcrux.

Posted by m_16 on April 1, 2007 12:20 AM

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