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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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Great comments! Concerning the UK edition, I think Rickie's observation about the "expelliarmus" effect was astute. When I first saw the UK cover, for some crazy reason I got it into my head that it was the Room of Requirement instead of Gringotts. (Like Harry "requiring" the Potions book he left there or- a Horcrux that Riddle may have hidden there.) However, since there's all those Galleons flying around, Gringotts is much more likely. One thought: Ron and Hermione are wearing fancy robes because they've just been fitted for them at Diagon Alley- while Harry, having just recently left Privet Drive, has entered Lily and James's vault to withdraw some money to purchase new dress robes- and finds someone? something? is waiting for them...

As for the US edition, I agree with those who think Voldemort and Harry have gone through the Veil- and have an aunce of the "ly Hallows" to observe their final confrontation. The fact that Harry's scar is not prominent, or is seemingly obscured as to leave us all guessing whether he still has it or not, is also significant.

Posted by Karen from Lockeford, California on April 1, 2007 12:41 AM

The pouch thing can either be Slytherin's locket or it could possibly be a time turner.

Posted by Javed from Vancouver, Canada on April 1, 2007 12:57 AM

These are all great speculations from everyone! It's gotten me even more excited for the seventh book! I just can't wait till July 21st!

So many details have been given to us. I wonder which ones are right! I think that something goes wrong in the wedding.

I also think that there is a horcrux amongst the treasures in the UK children's edition. It's hard to guess which one it is. The location is also weird because there are many possibilities to where they maybe. I don't think they are in Gringott's but maybe the ministry or even somewhere we've never heard about.

In the US edition, I don't think that is a pouch. It could be or may not but I doubt it. Also, I think the figures in the background are spectating Harry's and Voldermorts' 'battle'. There amybe a mixture of Eaters and other wizards.

I guess we'll all have to wait another 3-4 months to find out. I can't wait till July and I know that there be many tears from people's eyes. Who s and who doesn't? We'll soon know!

Posted by Tasmeeah from London on April 1, 2007 01:44 AM

What if the chestplate (armor) in the children's version of the covers is the goblin-made armor that Voldemort tried to buy from Hepzibah Smith while working at Borgin at Burkes? as we all know that in HP books there are no coincidences.

Posted by Sa�o from Slovenia, Europe on April 1, 2007 06:23 AM

Voldemort seems to fall backwards, not like he's reaching for something or trying to push harry away. also he looks not to harry or the thing harry's looking at, he is looking at the people, maybe they are Eaters?

Posted by Jasper van den Berg from Netherlands on April 1, 2007 07:47 AM

I wonder if the house elf is holding the sword to show he is in charge, as if he was propelling them through the arch using the elf magic that is much stronger than wizard magic. I think he might have pushed them into a section in the room of requirements that normal wizards can't get into. A room that Kreacher might have hidden the locket in for Regulas Black. After all Kreacher would have the ability to apparate in and out of Hogwarts. Dobby could apparate in COS inside of Hogwarts and it was explained that House elves has very powerful magic, but they had to want to use it. So I don't think it is Kreacher with Harry but Dobby as Harry could not force Kreacher to use his magic.

Posted by Nancy from New Hampshire on April 1, 2007 10:19 AM

on the ameriacn cover, Harry could be in the great hall, after all the ceiling is bewitched to look like the sky and the arches amy be the windows around the room?
Also with the picture of Hogwarts on the back of the English cover, that image might imply that Harry has to be there for one reason or another. Bess didn't Dumbledore say that voldemort was so interested in all the magic and secrets that is in Hogwarts (maybe more than just for items to make horcruxes)?
All the silohettes in the background could be Hogwarts students.

Posted by comeitch from North Carolina on April 1, 2007 12:47 PM

Harry uses expelliarmus to have the spider drop him in GOF. Wands are the normal item to be expelled but it is a 'disarming' charm first and foremost. Generally we see this spell only affecting one single person/creature as well. However, if the spell were wide spread enough to disarm Ron, Harry and Hermoine... then why would the elf/goblin still be able to have ths sword? Assuming that wizard spells affect Elves/Goblins that is which, after all, we don't actually know.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on April 1, 2007 2:59 PM

Harry seems to be summoning something that Voldemort wants to push away. If Harry is to win in this confrontation, he must rely on his strengths. What is he exceptionally good at? Flying.

Posted by Vince from Fort Worth, Texas on April 1, 2007 3:18 PM

I know Ron and Hermione are wearing fancy coloured robes on the cover of the UK childrens edition, but I ask - why would Hermione wear 'robes' to a wedding? She didn't wear dress robes to the yule ball - all the girls were wearing gowns, dresses - not robes.
The colour of the robes correspond with the colour of the two potion bottles lying on all the jewels, armour, and money - purple and green. I don't know if it is important but in GoF Harry is given a potion to bring about a dreamless sleep - a purple potion and a small bottle. Perhaps the colours of the robes represent potions and their effects?

Posted by Orlando from England on April 1, 2007 4:05 PM

i just had a thought, maybe the light reflected on harry's glass is smoke erupting form a dragon, becasue they have entered a dragons lair, where said dragon keeps all his treasures?

Also I think it is interesting that both books have arches but they are obviously different events because Harry is not wearing the locket in both images.

Posted by comeitch from North Carolina on April 1, 2007 4:15 PM

I am wondering if it is a dragon that they are scared of on the British childrens book cover. Remember in the first book when Hagrid said that there were rumors of dragons guarding top security vaults at the bank. Maybe Voldemort got a top security vault to hide one of his Horcruxes, and it's guarded by a dragon. That would explain the wounds on Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Another reason I think this is because if you look at the archway that they appear to be coming through, it looks like fire toward the top of the arch (all of the orange and yellow swirls).

Posted by Shane from Michigan on April 1, 2007 4:16 PM

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