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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 16)

Faces - sorry folks, but simply can not see any hidden faces. I have looked and looked until my eyes are crossed and I see nothing there. Not in the glasses, not in the talisman, not in Voldemort's sleeve.

Adult cover - I really hadn't paid too much attention to that cover before, since it was so simple. But the discussion about the background lead me to look closer. It is not a stone background and it is not tree bark. It is burned wood. Anyone who has been around a burned building should be able to recognize it.

Posted by Michael Brinkley from Oceanside CA on April 2, 2007 9:30 PM

Michael: Yes, it could be burnt wood. But it also really looks a lot like rough black stone to me as well. A grave stone?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on April 2, 2007 9:36 PM

American Edition
I don't see faces on Voldemort's sleve. It does seem like Voldemort is trying to drive something away from himself and to me it looks like Harry is moving it towards Voldemort. I agree the backround lumps are probably headstones. Because the normal formula is for Ron and Hermy to be excluded from the final battle, I would guess this is near the climax and the UK Children's Edition depicts a scene shortly preceding it.

UK Children
I don't think the trio have passed through the veil of and I am curious if anybody else sees something small and green that looks like its clinging to Ron's robe towards the left?

I think the house elf is Dobby and I don't see Griffindor's name on the blade (COS). I'm not sure if they are inside or outside.

UK Adult
I agree with the burned wood idea.

Posted by John from Riverside CA on April 2, 2007 10:54 PM

It does look as though something or someone is pulling Ron back by his collar. Hermione also looks like she is being pulled back into the gate.

Posted by Andrew from Florida on April 3, 2007 02:50 AM

On UK edition book, all three have red faces and their hair is stuck. The background is orange and red. The place might be pretty hot. And what they look at makes white reflects on every metallic part and Harry's glasses. What is it?

And Harry's eyes look brown and not green.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 3, 2007 03:34 AM

Sorry, guys. There probably aren't any faces. I mean, I can see them too, especially the one(s) in Harry's locket/amulet/thing in the US cover, but we're looking way too closely here. We're gonna see faces everywhere because of the way the human brain works. My brother and I had some fun yesterday seeing LOADS of faces in the UK kids cover. Try it.

Posted by Fawkes on April 3, 2007 03:43 AM

Someone earlier asked the question about what James and Lily did that made them able to leave so much money for Harry.

I've always thought that James's family was another "old wizarding family" like Sirius's, only not nearly as evil. So, he could've been independently wealthy, and just worked because he needed something worthwhile on which to spend his time, and that wealth would've been shared with Lily too.

Besides, even if they'd only had a few galleons to start Harry's vault with, couldn't there have been enough interest to make that much gold before Harry turned 11?

I know it's mentioned in fanon a lot, but has canon ever mentioned whether or not James and Lily were aurors? For some reason, whenever I remember Goblet of Fire, I think there's something in there that says that at least James was, but I'm not sure.

Another thing that the US version tells us is the time of day of this confrontation--or whatever it is.

The sky is not blue, it is shades of orange and red, so it is either sunrise, sunset, or very soon before or after either one.

The coloring is too high up for me to believe that something is on fire at that point.

Posted by Darcy from Frederick, Maryland on April 3, 2007 04:42 AM

Harry looks like he is wearing a plain black shirt in the British version not a black robe. But Ron is wearing a green set of dress robes... the same color Harry wore in the GoF. It is unlikely that Fred and George would have gotten matching green dress robes for Ron. What if Ron is wearing Harry's robes for some reason? Maybe someone was tracking them, and Harry quickly gave Ron his dress robes so he could get away?

Posted by Amber from Georgia on April 3, 2007 06:33 AM

The only things Voldemort is afraid of is Dumbledore and Love. Now we know JKR said 2 major characters would in DH and since Voldemort or Harry have to snuff it, Ron AND Hermy canít both . I am more convinced they don't go through the veil of in light of this.

I am now wondering if the US Edition shows Voldemort & Harry in the Dept of Mysteries in the room where they stud the most powerful magic of all Ė love. (OOTP)

Posted by John from Riverside on April 3, 2007 09:50 AM

What if the arch is the one in the Cave where Harry & Dumbledore found the fake locket, maybe that's where Harry looks for more Horcruxes.

Posted by Hamza from London on April 3, 2007 10:29 AM

U.K. Children:
In harry's eyeglasses i think that it shows like some one attacking him, trying to him. And Hermione looks like screaming "Nooo!". And Ron falling back like or something like that. I dont know. And as J.K. Rowling said 'two important characters '. I dont know if one refers to Ron.

I dont know what house-elf is this, but I think that the house-elf has like a mad eyebrow. I dont think that it could be Dobby.

The U.S. and the U.K. Children has the same sky in both it is orange. What could this mean?

U.S.
I think that the people that are in the background look like Eaters.

Posted by Ryan Torres from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico on April 3, 2007 11:38 AM

Hello folks, could it be that the house elf is Kreacher, who wants to avenge Regulus who belonged to Kreachers beloved family?

Posted by Ulrike from Stuttgart, Germany on April 3, 2007 11:40 AM

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