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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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Kyle - since when have the covers got everthing exactly right? Ever heard of artistic licence? On the UK kids one, Harry's eyes look brown. I'd say that's a much more serious mistake than not having his scar in exactly the right place.

Posted by Fawkes on April 5, 2007 01:50 AM

KYLE; Harry's scar, as we know, is not in the middle of his forehead, but other book covers make it appear to be so, so you can see it. Just in case it hasn't occurred to anyone; different illustrators have drawn all the british covers, that's why they look different! Also, the uk covers for books 1-4 (not sure of 5,6) all show scenes in 1st half of book. JKR has said Hogwarts play a minor part, so maybe at the start the wedding occurs, Hogwarts would be an impressive location, which explains the clothing, and as usual the trio wander off and find a room under the castle, or maybe just the Room of Requirement...

Posted by mmc from mmc on April 5, 2007 01:55 AM

I think the dragon on the helmet has a beak which resembles a might be Rowena's helmet.

Posted by Pallavi on April 5, 2007 02:48 AM

If you look at the back cover of the UK child version, you can see Hogwarts which would suggest that we hear more about Hogwarts or that Harry might even go back to Hogwarts.

Posted by Rishi from UK on April 5, 2007 03:22 AM

After reading a lot of comments, i wanted to give mine.

I don't think Dumbledore is . The reason is that dumbledore is going undercover, i think as fawkes.

By showing all this wealth i think Harry is related to Gryffindor. Not only by this wealth but Harry is continuously praised by his exceptional magic ss through the books. What could an other reason be? He has the power of Gryffindor.

And Voldemort is related to Slytherin this be a battle between old magic and new magic.

For some reason i think Dobby or Kreacher is on Harry's back. Because house elfs are not allowed to wear clothes. And you don't see any on the cover.

Because of the thought that harry is related to Gryffindor, Harry investigate the history of his family. By doing this he discover were his exceptional magic ss came from. Harry start his investigation at Gordics Hollow. For some reason Harry find an very imported clue at Gordics Hollow.

Posted by Steven from Holland on April 5, 2007 03:34 AM

i don't think the US cover shows us Harry and Voldemort in Godrics Hollow, I know harry says he is going to go there at the end of HPB, but we know from PS/SS that the potters house in Godrocs Hollow was almost destroyed, (hagrid tells dumbledore, and aunt petunia tells harry lily got herself blown up, how would she know that?)

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on April 5, 2007 03:37 AM

I read the comments about who owns the Riddle House...has anyone considered Lucius Malfoy? He's rich enough and sneaky enough not to want his name band about as its owner...but with his "supposed" allegience to Voldemort, I think he'd find owning the house a grand show of support.

Posted by D H from Somewhere south of NY on April 5, 2007 04:12 AM

In the UK Children's Cover, what I feel is reflecting on Harry's glass is Prongs. It appears like that though I dont know whether one thing is reflected on both the glasses (I dont wear glasses so not sure). And the golden frill on the bottom of Ron's robe seems to be cut too.

Posted by no0r from mumbai on April 5, 2007 06:23 AM

Steven: Jo clearly said that Harry isn't a heir of Gryffindor. I think, even if it isn't pleasant to say, that Harry gets his power from Voldemort: the prophecy tells us that Voldemort marked Harry as his equal.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 5, 2007 08:32 AM

I think the UK childrens cover presents the earliest part of the story (of the 3). It makes sense its just after the wedding and I am convinced that Dobby is holding onto Harry to stay with him. We know House Elves have powerful magic and it makes sense he would step up to help Harry.

I think the US cover is an outdoors and the blurry lumps are eaters because of the irregular shapes that could be turned heads whispering to each other. The idea I read earlier that the pouch around Harry's neck is Slytherin's locket to keep LV from blasting him is perfect. Such a simple defense - probably Hermy's idea.

With that in mind, it makes sense that LV it probably trying to stop Harry from summing something that destroy that horcrux, LV himself, or another horcrux.

Finally, the UK adult cover. I agree with the idea that it is on a burned beam of old wood like you'd find in and old building. Anybody who has seen this would recognize it. I believe this represents the final burning out or cleansing out of LV and Slytherins heirs.

With this said, I believe the second main character to be ed of in this book be Wormtail. I suspect he provide Harry with information where at least 1 horcrux is.

Posted by John from Riverside, CA on April 5, 2007 10:42 AM

The American book cover seems to me to be much more informative than the British cover.

The amphitheater is filled with shadows of people who are watching. Harry's hand is up in a welcoming gesture and Voldemort's is in a defensive gesture. In OOP JKR describes the room in the Dept of Mysteries with the "veil" in it as a stone amphitheater - clearly what is depicted in this book cover. More meaningfully is that in this picture the "curtain" has frayed edges. The same "veil" in OOP is described as "tattered".

I suspect this book cover picture is showing us "beyond the veil" and that both Voldemort and Harry at the end of book 7. Harry's hand is open and receptive because he not fear his own . By he have vanquished Voldemort and also be reunited with those who love him, his parents, Sirius, and Dumbledore. Harry's ability to love make him not fear his own as it becomes essential to the destruction of Voldemort. Voldemort's hand is in a defensive posture because he fears - as Dumbledore has always told us he does.

As much as I want to see Harry live, all the evidence seems to point to his . But if we see "beyond the veil" and see Harry finally reunited with his parents it may make his less painful for us.

Posted by Elizabeth from New Jersey, USA on April 5, 2007 12:08 PM

I think that in the British cover it looks like Harry is trying to shield himself from something, Ron is trying to run away, and Hermione possibly reaching out to something? If you do look carefully though you can find Harry's scar on the US version.

Posted by Harleen from Racine, WI on April 5, 2007 5:18 PM

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