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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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Im so glad the covers are out! It's weird how Harry and Hermione are all cut up, but Ron doesn't seem to be hurt. And in the UK and US versions of the covers, there seems to be the same rock/stone arch...could this be the veil/have something to be in the veil? Because we haven't heard much about it and I think it have a big role in book 7. This doesn't really have anything to do with the theory, but I find it weird how they made Harry look like a 30 year old man.

Posted by Rachel Clouthier from Ontario, Canada on March 28, 2007 4:58 PM

Yes, awsome, it would be a bit out of character for Ron to be quite so gung-ho when Harry wasn't armed!

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on March 28, 2007 4:58 PM

The house elf is most likley Kreacher, for JK asked the movie makers to leave Kreacher in the movies as he is important! Is Harry commanding Kreacher to do something, or is Kreacher acting on his own ? Maybe Kreacher is in truth Lord Voldemort in animagus form? Maybe Lord Voldemort has a house elf and Kreacher battles it? I don't know!

Posted by Randy on March 28, 2007 4:58 PM

yes i definetly see the scar in the british version but i cannot see it in the american version. perhaps harry found a way to take it off so that voldemort would not be able to see what he was doing. this is the way that harry was able to see into voldemorts mind. dumbledore actually told harry that voldemort was using occulemency against him and since harry never learned how he had to find a way to hide what he was doing (destroying the horcruxes) from voldemort. cant wait for july 21st!

Posted by tonya from cordele, ga on March 28, 2007 5:00 PM

Typical I post a response and notice something in another comment....

The house elves. JKR has made much of them in the past, but left the issue of 'freedom' unresolved. For one to appear on the cover wielding a sword must imply that they/some of them take take a more active part in fighting.

As most of the house elves are not 'free' then I would suggest it could be Dobby. He, I think we can agree, would probably for Harry if he had to. Alternatively, the entire population of house elves is mobliised - but how you would do this without each owner saying 'go out and fight Voldemort' I'm not sure.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on March 28, 2007 5:04 PM

Did anyone else look at the back cover of the British children's version? It looks like there is a remembral with a snake hissing in it. And Harry's patronus is also pictured separately on the inside cover....interesting.: )

One other thing I noticed, doesn't it look like Ron and Hermoine are wearing somewhat dressy robes? While Harry is simply in a plain black robe. Why would they be dressed up?....Or is this just the artist's interpretation of their wizarding garb?

Posted by china from dallas, tx on March 28, 2007 5:05 PM

Ok so has anybody had the thought that it may be a goblin on the british front cover and that it's Gringotts that they are in? Maybe they are in Harry's vault and that could be Gryffindor's sword because Dumbledore ed it to him? What if when Sirius' was found the locket was moved into his vault as well?

Posted by Evie from Hanford, CA on March 28, 2007 5:11 PM

OMG! i can't wait now till the book! i really think that the arm holding the sword is a house-elf... could it be dobby? or maybe another one from hogwarts? i think that in that room of the jewles and stuff theres a horcrux

Posted by chelsea from B.C. on March 28, 2007 5:14 PM


Yes, I realised the same thing. Hermione very obviously seems to be wearing a very fancy costume/clothes, and, she seems to be being propelled forwards by force/or falling (so it seems to me). I think the artist knows enough about Harry Potter to be very specific about the clothes they would be wearing, he has done others after all.

There are a few pointers covered on the books that are unresolved issues including Naghini the snake, and the house elf. I also wonder if the ruins at the forefront of the U.S. picture might be to do with Tom (as opposed to Voldemort) and the cottage that must now be in ruins. JKR takes Harry back there several times in the pensieve as this was Tom/Voldemort's family home and where several incidents took place.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on March 28, 2007 5:29 PM

There is also a FULL moon at Hogwarts on the British cover. And Fenrir Greyback likes kids and positions himself near them for the full moon. So, the story have events at Hogwarts and this probably involve werewolves.

Can anyone tell what the image Harry is looking at in the British cover is? His glasses have an image reflected of what he is looking at. It could be a grey/white hooded outline or ghost, and then again it could be a puddle of water.

I have to also remind us all that the HBP cover has Ginny, Rom and Hermoine staring up at the Dark Mark above Hogwarts. This does not actually happen in HBP but is only symbolic of the events in the book.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on March 28, 2007 5:42 PM

As to the possibility of 'founder's items' I notice that the British 'treasure' cover has a breastplate with a Snake on it... and the Helmet has a young dragon and a ruby. The Griffendor sword from McGonnigal's office has rubies on it as well as identifying clues.

And, overlooking the obvious, I neglected to mention that not only is it a full moon, but that someone has left a ground floor door ajar at Hogwarts implying or inviting entry.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on March 28, 2007 5:50 PM

I saw a LOT MORE STUFF you missed.

On the US COVER, if you look closely, you can see the Slytherin Locket (Horcrux that R.A.B. stole) around Harry's neck! Harry seems to be looking up at something in the sky, and possibly harnessing its power, while Voldemort looks terrified of Harry and the thing in the sky. There are people standing around them at a good distance, for some reason. They all seem to be in awe of something. All the people are wandless, including Harry and Voldemort. Where the heck are they? The Department of Mysteries, maybe, or the ruins of it. Are the in the always-locked love room? Or more likely the DEATH ROOM, where the veil resides (that Sirius Black fell through). Maybe even INSIDE the VEIL! There seems to be rubble on the ground, possibly the roof of the Room, or whatever the building is. Also, it might be the ruins of Hogwarts.

In the UK Adult Edition, the locket on the front is obviously the Slytherin Locket (Horcrux that R.A.B. stole).

On the UK CHILDREN COVER, a house-elf, most likely Kreacher, can be seen grabbing onto Harry's shoulder and carrying a sword (possibly the Sword of Godric Gryffindor!). Could Kreacher be trying to Harry? In this picture, a whitish figure can be seen through Harry's glasses (shows what he is looking at). This seen be the trio going through the Veil in the Department of Mysteries ( Room), the trio bursting through a room in Hogwarts, or the trio bursting through a room in Gringotts Bank (hence the treasure). Something interesting is that there is some bluish armor, and the breastplate has a serpent on it (Horcrux?), as well as two helmets, one of which has a dragon on it. Also, on the back cover, a white silhouette can be seen in the door of Hogwarts! His pointy hat and white appearance show that it must be Dumbledore, or his ghost! Finally, the triangle and the circle on the back represent eternity, and there is a line (possibly a spear) going through it. This could symbolize that Harry end the eternal power and immortality of Lord Voldemort!

Posted by Stephen from PA on March 28, 2007 5:53 PM

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