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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 22)

On the US Cover:

harry does NOT have a scar. as the most infamous part of the HP books is harry's scar, JK wouldn't let the picture go to public if you couldn't see it. it should be vivid, and people shouldn't have to zoom in to see it. if there is a scar, i can only see a bent hair, and i be prepared to kick myself if the book proves me wrong.

i'm not sure if the thing round harry's neck is a pouch. it does seem to look like one from the small "gathering of material" type of shape, but doesn't harry decide to carry the fake horcrux with him. as for seeing the faces, especially the one in the thing around harry's neck, if you look so hard you do start seeing faces, as a few people have already said. i see the faces, and i know there is one baring a striking resemblance to harry, but this could be a coincidence, and it could be there on purpose.

harry looks relieved and triumphant and is accepting something, maybe fawkes has brought him something (though i thought that fawkes d when dumbledore did) and voldemort does seem to fear something and is holding out his had to protect himself. i wouldn't have noticed this if others had mentioned it so thank you!

i doubt that he is behind the veil, because the veil was described as black and tattered, of course, the artist may have visualised it differently. so i don't know. i would love to think that they have gone through the veil and the shadows watching are souls. maybe lily, james, albus and sirius are reaching out to protect and help harry, and voldemort can feel the power of love emitting from them and tries the back away from the strong feeling. this isn't one of my stronger beleifs of what happen, but i think there's a possibility.

Posted by Zoe from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England on April 8, 2007 5:46 PM

UK kids cover;
I can't see any reflections in the potions bottles, nor a figure in the doorway. It does look like snow/ice going up the castle, but then the surrounding ground is visible, and the branches aren't icy. From a certain angle it looks like a bird (ravenclaw?) on the silver plate thing in front of Harry, but maybe I'm seeing things. I'm rereading the books and I'll be starting HP5 this week. Everyone is convinced it is Kreacher on the cover, why? I thought he hated Harry, and although he has to follow orders, it would be easier to get Dobby. Dobby worked for the Malfoy's, and although he hurt himself as punishment, by visiting Harry to warn him he was still disobeying the Malfoy's. I think house elves own magic allows them to do as they wish, if it's what they really want, as shown by Dobby helping Harry in COS.

Posted by mmc from mmc on April 8, 2007 7:57 PM

It's interesting that the only jewels on the cover are rubies. I can only remember rubies being mention in relation the Gryfindor. wikipedia says: Ruby is the birthstone associated with July, Ruby is associated with the Sun in vedic astrology, Ruby symbolizes passionate love. If Slytherin had the chamber of secrets, maybe the other founders had their own special areas. I think I remember Dumbledore telling Fudge that there was still alot of the castle he hadn't explored, and he's had atlest 50 teaching yrs to explore. The cover could easily be somewhere in Hogwarts.

Posted by mmc from mmc on April 8, 2007 8:39 PM

great observations everyone and thank you for everything. i did not notice half of these things. but did anyone see that the onlookers on the US cover look cloaked? ( eaters perhaps?)

Posted by Ivan Martinez from Inglewood, California on April 9, 2007 01:16 AM

Zoe, there IS definitely a scar.

Posted by Fawkes on April 9, 2007 03:07 AM

Ok i just had a brain wave. Lets presume for the moment that the ly hallows are the area behind the arch in the ministry of magic. So hence this place is important for some as yet un revealed reason. Well what if the arch in the ministry was not the only entrance? The vault at hogwarts theory was interesting because it could be easily surmised that such a relic would exist there.

Could the ministry of magic become a eater stronghold as hinted by rowling when voldemort won that best bad competition and hogwarts the last bastion of the order. It would be very fitting if they were then connected by seperate entrances to the ly hallows. Didn't warner brothers have "the hallows of hogwarts" quietly registered a few months back?

Speculation is indeed running rampant. I don't think any of the other covers have ever sparked off so much debate.
By comparison the covers that went before have all been incredibly specific and only contained new scenarios (ie hippogriffs and dragon fights etc...) and themes but these ones clearly elude to previous plots and as such are much more replete with speculatable information.

Posted by Des from Korea on April 9, 2007 04:17 AM

on the uk childrens cover it does look a bit like they're being pulled back. maybe one of the objects in that room was a portkey.

Posted by huzaifah from london on April 9, 2007 06:34 AM

There is a scar on the US edition. There is a reflection on the purple bottle towards the bottom of the UK edition but it doesn't look like a dog.

[U.S] I don't think they are behind the veil because the Prophecy stated one can't LIVE while the other survives. If they were behind the veil, they would . The coloring of the sky and through that arch are very similar in both covers. Someone said that the big archs in the US version look like the archs in the US book 1. I agree and think they are somewhere on Hogwarts grounds.

Posted by Andrew from Florida on April 9, 2007 1:02 PM

The reflection of the dog in the purple potion bottle is only a head and as I said before its at an odd angle, like the dog was on the ceiling or high up on the wall. You can see it with a quick glance (or I can) so I doubt its our eyes playing tricks on us.

Posted by E from Portland, ME on April 9, 2007 3:15 PM

US Version:
I think the cover art depicts the courtroom where the Order fought the Eaters in Order of the Phoenix. It would account for the arena-like atmosphere and the drapes/stage would be the ones Sirius fell through while fighting Bellatrix.

Posted by Megan from Waldorf, MD, USA on April 9, 2007 6:24 PM

E from Portland-
I definitely see a dog too. Good observation! I wonder if that could mean that they are indeed behind the veil, because that's where Sirius is supposed to be. Or maybe Sirius could come back as Snuffles.....

Posted by Tina from Texas on April 9, 2007 8:03 PM

I think the amphitheatre in the American cover could be somewhere in the Department of Mysteries. It appears to play a big part in the connection between Harry and Tom Riddle.

In the British cover it looks like Ron, Harry and Hermione are all looking terrified and in different directions so there could be many dangers lurking at the same time in the 7th book.

Harry says in the 6th bookk that he was thinking of going back to Godric's Hollow to visit his parents grave. I think there's a good chance that some definite clues lurk there. Perhaps something to do with the grave stones or Harry's house in Godric's Hollow?

Posted by Leonid Smith from Melbourne, Australia on April 9, 2007 8:25 PM

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