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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 23)

Hey everyone,

The reflection in Harry's glasses looks like the castle on the back side of the book. Same color and even same shape.

But are we sure that the castle on the back side of the book is really Hogwarts?! And could it be that our trio are pulled in to it and that only Harry is allowed to visit this place. I think al three visit this place.

Could this mean that the ly Hallows is placed/located at or in Hogwarts, mentioned earlier in the comments. I think so.

This opinion is based on the US cover were Voldemort is on the back side of the book and Harry in front, and put together the cover is one picture.

And I doubt it is the veil in the ministry. Because in the movie trailer of OotP you see the veil, and look close because in isn't round, as in the picture. There are two pillars!

Then i have another thought about the secret castle. Could this be the chamber of secrets from Gryfindor. Why should only Slytherin have one. And why not all four founders of Hogwarts.

After reading much comments i haven't read alot about the Half Blood Prince potions book. I'm curious if the book play any role in book 7. I hope so, because Harry learned alot form it in book 6.

Posted by Steven from Holland on April 10, 2007 05:05 AM

Did Jo say that Hogwarts would be a minor subject in DH, how and when?

I think that "the ly Hallows", if it's a place, has a lot to do with what appears on US cover. It seems to be outside, then it's not in the ministry. Is it at Hogwarts? Could it be the burial place of Rowena, Godric and Helga?

In arithmancy, "The ly hallows" is 999, and so is "Rowena Godric Salazar Helga". Does it mean that Harry must get Slytherin's tomb back to Hogwarts, so that all four are at last gathered at Hogwarts? (of course, it can work only if "the ly hallows" isn't translated to something else in foreign languages).

Could the scene with Harry and Voldemort in DH mirror in some way the scene in GoF, which took place in a cemetery. In GoF Voldemort raised, and in DH he would fall down. Maybe this time, Voldemort is the one who inadvertantly seizes a portkey, built by Snape (Snape is the best one to mirror Barty Crouch), and he's sent to "The ly hallows", where Harry is waiting for him (and so are the people we see in the background).

Posted by herve from strasbourg on April 10, 2007 07:51 AM

I don't think the curtains depicted on the US cover are the "veil", because isn't it black? And the curtains on the cover are orange.

They could be an artist's impression of the veil, though. And Harry and Voldemort could be battling "beyond the veil", as has already been mentioned. It sounds like the sort of thing Jo would do.

Posted by Fawkes on April 10, 2007 08:09 AM

A lot of people are misquoting Rowling here. She said that there were 2 people that that she didn't inted to . There could be tons of s in the book; just two of them she wasn't planning on. I am assuming she planned to Harry or Voldemort. One has to . So I think other than Harry or Voldemort there are two other people that as well. She also mentioned that they were lead characters because pure evil would go for the important people.

Posted by amber from jacksonville, fl on April 10, 2007 12:15 PM

Supposing the thing behind harry is a house elf, doesn't Dobby like to wear clothes all of the time? I think to Dobby, having clothes gets rid of the terrible memory of the Malfoys. If it's kreacher, he definitely wouldn't have clothes because Harry wouldn't want him to leak informantion, right? I think in no circumstances the thing behind Harry is Dobby. As to the sword, I believe Harry is Gryffindor's descendant, therefore gave Kreacher something to protect himself with as he would have to be using magic that only requires his mind.

Posted by The Forest Moon on April 10, 2007 1:11 PM

I don't think you can tell from the picture whether the being on Harry's back is wearing clothes or not. All you can see is the top of their head, their right hand and their left arm and hand. Even if they were wearing a cloak, an arm raised in that manner could easily be bared.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on April 10, 2007 1:44 PM

Just another thought... on the UK adult cover could it be Dumbledore's hand the locket is on? In HBF it says his hand is black and withered and looks burned.

Posted by amber from jacksonville fl on April 10, 2007 4:48 PM

I don't believe that is hogwarts on the UK childrens cover because it looks more delicate then other depictions (I've only seen the american edition, so correct me if this is how it usually looks on the UK ones) and because Jo said that hogwarts wouldn't be very important in book 7. I like it being Beuxbatons more and I reiterate my theory of students from the 3 wizarding schools being recruted to fight Voldy.

The way I see the 3 castles is as follows:
Horwarts is a scotish/british/irish/french castle
Beuxbatons is a cinderela/disney princess castle
Durmstrang is a fort. It is strong and heavily fortified. Its far to the north and is a place of buisness not comfort.

Posted by E from Portland, ME on April 10, 2007 5:05 PM

someone mentioned about seeing dumbledore entering into the castle in the uk children edition. what i saw is white shadow or white light which i don't understand.

in us edition, harry is definitly wearing a locket and i think voldemort looks frightened because harry is wearing his horcrux and harry is also his horcrux (most likely). so how can voldemort harry if he is a horcrux and also wearing a horcrux. difficult job for voldemort.

Posted by hassan from pakistan on April 11, 2007 05:13 AM

those curtains in the american paperback are orange yes, but so is the light from the setting sun. so maybe those curtains are 'the veil', just a thought and reaction on fawkes on 10 april.

Posted by george from the netherlands, roosendaal on April 11, 2007 06:29 AM

I think that the curtains at the front of the American version are the viel in the department of mysteries, and the ampitheatre is what is behind the veil. The people watching may be ghosts or the people who have d at the hands of Voldemort and the Eaters and they are there to watch Harry him.

Posted by Tom from Manchester, England on April 11, 2007 07:55 AM

E from Portland,

If I remember correctly Fleur Delacour mentioned that her school was NOT a castle, and there was no mention abour Durmstrang.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on April 11, 2007 08:57 AM

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