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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 25)

US cover:
A few people have been saying they believe the 'battle' setting is in the The Chamber of the Department of Mysteries, great idea, the curtains make sense and the look of a pit where Voldemort and Harry are. I believe we are looking through the veil. Dumbledore often spoke of being the next adventure, and I believe Voldemort and Harry are just on the verge of by being in the veil, this idea scares Voldemort which is clear to see on his face and his posture. The shadows I believe to be are themselves, the whispers people hear from outside the veil, and I think they are calling to Voldemort trying to take him further inside. Harry is reaching for something which actually lead him back, I believe he had his two way mirror with him and in some bizarre J.K way he could connect Sirius through the veil and is actually able to get back, I believe this also because I feel Harry would never be able to use Avada Kedavra even on Voldemort! So something else would need to take Voldemort to his doom.
Perhaps Harry went into the veil first with the locket round his neck to get Voldemort to follow him. All the other horcruxes must have already been destroyed and so Voldemort would want to hang on to that 'life line' feeling that the veil could never him as long as he got the locket back first.

UK (kids) cover:
I believe Dobby is hanging onto Harry, not a Goblin, it seems very out of character for the moody Goblins to help humans at all. The subject of which side the Goblins would choose was discussed in OotP, and it seemed they would just keep to themselves and not help either.
The sword is of course the Gryffindor sword and prove that Harry is the heir of Gryffindor.
I'm still not sure where I think the scene is taking place. The treasure and the arch shape do seem to be connected to Gringotts. It's very interesting though.
I'm liking the idea of the fancy dress robes to be because Ron and Hermione were attending Bill/Fleur's wedding (Did we ever find out the new colour of the dress robes the twins bought for Ron?).
The rubies symbolise Gryffindor to me, but the armor symbolise Slytherin. There are golden cups too, and Voldemort did steal a relic of Hufflepuff which was a small golden cup. We don't know anything about Ravenclaw relics but perhaps the two different colours gold studded bottles are something to do with Ravenclaw? Maybe there is a Hogwarts vault?

Posted by Gagsy from Kent, England on April 12, 2007 3:18 PM

Doesn't it looks like Hermione is reachin out for something, like something is getting out of her reach?

Posted by Malin on April 12, 2007 3:51 PM

Maybe the eaters crashed bill and fleurs wedding... that's why ron and hermione look festive, because they are at the wedding, or they just became boyfriend and girlfriend...I think that is coming. But i might be a little too excited:). Also maybe they all just defeated someone or something...Or they just got s lot of money. (I am reffering to all the treasure on the cover)

I think Harrry is egging Voldemort on with the locket. He wants to fight...he wants to get back at Voldemort for ing lots of people.

Harry is going crazy...he just wants Voldemort gone and is very impatient because it is not happening anytime soon...until the end

Posted by JJ on April 12, 2007 4:11 PM

Didn't J.K.R say that kreacher was going to have an important role in book seven? so that elf in the picture is probably kreacher. and i wonder if that theatre is anywhere near Godric's hollow?

Posted by Melissa from New Jersey on April 12, 2007 8:43 PM

I think Harry has somehow lured voldemort into the veil causing his .Voldemort would have followed him because harry may be the only remaining horcrux. But how Harry can get out of the veil.But the thing Harry is summoning may help him to get out of the veil.

Posted by Priya from India,TN on April 12, 2007 11:27 PM

That House elf is most probabaly kreacher. Although you can recall dobby saying he do anything for harry in book 6.

Posted by Marc on April 13, 2007 1:35 PM

It looks an awful lot like there is a locket pictured on the UK adult cover around Harry's neck. Presumably, this means that harry has already retrieved Salazar Slytherin's locket, or another, very similar locket. By this, we can assume Harry is locked in his final battle with Voldemort, and since he appears to be reaching for something, and Voldemort pushing something away, we might take this to mean that he is either attempting to summon his wand, or a final horcrux that he must destroy.

This may be the other side of the veil in the " Chamber", it may be that Harry decided he would have to Voldemort by sacrificing himself and pushing Voldy through, since it seems that a Horcrux could not stop this, unless it has some way to stop the "portal" from letting him through. If this is so, then perhaps Harry is either attempting to summon a wand, or (as at least one person has said before) a way to escape the veil.

Posted by Jeremy on April 13, 2007 7:45 PM

Malin- I thought the same thing about Hermione reaching out, but could she have just dropped something? I looked at the direction her hands are facing and at first, I thought it was for the golden circular object with rubies, but then I saw a bluish piece down in the lower right hand corner...perhaps more armor? But I doubt that it would have much significance in the story if it was just stuffed in a corner...?

Posted by sourkrause from california, usa on April 13, 2007 9:02 PM

Forgot to add in my last post, I think Harry/someone already destroyed the real locket...

As for whether the scar is/isn't on Harry's forehead in the US cover:
When Tonks was introduced in OotP, I started to wonder if Harry is a metamorphmagus. In P/SS, chapter 2, we find out Harry can never get a sucessful haircut, and even when aunt Petunia shaved his head, it all grew back overnight.

Is it possible he learned how to make the scar "disappear"? Not that he would want/care to hide it - unless it is a horcrux for those who believe that theory;-)

Posted by Gene from Waltham, Ma on April 14, 2007 03:50 AM

People are looking too far into this whole 'faces in the picture' theme. Whoever said it's what people do, look for faces was 100% right. I'm sure most if not all of us can recall in our earlier years finding 'faces' in some horrible flowery wallpaper. It's what our brains are functioned to do. I did see the 'face' in the locket/pouch, and a few faces in the UK version (quite an eerie one just on the bottom left wall next to the castle door - with mad hair and a skeleton face), though I believe these just to be patterns our minds are trained to look for.

I also got to say, am I the only one who CAN see the scar in the US version? It's very cleary just between both eyes, and there's no mistaking it as no hair could bend 90 degrees to form a lightning shape, unless there was a serious amount of hair wax applied! Just follow Harry's right eye up to where it's pointing, stop at the forehead and you got your scar!

Posted by Gagsy from Kent, England on April 14, 2007 03:58 AM

could the UK cover show something happening at gringotts, this could be the place where bill and fleur are getting married as both of them work there, and this could be the safest place available to get married (except hogwarts)

Posted by carl from birmingham, england on April 14, 2007 04:52 AM

I haven't heard anyone suggest that the reflection on Harry's glasses could be the flame from a dragon guarding the treasure. That's what it looks like to me for what it's worth.

Posted by Jeff from Tennessee on April 14, 2007 06:38 AM

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