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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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Zoe from Stevenage

You're right, it could of been clearer. I was commenting on on the countless people who have said they can't see it at all! I assume on the book, that you'll just be able to make the scar out, I won't know myself as I'll be getting the UK version! I would say let me know if you can see it once you get the book but by then we won't are about the covers just what's inside them!

Who knows, maybe the artist was so engrossed on the scene itself that they forgot to add the scar and had to quickly add it using the only pencil available. I know that when I first saw the cover, I was too busy drinking in all the other sights to even look for the scar!

Posted by Gagsy from Kent, England on April 16, 2007 1:27 PM

The back of the UK kids HP5 cover, shows the Ministry statues of a house elf, goblin, cetaur, witch and wizard. Jason croft is the illistrator of both books, and the HP5 house elf, looks a lot more like the HP7 creature.

Posted by mmc from mmc on April 16, 2007 10:24 PM

If you go to the scholastic website, it shows you the USA HP covers, and from HP5, onwards, Harry's scar is not eassy to see, but it is there. I'm sure this debate continue, until the book actually comes out...

Posted by mmc from mmc on April 16, 2007 10:42 PM

I've read through all of the previous posts, but I didn't see a single post concerning what I have seen on the UK cover.

Peter Pettigrew's silver hand, made for him personally by Voldemort.

If you look just beneath Hermione's outstretched hands, you see a silvery object that looks remarkably like a metal hand.

As we well know, Pettigrew owes Harry a life- because Harry saved him from Lupin and Sirius in Prisoner of Azkaban. Will Peter finally pay back his to Harry? I do not think Peter's hand is a horcrux, but perhaps there is some significance to the silver hand being on the cover.

Or it could just be a vase.

Posted by Laurie from Albany, GA on April 17, 2007 02:25 AM


i wont be getting the usa book either, im from hertfordshire. but, maybe you're right about the artist forgot, but wouldnt JK have looked over the covers, just to check the artist got it right?

about the shapes in the background or whenever you look closely and see things, maybe the artist just put stuff in to fill up the background.

the reflection in harry's glasses (UK) makes me think fire is in front of him because in the reflection is the same as in the 6th book.

Posted by zoe from stevenage on April 17, 2007 05:54 AM

everyone is saying the treasure belongs to voldemort or slytherin or is somewhere that belongs to them-one question-why is everything covered in rubies and nothing else? wouldnt something of slytherin's be silver and decorated with emeralds? As for the US cover, im trekking through the books looking for something, but so far i dont think it's somewhere we have seen or heard of before, but it wouldnt be in the ministry or the forbidden forest-there is no ceiling overhead and its sunny, and there are no trees around.

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, CA on April 17, 2007 11:48 AM

Is it possible that the amphitheatre that Harry and Voldermort are in is the one in the department of mysteries in HP and the OOTP. The ceiling could be bewitched like the one in the great hall at hogwarts to reflect the sky and the curtains could be the archway that sirius black fell into during the battle at the end of OOTP.

Posted by jordan from mesa, arizona on April 17, 2007 2:37 PM

The weirdest thing to me is the lack of wands on any of the covers. I mean, they're obviously in battle, so why no wands? Strange.

Posted by Shelly from Chicago, IL on April 17, 2007 10:10 PM

well i never thought about that, but the covers look the same-the archway in the back of the UK and the sky or background is the same redish yellow, could they be two different depictions of the same thing?

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, CA on April 17, 2007 10:23 PM

i am completely convinced that on the us cover, harry and voldemort are behind the veil. in uk cover, i think the trio is diving and searching for horcruxes within the jewels shown. the jewels may be in room of requirement.

Posted by hassan from pakistan on April 18, 2007 12:08 AM

Zoe - Now I feel stupid.. I looked at 'Stevenage' and for some reason I just assumed it was American. Sorry!

Maybe J.K did and then noticed no scar on Harry and it had to be add on at the last minute! Or am I getting a bit ahead of myself now...

Anyway I think months after the 7th book of been released I have to buy an American version online and re-read the book. The cover is too nice not to have, and once we've read the books and know what the scene is, we'll love the picture even more.

Posted by Gagsy from Kent, England on April 18, 2007 02:42 AM

to emelio- if you look at other american hp covers, you can clearly see that his scar is in the middle of his head. and i can easily find it on the seventh cover, right smack dab where it is on the previous covers. i think its just the way each country's illustrator interprets it.

Posted by emma riley from m-town texas on April 18, 2007 2:40 PM

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