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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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Oh yeah another thing i forgot to mention When Harry and Voldemort are seen on the cover of the US book.. why would Harry be wearing Slytherins locket because doesn't he need to destroy all the horcruxes before he can destroy Voldemort himself, I think it must be the fake locket or a pouch of some kind.

Posted by Daniel From Scotland from Scotland on April 28, 2007 11:18 AM

i re-read ootp, and came across a very interesting thing while DA were fighting the Eaters when trying to get the prophecy. (i read this book in croatian, so i can't provide original names for places and things, but i hope you get the picture.)

right after harry falls down the stairs, jk draws our attention to the ARENA where sirius and bellatrix were fighting. and considering that there was a veil where sirius fell...

could it be possible that that is the place where the final battle take place? the arena...and maybe the veil was somehow interpreted as curtains on the cover of the book?

and... could the ly hallows be the voices or the echos harry heard behind the veil?

Posted by Lastkiss from split,croatia on April 29, 2007 02:49 AM

I think it's probably Dobby - he seems like the House Elf who would help Harry most. Could be Kreacher though.

Posted by Emma on April 30, 2007 10:17 AM

As to destruction of Horcruxes, youre right that they need to be destroyed, but does it mean destruction of the soul IN the horcrux or just the item to release the soul so that it can pass on? I dont remember the specifics being discussed in canon. Conversely, if you don't destroy the soul, does it want to try to rejoin with original soul or try to pass on? Again I think the picture is artistically trying to convey idea of destroying Horcruxes/releasing souls to pass on.

Posted by KLH from Salt Lake City on April 30, 2007 12:12 PM

As to Kreacher vs Dobby.
If I'm remembering right, Kreacher had large tufts of hair on his ears and very wrinkled skin from age. And I agree that what we are seeing is a creature involved in helping the quest somehow and Kreacher can't be trusted.

Posted by KLH from Salt Lake City on April 30, 2007 12:20 PM

Kreacher can be trusted insofar as he is under Harry's orders.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on April 30, 2007 3:33 PM

er, did anyone notice that on the UK Children's version, Harry's eyes are brown instead of bright green?
And Harry and Hermionie seem to be pushed forward, while Ron seems to be falling backwards? does this signify Ron's or something?
also, the 'Crystal Ball' on the inside cover.. could it be another prophecy?
After all, the prophecies were described as: Tiny, yellowing labels had been stuck beneath each glass orb on the shelves. Some of them had a weird, liquid glow; others were as dull and dark within as blown light bulbs. [Page 686, OoTP, UK Version]

Also, on the US Version, Voldemort seems to have bluish-grey skin. Doesn't Voldemort have chalk-white skin?
And could the shadows in the background be not people, but tombstones?

Posted by Devanshi from India on May 1, 2007 01:35 AM


Dumbledore himself says "horcruxes are objects, with a fragment of soul concealed" to prevent the maker from mortal ...
their working is simple enough... they do not let the maker because a part of their soul is still alive...
this lets the person be alive untill he finds a way of regaining power (like voldemort did)...

now consider "as long as soul is alive" which means souls are destroyed not released...

we have seen one horcrux being destroyed and definitely no soul was released...

Posted by phoenix from india on May 1, 2007 02:49 AM

Lastkiss... the US edition of OOP has it as a 'dais' upon which they are fighting.. this fit with Harry climbing up earlier to listen to the 'voices' coming from behind the veil. Merriam-Webster On line dictionary says that this is:
a raised platform (as in a hall or large room).

Arena could easily be a useful translation from the English tp Croatian, but as it relates to an arena on the US cover of DH I cannot reconcile the clouded sky view with at least the Ministry of Magic side of the 'veil'.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 1, 2007 6:20 PM

Is Harry putting out his hand for Fawkes to land on it? (US cover)

Also, there are an awful lot of rubies on the uk (children's) cover. Gryffindor clue perhaps?

And I don't think the ball on the jacket is a Rememberall. It looks like a crystal ball to me. Also the two snakes intertwined is just like the 'smoke' image that Dumbledore gets out of one of his mysterious silver instruments in OotP.
Will Sibyl Trelawney actually see something in her crystal 'scryinig' ball? (other than a Grim!)

Posted by Lauren from Melbourne, Australia on May 2, 2007 07:17 AM

Even with Kreacher is under orders it�s risky to rely on him. Its like dealing with a spiteful leprechaun or genie who try to undermine orders by sticking to letter of the law or finding loopholes. Just like when Sirius ordered him out and he used that leave the house and go to Malfoy. And even when under orders, house elves can go against owners wishes/commands if they punish themselves for it. (remember Dobby�s antics and Kreachers bandaged hands?)

Very good points. I�ll have to think on that more. But is �as long as soul alive� mean actual destruction or merely passing on into proper (i.e. beyond the veil). Also what we saw destroyed in Chamber of Secrets was a manifestation or construct being magically created through draining the life force of Ginny (souls have no physical ability to pick things up) so again could the soul actually have been just released by the destruction of Horcrux diary?

Posted by KLH from Salt Lake City on May 3, 2007 10:11 AM

Phoenix from India,

"You split your soul, you see, and hide part of it in an object outside the body. Then, even if one's body is attacked or destroyed, one cannot , for part of the soul remains earthbound and undamaged."

In this quote there is no evidence that the soul s. "...of the soul remains earthbound..." this tells me that it remains bound to Earth, not able to "move on", I have not found any indication that the soul might or that it can be destroyed, just released.

Nearly Headless Nick told Harry tat a ghost is a soul of a person who was afraid to , afraid to "move on", so it remained "neither here nor there", it is a soul that did not move on to wherever it was supposed to move on to.

You say that �we have seen one Horcrux being destroyed and definitely no soul was released...�

We don�t know if a soul can be seen, don�t base your perception on the movie, as far as I can recall, there is no physical description of the soul in any of the books, we know that it can be split, and that we can hide part of it on an object outside the body, but JKR has never told us if a soul can be seen at all, except when it fears moving on, therefore TURNING INTO a ghost.

KLH from Salt Lake,

I do think that the PART OF THE SOUL was released by the destruction of the Diary, as PART OF THE SOUL was released by the destruction of the ring.

The Diary did not explode or anything, but was damaged, as well as Marvolo�s Ring, if you remember the last description of the ring, it mentions that the stone is cracked.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 3, 2007 6:04 PM

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