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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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The 'Wizard of the Month' (Helga Huffelpuff) sheds light on this discussion. (Almost, in fact, as if after seeing the comments here the illustration were tailored for this discussion)

Helga's cup has red decorations which do not sparkle as the other 'gems' do. However, her hands wear one Emerald, one Ruby ring and her pendant contains what could be argued as an equal measure of ruby, emerald and saphire by size or weight.

I would take this to be a suggestion that one cannot assume 'Griffendor = Ruby' or that 'Emerald = Slytherin'. As it comes well after the cover's release it certainly is fair to construe it as a 'hint' to the covers.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 3, 2007 6:45 PM

Good points. The ambiguity of Kreacher's actions are right up JKR's alley.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on May 4, 2007 06:16 AM

Great thoughts and comments.

Glad to see we share the same thoughts on horcrux/soul relation

I agree too on JKR love of using misdirection in her writing. Be interesting to see if she does have Harry try to use Kreacher and what trouble that causes.

Wanted to know if anyone had any further thoughts on earlier post on interpretation of Harry holding his hand up to release vs receive on US cover. I still feel it meant to be artistic representation (possibly literal) of Harry releasing last of the horcrux soul pieces to pass on and Voldemort outstretched hand is wanting to prevent. I mean try it yourself. Put hand up and pretend you are releasing something to drift/fly away and see how your hand/arm looks compared to pretending you are reaching/catching something. Added to the fact that cloudy substance above hand is not the same as the background clouds and seems coming off hand.

Posted by KLH from Salt Lake City on May 4, 2007 11:00 AM

i think the curtains on the side of the picture of the american cover is to that of the veil, and maybe the colliseum-like thing in the backround is what's inside it, all the shadows back there being those who d via veil, or just anyone who d and decide to go see the battle between harry and voledmort, who, i think, either fell, or for some reason, went in together.

Posted by synchroman from alocation on May 4, 2007 2:34 PM

Possibly coincidental (but nothing ever is) - On the UK cover, Harry's tattered sleeve looks like the head of if it's eating his arm...

I don't wanna speculate....I just think it's kinda cool.

Posted by ken from chicago on May 5, 2007 4:32 PM

For me he is a goblin: look at the nails and the ears.

I agree with syncroman. The third shadow (starting from the left, under the hand of Voldemort) is Dumbledore, is'nt he?

About the scar: I think it is covered by the hairs.

Posted by gisa Casarubea from beijing, china on May 6, 2007 02:56 AM

just finished watching HP3 and noticed the picture on the DVD cover is similar to HP7 cover. Has anyone else noticed the archway-thing?

Posted by mmc from sa on May 6, 2007 03:18 AM


yes, in a way they do look alike, but then again they are completely different. The trio is standing together, they seem confident, but on the cover of DH they are all looking in one direction, engrossed in a different priority. This also helps the idea that in DH they might get separeted or go off on their own for a period of time (or so i think)

Posted by Dvin from Glendale, CA on May 6, 2007 3:33 PM

KLH: I think that the most significant in this picture is the difference between Harry and Voldemort's attitude. Harry is welcoming while Voldemort is trying to get something away. To me, it means that there is something invisible (or off screen) that is good news to Harry and bad news to Voldemort.

I make a parallel with what Fudge says: "is there the usual simple explanation involving a reversal of time, a man coming back to life, and a couple of invisible dementors?" Fudge had to admit that the dementors at Privet Drive weren't invisible. He can't be refering to this event, but more probably to something that Dumbledore told him, a story with invisible dementors.

I believe that a couple of Dementors would be able to swallow Voldemort's soul, not only in Voldemort's body, but also in Harry's scar, and that would save Harry and defeat Voldemort. Of course, that would need that two Dementors remain on the good side, while the other one would be on the Dark Lord's side.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 7, 2007 07:34 AM

If you look on the adults version cover, at the picture of jk you see that the 7th book from the right on the top most fully visable shelf is a book called "the well of loneliness". If you read up on this book you'll see some remarkable similarities. The book talks of the cursed mark of cain, and a plan that depicts that someone was made for a martyr, and believers in communication with the .

Posted by glorfindel from aberdeen uk on May 8, 2007 04:10 AM

Has anyone considered that the elf/goblin on his back is trying to him, and not save him? So it could be winky? or kreacher?

Posted by Stu from England on May 8, 2007 05:03 AM

ok i think that on the cover of the american edition that it is the department of mysteries, in that one room where belatrix s sirius, which i cried over. and dumbledores portrait play a big part.

Posted by sheepy from dayton ohio on May 8, 2007 10:29 AM

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