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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 32)

hmm. did you see the guard with the dragon, the shimmering blue one. what is that? also I think Kreacher is holding Godric's sword...

Posted by tergel from albany, Ny on May 8, 2007 4:32 PM

herve, in HP5, Umbridge said she sent the Dementors after Harry.

Posted by mmc from sa on May 8, 2007 7:13 PM

Do you think the tree is the Whomping Willow?

Posted by Bharath from Bangalore, India on May 9, 2007 07:06 AM

she did say that mmc. she tried to frame harry. she is an awful woman who in the movie looks like fred kruger. the ampitheater in the deparptment of misnistries is where the cover is based on. and the thing around harry's neck is the locket, the real one. and harrys scar is there.

Posted by me from dayton ohio on May 9, 2007 10:39 AM

I think i remember reading something about James' anscestors not being important in the role of the story. What if Harrry is the heir of Gryffindor? I think this would go brilliantly with the story line as Harry and Voldemort Battle it out, The Heir of Slytherin Vs. The Heir Of Gryffindor... Maybe the gold Harry has now is from Godric's time and all of his armour and stuff...

Posted by Mckay1 from Scotland on May 9, 2007 12:27 PM

i'm pretty sure it's dobby who's holding the sword on harry's shoulder. has anyone figured dobby could be a horcrux? he was with the malfoys when they had the horcrux diary...

Posted by Kaela Noble from pittsburg, california on May 11, 2007 11:57 AM

Has anyone else connected the sky in the US version with whatever lies beyond the circular porthole-like door in the UK one? Taking into account the different artists, they look pretty similar to where are they that could incorporate both scenes? I have no clue. The US version (in my opinion) points to the very room where Sirius d in the Ministry of Magic in The Order of the Phoenix...while the UK cover makes me think of Gringotts, although it could be anywhere. This also makes me think that in order to have the red-orange sky thing be in the background, the doorway must be either (a) parallel to the ground as if it were in the roof of something (only Ron's position makes this seem unlikely), (b) up in the air such that the horizon can't be seen, or (c) perfectly normal, leaving the red stuff with the orange clouds to be a magical substance that fills the air or surrounds things like a force-field...

And does anyone know what that red thing is under Ron's cloak (UK cover)? Both legs are accounted for, and no item of clothing that we can see of his is's located directly to the left of Ron's foot.

Just a random thought: why are all the coins flying, especially to the right of the cover, when it appears that neither Harry nor Hermione has yet made contact with the ground? Surely the treasure must be spilling in, but flying? And Hermione's hair is flowing in the wrong direction for her to be jumping face-first into a room unless there is a strong wind at her back. Her robe seems to be billowing behind her, perhaps also due to this. As for me, I'm still not rejecting the idea that they're jumping down into something...and heading toward something Harry is intently focused on despite being grabbed by the shoulder. Must be important, no? Hopefully Harry reach whatever's reflected in his glasses in time.

Posted by Dia from Annapolis, MD on May 11, 2007 8:06 PM

on the american version, if you check back to the cover of sorcerers stone (american version) you can see that there are two curtains, both tied. in the american version cover, there are, again, two curtains. however notice that the curtain on harry's side is tied back, and that the curtain aren't tied on volemort's side and appear to be falling. maybe this mean his curtain close on him and he be gone?

Posted by alperen genc from ankara,turkey on May 12, 2007 08:58 AM

I fully support the ideas of where voldemort and harry are in regards to the curtains, but perhaps the curtains are not relevant to the story at all; maybe on the first cover they are opening up the story, and on the last cover, they are closing the story, kind of like a theatre performance?

Posted by megan from detroit, MI on May 12, 2007 2:54 PM

It looks like Ron tries to avoid something when at the same time Hermione and Harry are reaching for something and Dobby (or Kreacher?) is trying to protect them or he is hunting them down!

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 13, 2007 09:10 AM

there is a very easy explination for why Ron and Hermione are in dress robes and Harry isn't. they could be on a date, Harry is (currently and hopefully temporarily) single, but Ron and Hermione are together so they could have been called out to help from a date very quickly and didn't have time to change...

Posted by anonymous on May 15, 2007 5:51 PM

I was reading the OOTP just to reread before the 7th comes out and i found this. A quote by Hagrid when he talks to Harry, Ron and Hermione about what he had to give to the Giants gurg, or cheif.
"Oh yea. Firs' we presented him with a nice battle helmet- GOBLIN-MADE and indestructable, yeh know - an' then we sat down an' we talked." i think there is a helmet of goblin made armor on the cover.

Posted by Kirk from Sandusky, Ohio on May 19, 2007 3:24 PM

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