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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 33)

One clue I picked up on: Looking at the Children's Cover I realize that Ron, Harry and Hermione's cheeks are red, as if caused by extreme heat. Also the injuries on the arms and robes appear to be caused by fire. Which leads me to believe that the smoke just outside of Hogwarts could possibly be the result of a fire and that is where they got their injuries from.

Posted by Arlinda from New York, USA on May 19, 2007 8:33 PM

I was just reading what was being said about dementors being a possible way of defeating vol. I think it was part of the action of the dementors that enable a wizard to extract and split their soul in the first place. It seems like a straight forward way to alter ones soul as the dementors are evolved to do exactly that.

Posted by Des from Korea on May 19, 2007 11:08 PM

did anyone notice it looks like harry and voldemort on the (US) cover are trying to catch something? i think someone is throwing something that is important to harry and voldemort. maybe it is a horcrux. i hope harry catch it.

Posted by jessica de gooijer from kudelstaart, holland on May 20, 2007 11:36 AM

I agree with you about the evidence of a fire -- the smoke, the injuries and scorched robes, the red cheeks, as well as the ruddy color of the skies, and the burnt wood beneath the locket on the adult cover.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on May 21, 2007 09:30 AM

On the American cover, the ampitheatre and curtains depicted are exactly the same as the ampitheatre and curtains described when Harry goes into the Department of Mysteries (Order of the Phoenix). Serious falls through the curtain and there is an epic battle within the ampitheatre. I have always thought that the curtains led somewhere.

Posted by raha on May 21, 2007 09:45 AM

Wow...I never really noticed the physics of the children's cover, but it appears they are being drawn back INTO the circular doorway. Look at Ron's and Hermione's hair. The locks are not consistent if they were diving/jumping through the door into the room with all the gold. It's more like they are being pulled backward.

Posted by Bobbye from Seattle, Wa on May 22, 2007 11:13 AM

Regarding the crystal ball with a snake coiled in it on the back of the UK children's cover. The reflection on it suggests it is in a room with tall windows and at least one arched doorway. Furthermore, the most prominent coil looks a bit odd to me, the pattern does not fit with the scales on the rest of the snake. Not sure if the stars are arbitrary or if they mean something to the content/context of the ball. I could be wrong, of course, but it looks like the snake is in the process of turning into stone from the tail to the head.

On the front, the armor looks like it has a design of a snake with a bird sort of beak. Not a griffin, but not really a serpent, either. Off the wall guess here, but maybe it's a symbol of a union between Gryffindor and Slytherin. I'm pretty convinced that the treasure has something to do with Gryffindor, since it is mostly gold and the only gems I see are rubies.

Perhaps what injured Harry and Hermione was the same thing. their injured arms are right next to each other, and Ron isn't injured much, if at all, since he was on the other side of Harry than the "attack" was.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando FL on May 22, 2007 4:46 PM

Well, yes. Now that I read it, they seem to be actually being dragged bakwards into the archway while struggling (in vain) against. No wonder Ron (and Hermione as well, I think) is terrified. Perhaps behind them is the ly archway in the Ministry? What about the veil? It might have bee already dagged inside, so it can't be seen in the picture. Harry, of course is not afraid of anything, as usually, not even itself.

As to the creature behind Harry, I think it is a goblin. House elves are about a half of a human's height. Would such a short (and proportionately weak) creature be able to wield Gryffindor's sword, not to metion brandishing it in the air? Godric was a warrior, so his sword was no toy.

Has anyone noticed that the golden ornament on the edge of Rons robe is torn at one point?

Posted by Michal from Warszawa on May 23, 2007 07:00 AM

Michal.. yes, the fringe on the edge of the robe is torn as well as the robe itself. However, at that magnification I decided to also look at Harry's sleeve.

There is a VERY large area of damage there. The entire fabric is nearly shredded and has been torn through in several places.

My question is: Does this look as if Harry's robe was sprayed with acid? What kind of contact would it take to shred fabric like that if it isn't from chemicals?

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 24, 2007 07:12 AM

Charlie - I noticed that too. It may have also been from a heat burn, not necessarily fire, but intense heat that can singe the fabric and burn Harry and Hermione.

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando Fl on May 25, 2007 08:22 AM

Charlie Tarbox: If we use the English literary classic, Beowolf, as a reference, dragon's blood was very corrosive. Or maybe, Harry's robe got caught in something like thorns and got shredded.

Posted by Linda from Fort Wayne, IN on May 25, 2007 08:50 AM

I think it looks like Harry is becoming yellow in the face (U.K) or is it just the gold? I think it is snake bites on both Hermione and Harry. And I to think there is something very hot in the place. Also, it looks like Hedwig is reflected in Harry's glasses.

Posted by Amanda from Malm�, Sweden on May 25, 2007 09:28 AM

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