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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 34)

It's quite interesting to look at the dynamics of the trio being pulled through the archway. For instance--Ron has his foot up like he's falling through the archway, and the gold looks like it's being pulled back as well. The most interesting thing is that Hermione has her arms streched out like she's trying to hold onto something so she's not pulled through. Or maybe, she's trying to grab something that she's seen...

Posted by raha from lexington, sc on May 25, 2007 7:12 PM

I was just looking at Harry's glasses to see if I could see hedwig reflected in them, like Amanda said. I didn't see Hedwig though. It looked like something white was being burned in a fire, and the light was reflected in Harry's glasses. Is this the fire that has burned everyone?

Also, there is a white stag on the inside jacket, which is both Harry and his father's patronus. Does this have any meaning? Is that where the idea of the dementors ing voldemort came from?

Posted by raha from lexington, sc on May 25, 2007 7:19 PM

in regards the american cover:

i believe i read somewhere that JKR said that in the 7th book we discover the link someone has with his/her wand. both Harry and Voldemort are wandless on the cover and they both posses almost identical wands (remember same phoenix feather from fawkes used to make those 2 wands). my guess is they are reaching out for the same wand after one had probably been distroyed.

Posted by sam from NSW Australia on May 26, 2007 7:50 PM

The effect of Ron and Hermione "falling" back through the arch could be the effect of a spell such as "Expelliarmus" or another that knocks people backward.

Posted by Patricia Mortimer from Quincy,Massachusetts on May 27, 2007 07:01 AM

When I saw the cover of the U.S. version, and read about the suggestion of a stage and the curtains, I immedeatly thought of the curtain Sirius felt trought in book 5. Could it be that the solution of destroying Voldemort is behind that curtain?

Posted by Thijs from Holland on May 27, 2007 10:07 AM

Look at the way the goblin (assuming it's a goblin because of the long finger nails and the fact that none of the current house elves are likely to be following harry around) is grabbing harry's shoulder, looks like he's attacking him. maybe because he broke into gringotts? and i agree that bill and fleurs wedding could be at gringotts. VERY likely!

Posted by kendra from washington. US on May 28, 2007 5:29 PM

Kendra from Washington,
I think that it is very possible that Harry broke into Gringotts but i don't think that Bill and Fleur's wedding take place at gringotts (at least i don't know many people that would get married at their working place) maybe Ron, Hermione and Harry went to gringotts right after the wedding.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 29, 2007 12:46 PM

I think they are in Hogwarts and the dragon thing and that under the Ron's leg are armor, and there is a sign of snake on it, and there is also a green light in the picture, it's about Slythrin. maybe the wedding is at Hogwarts because its safe.

Posted by A.P.K from Iran on May 30, 2007 06:01 AM

Once again (shows how long we discuss these things) there is a new 'Wizard of the Month' at JKR's official site. Last month was Helga Huffelpuff. This month, Salazar Slytherin.

I mention this because BOTH illustrations on this site have clues to 'illustration clues' from the covers. Slytherin has his locket shown there... of course it is DIFFERENT from some descriptions (its white..more silver than gold, unless 'white gold'. It does have the snake on it.. different in some ways from that on the Adult UK cover.

Huffelpuff, as I mentioned earlier, has rubies and emeralds and seems to be dismissing the idea that either stone is specific for a founding member. Ie Rubies are not necessarily for Griffindor, Emeralds not necessarily for Slytherin. Huffelpuff would have had a yellow stone on her things if 'house colors' were carried out to the personal dress of the founders. I note also that Slytherin is wearing black and gray and no green at all in this same regard.

Presumably JKR looks at the illustrations before they are posted on her site and approves them. I believe we need to factor this into our assumptions about these covers.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on May 31, 2007 7:31 PM

i've read the comment by Tonya from Cordele, she said she couldn't see Harry's scar on the cover of the US book. Well if you take a closer look, I think it is there, but his hair is covering it partly.

Posted by Frank Luijkx from Woensdrecht, Netherlands on June 1, 2007 10:14 AM

I noticed yesterday, too, that wizard of the month is Salazar Slytherin, pictured complete with his locket, very similar to the one on the UK adult cover. Seeing as that Helga Hufflepuff and her cup were shown last month, I would wager a guess at Rowena Ravenclaw next month and Godric Griffindor in August. Surely by August we would know what, if anything, of Griffindor's Voldemort was able to make into a horcrux, but I wonder what Ravenclaw be posing with. Or, Griffindor may be next month, maybe with his sword or something we already know is his, and Ravenclaw be in August, thus keeping her artifact a mystery until the book release.

Something else about this portrait of Slytherin: The pose he's in also looks similar to one of the Runes (go to Links and click on "Ancient Runes Made Easy") The number seven, for which there is no description of origin, only a comment saying that its origin is "yet to be uncovered". Think there is a connection?

Posted by Monkeeshrines from Orlando FL on June 2, 2007 08:32 AM

On the american cover, Harry and Voldemort both are reaching, and yes, Voldemort looks like he's pushing away what Harry is trying to get. but what exactly is Harry trying to receive that, well to me, Voldemort is freaking out about?

Posted by Trevor from Calgary Canada on June 3, 2007 11:22 AM

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