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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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I personally do not believe that the other boy on the cover of the UK version is Ron. He does not look ginger enough. I think that it might be Neville.

I also believe that the snake on the breast plate and dragon on the helmet be important in terms of Harry needing to embrace the warrior within.

Posted by Ellie from Washington, DC on June 3, 2007 2:50 PM

Doesn't the goblin say when Harry first goes to Gringotts that if anyone tried to break into a vault that wasn't theirs that they would be "sucked through the door and trapped in there" p59 PS...could this be what's happening on the cover of DH? And the burns would be from getting past the dragon guardians of the high security vaults?

Posted by Joe from England on June 3, 2007 4:31 PM

that dog in the purple bottle is the creepyest thing I have every seen, I dont know why though, it doesnt look evil, it looks nice. but for some reason it scared the heck out of me.

Posted by kirbykippy from chapel hill on June 3, 2007 5:53 PM

Someone said that it looks like a sake hissing inside a remembrall on the back cover of the english childrens book but the ball is not filled with red steam and remembralls do not normally show pictures. I thought it looked more like a crystal ball, like the ones used in divination.

Also, i thought that the arch that Harry, Ron and Hermiones seemed to be fighting in looked quite like a gringotts vault, which would explain all the jewels that are pouring out.

You said that Ron didn't have any injuries. He does if you look at his face, the only reason it look like he is not injured is because his arms are covered by his robes. Harry and Hermione look as though they have more injuies because there arms are revealed.

Posted by Charlotte from London on June 4, 2007 10:46 AM

The snake in the globe may be alluding to a prophecy we have yet to hear regarding some event in book 7. So far there have been two prophecies, one foretelling the arrival of the vanquisher of the Dark Lord, and the other telling of Voldemort's imminent return. While Harry is searching for horcruxes, he might stumble upon another prophecy telling of the downfall of Voldemort. The ghostly reflection on Harry's glasses could be the speaker of the prophecy. Maybe Sybil's ancestor?

Hermione's and Ron's dress robes may be related to their prefect duties.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on June 4, 2007 5:39 PM

Wow, some really interesting points.

I believe that the UK version is depicting Ron, Harry, Hermione and Kreatcher (possibly Dobby) falling back through the archway, with the treasure pushing them back. Hermione looks like she is trying to reach out to grab onto something to stop falling, whereas Ron seems to be toppleing backwards.

I think that a room full of treasure would be a great place to conceal one of the Horcruxes. It would be so difficult to find the exact piece!

I like the idea of it being at Gringotts Bank, I feel it would fit Rowling's style.

I'm not convinced that the sword is Griffindor's Sword from Dumbledore's office, it possibly could just be a piece of treasure picked up.

The dress robes are intriguing, although they could just be their daily garb. Afterall, they are no longer at Hogwarts and wouldn't need to wear the school uniform robes.

Just a thought... could the cover be illustrating one of Harry's dreams? Where the overwhelming task is getting to him and he is being consumed by all the treasures whilst searching for the parts of Voldermort's soul?

If the castle on the back cover is Hogwarts, it appears to be open and not closed.

The stag - harry's potronus possibly carrying a message?
The snake in the orb - Nagini? And where are all the wands?

Posted by Liz from Exeter, UK on June 6, 2007 07:05 AM

In the US edition it looks to me as though Harry is reaching for a misty substance above his hand and he doesn't appear to have a scar. Maybe it's connected? Maybe Harry has found a way to remove his scar (which could be a horcrux) and the 'mist' is the piece of Voldemort's soul?

Posted by Jaycee Lock from Somerset West on June 6, 2007 07:59 AM

I think, in the American version, Harry and Voldemort are somewhere near the amphitheatre in the Department of Mysteries at the Ministry- perhaps on the other side of the curtain that Sirius fell through in Book 6?

It simply doesn't make sense for them to be in a normal amphitheatre with spectators and popcorn.

Posted by Kristin from U.S. on June 6, 2007 11:33 AM

Is it weird that I think that Voldemort and Harry have a quidditch showdown? They both seem to be reaching for something. Maybe it's the snitch.

Posted by Rebecca Davis from Swansea, Wales, UK on June 7, 2007 05:12 AM

It's definitely intriguing that there are no wands whatsoever in both the US and UK editions.

Oh, and the locket in the adult edition cover is definitely the real one (Slytherin's locket). The locket that Dumbledore and Harry got in the cave didn't have any markings on it.

Posted by Sybill on June 7, 2007 06:07 AM

The artist of the US cover has given an interview, saying everything is on there for a reason, she's read HP7, so it's all important. I only read the start, so I don't know if she gives any hints, but I doubt she gives anything away.

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on June 7, 2007 4:52 PM

In the UK version the reflection on Harry's glasses looks like a human figure.

In the US version, are the people watching the fight between Harry and Voldemort eaters or Hogwarts students after the castle is in ruins?

Posted by Serge from Mexico on June 7, 2007 11:59 PM

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