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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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Sybill: there is no wand in the duel Voldemort/Harry, because, for a reason that we'll discover, it's not a magical duel. I guess it has more to do with a spiritual and moral duel, or a duel of s. Voldemort use all his powers to persuade Harry, just as he did with Lily (he clearly wanted Lily to do something, and didn't want to use magic to obtain it).

Harry, help by loving ability, resist Voldemort. And that Voldemort, or at least, that the Voldemort part that still survives in Harry.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on June 8, 2007 06:23 AM

According to legend, dragons would steal goats and livestock from the villages. The grey beard plus the goat tendencies... could it be Aberforth?

Posted by Rebecca Davis from Swansea, UK on June 8, 2007 10:00 AM

Look at those long fingers on that dragon! I have never seen a dragon depicted with human-like hands such as these. Dumbledore is described as having long fingers! I like the idea of this Dragon being related in some way to Dumbledore...

Posted by Lisa from Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 8, 2007 11:16 AM

Wow! That artwork in the deluxe edition is way cool! I just wished that's what Mary Grandpre used for the normal cover. It would have been awesome.

Anyways, that dragon could have been Norbert or someone else. How many years does it have for a dragon to become an adult and able to carry three people on it's back? Has Hagrid been really keeping Norbert after all?

Posted by NicoRobin from Manila on June 8, 2007 12:10 PM

From the colors of the robes and dress I feel that the cover of the UK Children's edition and the Deluxe edition US are related. In fact, the idea that the UK cover is Gringott's and that the trio are about to or are then encountering a Dragon seems reinforced by the appearance of the trio in (allowing for different artists) the same clothes riding a dragon.

That would open the possibility that Dobby/other elf/Goblin from the UK cover assisted in communication with the Guard Dragon at Gringotts' and its joining the trio. Oh I suppose Dumbledore could have somehow become a Dragon but I favor the idea that slowly the Good side accumulate allies.. a dragon might be a nice addition to the good guys after all whether on loan from Gringotts' or not.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on June 8, 2007 12:16 PM

I think that the dragon is Norbert and for some reason Charlie Weasley brought him from Romania (maybe for Bill and Fleur's wedding?) and moreover i agree that the town is Godric's hollow.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on June 8, 2007 1:29 PM

it looks more like hungarian horntail. maybe it came back.

Posted by hari prasad ballamudi from stoke on June 8, 2007 1:46 PM

My guess is that the dragon is someone's Animagi most likely Aberforth rather than Dumbledore. Dumbledore's Animagi is most definitely a Phoenix like his Patronus. Rowling said that in book 7 we'll be introduced to an Order of the Phoenix member that we haven't met properly before and that's probably Aberforth also.

The Village could be Godric's Hollow but it could also be Ottery St. Catchpole. But, I'm pretty sure it's Godric's Hollow...

Posted by Laura from Cleveland, OH on June 8, 2007 2:10 PM

We know dragons cnt be tamed or it is extremely hard, so what dragon let three teenagers ride it? do you think it could've been imperiused? because its eyes were all cloudy (but that would be extremely hard because spells just bounce off its hide, plus dragons are very powerful creatures and wouldn't let themselves be imperiused...even harry knew how to 'not be imperiused'...)

maybe its an opal eye dragon, because they have pupil-less eyes. the description of Opal eyes is in 'fantastic beasts and where to find them' and it matches exactly the dragon on the cover...opal eyes are relatively tame...since they only eat sheep when hungry.

what if aberforth was an animagus (a dragon) which is why he is allowing harry, ron and hermione to ride him? it could also explain some of the strange 'sheep'-ish behaviour and smells (keeping sheep to eat them when he is in dragon form)

also notice how ron and hermione are both wearing 'school' cloaks while harry is only wearing that yellowish green thing he was wearing on the cover of the normal US version. could it be that ron and hermione go back to school? we know harry doesn't...

Posted by Monzy from Egypt on June 8, 2007 2:18 PM

The special edition cover looks to me like the journey of birth, life and . The dragon is one of the most recognizable symbols of magic. Harry, Ron and Hermione are riding a dragon (magic) from left to right. On the right, the sun is setting, and there is the darkest hillside on the cover. There is also a bridge. To me, this symbolizes the crossing over from life (the village, crops, etc.) into (shadows, sunset, etc.) Rowling has said that the books are about , and this would certainly portray this, especially with the title "ly Hallows". But wait - the river (of life?) is featured on both sides of the cover (and!) it flows from right to left (or, back to the beginning), signifying the cycle of and rebirth...

Posted by Blake from West Chester, PA on June 8, 2007 2:49 PM

On the UK cover, if the armour is prsumably Slytherins, why does the dragon helmet have rubies on it? The chest plate looks like a snake with a beak, there are no legs or arms to signify a griffin. On the back cover, I belive that might be smoke, because the branches look a bit burnt and grey, as does Rons robe. I agree that they could be coming from the wedding, maybe in Gringots, where Bill works, and then had to go and fight, but that doesn't explain why Harry isn't wearing a dress robe. The full moon mean it probably have something to do with Greyback, and possibly even Lupin?
(Did anyone notice Harry's eyes are brown...?)

On the US cover, he definetly has a scar because his hair takes an abrubt turn. Voldemort looks like a big lizard(when I first saw it I thought of spiderman). The big arena reminds me a bit of stonehenge, but a bit more solid. I still don't know what all the wood is for though.

Posted by Blle from US on June 8, 2007 3:17 PM

could this be what harry is summoning in the american cover? And correct me if i am wrong but isn't rons wand core a dragon heart string? What if the dragon didn't need to to donate a heart string? Could this be a harry fawkes type connection?

Posted by Des from Korea on June 8, 2007 5:15 PM

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