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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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The sheep/goat connection with dragons makes me think that the dragon may be Aberforth in his animagus form. I still feel that Dumbledore's animagus form is the phoenix. Interesting though that both brothers are linked with fire.

Posted by Heather from NJ on June 8, 2007 5:32 PM

Apparently, both Ron and Hermione are wearing wizard robes, that look very torn up (in a previous battle?). The clothes they wear on the UK cover are very different- different colors, and look like dress robes. Harry is not wearing wizard robes. Would it be because he was not at Hogwart as student when the dragon trip came up? The dragon must be an Animagus, from what we know about dragons in GoF and CoS, no dragon would accept passengers and go where told. Could it be Tonks? She can transform to anything she wants, can't she?

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma, WA on June 8, 2007 5:46 PM

I think that the dragon might be Norbert (in Brazil he's called Norberto), the dragon which was given to Hagrid in the Philosopher's stone. Ron's brother was taking care of him, wasn't he?

Posted by Thiago Leite Cruz from Bel�m, par�, brazil on June 8, 2007 5:49 PM

Herve from Strasbourg, your comment about no wands used in a duel between Voldemort and Harry made sense. They cannot duel with their "brother " wands. So, perhaps the final battle between the two must be on a non-magical plane. Whatever the basis, I think you have a good point about the love factor helping Harry. Only, I believe it do more than help Harry resist Voldemort's wishes. Harry has it; Voldemort doesn't. Without wands, Harry has to be hands down the winner!

As far as the new cover art goes, Blake's journey/life- cycle theory makes good sense. I do think the village below is Godric's Hollow and that the trio has come to Godric's Hollow as Harry stated he wanted to do at the end of HBP. He is returning to the place of his birth. Is this the place of "rebirth" for Harry perhaps in a symbolic rather than physical way?

If their clothes are tattered, perhaps they've been involved in a battle for a Horcrux. Whatever the timing of this trip, going home be enormously poignant for Harry especially if he finds his parents' graves.

I must admit, I'm a bit worried about what "going home" actually means in the context of this final story.

Posted by Hannah on June 8, 2007 8:32 PM

Oh my goodness! I agree with Blake... "the river of life" flows from right to left signifying the cycle of DEATH AND REBIRTH... Maybe Sirius or Dumbledore be reborn! Maybe even James or Godric Gryffindor! I love the deluxe cover!

Posted by Arathi from Singapore on June 8, 2007 8:41 PM

I think its important to note the snake on the armor and the dragon on the helmet in the children's version of the cover. its possible that they may somehow be in a Slytherin vault or a place where an important Slytherin Alumnus resides. I say this in reference to the new cover because the dragon the Trio is riding. Maybe there is a connection?

Posted by Christopher DeJesus from Santa Clara, CA on June 8, 2007 8:49 PM

i think that the dragon is an opal-eye which can be found in New Zealand.
I also know that New Zealand has a lot of villages and country sides like that...

Posted by Tanzam from Auckland,New Zealand on June 8, 2007 11:44 PM

I just noticed today that there are identical bruises on Harry and Hermione's arms (right for Hermione and left for Harry) on the British edition's cover.

Does this suggest any thing, other that possibly they were held captive together?

Posted by Ibrahim from Khobar on June 8, 2007 11:50 PM

good idea from blake. if the river is showing and rebirth, can we assume that dumbledore is coming back? also i have an idea that this dragon be norbert. over all it looks fantastic and showing harry, ron and hermione on dragon can be a clue that dragons would be the army of order of phoenix like voldemort has an army of werewolves.

Posted by hassan from pakistan on June 8, 2007 11:51 PM

i think its not a real dragon. its just an animagus of probably albus or aberforth dumbledore. which dragon in the world would let 3 teenage wizards ride on its back? even if it is a tamed dragon, who would give it to our 3 heroes? Charlie weasley would not be allowed by the egyptian government to handover a dragon to harry, hermoine and ron.

Posted by mb from pune,maharashtra.India on June 9, 2007 12:15 AM

Could the trio and the dragon be heading for the cave where dumbledore and harry found slytherin's fake locket? Could they be possibly heading there to find some clues?

Posted by mb from pune,maharashtra,India on June 9, 2007 02:58 AM

Guys it has been six years since Norbert was sent to Romania. I think that this dragon could be Norbert!

Posted by Bothayna from Doha - Qatar on June 9, 2007 03:45 AM

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