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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 think that dragon is one charlie tamed (most likely norbert) and thats why its allowing three teenagers to ride it. I don't think it could be any of the tournament dragons because those were brought specificully to and wouldn't just let people ride them.

Also I think it can't be albus or aberforth dumbeldore because albus is (in my opinion) and his animagi form (If he has one) would be a pheonix. I like the idea of Aberforth becoming a goat or simmilar animal in his animagi form (again if he has one)and besides a dragon would be a pretty in convienent thing to become and the largest animal we have seen anyone become is an average sized deer or elk. Also everything we have seen anyone become is thouroughly non-magical.

Posted by E from Portland, ME on June 9, 2007 04:38 AM

Perhaps the dragon IS Dumbledore... The old wizard did find several uses for dragon's blood...perhaps he whipped-up another batch of polyjuice and dropped-in a few drops, to become one. It appears Harry does have something around his neck but I don't see anything on his shoulders...maybe Dobby is clinging to his back, with Hermione holding-on to him; then Ron. Looks like a gathering of the "good guys" but are they going into battle, or returning from it? Then again, maybe the dragon's a "loaner" so the trio can make it to Charlie and Fleur's wedding on time. Would explain the dress robes of Ron and Herimone. And maybe they picked-up Harry, on his way to somewhere else, and insisted he go with them.

Posted by Dee from Somewhere south of NY on June 9, 2007 05:27 AM

Hmm... Well, everyone's robes are torn apart... possibly from a long journey? I think the dragon could possibly be Norbert, from book one, or the Hungarian Horntail.

New Theory: Aberforth could be an animagus! Everybody keeps something of their looks as a human... perhaps Aberforth's beard shows up.

Posted by Linda from Wisconsin on June 9, 2007 07:48 AM

the dragon does not have claws, but instead finger-like hands. with this, and the grey beard, i most definately think this is dumbledore!

the village? i totally agree with godric's hollow.

however, if this is dumbledore, then i don't understand how all this time we thought of him being animagus (into a pheonix) so that if the avada kedavra was performed on dumbledore, then he would not be , because pheonix's have the ability to be reborn.

where does the dragon fit in then?

Posted by shelley from Doncaster, England on June 9, 2007 10:41 AM

wow this looks really epic. i think that this dragon could be norbert or why would jo introduce us to norbert in the first place? i always thought that either fluffy or norbert would come back and i agree that the dragon could be a weapon against the dark side. i also think fluffy could come back to help the order as we dont know what happened to fluffy.

i agree that it is intriguing that ron and hermione are wearing school robes so it is possible that hogwarts reopen and harry is carrying on with his mission.
but i don't think that they came from gringotts because in the childrens edition ron and hermione are wearing coloured robes and in this image they are not. perhaps they came from hogwarts and that is where norbert was!

i also like the idea that this dragon might be dumbledore.

Posted by justin on June 9, 2007 11:04 AM

Going by the scenery looking Welsh - mountains, woods, long river (Severn?) tiny little village I would guess that it is Godric's Hollow. Guess work going by my (limited) geography, seeing as in PS/SS Hagrid takes Harry to Surrey and flies over Bristol - suggesting he came from Wales, over the Severn, over Bristol and across to Surrey.

The dragon looks so friendly! Nothing like the fiery beasts of GoF. The dragon also looks as if he has great wisdom - so perhaps he is Dumbledore.

With only a quick look, Hermione's robes seem to be in tatters. Perhaps then the dragon they are riding is what they have just come face to face with on the front cover on the UK children's edition. Don't suppose there is a stamp saying 'Property of Gringotts Bank' on the Dragon is there?

Posted by Orlando from England on June 9, 2007 12:11 PM

I love the cover! And though Dumbledore can be related to a dragon in some ways, I wouldn't go on to say that the dragon could be Dumbledore himself just because he has a gray beard.

Posted by Dan from Dewitt on June 9, 2007 1:54 PM


That is a very good theory, if that is the case then does Harry defintly ? Or is it someone elses life cycle, Dumbledores or anyone elses?

Can i just say, Everyone's theorys are awesome and really good/intresting to read!

Posted by Peter from Northern Ireland on June 9, 2007 3:42 PM

Note that just as Ron and Hermione's robes are in tatters, the dragons WINGS are all torn up too! Was there a battle where even the dragon was injured? It also looks to me like the dragon's eyes are all cloudy, like he has cataracts - is he blind? Is he really really old (hence the grey beard and clouded eyes)? What the heck can that mean?

Posted by Mark from San Jose, CA on June 9, 2007 7:48 PM

i have a theory with the curtain and the stage. if you look back at the cover of the first book there are curtains on the inside folds of the cover and harry looks to be over somthing wooden. the curtains in the frst book might represent an opening of something like a play and the curtains of this book might be the closing of that play.

Posted by Kyle from Michigan on June 9, 2007 8:27 PM

the house elf is not necessarily dobby or kreacher. it could be winky.

Posted by irina chelidze from brooklyn, new york on June 9, 2007 10:01 PM

is it me or can enyone else see some sort of reflection in the dragons eye? am not sure if this mean enything...

Posted by adam from newcastle on June 9, 2007 11:38 PM

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