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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 4)

So glad the covers are out! They look amazing!

I noticed something else on the UK children's cover though, does it seem odd that ALL the jewels are rubies? Maybe this has something to do with Gryffindor? Also, if the creature behind Harry is a house elf, I think it is Kreacher. Dobby would have on about 20 hats and a few pairs of gloves. It could be a goblin though. It also seems like maybe Hermione isn't being pushed, maybe she is trying to catch something that was blasted away by whatever caused the gold and everything to be flying all over the place.

Posted by Lisa from North Carolina on March 28, 2007 7:56 PM

In case you haven't noticed, on the British Children's cover the creature on the breastplate seems to have a beak. Could that be a griffin? That, combined with all the rubies in the picture, could mean that this is Godric Gryffindor's secret area of some sort. Perhaps Godric has a vault in Gringotts?
And as was mentioned earlier, Ron and Hermione appear to be in their dress robes, but Harry doesn't seem to be. Could this mean that at least some portion of this group is still attending Hogwarts? Probably not, but its a possibility.
Yes, you can distinctly see a scar on Harry's forehead on the American version. Another far-out connection- the dress robes and the possibility of the stage?

Posted by Reilly K from Rigby, ID on March 28, 2007 8:03 PM

I noticed on Harry's arm in the UK version that he has an injury. Doesn't it look strangely like a snake bite? Or is it just a coincidence? I think we've all learned there are no coincidences in J.K Rowling's books. Maybe he was trying to Nagini, suspecting the snake was a horcrux. How would Harry be able to Nagini without being in close proximity to Voldemort? So maybe he was trying to Nagini when Voldemort found him?
And about Ron and Hermione's fancy robes: is it possible that they were at Bill and Fleur's wedding? The wedding must have been postponed because of Bill's injury to the next year. Maybe all of this was happening around the same time as their wedding, and Harry didn't go because he had a perfect opprotunity to attack Nagini. And we all know Harry not skip an opprotunity to getting one step towards Voldemort's .

Posted by Mary Visser from California on March 28, 2007 8:31 PM

I think Harry's waiting for the Order on Private Drive to be escorted to Bill & Fleur's wedding. Harry probably went "home" for a few days and left - as per Dumbledore's instructions.

Charlie from Gettysburg - I agree 100% with everything you said except about the Remberbrall (sp?). I think the it is a foe glass showing Nagini.

Dave - concerning Dumbledore in the past - I don't think anything of that. As the story is written in Harr'y point of view, Dumbledore is the past.

Posted by Michael from Philadelphia, PA on March 28, 2007 8:44 PM

I don't want to be a pessimist or something, but none of the artwork has exactly referenced what was going on in the books, at least not the American artwork. I don't think too much should be put on the book covers. The covers do give us some indications of what might be going in, but don't think too much into it.

Posted by Seth Morrill from Provo, UT, USA on March 28, 2007 9:02 PM

About the rubies and all those kind of stuff maybe it is Gordics Hollow since it is supposed to show up. About the Roman style room it does seems like it is beyond the veil since rowling did say she was showing what was behind that veil.

Posted by eddy from Monterrey,NL, Mexico on March 28, 2007 9:07 PM

I was wondering maybe if the thing around Harrys neck is THE locket, maybe hes wearing it so voldemort cant hit him with the ing curse for fear of hurting his own horcrux.

Posted by hp sleuth from usa on March 28, 2007 9:12 PM

ps. i looked again at the US cover... Voldemort seems to be dragged into the crowd! is he ing?

Posted by eddy from Monterrey,NL, Mexico on March 28, 2007 9:16 PM

Seth: I don't agree. Starting with Goblet of Fire, I think the covers have been very detailed about the story. The Goblet of Fire cover contains Harry and the three other champions, Sirius as a dog and the Beauxbatons carriage and winged horse. Order of the Phoenix contains the circular room that leads into the Dept. of Mysteries and the scene where the members of the Order come to get Harry at Privet Drive. Half-Blood Prince pictures Harry and Dumbledore around the pensieve, and students looking up at a dark mark in the sky. All very important parts of the stories.

By the way, Heather: I don't think the dog counts as a clue on the back of UK Children's cover. That's the Bloomsbury Children's Books logo.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on March 28, 2007 9:18 PM

Another thing about the suit of armor, it probably isnt a griffin because it is missing its protruding arms like its about to pounce, it has the body of a snake, but it has a

Posted by hp sleuth from usa on March 28, 2007 9:20 PM

can't remember if the actual train bridge in scotland was mentioned in the books but the background of the US version look remarkably like the bridge feature in the film with on looking eaters...

Posted by glorfindel from aberdeen uk on March 28, 2007 9:30 PM

the curtains on the US version may not mean anything save only it being the last harry potter therefore being a curtain call for the series

Posted by glorfindel from aberdeen uk on March 28, 2007 9:39 PM

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