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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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maybe it's not a dragon at all. Maybe it's a new animal that we haven't heard of yet. Or maybe it's half a dragon. Someone could have crossbred something like the fire breathing chicken in OOTP that was at Mr. Weasley's office. Maybe it's part dragon and part goat?

Posted by amber from jacksonville fl on June 19, 2007 11:59 AM

A very odd possibility occurred to me about the dragon pictured on the cover of the special edition of ly Hallows.

In CoS, on p.186 of the American paperback edition, when the trio are discussing stealing several items from Snape's personal stores to make the Polyjuice Potion, Hermione says she'll steal the items if the boys "cause enough mayhem to keep Snape busy for five minutes...Harry smiled feebly, Deliberately causing mayhem in Snape's Potions class was about as safe as poking a sleeping dragon in the eye."

In previous re-reads, I've always mentally connected that to the school motto and to the fact that dragons exist in the wizarding world but never to Snape himself. Now, with my head filled with Snape's behavior in HBP and questions about his loyalty and knowing that JKR won't tell us his patronus as it would give too much away, I'm wondering, could his patronus be a dragon? Better yet, could he be an unregistered Animagus who takes the form of a dragon? What if Snape's redemption comes in the form of his transfiguring into the dragon who wisks the trio away from some element of danger to Godric's Hollow?

Posted by Hannah on June 19, 2007 4:50 PM

Well, interesting isn't it? we've always considered ALBUS dumbledore the greatest wizard.So we might assume that albus dumbledore is a wizard who can turn into more than one animal at his wish! Or the dragon with beard is aberforth dumbledore!

Also, in the picture, ron is not holding the sword. It is a house elf or somebody else. Remember,how dark lord was before he actually regenerated in cauldron before getting harry's blood? he was like a small baby just like house elf!

on this site, it is discussed that there is dumbledore's horcrux, So even if dubledore was hit by half ing curse and got thrown from astronomy tower, he might not have d and achieved the human form like a baby and could be waiting for someone's help to regenerate in normal form!

One other guess is that DOBBY might be helping harry. He had served malfoys and can have some info about horcruxes.

Posted by sakharam gatane on June 20, 2007 07:49 AM

i think this dragon could be Norbert

Posted by pedro from germany on June 20, 2007 08:08 AM

On the UK edition, Harry, Ron and Hermione are in a room filled with treasure. Also, in HBP, Fudge said to the PM "he (voldemort) ed enough people to create an army of them (Inferi)". So, couldn't all of the treasures be Horcruxes that Harry is destroying?

Posted by A person from somewhere,someplace on June 20, 2007 10:49 AM

But why would they be riding Norbert? And he didn't seem very tame, did he? Wasn't that the reason Hagrid had to get rid of him?

Posted by Sissy from TX on June 20, 2007 2:08 PM

I haven't yet decided who the dragon is or where it was found. What seems to me curious is that its eyes are white, like how an inferi is descibed. And the horns on its first i thought they were like that because of some veins but now they seem more like shuttered...the whole thing looks like a big mess -look at its wings- perhaps it's just because the dragon is really old. Yet i reread PS and it says nobert had two horns. Maybe the eyes where as the person who painted it emagined them as in the book they are supposed to be orange. Same goes for the rest of its body, which should be black, again according to the book.

And is the mist just a mist or could it be Dementors.
Also, in the picture Hermione has something hang in her left arm (i might be just my fantasy).
Oh, and i believe the beard is just a normal, age-caused beard.

Now, in the US cover there IS a scar, just the hairs are messed up a little and it looks like simple shadows. I agree that harry is trying to catch Perhaps he and Voldemort are summoning the same thing...or Voldemort is pushing it? And what is the problem with his fingers? They seem un...human. In GoF they are described us long and white. AND it said also Voldemort was going to rely on his human body to return...But here they are strange...(just my fantasy once more?)
Voldemort is looking at Harry or to something near to Harry 'cause his eyes are fixed on the left... And is Voldemort retreating somehow, because his robes give me that impression. They also are very alike to Harry's.

In the British cover -ok,there is a scar and Harry's clothes have nothing to do with Ron's and Hermione's- what about the two little bottles on the bottom? They have after all the exact color Ron' and Hermione's robes have...And they is nothing wrong with Ron, his left foot is outstreched and the other-under his robes- not! Ok, he could be dragged from something, he could not...
When i saw the armour,in which i believe the snake-like thing is engraved i thought of Smith's treasures (HBP). It fits...
And the sword must be Griffindor's.
Harry's sleeve looks half burned and Hermione's. At first i thought they could be bites, but fire would also explain the red colour. Of course the scars are on the inside of her arms which makes it complicated. Even more complicated is the position of the three of them. What if they were trying to save something in danger? That would explain Hermione' arms as she looks more like caring for something she can't help, Ron's just afraid and Harry is surprised but calmer somehow...

On the back cover it has to be Hogwarts but i am not sure this is how the Forbidden Forest looks...These things are more like big trees with thorns but no leaves. And what's with all this's like the castle is sinking! The only thing for sure is that Hogwarts reopen -for some reason.

To the small things, Pronks may have a role to play in the final book but from the color isn't it how Harry's Patronus is described? Silver-white?
And of course on the ball-which MIGHT be a crystal ball- there could be a window reflected... Maybe someone has a crystal ball and on it sees a snake (Trelawney?) What are all the stars for?

Posted by nikki from greece on June 20, 2007 2:10 PM

someone said that harry's scar isn't visible in the american version cover. if you look closely, you can see it. it looks like a piece of his hair though

Posted by ryan mortensen from redlands, Ca on June 20, 2007 4:58 PM

At some point, probably through loss of life, Harry gets to the Burrow (British right dust jacket).

Voldemort is immune to Harry's blood, is he immune to Petunia's?

Posted by Kevin Lyter from Kempton, PA on June 20, 2007 5:44 PM

I'm fairly certain Draco's going to now that I've seen the UK cover. That dragon on the silver helmet looks quite defeated.

I don't think it's a snake on the armour either. It looks rather like a phoenix to me. I suppose the scales in the background could be chainmail. Or not.

Posted by arnique on June 21, 2007 02:11 AM

Well... on the British cover (I think), the house-elf MIGHT be Kreacher. I know a lot of people think it is Dobby, but JK Rowling said Kreacher was very important... might this be it?

Posted by Linda from Ohio on June 21, 2007 08:33 AM

The dragon could be the Horntail that Harry fought in the Triwizard tournament. He could have become friends with Harry... Kinda. Also I am sure the name DRACO has something to do with all of this. The word Draco means Dragon.

Posted by Sharon from Michigan on June 21, 2007 09:34 AM

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