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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 46)

In the PS/SS, Hagrid tells Harry that Goblins use dragons to guard some vaults. If accurate, they must have somehow tamed them - or they could not access the vaults anymore. Maybe this is one of those tamed dragons that lead the trio to Gringotts (UK cover of DH).

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma WA on June 21, 2007 2:44 PM

One thing occured to me about the dragon...
I can's tell if it's important but JK really did make a fuss about Hermione knowing all the uses of dragon's blood back in their first year (PS)...could be accidental of course

Posted by nikki from greece on June 21, 2007 4:09 PM

Nikki, very few things are accidental with JK Rowling. And it is Dumbledore who discovered the 12 uses of dragon blood, if I remember correctly (his biography from his chocolate frog, PS/SS).

Posted by Cecil from Tacoma WA on June 22, 2007 12:46 AM

I think the treasure is Voldermorts vault at Gringotts and the Slytherin locket is the key to get into the vault and all the treasure is what Voldermort has taken from people, the dragon is one of the Gringott dragons and has been at the bank a long time hence the grey beard.

Posted by Clair from North West England on June 22, 2007 02:47 AM

Maybe the dragon was tamed by Charlie Weasly, since he works with dragons in Romainia.

Posted by mikael 12 years from Sweden Stockholm on June 22, 2007 03:10 AM

Well it would make sense for the dragon to be a gringotts dragon because then the thing behind harry on the UK cover would have access to a vault, and a dragon at it's disposal, and it would explain the fire looking glare in Harry's glasses.

Posted by JohnBOY from U.S.A on June 22, 2007 03:11 AM

By the way, in the first movie Harry receives a photo book from Hagrid. Then you see a photo with James and Lilly, but at the back-ground there is something which looks like a amphitheatre. could it be the one on the US cover?

Posted by Esther from the Netherlands on June 22, 2007 1:00 PM

regarding the u.s. cover of the final book,

I read somewhere on the site something about there be wands in the final books duels and things, well ive just realised that if Harry and Voldemort duel, wands be useless as this initiate 'priory incantatem' and the two wands connect.

They may be used to get a spell off, but any direct spell contact render them useless, so another way to defeat Voldemort must come into play.

Posted by Rob Z from England on June 23, 2007 12:13 AM

About the debate on the UK cover about the house elf...

Now i was thinking about what J.K. said to the OOtP film makers and told them to include Kreacher as he is very important, now in my eyes he hasnt done anything majorly important, or am i mistaken?

therefore im gonna stick my neck out and say its Kreacher on his back, fulfilling the 'very important' role.

Posted by Rob Z from England on June 23, 2007 12:21 AM

On the UK cover the one clutching the sword, most likely a house elf, has nothing on its head, however Dobby wears a lot of hats that Hermione made, therefore, unless Dobby didn't have any of his hats, it cannot be him. Also the arm clutching the sword has nothing on it, but Ron gave Dobby the sweater that his mom gave him, so again unless Dobby wasn't wearing it, then it couldn't be him.

Posted by Jack Reid from Aurora, CO on June 23, 2007 12:25 AM

did any one notice the clouds in the uk version? it is shaped like a werewolf...right next to the full can see the nose eyes and teeth... or is it just me?

Posted by HP on June 23, 2007 12:43 AM

I think that Harry (on the US cover) just destroyed an horcrux and the dust is flying away and Voldemort seems shocked.

Posted by Kendra from Spain on June 23, 2007 06:06 AM

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