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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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In HBP the chapter Spinner's End when Bellatrix and Narcissa are going to Snape's house, it describes in detail of there being a river there. Just a thought as to what they are flying over. Also...Spinner's End is a street name. Is it near where Lily might have grown up? Since we are assuming there is a greater connection between Snape and Lily. And is the city where Spinner's End is, the city they are flying over on the cover of the book? I'd bet it is.

Posted by Amy S. from . Kentucky on June 27, 2007 3:34 PM

I also think that the dragon in the deluxe one could be Norbert.

Posted by David from Los Angeles on June 27, 2007 8:57 PM

Love the US cover and the Deluxe Edition, Mary Grandpre did an excellent job for the last book. I didn't like the Uk children's edition, although it has more detail and things happening at the cover. Can't wait to stop speculating, and read the book now!

Posted by Anonymous from Philippines on June 28, 2007 01:43 AM

The US cover art looks like an ampitheater or an arena.

On US HBP page 512, near the bottom, Harry is thinking in his head 'But he understood what Dumbledore had been trying to tell him. It was, he thought, the difference between being dragged into the arena to face a battle to the and walking in with your head held high. Some people, perhaps, would say that there was little to choose between the two ways, but Dumbledore knew-and so do I, thought Harry, with a rush of fierce pride, and so did my parents-that there was all the diffference in the world.'

To me the cover definitly shows the final battle, but sadly you can probably guess I'm also going to say that it looks like the end for Harry.

Posted by Anonymous on June 28, 2007 12:23 PM

I agree, maybe it's a fully grown Norbert!

Posted by Colton Pelerin from Yellowknife NWT on June 29, 2007 10:33 PM

I dunno about you guys but in the background of the american cover, i don't see people, but more like graves. Maybe they are back in one of the grave yards (godric's hollow where ''it all began'') or the one near voldemort's father's house. ironic or coincidence that both graveyards are where both fathers are buried? i think that they are going to duel near harry's parents' graves. maybe they'll have some final ghost that'll help him. just another ''out there'' theory.

Also, i don't think (american edition) that harry is releasing some "ghostly substance" but i think it's just a cloud. if you look at the sky there are plenty of clouds that look the same.

Posted by Sarah from San Diego, CA on June 29, 2007 10:33 PM

I believe that the creature Harry's back is Dobby. Harry would never allow Kreacher to be on his back and it looks too small to be a goblin.

The so called British Edition is the same as the Canadian edition. If you want to order a British/international edition use or

Posted by Fraser on June 30, 2007 6:41 PM

To be technically correct, the Canadian editions are the same as the British edition. The books originate from Bloomsbury in England. Not a big point if you're just buying one and you just like the British cover better... But if you want a British First Edition you have to get it from

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on June 30, 2007 7:27 PM

in the dragon edition it looks like they are flying over the same red roofed little town that can be seen through the window in the secret room in JKR's website, it don't know if it means anything, but I find it interesting.

Posted by Natty Bleecker from broken little town, connecticut on July 1, 2007 07:30 AM

I just reailized, if you look at all the american covers, the people that in the book are always facing the same way, and people that almost are facing that same way too, but whatever saves them is also on the cover, unless they saved themself!

SS:Harry is the only distinguishable thing on the cover, he is facing to our left (only heads count)
CoS:Harry is, again, the only distinguishable person, but this time is facing our right, he almost s from the basilisk venom, but Fawkes saves him with the healing pheonix tears, and Fawkes is also on the cover
PoA:Harry and Hermione are facing our left, the shadow we see of Sirius is facing our right, Harry, Hermione, and Buckbeak (who is also featured), save Sirius from the dementors' kiss (which is of the soul and counts as in my eyes)
GoF:Fleur Delacor and Viktor Krum are facing left, Harry is facing us and he saved himself from Voldemort, Cedric Diggory, however, is facing right and as we know, he s
OotP:Harry, Moody, Lupin, Tonks, and the figure in the doorway (who I'm pretty sure is Dumbledore) are all facing left, but Sirius is facing right and Sirius s
HBP:On this one Harry is the only person facing left, Dumbledore (who does actually ), Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and the rest of the crowd of students are all facing right, but you could say that Dumbledore saves all of the students when he is ed because at that moment, the Eaters have done their job and can leave the school, sparing the lives of the students and teachers that were in it

Posted by anonymous on July 2, 2007 05:58 AM

on the US scholastic cover the pillars or arches behind Harry and Voldemort are 1 of two places either on Hogwarts grounds. You see them frequently in the first two movies but not as much in 3 and 4th movie. Or it's the bridge the Hogwarts express travels over which you see in the movies but in chamber of secrets you get a good look at it when harry and ron fly the car over it and there's a town under it so maybe thats godrics hollow.

Posted by sm on July 2, 2007 07:41 AM

Could the dragon possibly be Draco Malfoy? Many of the characters, especially the evil ones, tend to have names that reflect their character or something about their personality (Voldemort/run from , Lucius/the devil, Sirius Black/black dog, Severus/strict etc). Draco Malfoy's name literally translates as dragon bad-faith, however he hasn't exhibited any dragon-like tendencies (although we've seen plenty of bad faith towards the trio).

I don't really think this is the case, but thought it was worth throwing the idea out there.

Posted by Helen from Manchester, UK on July 2, 2007 10:52 AM

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