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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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Is it me? or is Harry wearing a way too large cloak of the same material as Voldemort?

Posted by G. from N. eterlands on July 8, 2007 1:07 PM

The US cover: Harry, Tom Riddle, and the behind the veil in the chamber, dept. of ministry. Harry is reaching up for Fawkes' tail. Fawkes is an immortal creature, able to "burst" into existance with a flame. Harry is the youngest "seeker" in 100 years, which is no accident! I am of the school that believe that Harry has sacrificially entered behind the veil after he and Voldemort understand that Harry's scar is the last Horcrux. Once there, Fawkes is the only way back across to the land of the living. Fawkes represents Dumbledore, who has been Harry's GUIDE. It is very telling that through all these books, Dumbledore never lectures Harry "out right". He uses the Socratic method to get Harry to make the discoveries and "self discoveries on his own. Harry as seeker.

Secondly, could it be that Harry's scar/horcrux/Vol soul remnant be destroyed once Harry goes behind the veil? The only problem of course is reentering the land of the living; something Sirius could not do. There is no way back. Enter Fawkes. All aboard the Fawkes Express. So long vanquished Voldemort!

Today at Walmart I took a closer look at the Harry Potter ly Hallows standup they have for countdown. It's been there for weeks and I have been walking past it in a hurry. It is a life size rendition of Harry on the US Grand Pre cover. I actually stood in front of it to look closer, and could not find the scar at all! I felt like one of those people staring at a screen door trying to see the Virgin Mary (sheepish grin). If the scar is still there, she has done a good job of hiding it. If you have a Walmart in your area, go check it out! I would love to see what other people think. It is so much larger than the web version.

Posted by Mindy Wroten from Memphis, Tn on July 9, 2007 12:36 AM

David Olson: of course, I have no clue to prove that the sword in Dumbledore's office is a copy. But for sure, Harry isn't a heir of Gryffindor: Jo admitted it in an interview. I'm just assuming that, if the helmet is another relic of Gryffindor, Dumbledore isn't right in saying that the sword is the only known Gryffindor relic.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 9, 2007 01:10 AM

Mindy Wroten: i dont know what you're talking about, because i can definitely see the scar.

Posted by Danny Marlow from somewhere, no-wheresville on July 9, 2007 1:00 PM

It would make sense if the dragon in the special edition is Dumbledore, which would explain why Hagrid likes dragons so much. Or what if Hagrid himself is the Dragon? He also has a beard. Of course it may be Norbert.

Posted by randy on July 9, 2007 4:19 PM

I'm pretty sure that there is ascar on the US least I can see something that looks like a scar. I think that the dragon must be Norbert. Now that I think about it, introducing Norbert in the 1st book didn't really develop the story at all, besides getting Harry into the forest but this could have been done in other ways. I am also sure that the house elf on the UK version is Kreacher.

Posted by Jenna on July 9, 2007 5:28 PM

My theory is that on the American cover they are through the veil in the room at the Ministry. Sirius may have had the two way mirror with him when he fell through. If that was a horcrux, they would need to go through the veil to get it. That would explain why Harry is reaching for it, and Voldemort is pushing it away.

Posted by Mandy from Godric's Hollow on July 9, 2007 6:22 PM

On the UK Children's Cover there is the ball with the serpent in it. If you take this to very high magnification you see reflections of the scene around it!

There are windows, perhaps doorways and a figure in a doorway. I believe that the figure is wearing a hat similar to that worn by Bob Ogden on the US deluxe cover of OOP but my daughter believes it is Harry. Does anyone else have an opinion on what these reflections might be and what they mean?

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on July 10, 2007 06:57 AM

I love the idea of it being in gringotts bank. It sounds perfect if you ask me. gringotts hasn't beeen mentioned sgnifigantly since the first book and that is a good idea that they could be in sirius' or dumbledore's vault. and thzt is defintaly a house elf or a gringotts goblin...

Posted by mike from Wichita, KAansas on July 10, 2007 12:17 PM

You're right, that cannot be voldemort. i believe it is a dementor, and yes that would explain harry's patronus on the uk cover. but i am not sure if you can get the plot from just the covers so i dont know...

Posted by mike from sun valley ,idaho on July 10, 2007 12:28 PM

On the american edition Harry definitely has a locket on and in the back it looks to me more like tombstones then people and it looks like harry's cloak and Voldemorts cloak are the same.

On the british cover it definitely looks like there in gringotts. And i think it is kreacher on the back of Harry because Krecher was important cause dobby was cut out of the movies and kreacher is in the OOTP movie.
And i just dont understand why Harry and hermione's robes are all cut up but Rons arent.

and on the special edition one it looks more like Ginny then hermione because of the hair color looks more like red like rons then brown.
and i dont think it is norbert just because of the beard.

Posted by Anonymous from some, where on July 10, 2007 6:35 PM

Has no one commented on the appearance of Prongs on the UK cover? For some reason, I think that somehow that might have an important role. Don't really know how, but it has to be considering it's on the cover.

And I think I see the scar as well, though it is rumored that the last word is "scar" in the book.

My theory is that Harry and Voldemort are somehow dueling beyond the veil (always knew it was important in OotP) and that help is somehow arriving just beyond it, thus why Voldemort is pushing it away and Harry is welcoming it.

Also, Rowling has affirmed time and time again that Dumbledore not "pull a Gandalf" and come back to life. Though I have a feeling he have definate influence on the outcome one way or another.

Posted by Peyton from Daphne on July 10, 2007 11:53 PM

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