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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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you know how the british childrens cover has ron and hermione sort of dressed up and they're bursting through some sort of treasure? well do you think that could have something to do with bill? i mean you get dressed up for weddings and he works for gringotts treasure! also the dragon on the fancy cover may be something to do with charlie who works with dragons, both brothers are in the order after all.

Posted by shelley from bristol on July 11, 2007 05:07 AM

U.S. cover.

I think the place shown on the cover of the book is one of two places. First is Hogwarts. I mean dosn't the place look a little like Hogwarts? More likely however, I think that they are fighting behind the veil in the department of mysteries.
On an unrelated note, I find it no qudicidance that Harry places seeker. He looks as though he ( and Voldermort) are trying to grab something from out of thin air. A horcrux? I think so. Harry seems as though he is about to catch it, while Voldermort looks mad. I could be wrong, but I don't think that I am.

Posted by Cameron from arlington,tx on July 11, 2007 12:27 PM

Thinking that the dragon is Dumbledore is really far-fetched. Dragons in artwork have regularly been rendered with beards for the sake of artistic liberty. That doesn't mean the dragon can't be Norbert or that the dragon was sent from Dumbledore or whatnot.

Posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2007 1:13 PM

could the last image possibly refer to the Norwegian Ridgeback Hagrid had to give away could Charlie have possibly tamed him since it was with him a little after birth!

Posted by You know me from The veil on July 11, 2007 1:19 PM

I think the dragon is Norbert from SS, the cover of the British children's edition probably shows a dragon's lair; it's mentioned a number of times in the Hobit & the Lord of The Rings books that dragon's hoard gold & other prescious items. I've seen on a couple other HP sites that Harry gets a new pet; could that new pet be Norbert?

Posted by LH from NE on July 11, 2007 2:49 PM

i think that the dragon is dumberdore. He is probably an animagus just that nobody knows. dumberdore seems to have close relationship with fire. In his duel against Voldemort he used a fiery rope; when he displayed his Wizarding powers to young Tom Riddle, he did so by setting Riddle's wardrobe on fire. He probably is not and i think he appear again in book7.

Voldermort and Harry are probably trying to get a horcrux in the American edition book cover. Probably dumberdore's or sirius's horcrux.

Posted by harrypotterfan from Singapore on July 12, 2007 02:32 AM

I think the ruins at the bottom are from the ancient looking archway in the Dep't of Mysteries in OP. I dunno. Not sure though.

Posted by Jaime C from Philippines on July 12, 2007 09:00 AM

Okay, on the UK cover we see a house-elf holding the sword. There's armor that all has rubyies on it like the sword. Definitley returning to Gryffindor's tomb. Hence the word HALLOWS in the title. But what is a house-elf doing there and who is it? Dobby, Winky, or Kreacher? And about the dragon, remember the motto of Hogwarts. NEVER TICKLE A SLEEPING DRAGON. So the dragon must be Dumbledore. Sleeping=. JK said he WAS coming back in shape, and here he is!

Posted by Johh237 from New Hartford, NY on July 12, 2007 12:42 PM

that does make sense john. i think youre right.

Posted by Michael C from Tuckerman, AR on July 12, 2007 1:50 PM

Just guessing here: I think it's Norbert all grown up. Why? Because I think everyone who ever mattered in the books, come back. I think we see, fighting on Harry's side, Grawp, Fluffy, Buckbeak, Norbert, that Snake in SS, the house elves, etc. Armageddon, ya know. Everyone's involved.

Posted by JK from California on July 12, 2007 2:04 PM

just to say i agree that dumbledore being the dragon is really far fetched and message to harrypotterfan if dumbledore was an anamagus he would more likely be a pheonix.

Posted by jodie from hereford on July 12, 2007 3:33 PM

It is most probably Dobby holding the Sword (presumed Gryffindors sword?) Winky is only a small part and, I'm pressuming, won't make much of an appearance, if at all, in the next book. And it doesn't appear to be Kreacher because Kreacher is described to have grey hairs out of his ears, and the House Elf on the Cover doesn't (or am I just being pedantic)

also on the fact that no new characters be introduced in the 7th book, that means no Muggles or non-magical people(including squibs) be introduced. This means that when JK said that a non-magical person use magic very late in life, that means it must be someone we have already met, most probably a Dursley. JK has also said it won't be Petunia. It may also be another Muggle (or even a squib, if they count as non-magical) This leaves a few characters that it'll most probably be:
Vernon Dursely, Dudley Dursely, Aunt Marge, Mrs Figg, Argus Filch, OR someone from Toms youth (possibly one of the children he tortured as a child)

The most likely people would be Vernon, Dudley or Filch (since Filch has an envelope in CoS that says 'Correspondence Course in Beginners' Magic'). The Durseleys magic would also be linked with the protection spell over their house. If the house is protected by a spell that stops Voldemort or eaters from entering it, then the spell wear off when Harry turns 17 (or maybe it wore off when Dumbledore d) If Voldemort is after Harry now that he knows about the Horcruxes, then Voldemort (or a Eater) is sure to go to Privet Drive when Harry turns 17. This (as probably stated before) is why the Order would come afetr Harry to take him from the Dursleys

Maybe on Harrys birthday (when the story normally starts) there be quite a climactic opening where the Order arrives to save Harry on his birthday, as do the Eaters. A battle breaks out between them (Victims on both sides) During which battle, a Dursley uses magic to protect eachother (and by extension, Harry and the Order).

Most probably Dudley, since he is blood related to Harry, but JK did say 'late in life' is 17 old enough for it to be late for Magical power to develop and be considered late?

Also: whats with the Snakelike armour at the bottom of the British cover?

Posted by MyKo on July 13, 2007 07:58 AM

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