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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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The dragon is an anthropedean opaleye. it does not attack humans unless hungry, explaining why it doesn't harm our friends....perhaps charley sent it?

Posted by Jake from Fort Smith AR on July 13, 2007 6:40 PM

I think that Dumbledore is an animagus. But I honestly think he is a phoenix. If you think about it, when Fawkes s, he is reborn from his ashes. Dumbledore's tomb burst into fire. So I think he come back. I believe that the dragon is Norbert because it questions if the dragon is tame, and Norbert was born and partially raised in Hagrid's home. I think that either Filtch or Mrs. Figg are the ones who use magic. Mrs. Figg tells Harry right off that she's a squib, but maybe she just says that so he doesn't think she's a witch? I also believe that it might be Charlie who s in the book, or maybe Bill. I'm not sure why, but I just have a hunch... I don't think that the Eaters be at Harry's house right off, but be following him.And I'm wondering, on the deluxe edition cover, why is Harry in muggle clothes and Ron and Hermione in ripped school uniforms?

Posted by chocolatecastleinthesky from ME on July 13, 2007 9:06 PM

Hermione spends 2-3 books going on about S.P.E.W, and i think that no elf under the current circumstances would be allowed to hold a sword, maybe S.P.E.W finally takes effect in the 7th book? dobby in the lead perhaps?

Posted by Tarz from Sydney, australia on July 13, 2007 9:44 PM

Everyone is asking about the robes, and why Hermoine and Ron are so dressed up. Has anyone brought up the fact that Bill and Fluer did have a wedding scheduled for the summer after Dumbledore d. Could Ron and Hermoine be coming from the wedding? Because it seemed to me, that the wedding was the last thing on Harry's mind when Ron brought it up at the end of HBP.

Posted by STARR. on July 14, 2007 08:57 AM

It's weird how there are curtains in both the 1st book cover and 7th book cover (American)

Posted by Andrew from Buffalo, ny on July 14, 2007 09:37 AM

People have been discussing how on the DH cover, Harry is summoning an object and Voldemort is banishing it. Notice how Harry is looking upward, and Voldemort is looking at Harry, almost terrified. But Harry pays no attention.

Posted by STARR. on July 14, 2007 9:59 PM

Filch use the magic, I'm quite sure. He had that Kwikspell letter, and why else would J.K. mention that? I find it awkward that a house elf is holding the sword. Kreacher sounds like a likely story. And I think that if it is true that house elves get their rights in the seventh book, couldn't that cause more damage? As we have seen before, we cannot trust Kreacher without a wand, but with one? I like the goblin idea, and that that is gringotts. A horcrux is probably in there somewhere, something like the locket or another valuble item.

Posted by Lexi from hudson, Ohio on July 15, 2007 02:28 AM

I'd bet a wedding cake to a rock bun that the British children's cover shows the Terrific Trio plus an elf (surely Dobby, not Kreacher) in a vault at Gringotts. And I would also bet that that vault belongs to Voldemort (or more likely one of his subjects - he gave the diary to Lucius Malfoy to look after, and so he might well have given the Hufflepuff cup to another eater), and that he has stashed a Horcrux (or two?!) in there. A natural place to deposit golden objects without suspicion, and the best security in the Wizarding World.

So Harry have to work out how to break into a high security vault at Gringotts! Should be fun... I just can't wait for the new book!

Posted by Tom from London on July 15, 2007 06:38 AM

I think that Harry is riding a dragon given to him by Bill at Bill's wedding

Posted by Tim from Chicago on July 15, 2007 2:40 PM

If anyone could tame a dragon it would be Hagrid but we know that he could not tame them, so I don't think that it is a "normal" dragon but an animagus. Even the professional handlers at the GoF tourney were not able to really tame the dragons, and everyone thought that the ministry was nuts for having them in a task with the students.

We know that the animagus (not werewolves though) retain awareness and the "personhood" of the witch/wizard, ie, Sirius, who they joked had a better disposition as a dog and of course Rita Skeeter who was able to eavesdrop as a beetle and then write her columns once she transformed back. I think that the dragon is an animagus and I think it is Abeforth Dumbledore, who I also think has been shown by others on this web site to be the bar-tender at Hogs Head. Remember that Hagrid got Norbert from Hogs Head, not a stretch that if Abeforth is the bar-tender there and is a dragon animagus, then he would have access to other real dragons and their eggs. I think that the dragon is depicted as having a bit of a twinkle in his eye indicating a personality and is distinctively different from the dragons pictured in the "GOF" illustrations. The beard has to be significant, but I really think that JK was being straight with us when she said that Dumledore was , the one we were asking about was Albus. I think he is . However, I think that he have left memories in vials with Abeforth for Harry to use in his quest. I think that the use of the vials for memories in HBP was actually to indicate that Albus did not always store his personal memories directly into the Pensieve but rather sometimes used more secure storage (don't forget, Harry dove right into the pensieve in PofA and nothing stopped him from accessing the memories that were stored there). (This is sort of like with computers, keeping things on a disk rather than on the hard drive with shared access.)

Posted by LW from Charlotte, NC on July 15, 2007 8:03 PM

In the American version, besides the outdoor look to the area it completely fits the description of the depertment of mysteries room with the arch. The ruins could be the arch or the stage it sat on and the curtains could be the veil that covered it in the book. They did say it was a big open room with rows like an ampitheatre so maybe... That room was never fully explained and it would make sense that they would come back to it.

Posted by Miranda from Portland, OR on July 15, 2007 10:40 PM

In the UK edition, I believe that ron and hermione are dressed up because of fleur and bills wedding and for some reason harry couldnt make it or didn't get dress clothes. but anyways I think that at the wedding there was a full moon and bill and lupin whent crazy and attacked everyone (thats why everyone is scarred).

Posted by Jake from Illinois on July 15, 2007 11:33 PM

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