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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 53)

ly Hallows, the hallows probably refer to a group of people. Perhaps past great Wizards, maybe observing the standoff between Voldy and Harry. And in the book cover, we see a group of people at the amphitheatre.

Sadly, Remus Lupin . And Peter Pettigrew.

Posted by quill on July 16, 2007 01:09 AM

I think that the dragon carrying the trio is Aberforth's animagus. That's why the bar smells of goat (what else does a dragon eat?) and that's why Mad-Eye says he's strange. He doesn't work magic because he just likes being a dragon (which is in itself a potent magic if that really is his animagus, and would be worthy of the Dumbledore family), and helping his brother keep an eye out from the cover of the Hog's Head, where he can be surly, like a dragon. Hence the name given in the family tree (Aberford the Marauder - how else does a dragon get enough to eat than to maraud the countryside?) and the question whether he knows how to read (if you spend your time as a dragon, who cares if you can read? though I am betting he can). Now that Dumbledore is gone, except through the Phoenix, Aberford has to step out of his comfort zone. If he doesn't do magic because as a dragon he really doesn't care for or need it, perhaps he's the character we've never gotten introduced to properly from the OotP who, very late in life (150 years old?), takes up magic? I just don't think Filch is the one.

Posted by tina from houston tx on July 16, 2007 04:56 AM

What if the Amphitheater (on the US version) isn't outdoors, but it looks like is has an orange sky because something's on fire and it's burning really bright? And what if Harry's wearing Slytherin's locket (on the UK adult version) and the same thing happened to him that happened to Dumbledore's hand to make it look all burnt?

Posted by Tom from El Paso, Tx on July 16, 2007 10:26 AM

At first i thought the house-elf on Harry's back might be a friend--most likely Dobby. However I realized Dobby might not be at the point of ing with a sword just yet. Maybe, however the house-elf is Kreacher but he is not trying to help Harry he's trying to him.

Posted by Harry from Privet Drive, London on July 16, 2007 11:26 AM

I'd like to make one thing clearer as it is in the text. Actually, I'd like to correct a mistake made there.

'And the picture of Slytherin's locket. Is this the one Harry and Dumbledore found in cave?'
It can not be the one they found in the cave. It was clearly said in the Half-blood price that the one Harry and Dumbledore got didn't have the 'S' refering to Slytherin on it. Therefore, the one on the picture is the real locket.

I also believe the house elf shown on the UK cover is Dobby, not Kreacher. Yes, Kreacher has to do everything Harry tells him to, but I don't believe Harry would ask someone who hates him to help him. Kreacher would find a way to go to the Eaters' side, and even if not, then Dobby would actually want to help Harry. Besides, Dobby has also said Harry is a master for him since he obeys whoever he wants.

Posted by Lo from Underthefloor. on July 16, 2007 4:34 PM

I think the sword Dobby/Kreacher is holding is the gryffindor one. Because i think they mentioned it had a ruby handle in chamber of the secrets.

Posted by Joel from Sweden on July 16, 2007 11:26 PM

About that Dumbledore is the dragon. I could be.. but,
Why are the clothes of Harry, Ron and Hermoine in bad shape? I mean, if it is Dumbledore, why would he ruin their cloths, or had somebody else done that?

If Harry, Ron and Hermoine are going to Godrics Hallow, (whether the dragon is Dumbledore or not) why are they that hurt? In book 6, Harry tells Ron and Hermoine that he visit his old house and the graveyard of his parents. He do this at the beginning of book 7. So, they already had a fight at the beginning of book 7!

Posted by Stef from Zaandam on July 17, 2007 01:06 AM

its obvious that harry is wearing the Locket around his neck in the American edition. Also i am very confident they are dueling in the Department of Mysteries. The curtain is the ancient archway that sirius fell behind when he d. I feel that the "veil" be the most important thing in the ly hollows book. The other important figure in the book is definitely Aberforth Dumbledore (albus's brother) he was in the original order of the phoenix for ex.

Lupin , sadly. Bellatrix . Snape Die. Voldemort . Siruis come back for a little while because the veil allow him but he go back behind it afterwards. Wormtail .

Harry, ron, and hermione all live.

Posted by Clayton H from KY on July 17, 2007 02:30 AM

I agree that Filch be the one to use magic (Petunia was my first choice till JKR ruled that out with a statement) to defend the school. However, as to 'why else' JKR would put the quickspell course into COS, there are reasons. In fact, the attack on Filch's cat was supposed to be seen as part of a pattern of attacking mudbloods and squibs. Filch has been counted as a Squib and it has shaped both his attitudes and the attitudes of those he has known all his life. This point was actually emphasised in the original film script for COS to make it clear for aunces who had not read the book but the Quickspell scene was cut from the final release of the film. You may find it in the 'deleted scenes' collection of the DVD's.
The list of 'late bloomers' for magic is not that long in the series and if there are to be no new characters in that regard, then Filch is an excellent candidate. I go so far as to assume that it is in part his 'LOVE" of Hogwarts which trigger his long dormant ability.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on July 17, 2007 06:49 AM

if you look closley the scar on harrys forehead is just blednded in well with his hair on the us cover.

Posted by Alix Powell from Louisiana on July 17, 2007 5:12 PM

I remember reading that Filch was not completely human, I think he's part goblin or something. Maybe his magic could come from that.
Also, from looking at the house elf on the British Children's version, I noticed that it looked kind of old and rough, like the description of Kreacher. I had thought if a house elf would help, it would be Dobby, but Kreacher would make more sense, seeing as how Harry actually owns him.

Posted by Tyler J on July 17, 2007 5:14 PM

harry voldy neville tonks and lupin are only a few of many that . ron and hermione live and have a son named harry. it wil all start over again with draco malfoy taking voldy's place. harry is a horcrux and voldemort learn that when he s harry. people are saying that harry was a horcrux and that was the reson voldemort (barley but none the less) survived the avada kadavra that bouced back from harry. if that was so harry would have d. and again when he rose his soul was not strong enough to have a full body so what horcrux did he use to come back with? the supposed distroyd horcrux's the there is only one left. not voldy's snake but harry.

also snape is a good guy. not because he is a good person but because he can never forgive voldemort for ing lily evens. he was in love with lily evens wich explains why he hates harry. he hates harry for being james's son instead of his own.

Posted by alix powell from louisiana on July 17, 2007 5:38 PM

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