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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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I think that flying dragon be Norbert, from SORCERER'S STONE. Hagrid's baby dragon all grown up.

Posted by Kaitlyn from Irvine, CA on July 17, 2007 10:13 PM

From looking at the cover of UK, it gives me the impression that Ron is or about to , somehow it reminded me of the scene when Sirius d, the way Ron is looking (or looking at) i dont know why but catches my attention and that could maybe explain why he doesnt have wounds...any body else had that impression?

Posted by VeRo from California on July 17, 2007 11:26 PM

I think Ron and Hermione are dressed up for Bill and Phlegm's wedding. Ron wouldn't be caught in robes like that unless his Mom made him wear them for a special occasion. Maybe Harry just arrived from being somewhere else like the ministry or something?

I wouldn't be surprised if there is a full-on eater or werewolf attack at the wedding -- Voldemort has been getting very bold and he knows the wedding be crawling with Order of the Phoenix members.

Posted by tracy on July 18, 2007 01:51 AM

For one factor, the house elf is most probably Dobby or Kreacher. More likely Kreacher.

In the fith Harry Potter film, JK ask specifically that Kreacher was to be included, beacuse he has a major/main part to play in the last HP book. My theory, which is evidently worng, but i wish it was true, is that Kreacher and Dobby have a big one-on-one fight, Dobby for good and Kreacher for evil. Hence, a possible reason that it could be Dobby wielding the sword in the childrens cover.

I hope Harry , because, well, it has been leading up to it, so why not?
Its not like she is going to continue the series, and also it stop her own temptation, or any other authours writing on about Harry and his adventures. What could the next one be called then? 'Harry Potter and his Mid-Life Crisis'?

Posted by Kellwicko from Aldershot, UK on July 18, 2007 07:01 AM

I just found something interesting on the cover illustration: Harry is wearing a locket. Is that Slytherin's locket? If It is, why is it not destroyed? It could be something else, and if it is, I still believe it would be important.

Posted by Amanda from Illinois on July 18, 2007 1:35 PM

I'm surprised that everyone automatically assumes that in the US cover, there are eaters or wandless wizards or people in general watching the duel between Harry and Voldemort.

Maybe I'm off, but when I looked at the cover, the first thing I thought of was that the figures were tombstones. This ties into the thought that perhaps the last battle occurs at the Hogwarts graveyard where Dumbledore is "buried", since JKR wanted that graveyard kept out of the PoA film for preservation for a later plot point.

Posted by Michael C. from Pasadena, CA on July 18, 2007 5:18 PM

I wanted to point out a few things. First of all, the locket Harry is wearing on the US cover is most likely the fake Horcrux that Regulus Alphard Black planted in the cave. I just re-read Half-Blood Prince, and near the end Harry resolves to wear the locket as a reminder of its cost, what with Dumbledore's and all. In general, the cover gives me a climactic impression, which probably isn't a normal expression, but I think it depicts the final fight between the Boy Who Lived and the most powerful wizard of all time (besides Dumbledore). With that in mind, the lack of Ron and Hermione disconcerts me. They could either be , or Harry refused to allow them to come to the final showdown. Either way, I have grim feelings about this.

On another note: I was wondering if you guys had any opinions about this, but don't you feel as though Voldemort deserves to triumph over Harry? Now don't get me wrong, he's evil and deserves to , but I mean, he's such a better wizard, even without love or an intact soul. Look at it this way: Harry is an average student. In his sixth year, he has difficulty turning vinegar into wine! At the same age, Tom Marvolo Riddle had already ed with Avada Kedavra, performed advanced magic to implant false memories in Morfin, and started creating Horcruxes.

Voldemort is a highly accomplished Occlumens and Legilimens, yet Harry just complains in his fifth year about practicing the former. He doesn't possess the same magical ability as Voldemort, he just has love and luck, which isn't a bad thing, it is powerful and all, but unless Harry undergoes some overnight metamorphosis into a magical prodigy, I don't see his triumph over Voldemort as possible or worthy of him. I mean, seeing the OotP movie visually shows Voldemort's ability. Yes, he's evil, yes I want him to lose, but I don't want Harry to win with some sappy plot twist that involves an inordinate amount of luck and love. He needs to learn how to perform advanced magic, particularly the unforgivable curses. And he needs to learn nonverbal spells and Occlumency.

Posted by Michael from New York on July 18, 2007 10:03 PM

ha! Kellwick, people have been begging for years for her to continue her work and she said, and I quote, "Never say never." So there is the smallest chance she might and geez there would be an uproar if he d and that was that, most likely he be resurrected.

Posted by miranda from Damascus, oregon on July 19, 2007 12:42 AM

On the cover of the uk childrens edition, there is a ball that looks like a prophecy. A picture of a snake is also inside it. Is it possible a prophecy was made or be made about Nagini?

Posted by Huzaifah from London on July 19, 2007 03:45 AM

Michael from NY,
I feel your pain, Harry seems to have no hope of winning against such a powerful and evil nemesis. However the prophecy states that he be marked equal to Voldemort (somehow). The playing field is not as uneven as it looks. Harry has strength (resisting the Imperius curse), good instincts (using the basilisk fang on the diary), the ability to unite and motivate his supporters through something better than fear, as well as possessing some unique abilites such as parseltongue, and a wand which can hold its own against Voldemort's.
I think Dumbledore also played a role to give Harry the upperhand via his .
I have trust in JKR as an author that she wow us once again!

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on July 19, 2007 11:34 AM

On the deluxe edition with the dragon, I think it has some relevation to the fact that Dumbledore discovered the uses of dragon blood. In interviews, J K has refused to give the 12 used of dragon blood, except for cleaner, because she says it give too much of the plot away. It hasn't showed up in any of the books yet, so in the next one it should be important. Maybe the blood help lead to a horcrux. I think the dragon is like a friend to the trio who helps get them blood. I don't think it's Norbert because it doesn't look like he should. I don't think it's Dumbledore either, because I'm sure that Dumbledore is .

Posted by Virginia from Missouri on July 19, 2007 11:44 AM

I like the idea that on the deluxe edition that the dragon is Norbert That was my first thought about him as well. A couple of other observations about the deluxe edition - I think the dragon is blind. He has no pupils. Of course, maybe all dragons look like that but I dont think so. Especially since in GoF Krum hits the dragon in the eye with a spell. If the dragon on the cover really is blind why is the trio riding it? All of their clothes and the dragons wings look tattered showing there has already been some sort of skirmish. And why is Harry the only one not in wizard robes? that reminds me of the UK cover where Ron and Hermione are all dressed up and Harry is in plain robes - all tattered once again. The deluxe editions shows HArry dressed dissimiliarly from teh other two. Could these covers show the same, or sequential scenes in the story?

Posted by Heather from Missouri on July 19, 2007 12:45 PM

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