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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 55)

"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!"

I know what you mean.

I too am amazed at how much difference in ability there is between Harry Potter and his elders. Harry still cannot master the silent charms/curses, still cannot practice occlumency, still cannot get his emotions under control, still has to lean heavily on Hermione for knowledge he should have learned, etc.

There is now way Harry can defeat Voldemort on his own, but he can show the leadership necessary to forge a coalition ready to do the same. Harry's greatest competency has been either on the Quiddich field or in teaching Dumbledore's Army.

If I'm Voldemort, I'm furious that this kid still is alive.

Posted by Michael C. from Pasadena, CA on July 19, 2007 2:26 PM

Michael C.
The answer lies with the reason that Dumbledore gave up his life.
Somehow he have given an advantage to Harry, similar to the protection from Lily's sacrifice. There are too many questions about the events on the tower at the end of HBP. There are too many reasons for Harry to go down.
Because we don't know what Dumbledore planned, we can't figure out the mystery. We are lacking vital information to put all the pieces together. But not for long!

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on July 19, 2007 7:36 PM

I think that the house-elf who's holding the sword in the British cover is Dobby. And whats more I know I sound stupid but could it be that Ron and Hermione are trying to take the sword of Gryffindor and run while Harry holds Voldermort and stop him from taking it?

Posted by Suyash Ahuja from Delhi,India on July 20, 2007 07:14 AM

Michael: I totally agree with you, I have had (and so many more) the same feeling: Voldemort is much more powerfull, and Harry doesn�t have the ss to defeat him, also Rowling shows Harry through the books as someone not likely to work on class, with difficulties in exercises.
But on the other hand, DH give us a big surprise, �cause he develop magical ss in some way (non verbal spells, wandless magic, etc). He has to, because otherwise he depend of many people to do it (as usual).
Perhaps that�s the spirit, right? Team work, people unified to defeat evilness, and LOVE beating HATE. Well, that�s the best advantage Harry has against Voldy, perhaps using that misterious room in MoM.

Posted by go snape go from buenos aires on July 20, 2007 08:30 AM

I think I have figured out what Harry has around his neck on the American cover of ly Hallows. I believe it to be a leather bag of coins from his vault in Gringotts. It so fits in with the British cover!

I found this out last night with I was rereading book two in chapter 4 page 57, when Harry and Mrs. Weasley go into the Gringotts vaults together. The sentence goes, "He tried to block the contents from view as he hastily shoved handfuls of coins into a leather bag."

Posted by janie from san antonio texas on July 20, 2007 09:25 AM

I was thinking the same thing! Dumbledore ingly sacrificed his mortal being so he could complete the ultimate protection for Harry. Also, there IS a scar visible on the US cover art, although it's mostly hidden behind his hair and kind of looks like it's more of his hair. You have to look at the full picture by clicking on it. And speking of cover art, did anyone catch the black dog with the arrow in its mouth on the back cover of the UK edition? Didn't J.K. say that Sirius was most definately ? Maybe his brother, Regulus, has the same animagus form. Or maybe that's Lupin. Who knows?

Posted by Ash from San Antonio, Texas on July 20, 2007 09:25 AM

Did anyone else notice that in the deluxe cover Harrys in a brownish jacket, a green shirt, and jeans and seems to have complete control over the Dragon while Ron and Hermione are wearing black tattered Robes and look terrified. What could this mean? Is it just me or does the dragon's eye look like a water opal? Plus its wings are tattered, could they have just come from a battle, and if a white beard meant Dumbledore all HP fans would run out and buy goats.

On the US version Voldemort's hand is unusually wide, when you look at the Dragon and compare its claws it looks the same as Voldemort's hand! Its almost the same color! The Dragons horns looked cracked on his head but not anywhere else! It looks like its sunset or sunrise.

In the British version The Dragon on the helmet looks like a fledgling, like he just hatched and theres rubies, theres a lot of rubies there, could this be (if they're in Gringotts) The Gryffindor account? On the Breastplate there is a snake, but its got a beak, and looks a bit like a phoenix, could this be some sort of cross breed?

In the british version Rons looking to the left in horror,he seems to be trying to get away from it. Hermione looks like she was pushed through. But she also looks like she could be roaring in a sort of war cry, reaching for somethings or grabbing for it. She looks like shes trying to grab the golden plate. But her eyes are filled with fear, could she have been pushed through? It looks like Hermione and Ron are wearing decorative ponchos, Rons seems to be gold and green which is strange since with how much Ron hates Slytherin you would think he would be in orange, the last thing you would expect is green. Hermione is wearing a purple with silver lining, which is kinda obvious, Purple usually represents intelligence, perhaps JK is enlisting some help from colors?

There is also the things about Harry's clothes, in the Deluxe cover Harry is the only one in Muggle clothes while Ron and Hermione are wearing the tattered robes, it looks like know Harry is wearing the tattered robes while Ron and hermione wear muggle clothes and ponchos. Is it just me or does Ron look like a brunette is this picture, he looked like one in the deluxe cover too.

I think Harrys glasses are just reflecting the silver dragon, which he is about to fall on top of, Ouch! Poor Harry. Did anyone else notice you can't tell the color of Harry's eyes, they look more like a black color maybe even dark blue but they don't look green at all. Did anyone else notice the gold rope by the purple cup, it looks a lot like a snake maybe. Also in this picture its sunset or sunrise, just like in the deluxe version. Is the US version its sunrise or sunset! They all have the same sky colors! This could be linked, and whats with the no wands? If I didn't no better I'd say they were muggles, if Voldemort was real I'd so be right now! But anyway are they doing wandless magic? It seems like it!

Posted by Nicky from Fresno,US on July 20, 2007 09:39 AM

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