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The Mysterious Septology Symbol

by David Haber

One month ago, on March 28, fans finally got to see the artwork for the covers of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and intense debate about the meaning of the imagery on the covers immediately ensued. But there is one small, obscure bit of the new images of the Book 7 cover art we haven't yet discussed.

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This is a very intresting subject...when I read the part "a new order had begun" i thought of the order of the phoenix developing into another order.

Posted by ahmed from manama, bahrain on April 29, 2007 10:14 PM

The disecting center line means neverending or infinite... perhaps relevant to dumbledore and those beyond the veil.

Posted by Roland from Victoria,B.C. on April 29, 2007 10:33 PM

To add to the 'new order has begun' theory, I saw the OoTP teaser trailer again which says 'A new order begins' which I am sure indicates the rise of the DA. So, this means that the DA come in to play again in book 7 probably fighting together against voldemort's forces.

Posted by no0r from india on April 30, 2007 01:07 AM

could the four elements, air, fire, earth and water represent the four houses? air - ravenclaw, fire - gryffindor, earth - hufflepuff and water - slytherin? in our symbol, it only has the small cirle and the triangle, representing gryffindor and slytherin. i don't know what the line means but i like the theory of the ancient runes.

Posted by claire from australia on April 30, 2007 02:06 AM

I think there be a new Order, but I don't know what sort of order. It may be another sort of Phoenix Order (Dumbledore/Harrys side against Voldemort), or it could be a sort of new eaters.
And about that line. I think Dumbledore is (but Harry get help from him in a way, I don't know how), so it could symbolize "two Dumbledores", or it could be something else. It could symbolize the Chosen One, but we'll never know until book 7.

Posted by Luna from Norway on April 30, 2007 03:19 AM

I'd like to add that the symbol of the allseeing eye is also the symbol of the Illuminati, a mythic secret order which is believed to be trying to rule the world and of which many prominent people are believed to be a member of(the allseeing eye on the dollar is believed by some to be a sign of the Illuminati's influence, some of the founding fathers could be Illuminati). Don't know what this has to do with our story though...

Posted by Wouter from the Netherlands on April 30, 2007 05:51 AM

Roland from Victoria
The circle also symbolizes neverending. What do you make of the line bisecting the circle?

I see two sets of three lines in the symbol, one of Jo's favorite numbers.

Posted by Patty from Quincy MA on April 30, 2007 08:00 AM

Could the symbol represent a Dumbledore horcrux? That thing in the picture from the movie, which looks a lot the artwork picture, could possibly be his horcrux, assuming of course he made one. Adding on to what Roland from Victoria said, the disecting line drawn through it could represent the horcrux having to be used to bring him back.

Posted by Robbie from New Mexico on April 30, 2007 08:18 AM

This is an very interresting article, and if it is like Wouter said, about Illuminati, then there may be an new evil order. The eaters and Voldemort are after harry of course and I think they are going to put a lot of chaos in the world. So the terrible things that happened 17 years ago, repeat themselves.

And maybe there is something in the element theory. But what could that add to the story?

Posted by Claudia from Netherlands on April 30, 2007 08:52 AM

Once again you all are amazing me with the dedication you have to research beyond the direct realms of the Harry Potter series.

The circle is neverending, but it is divided by that line down the middle, so wouldn't it mean something like neverending unless it is divided? So couldn't that mean something about Voldemort and his Horcruxes?

Posted by Ashley from Missouri on April 30, 2007 12:26 PM

How would you relate it to Dumbledore's silver smoke instrument's diagnosis of Harry's vision of the snake in OOP? 'The same but in essence divided'... Is the circle the connection/combination of Harry/Voldemort but in essence divided?

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on April 30, 2007 1:26 PM

Also, don't forget that the Phoenix is the image most closely associated with Dumbledore through out the series. His Patronus is a Phoenix and he has Fawkes. Dumbledore also has a stated affinity for fire. Further the ing Curse that Snape hits Dumbledore with, if it misses it's target, explodes into a ball of green flame so, it can be surmised, that the ing Curse is based in fire. Assume for a moment that Dumbledore is linked to Fawkes or a Phoenix, a Phoenix is reborn by fire. The ing Curse being fire based would have ed Dumbledore, true, but he would have been ressurected by the flame.

I believe that Dumbledore found out about Snape's Unbreakable Vow that Snape swore to maintain his cover. Dumbledore told Snape to him, knowing that he would return, when Malfoy failed so that Snape would no longer be bound by the Vow and remain, more so than ever, a "trusted and loyal" agent of Voldemorts. It explains why Dumbledore didn't try to fight Snape, why Snape would betray him, why Dumbledore was never concerned of Malfoy, and why, most importantly, he paralyzed Harry Potter instead of letting Harry fight and possibly Malfoy or Snape.

Posted by Jason from California on April 30, 2007 3:17 PM

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