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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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I don't think that Harry being afraid of being a slytherin would invoke a dream that is so telling of what was really going on with Quirrel (the turban talking to him), and I don't think that it was caused by the scar connection because at this point Voldy has no real strength. later (I think in OotP) someone says that Voldemort had only recently found out about the connection they had thru the scar which became more powerful after Voldy gained back his body. And it can't be occlumency because that needs eye contact. It definitely seems, in my opinion, to be a seer's moment, and so does the dream in the beginning of GoF.

Posted by Danielle from New York on May 23, 2007 8:10 PM

jk rowling said that sirius had to for a reason so when i first saw the symbol i thought of the archway with the veil where he d i think the circle is in fact two arches and the line is representing the two sides to the veil. if black's is significant then i think the final showdown take place there. the triangle surrounding it could be a representation of harry, ron and hermione with each one of them being a side or point of the triangle and finally the symbol could possibly be like those on the pensieve. an interesting thing is that the pensieve is a stone basin and the archway is on a stone dias so these seem to fit together somehow.

Posted by beki from liverpool, englnd on May 24, 2007 5:26 PM

I don't think Harry is a Seer, but it is a distinct possibility. The same for Lily. About the Snape having a sword because he is the 'Half-Blood Prince', his mother's surname was Prince and there is no connection to royalty (read HBP and listen to Hermione) but I do think he be helpful somehow. The guy who talked about the validity of the classes made a good point but he forgot Transfiguration (Animagi, maybe some other things that I don't remember). OH! We also haven't heard much about Arithmancy much either... I've forgotten what exactly it constitutes though.

Posted by Shane from Joshua Tree on May 24, 2007 6:09 PM

brava danielle i believe you've just proved to us all that harry could be a seer, or at least has powers of foresight maybe he doesnt realize

Posted by dvin from glendale, CA on May 24, 2007 10:01 PM

I think the secret of ancient runes has been revealed in chpt. 1, book 1 already. harry's scar is lightning shaped and thus resembles the runes eihwaz and sowelu. eihwaz is the rune of defence as well as and resurrection and is connected to the yew tree. it is the thirteenth rune of the furthark. "13 and a half inches, yew" is voldemort's wand. sowelu is the rune of wholeness and basically the upside-down of eihwaz. the ancient runes relate to harry's scar, and to the fate of lord voldemort, the one who flees , who has been chosen by a wand made of yew and having a phoenix core - both themes call for the acceptance of to achieve (spiritual) resurrection, same as the two runes.

we should listen to hermione: don't let yourself be confused with divination and prophecies, study ancient runes and arithmancy!

Posted by mandragora on May 25, 2007 02:55 AM

WOW Mandragora, you have given me new food for thought and the question is there ANYTHING that JK Rowling does not know about? She is a genius.

Have only had a quick look about Runes, but pulled this up about 'eihwaz':

EIHWAZ UPRIGHT: Survival, strength, reliability, dependability, trustworthiness, enlightenment, endurance, defense, protection, secret or sacred knowledge

EIHWAZ MERKSTAVE: Confusion, destruction, dissatisfaction, weakness, vulnerability, untrustworthyness, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, ignorance

Harry & Voldemort!

Posted by Orlando from England on May 26, 2007 11:32 AM

Has anyone else noticed that this symbol is similar to the symbol for AOL! JK has stated that wizards have a way of communicating which is more fun than the internet, and perhaps this thing, whatever it means could be the systems symbol.

Posted by Ted from Moston, Glorious Lancashire! on May 26, 2007 2:29 PM

My gosh! Ted is right! AOL's symbol is a circle in a triangle! Very similar! And you know who owns AOL... Time Warner! It's all a big marketing plot to push the Harry Potter movies!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on May 26, 2007 3:02 PM

AOL? now im getting worried!

Posted by beki from liverpool, englnd on May 27, 2007 10:59 AM

Dave Haber--
You are just so funny I don't think I can stand it! A big marketing plot... You should be a stand up comedian!
I honestly don't think that Harry is a Seer, but a while back I read from... Monkeeshrines, maybe? Orlando?.... I don't remember but whoever it was suggested that Lily was a Seer, and this got passed to Harry through the fact that he has Lily's eyes.
I can see Lily being a Seer, easily, mostly because we are given no details as to what Lily and James stud at school. Harry has no traces of the gift, but you never know- when Trelawny gives a prophecy, she doesn't remember it afterwards, and we mostly follow Harry around during the books. I don't think so.... I still think Harry sees all of the stuff with Voldemort because of the link they share through his scar.

Posted by Ashley R. from Missouri on May 27, 2007 2:21 PM


Last week, the latest trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix contained a very brief glimpse of a triangle-shaped building that appears to be in the middle of the ocean. (See the article above these comments for the update containing the picture of this.) This is probably the movie's depiction of Azkaban Prison.

Is it possible that this triangle-shaped Azkaban has something to do with the triangle in the Septology Symbol?

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on May 27, 2007 7:28 PM

As you said, this symbol has to do with alchemy and ancient magics, and there is no surprise with this. But it's not similar to anything we know, as usual with Jo: she creates her own universe, inspired by many tales and other novels, but never all the same.

Anyway, as you said, it seems much plausible that the symbol be used in book seven, in which it could be related to the ly Hollows. For instance, it might be a mark that Harry has to find somewhere (in Hogwarts?), after having seen it in a book. It could also be the symbol of all families re-united at Hogwarts, something that clearly Harry has to do to avoids the fall of Hogwarts (and maybe even to save the world from Voldemort).

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 28, 2007 04:53 AM

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