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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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It is a rare shape for a prison, but I don't think it has anything to do with it. I mean it only is a triangle. I think it has something to do with the object in dumbledores office.

Posted by Claudia on May 28, 2007 07:18 AM

I suppose the answer may be found if we knew how much input into the visuals of the new film JK had. If she perhaps insisted that Azkaban was to be a triangle it would go a long way to solving this new 'mystery'.

Without such information, I think I would say that - no - I don't think the shape of Azkaban is to do with the mysterious symbol on the spine of DH.

Posted by Orlando from England on May 28, 2007 1:28 PM

Ok, What if they aren't runes, but greek letters? The triangle is delta. The circle with the line through it could be phi. I think phi might be upside down, but it could be. Delta means change....I don't know what phi means. But that could be important.

Posted by Lauren on May 28, 2007 7:14 PM

Could this symbol possibly have something to do with the prophecy at the department of mysteries? The book (and movie trailers) show the prophecy as an glowing orb or sphere. And in the book when they walk into the room the prophecy is in it says the room is as high as a church. Most churches having high ceilings are shaped like triangles and nothing is said what shape the ministry building is but it could be triangular. So it could have to do with the prophecy. As to the symbol being the object in Dumbeldores office in GOF movie, the symbol could be the instrument on page 470 of OOTP that dumbledore uses to determine whether Harry was the snake or saw a vision of the snake attacking Mr. Weasley.

Posted by sm on May 28, 2007 8:52 PM

Could this symbol be the symbol of the four founders? The vertical line cuts the circle in two parts (Rowenta and Helga?) and it cuts the triangle in two parts (Salazar and Godric?). Maybe, this mark is engraved in a magical stone, where Harry has to bring along the four Horcruxes to neutralize them.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on May 29, 2007 01:04 AM

A new order has begun... I've always suspected Snape to be in another Order. "A greater good".

Posted by Alex from Norway on May 29, 2007 02:49 AM

Maybe it is like a cave (the triangle) with the magical defenses (the square) and the Horcrux (The circle) I might be wrong because I thought of the cave in HBP.

Posted by Katherine from Southend, England on May 29, 2007 1:18 PM

i think its a horcrux symbol... the circle being voldemort's soul contained in the triangle which is harry...

Posted by renz from manila, philippines on May 29, 2007 8:58 PM

The Triangular Building

I don't think it can Azkaban, because on the cover of the adult version of PoA, it shows Azkaban and it's a rectangle-shaped building.

So what can that building be? Look back in OotP, in Grimmauld Place, after the meeting of the Order, all the kids come back into the dining room and the table has all these pieces of parchment on them. Harry sees a piece of parchment with (paraphrasing) "what looked like the plan for a building" before Bill hastily vanished all the parchments away.

Maybe this is the building that's shown. But why would they show it on the trailer? Maybe Harry sees a picture of the building, instead of the plans, because the movie producers always change everything.

Why would the Order want to build a building. They already have a secret hideout. Could it be a war base? Or a trap? Or a center for training young witches and wizards? Is it even important?

Posted by Hannia from Markham, Canada on May 30, 2007 08:07 AM

Hannia: This is my idea only, but it was my impression that they were looking at the blueprints for the Ministry of Magic, that they were planning on infiltrating later in book. That's what Arthur Weasley was doing when he was bitten.

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 2007 09:10 AM

Hannia from Markham,

I agree with Dave Haber's comment of the plans where like blueprints of the ministry of magic. I do not recall any mention of Azkaban, and they were sending Order members to the Ministry, to guard the door to the Department of Mysteries, to ensure that nobody could get to the prophesy, as it was of the utmost importance to avoid Voldemort getting a hold of it.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 30, 2007 09:49 AM

Isn't the Gringots bank building a triangle? And the underground passageways go in circles so those that are unfamiliar with the passages get lost. This would fit with the possible U.K. cover too.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on May 30, 2007 1:07 PM

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