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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 such an awesome website! This could totally be true. (And it probably is) This website really makes you think. It's extremly exciting and I agree!

Posted by Kaylie from Sandy, Utah on May 31, 2007 5:44 PM

The triangular building is Azkaban. If you watch the trailer in slow motion you see the top left part of the structure is demolished and there are flying figures probably dementors fleeing. So, that building is definately Azkaban!

Posted by no0r from india on May 31, 2007 11:58 PM

Has anyone looked at the rendering of Slytherin as the Wizard of the month on Rowling's website? I think his hands are very similar in position to our mysterious symbol and quite possibly the circle with the line is the torn soul used in making a horcrux with the hand position as part of the capture and containment of the torn fragment. She does not leave much to chance as we have learned over the years.

Posted by Joe from Springfield IL on June 1, 2007 1:46 PM

I'm thinking that this probably is a rune of some sort. I remember the strange symbol tattoos on sirius black and there's one at his throat that looks like the circle with the line through it.

Posted by Reg from Houston on June 1, 2007 4:08 PM

But remember the picture from this article at dumbledore's office. It is exactly the same object as the symbol! So what is that object? Maybe the object from OotP, when Mr. weasley was attacked?

Posted by Claudia on June 2, 2007 06:46 AM

Well, I take a Greek class so that's why I'm going to look at this form a Greek-ish point of view. The triangle is the Greek symbol for the capital letter delta, or D, the circle with a line trough it is the Greek capital letter phi or Ph, these could be the first letters of a first and last name, but I have another theory:

Let's take the first 3 letters of delta and phi and put them togheter: we get del+phi=Delphi

Delphi was an city-state in ancient Greece, where the important oracle of Delphi was located. This could be again proof of Harry and/or Lily being Seers, or it could be a clue of where Harry battle Voldemort.

However as we look in the history of Delphi, there is an interesting fact, at first it wasn't a sanctuary to Appolo at all, but was home to a terrible giant snake or dragon (there are some different versions of the story), known as the Pytho, Appolo slew this creature and started his own cult at Delphi.

This, looks to me to be a hint, Harry have to battle another Basilisk, or Nagini (the living Horcrux) in Delphi.

Also on the american cover of the book, we see Harry and Voldemort inside an amphitheatre-like building, this building is Roman, but the Romans had a lot of knowledge from the Greeks, so this building could be greek too.

Posted by Alensis from Belgium on June 2, 2007 09:26 AM

Alensis, it could be your phi but the pics i've seen of phi symbols show the "O" centered with a vertical line through it and the "O" in the triangle doesn't look centered. I think it looks like the rune for the letter "J" from david's ancient anglo-saxon runes. It represents Jera (or Gera) and means basically to reap what you sow after a completed cycle. The pic in the triangle is upside down if it's a Jera but i read on rune descriptions that it doesn't make any difference if it's upside down or not. It refers to a change for the better or a completed cycle whether it's rightside up or upside down. The triangle represents fire but can also represent other things like heart, past present future, etc or the number 3 or trio (harry, ron, hermione?). So, the emblem could be symbolizing the completion of the book. The only problem i have with my theory is that it's not a object or character like the one's on the other spines.

Posted by Reg from Texas on June 4, 2007 3:53 PM

in the OotP Dumbledore ask the silver instrument "Yes, but in essence divided?" after harry has the dream about Mr. Wesley? could this have something to do with what yall are talking about?

Posted by juparee from Texas on June 4, 2007 5:22 PM

I am impressed Alensis. It is a really interesting idea you put forward and I have spent an enjoyable evening looking up your theory.

Delta Phi is also a fraternity, and the Delta Phi symbol is linked with the Templar Knights. Going round in a BIG circle the Templar Knights were the military front of the Priory of Sion - and Nicolas Flamel was the 8th Grand Master of the Priory.
Point being? I don't know, but it all connects back to Harry Potter and I believe the advice is to reread PS/SS before reading DH, and I guess it can't all be to do with what happened at Godric's Hollow that night.

Posted by Orlando from England on June 5, 2007 3:06 PM

Couldnt the trangular shape in the ocean be the bermuda triangle. Book 7 might take place in the bermuda triangle.

Posted by Weeshnaw from Freckledorg on June 5, 2007 5:49 PM

Could the symbol have something to do with the Masons? Masons as in what comes in Angels N Demons... an organisation within an organisation... probably signifying Snape to be working within the Eaters to bring them down?

Posted by Adithya from Chennai,India on June 6, 2007 05:22 AM

Alensis and Orlando may be onto something. Dumbledore was a member of several wizarding groups. Could it be the emblem for the Wizengamot? or Order of Merlin? Adithya mentioning masons made me think about the emblems that some people have on their tombstones signifying their membership in a certain organization like the freemasons. Could it be an emblem on Dumbledore's tombstone?

I had another thought too but can't find a description of it in the book. When i first turned to the full article with the picture i didn't have my glasses on and the picture was fuzzy and that symbol kinda reminded me of the timeturner Hermoine had. I'm still searching for the description.

Posted by Reg from Texas on June 6, 2007 11:29 PM

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