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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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With the Greek thing, I heard somewhere that the word meaning 'order' in greek starts with delta and phoenix obviously starts with phi. I think it is too much of a coincidence for J. K. not to know about, even if this is not the only meaning.

Posted by Leigh on June 7, 2007 03:29 AM

I was just re-reading OOTP in preparation for the movie release and came across something that may be related to the symbol. In the chapter The Centaur and the Sneak, Firenze (p. 603 US version) is explaining about Mars and having the students burn herbs. He wants them to find symbols in the curling smoke. He states that the past decade was merely a lull in the battle with Voldemort and that he expected things to get worse again.

I looked up the Greek symbol for Mars, and it is a circle with a triangular arrow sticking out of it. Mars is the God of war, so maybe the Septology Symbol (a folded version of the Greek one) is a sign of the coming war that results in the total defeat of the dark lord and all his followers.

Posted by Dave Porter from New Mexico on June 10, 2007 09:12 AM

I think maybe the symbol is one of Voldemort's horcuxes! Or maybe that is what defeat Voldemort! (see judging by the cover article) But there is a possiblity it is Dumbledore's Horcux.

Posted by Grace from Minnesota,U.S.A on June 11, 2007 8:03 PM

Plus, the symbol is part of the new "WOMBAT" test on It is probably very important to book 7.

Posted by Zack Fair from Nibelhein on June 13, 2007 06:18 AM

Frankly, I'm stumped! Maybe the way the symbol is formed in the Bloomsbury animation can point a way. Trinitys are always significant in all sorts of spiritual and ritual thought, (and the most obvious trio in the canon could be represented by that) but it's not just a circle in the middle. It's two semi-circles finally made whole by the final line drawn from apex to base of the triangle. Two halves brought together.

Posted by Goff Morgan from Wales, UK on June 13, 2007 09:12 AM

on the first book, i think it was on the british version, on the back of the book there was dumbledore wearing his cloak and there are ancient runes on the cloak. Is it a coincidence? What do they mean?

Posted by endlessky on June 13, 2007 09:59 AM

Can the circle divided by a line represent the Yin/Yang symbol? Maybe it means that those two halves complement each other to reach perfection and balance? Two forces maybe..or two people?

Posted by endlessky on June 13, 2007 10:16 AM

This symbol has to be very important to book 7 for JK to have put it on her site today. I think the symbol is connected to the dept. in the Ministry of Magic that is locked at all times. The "love room" I would call it.

Posted by Laura from Cleveland, OH on June 13, 2007 10:33 AM

I also find it to be very interesting that the JKR website has used this symbol.

Posted by Tara from Tacoma Washington on June 13, 2007 12:30 PM

What an interesting use of the symbol! Could JKR be giving us a hint on its use/importance in the final book? Could it be the key to something? I wonder if it could be the key to a vault at Gringotts, maybe belonging to you know who? And, what would he have stored in his vault?

It provokes so many thoughts. It seems there's still lots of speculating to do in the short time left before DH arrives. So little time, so much theorizing!

Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on June 13, 2007 5:06 PM

When trying to open the WOMBAT test, the order of the triangle, line and circle is important. Do you think which comes first is important to the story?

Posted by mmc from sa, australia on June 13, 2007 5:53 PM

I think it looks like the planchette used with a ouija board.

Posted by iris from india on June 14, 2007 07:14 AM

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