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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 believe that the symbol is the insignia on Dumbledore's tomb. The Greek letter Delta (the triangle) stands for Dumbledore. The letter Phi stands for Pheonix. The animation shows the letters being carved in marble.

Posted by Ed Ford from Sandy, Utah on July 6, 2007 3:27 PM


Ed! That's brilliant! It's a perfect explanation, especially when you see it animated! First the Delta (a triangle) for Dumbledore is drawn, then the Phi (a circle with a line vertically trhough the middle of it) for Phoenix/Fawkes is drawn within it!

There's no doubt in my mind, this is the symbol of Dumbledore!

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 6, 2007 3:34 PM

delta also derived from dalet which was from the PHOENICIAN alphabet. Think you hit the money ed!

Posted by glorfindel from aberdeen, uk on July 6, 2007 4:46 PM

BRILLIANT! Of course, that begs the question how this be important in the book...

Dumbledore must reappear somehow again, or my guess is that he probably left clues with this "mysterious" signature and the three kids try to figure out who's leaving them these things...

Seems a bit obvious though... anyone else have any ideas?

Great job, Ed!

Posted by dumblydore from St. Louis, MO on July 6, 2007 8:08 PM

Wow! Good work! I think for me the most interesting is that the circle appears INSIDE the triangle. So it's a bit like the soul is the Phoenix, while the outer triangle is the living man. Oh! When Fawkes flies off at the , it is the Phoenix soul? That survives.

Posted by JK from California on July 6, 2007 8:28 PM

Wow, nice job Ed! That's great analysis on the septology symbol!

Yep, i noticed too that triangular building and wondered if there's any connection with the septology symbol.. a glimpse of the Azkaban building in the OOTP movie (but with no circle with a line vertically through the middle of it).. yet still the perfect match of this mysterious symbol.

And due to all of these, new questions came to my mind:
-Will Azkaban be uberly important in the ly Hallows? How?
-Will the Dementors from Azkaban follow Dumbledore's orders from now on?
-And how is Azkaban and Dumbledore related?

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on July 6, 2007 8:47 PM

Nicholas flamal and dumbledore were friends I think the sign has to do something with flamel and alchemy thus bringing the books a full circle. Flamel used symbols in is writings he used the triangle, circle, he had drawings to me what looked like a pheonix rising out of fire.

Posted by pamela sue from arkansas on July 6, 2007 9:50 PM

From the time we read the ending of Half-Blood Prince, I have felt strongly that Fawkes plays a key role. Fawkes knows what is really going on and help Harry when it's time.

I have never doubted that Dumbledore return but haven't figured out just when and how. (By the way, Dave Haber, I have to thank you for creating your original site "Dumbledore Is Not ," which helped a great deal through the grieving process). Dumbledore's portrait hanging in the Headmaster's office seems very obvious (maybe too obvious). That is why I think Harry may find himself back there once again to look for answers.

Back to my theory of all of the magical winged creatures, including the ghosts, coming to Harry's aid in the battle with Voldemort...

Posted by Patti from Mill Creek, WA on July 6, 2007 10:00 PM


i gotta agree with dumblydore on this. how this be important to the book? JKR has already said many times that dumbledore is , no question. some people have already suggested that dumbledore did some time traveling to send harry clues, but i dont really believe that. but, you never know i guess...

Posted by Snuffles&Moo; on July 7, 2007 12:00 AM

I think that Albus provide the largest percentage of assistance throughout book 7 in 2 forms his picture, and his large collection of stored memories viewed via the pensieve...

Posted by landsharkian on July 7, 2007 12:43 AM

Ed, Dave, Delta Phi is probably what inspired Jo. But if she wants to use it in DH and relate it to Dumbledore, she give a hard time to her italian translator, for Dumbledore's italian name is Silente, with no D.

Posted by herve from strasbourg on July 7, 2007 12:51 AM

I don't doubt that, Herve. With the amount of word-play clues that JK Rowling puts in the Harry Potter books, I'm sure a lot of the translators just gave up in trying to translate those particular things...

Posted by Dave Haber from Los Angeles, CA on July 7, 2007 12:52 AM

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