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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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Wow Ed!

I'm thinking, like Dumblydore up there is. I don't think can stop Dumbledore. He , SOMEHOW, help Harry, Ron, and Hermione destroy the remaining horcruxes, leaving his symbol behind.

Also, this is kinda off subject but I've seen the old book 1's back cover design a few times and now often see the new one. I'm wondering why they made a new one.

Another off subject thing... Dumbledore's put outer... does it mean anything or is another one of his many magical items in his collection?

Could it be a horcrux somehow...? or doees it have its own history...?

Posted by Anonymous on July 7, 2007 07:59 AM

Yes! That is it! There are sooo many references between dumbledore and phoenix's! his pet, his office statue, the flames his coffin burns into the shape of a phoenix!

This symbol proves it... Dumbledore rise from the ashes!

Posted by Justin from Australia on July 7, 2007 08:24 AM

I would like to say that Ed's idea is very nice, though I disagree. I think that Dumbledore not be as important in this book. He is . Rowling has already said several times that Harry go to his parents grave. I this might be an inscription on his parents grave.

Posted by Jack from Bethesda,MD on July 7, 2007 11:47 AM

Ed you are absolutely brilliant! this makes so much sense!

Posted by Anonymous on July 7, 2007 5:03 PM

Yes, I am conviced that this is a very reasonable solution, just did it cross any body elses mind that the whole book is based around latin words, and then greek lettering appears? I personnally find it strange that this would occur, but it is very, very understandable as i am a logician. Well done, on figuring out the connection.

I think this would be hilarious, well to me especially, but what about another Da Vinci Code, would that seem O.K. so those who do not believe Dumbledore wil be important in HP7. This site was dedicated to the theory that Dumbledore was not , well now to find out for sure, if it is true, we have to lead back to the evidence, and follow Dumbledore's path. For all we know, he may have left clues around for Harry, to guide him and help him through his battle with Lord Voldemort. We know that the portraits in the magical world, act as though they are real people restricted to the movements of their frames and of others. Why not be able to help Harry here? It's all speculation, but if it were true in a miniscule way, it would be quite a thrilling and on-the-edge-of-your-seat ending.

Posted by M.P.Eisfelder on July 7, 2007 6:54 PM

This is just fantastic! I agree, I agree!

What I think happen is either that Dumbledore come back, or, which I think is most likely, is that Harry, on 31. october, go through the veil, get advise from Dumbledore, and also from his mother, father and godfather. I think Luna and maybe some of the others, too, go with him.

Posted by Luna from Norway on July 8, 2007 02:06 AM

Excellent bit of detective work, really brilliant.

Is it therefore possible that Dumbledore is a Phoenix animagus? Perhaps explaining the deep connection he has with Fawkes. If so, we have already seen him being reborn from the ashes, I guess it would be down to Hermione to figure it all out properly though.

Posted by Orlando from England on July 8, 2007 05:28 AM

yay for the solution. i am happy with this conclusion.
i think it brings together all the other theories on what the symbol might mean. dumbledore, in my opinion is the human incanation of fire.

Posted by lauren from nowhere on July 8, 2007 08:35 AM

I agree with Orlando!
It has been a theory of mine that Dumbledore is an animagus! And I think that when Dumledore's tomb was covered in marble, that it was Dumbledore himself that flew in the flames. The flames signified Dumbledore being reborn into a Pheonix!

Posted by Lucy from U.S. on July 8, 2007 10:16 AM

Dave and Ed (from Sandy, Utah) good analysis, and I'm convinced about the phi representing phoenix or Fawkes. I'm still confused if the triangle is a triangle of evocation or the letter delta (dalet) which also means 'door' by the way. This could also be a reference to the door that couldn't be opened in the department of mysteries, but I'll stick to your theory Ed, because it's not very complicated and it makes sense!

Do you think it's a coincidence that phi is the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet and the book is coming out on July 21st?

Posted by Javed from Vancouver, Canada on July 8, 2007 12:18 PM

Brillient! Great work Ed and Dave. Dumbledore certainly rise from the ashes one way or the other. I really think he in some form help the trio to find the missing horcruxes.

I am begining to think Harry wasn't seeing things when he saw a phoenix flying joyfully from within the fire in book 6.

Posted by phonix4real from Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 8, 2007 8:16 PM

I like the Greek letter theory, but I have a different take on it. Often times Greek letters represent ideals, as in college Fraternities. Each Greek letter used has a specific meaning. Delta usually represents the word Dyke (pronounced dee-kay) stands for justice. Phi stands for Philos or love, like in Phil-adelphia the "City of Brotherly Love", as adelphos stands for brotherhood.

This might be insight as to how to defeat Voldemort. Justice be done through Love. If in fact that is inscribed on Dumbledore's tomb, that might be his final reminder to the Order if Hermoine can interrpret it correctly!

Posted by Mike G from New Jersey on July 8, 2007 9:10 PM

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