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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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Regarding the differing interpretations of the greek letter delta: in science/math delta stand for incremental change....doesn't that fit?

Posted by Gloria from Arkansas on July 10, 2007 08:52 AM

Herve from Strasbourg: I did indeed also find 'phi' is the golden number or 'devine proportion'. Just wondering whether that is just a coincidence or maybe it's important for the story?
I'm just now doing some research, but I can't find anything referring to the story. Maybe somebody else can..?

Posted by Jiska from The Netherlands on July 10, 2007 09:56 AM

someone mentioned portuguese symbols. J.K. Rowling spent time in Portugal and married a portuguese and her first child is half portuguese. so it seems fitting she would uses a portuguese symbol.

Posted by Pamela sue from arkansas on July 10, 2007 7:42 PM

rememeber he's 150 years old! hermione only knows the registered animagus from the last centyr, that's why dumbledore doesnt appear in that list!

Posted by richie from Mexico on July 11, 2007 09:55 AM

In the alchemy symbol the triangle is fire (Albus Dumbledore), the inner circle is water (which has been suggested as the symbol of Aberforth). Which two shapes from the alchemy symbol appear in the symbol from the book? Fire and Water.

Posted by Manda from Utah on July 12, 2007 3:33 PM

Yes, i have thought about that, and i am aware that Dumbledore was the transfiguration teacher, just if you think about it though, when we are first introduced to Professor Mcgonnagall, she displays her act of transfiguring herself into a cat. None of the other characters who were students of Dumbledore mention this in any form. Also asuming he were an animagus what would his animal form be? Because the only logical explanation people have come up with is a pheonix, but I blieve have i have enough doubt to rule this out.

Posted by M.P.Eisfelder on July 12, 2007 5:22 PM

Richie, honestly, since Dumbledore is still alive in the last century, he should be on the list if ever he is a registered animagus. But I still believe he is based on the escape scene in the fifth movie. Not spoiling what he does though. It's different from the book.

Posted by D. de Jesus from Philippines on July 14, 2007 10:34 AM

In the Alchemy symbol, the triangle symbolizes fire. In the Harry Potter books, Dumbledore is symbolized by fire over and over again. Could the Septology Symbol be Dumbledore, with a line running through him, possibly mean there are two Dumbledores?

Posted by harrypotterfan111 from Anaheim, CA on July 14, 2007 6:29 PM

Maybe the symbol would be use to access a vault at Gringotts like with the Philosopher's Stone in the first book where Griphook drew a line on the vault. maybe they draw the symbol to gt in the hogwarts/Dumbledore/Aberforth's vault.

Posted by hayden from QLD, Austrilia on July 14, 2007 9:48 PM

The shape inside the triangle reminds me of a sword and the symbol is like a door. Maybe it is a seal and needs a key to be opened (Griffindor's sword?) What do you think?

Posted by Pepe from Orlando,Florida on July 15, 2007 08:43 AM

hey richie from mexico: i totally did not think of that- but it does make sense- nice one!
ed: nice one too! dumbledore and a phoenix (i still cannot conclude that it is fawkes).

Remember, harry saw a phoenix fly into the blue at the - doesn't mean that it is fawkes.
but yeah, i agree that theres a connection!

Posted by shell from syd, aus on July 15, 2007 6:22 PM

i think dumbledore is an animagus. it is a great advantage to be an animagus and theres no doubt that dumbledore could pull it off. there is no reason that he wouldnt do it. im sure he would be a pheonix as well, which is what i think we find out. i think that aberforth is "fawkes" like sirius is "padfoot" and hangs out with dumbledore in his office all the time and is useful as the barman as well. i think that this is what the symbol end up telling us.

Posted by stinho from chapel hill, nc on July 16, 2007 01:31 AM

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