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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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Well, like the titles and art work from the other books, we won't really undestand the true significance until we read the books, and then we'll all be like "duh....I should have known that!'

Posted by reveille from Kingston, ON on May 2, 2007 8:31 PM

Marjorie from New Zealand gave me an idea. Think about the titles of the other books.

(1) Philospher's/ Scorcer's stone = an object
(2) Chamber of Secretes = a place
(3) Prisoner of Azkaban = a person
(4) Goblet of Fire = an object
(5) Order of the Phoenix = not exactly, but arguably a place (Sirius' house)
(6) Half-Blood Prince = a person
(7) ly Hallows

if the pattern is followed ly Hallows should be an object. Since it is Harry's goal to destroy all of Voldemort's horcruxs, could the title of ly Hallows refer to the horcruxs? If so, could that symbol be one of the horcruxes?

Posted by Robbie from New Mexico on May 2, 2007 9:41 PM

I think the symbol is a secret code to open a secret door. If you look close the pattern is engraved in stone (judging on the sound) Or the stone could be marble.

The question remains, where?
judging on book 6, could it be Dumbledore's grave/tomb. I'm convinced that this be the place, judging on the color.

The symbol is a link with Dumbledore.
Dumbledore is also known as the wizard who ed/defeated the evil wizard Grindelwald in 1945. He achieved this along with Nicholas Flamel after the discovery of combining the 12 kinds of dragon blood.
JK admits in a interview that this part be playing a roll in book 7. So alchemy be a playing a important roll in the book and the symbol has a lot of similarity with alchemy.

But i'm convinced Harry be in contact with Dumbeldore, who has left Harry a heritage of knowledge that Dumbeldore collected in his live and the symbol be the gateway to this knowledge.

"After all, to the well-organised mind, is but the next great adventure." - Albus Dumbledore

Posted by Steven from Holland on May 3, 2007 01:27 AM

But wouldn't any of their friends, such as lupin or sirius, know that she was a seer?

Posted by claudia on May 3, 2007 09:23 AM

The titles are also things Voldemort has tried to use!
1. Philosopher's Stone...this would have restored him somewhat
2. Chamber of Secrets...used to lure harry, and through the diary, Ginny
3. Prisoner of hp5 voldemort knows sirius is the most important person to harry
4. Goblet of used to enter harry into competition which results in voldemort comming back
5. Order of the Phoenix...I suppose certain members are used eg. Moody in hp4, sirius in hp5
6. Half blood-prince...whether good/bad, snape is still used by both sides.

Posted by mmc from sa on May 3, 2007 6:11 PM

Lily was one of the �Unknowables�, she worked at the department of mysteries, and if I am not mistaken, in the locked room where love is stud.

As we are supposed to learn more about Lily on DH, I think that we also be learning about her work in the department of mysteries.

Lily a seer? I doubt it, but it might be possible. Harry a seer? I find that even more remote.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 3, 2007 6:17 PM

I think the symbol is least likely the sign on the dollar bill, and most likely an ancient rune. Like the page said, it could be the symbol that Dumbledore's really , but it could also be referring to Dumbledore coming back to life. I don't have any clues on that, but when I find some, i post them.

Posted by Kaela Noble from pittsburg, california on May 3, 2007 7:44 PM

i am absolutly convinced with steven. the symbol may be referred to dumbledore's tomb and another thing. tombs are mostly triangular shape, so the symbol may be related to it.

Posted by hassan from pakistan on May 4, 2007 12:56 AM

Something about that Alchemy: when snape discovers sirius and lupin in the shrieking shack, sirius says to snape: �run along and play with your chemistry set.�
It was something I never forget, maybe its something with that triangle and circle thing...

Posted by Mieke from Belgium on May 4, 2007 06:19 AM

china, but doesn't the floo powder keep them from being burned? i mean if fire doesn't burn a wizard why did snape care that his robes were on fire in the first book? Granted I know you can use a spell or drink a potion to freeze the flames or whatever, but you wouldn't know AK was coming until it hit you. And Frank Bryce wouldn't have even known what AK did or have power to do anything about it.

Posted by amber from jacksonville gl on May 4, 2007 06:53 AM

I think it is definetly related to alchemy. I also believe that lily was a seer. But harry Potter? No way, sounds weird! One more thing, David Haber you're better than Robert Langdon. (da vinci code)

Posted by Meenal velani from india, jamshedpur on May 4, 2007 07:57 AM

Speaking of Robert Langdon - the triangle with the circle inside it along with the perpendicular line from the base of the triangle is definitely an ancient symbol. It's known as the Solomonic Triangle or the Triangle of evocation. The only difference in the ancient version is that the perpendicular line is missing, but it'll kind of make sense when you read the definition:

The triangle is the protected space outside the magical circle, into which spirits are compelled to appear in Solomonic ritual magic. Typically, the central circle is inscribed with the sigil (seal) of the spirit to be invoked.

A sigil is a symbol created for a specific magical purpose. The term sigil is derived from the Latin sigilum meaning "seal." The old Norse binding rune is an example of the idea. (So Dave, you're be right about the ancient runes being in the symbol).

Evocation is an act of calling a spiritual or "mystical" being. The grimoires provided a variety of methods of evocation. The magician uses wands, staves, incense and fire, daggers and complex diagrams drawn on parchment or upon the ground. Important contributors to the concept of evocation include Henry Cornelius Agrippa.

Heard that name somewhere? (This is the part that really got me) Cornelius Agrippa was mentioned in Philosopher's Stone by Ron on the Hogwarts Express! He tells Harry that he's missing two cards from the complete set of chocolate frog cards and the cards he's missing are Ptolemy and Agrippa.

On the Half-Blood Prince cover we saw Slytherin's ring on the book spine, but nowhere else on the cover - but we know that Dumbledore was wearing it and he's on the cover. In ly Hallows, we see the triangle of evocation on the book spine and the Hogwarts castle and grounds as well! What I'm implying is that the symbol is inscribed on Dumbledore's White Tomb, which is situated on the Hogwarts grounds and remember Dumbledore's words "you find that I only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me."

The only part that doesn't seem to make much sense is the vertical line in the triangle. According to the Runic alphabet the vertical line 'isaz' means ice, which I think has nothing to do with Dumbledore. However there are two more alphabets that are possible: 'uruz' meaning water and 'laguz' meaning lake. Well they all seem to be connected with water - but Dumbledore's sigil was probably fire. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the cirle also represents one of the four basic elements: fire.

Posted by Javed from Vancouver, Canada on May 4, 2007 7:38 PM

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