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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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Orlando from England-You make a very interesting point. Well done. There is one thing I'd like to add, though that you might find an interesting build on to what you said. Remember when in the PoA movie when Lupin says that Lily had a way of "seeing the beauty in some one". Perhaps this is a previously unmentioned form of "seeing". It could be somehow linked with that place in the Department of Mysteries where they study love. After all, Lily protected Harry through an ancient bit of magic that incorperated love. Anyway, I think you're on with there being some form of seer blood in Harry.

Posted by Robbie from New Mexico on May 8, 2007 7:56 PM

Regarding Lily being a seer, maybe her talent was not Divination but, as Robbie states, a way of seeing the true someone, as Trelawney looks at Hermione and says she has an old soul.
Lily might have seen the goodness in Snape, to which James and his friends were blind. This could have been passed on to Harry in the form of recognizing magic and magical objects, such as the diary.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on May 9, 2007 06:19 AM

What orlando says aren't arguments of him beeing a seer. He has good instincts, a seer means that you see things and not that you know things. And why he sees trough voldemorts eyes is because of the scar. The scar be explained in book 7, but I am not convinced that he is a seer.

Posted by Claudia on May 9, 2007 07:56 AM

Javed from Vancouver,

In the dictionary I found:
a) forth
1.- onward or outward in place or space
2.- onward in time, in order, or as in a series
3.- out, as from concealment or inaction; into view or consideration: the author's true point comes forth midway through the book (I swear it was the example given in the dictionary)

b) Forth
1.- Firth of, an arm of the North Sea, in SE Scotland: estuary of Forth River. 48 mi.
2.- a river in S central Scotland, Flowing E into the Firth of Forth. 116 mi.

I understood �forth� as in �a-1� and �a-2�, but knowing Jo, everything she writes can be interpreted in several ways, thus my search in the dictionary.

We already suspected Abeforth would be important in DH, and also that Albus had a special relationship with fire. Now, if you I�m right, Abeforth have a special relationship with water, and I would like to add that I like �a-3�, he is coming out of concealment and/or inaction, he is coming into view and consideration of the readers.

As Jill mentioned, in �The Mistery of Abeforth� thread �in Welsh "Aber" means "river.". so the findings of �b� go with this train of thought, about Abeforth having something to do with water, and rivers.

Posted by Emilio from Mexico City, Mexico on May 9, 2007 09:34 AM

I have still been debating whether Harry and Lily could have been (are) seers.

If we look at Professor Trelawwney, we know that she fails to "see" often. However, her seeing abilities only activate now and then and are thus unpredictable. Could this be the case for Harry and Lily as well? Could this explain why none of Lily's friends knew of her capabilities as a seer?

Posted by china from texas on May 9, 2007 11:47 AM

I'm not sure about Lily being a Seer, I think it's there to trick us, however, we do know she was excellent in Potions, something Slughorn assumes Harry inherited. We also know Snape was very good at Potions due to his book, and his teaching the subject. Maybe Lily and Snape helped eachother out at school, either way there is still alot we don't know, and can't really guess, as JKR has said.

Posted by mmc from sa on May 9, 2007 5:12 PM

Claudia, whilst you can suggest that certain things I have stated are done through instinct alone and have an extremely valid point, you cannot say that the dream Harry has at the beginning of GoF is 'instinctive' and neither is it the same as the dreams he has in OotP. There is a distinct difference between the dreams of OotP where Harry sees through Voldemort's eyes and is living the moment with Voldemort, and the dream in GoF where Harry watches the events (like watching a film) as 3rd person.

Posted by Orlando from England on May 10, 2007 08:07 AM

I don't think that Harry is a seer. The dreams Orlando is referring to are explained by Dumbledore. There is a connection between Harry and Voldemort through the scar. Harry can see what Voldemort is up to when his mind is sort of shut down. Dumbledore said that Vodemort gave him powers he didn't mean to when he tried to Harry. One being parselmouth the second one is him seeing what Voldy is doing. Voldemort doesn't realize it at first but he catches onto it and makes Harry think he is the snake that's biting Arthur. Then he uses that to make Harry think he has Sirius. The other stuff is just instinct.

Posted by amber from jacksonville fl on May 10, 2007 2:18 PM

While we're on the subject of symbols: Satanic "S" Represents a lightning bolt that means "Destroyer". So harry's scar means destroyer. That is why it is shaped like a lightning bolt. When voldemort gave harry that scar, he aromatically gave him the destiny to destroy him.

Posted by Claudia on May 11, 2007 09:02 AM

So departing from runes for a moment, my mind went more to imagery and I see a hat (triangle), a sword (the dividing line), and a cup (the circle, looking straight into the bowl of the cup). Which led my thoughts down the path, what if this was a symbol for the founders of Hogwarts? The circle could easily look like a snake eating it's tail also.

Posted by tweedleditz on May 11, 2007 10:58 AM

But what about ravenclaw then?

Posted by Claudia on May 11, 2007 1:51 PM

Hello! I'd like to say that I love this web site. In fact, it is the best on the internet, with the best theories.

I read this article about the strange symbol on harry Potter and the ly Hallows cover, and I was very interested in discovering what does it mean.
So, I looked for it all over the internet, and I found a symbol with looks exactly like the one on the book's cover. Yes, the triangle, the circle and everything. It is named The Symbol of the Prince with the sword. Unfortunately, the web site I found is in portuguese, but in portugese it is called Bras�o do pr�ncipe da espada.

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Posted by Thiago Leite Cruz from Bel�m, Par�, Brazil on May 12, 2007 11:02 AM

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