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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 think that the triangle represents Hogwarts, the circle represents the never ending students activities that be disrupted by something (the line), perhaps it's some kind of duel between two persons (Harry and Voldemort?) in a secret place at Hogwarts.

Posted by Prongs from Athens,Greece on May 13, 2007 06:38 AM

So that symbol is our symbol then. Maybe harry has to voldemort with the gryffindor sword.

Posted by Claudia on May 13, 2007 10:39 AM

i looked on that symbols website, an equilateral triange can represent the number 3. It also relates to power and danger, suitable for lord voldermort and those around him.
i also found the circle with a line through it, this relates to lightning.
maybe these are completely different when put together but it's an idea.

Posted by Helena Jayne Wong from Watford England on May 13, 2007 10:53 AM

Wow! I love this discussion! As soon as the cover came out, I looked for the image on the side. All the books images connect with the story. I think the first book had Dumbledore on it. This is interesting. It is a peculiar sign, but somewhere I heard the triangle means never ending. So if a sword is going through it, does that mean that something isn't never ending?
I believe that symbol has got to do with a horcrux, or an ancient place. A place where a horcrux could be, or it might tell us more about the location of where Harry and Voldemort may have their final battle. This sign is very important.

Posted by Tasmeeah from London on May 13, 2007 12:29 PM

I like the idea of the symbol being 'the prince with the sword' is it possible to twist it about an suggest maybe Snape has the 'sword' that can defeat Voldemort after all he is the half blood prince? If Snape holds the key to Voldemort's downfall Harry is going to have to trust him at some point.

Yes I know the dreams in OotP are Harry having a mind link with Voldemort, I am not for second suggesting that Harry is 'seeing' those moments. I am suggesting the dream he has at the beginning of GoF is a Seer moment as it is completely different to the mind connection dreams he has - including the dreams he has before Voldemort realises what is going on. With the mind connection dreams Harry sees as 1st person, in the GoF dream Harry sees as 3rd person and feels no emtion - he is detached from the scene. It is different.

Posted by Orlando from England on May 13, 2007 12:47 PM

The comments become very fascinating.

Thiago Leite Cruz from brazil, great comment/ discovery. Maybe you can translate more text form the webpage and give us more details about the symbol, perhaps there're more people how speak/read portugese how can help us out.

I'm very curious about the translation about the little symbols in the triangle in relationship with the total symbol. This could give us more information.

Posted by Steven from Holland on May 14, 2007 04:33 AM

But harry sees it when it happens. Seers see in the future.

Posted by Claudia on May 14, 2007 05:39 AM

That is debatable, I am sure there is no fixed time limit on what can be considered as a Seer. Trelawney announces that Master and Servant be reunited that very night - yet her previous prediction took many many months to be fulfilled.
There is nothing to say that Harry is not seeing the immediate future, or even the present. If Harry were to be revealed as a Seer then long term prophecies would not be of much use to his fight against Voldemort anyhow.
I hold with the idea that Lily Potter was a Seer and that Harry has inherited some kind of Seer ability. Not everything can be explained away by 'mind link' nor 'instinct'. The nagging thought that the name Tom Riddle means something to him (see CoS, chapter - the very secret diary, uk ed p.174) is not instinct, nor mind link. Therefore it must be something else, I say Seer - but it could be many different possibilities.

Posted by Orlando from England on May 14, 2007 4:05 PM

The thing that imediately came to mind is the symbol often used for Civil Defense, a triangle with a "broken circle" making a "C" and a "D". There is a war on after all. Google "Civil Defense" and nearly any site probably display the symbol.

Posted by Phil Stone from Buffalo Grove, IL on May 14, 2007 9:54 PM

This looks like the omega in ancient runes. Omega means the end. Here, this is the final book and the end of the series. And the end of the dark lord too?!

Posted by rathi from TN,India on May 15, 2007 01:29 AM

Yeah that would make a lot of sense, because voldemort is attacking the people of the magic world. The villagers.

Posted by Claudia on May 15, 2007 05:14 AM

"I like the idea of the symbol being 'the prince with the sword'... maybe Snape has the 'sword' that can defeat Voldemort, after all he is the half blood prince?"

That is so interesting and plausible! Time and again we're told that Harry can't or use an unforgivable curse effectively, so... Harry vanquish 'ol Voldy but someone else have to Voldy, or at least it seems that way to me.

Posted by ElfSocks from San Francisco on May 16, 2007 12:02 AM

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