Friday, March 30, 2007

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows - Cover Arts

The book covers of the much awaited seventh book featuring Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has been released by the publisher Bloomsbury. The cover arts of the US and UK Children’s edition do give us a few more clues in trying to predict what the story could be, though there is no conclusive evidence.


In the UK Children’s edition, the cover art shows Harry, Ron and Hermione in front of a round opening, and you do see a lot of gold, rubies and other valuables. As seen from the faces, Ron and Hermione are terrified, but Harry’s face does not show fear. According to the picture, he has just seen something of interest. You can also see that Harry’s and Hermione’s hands are hurt, with a few cuts and bruises here and there.

From the description given in HP and Philosopher’s Stone, I guess the round opening in the background in that of a Gringott’s safe. From the contents of the safe, I could not predict whose it could be. It might be a good guess to imagine that Harry is searching for one of the Horcruxes, and the safe could belong to one of the founders of the Hogwart houses.

Also hidden behind Harry, with one hand on Harry’s right shoulders and another carrying a sword is an elf. The face of the elf is not shown, so it could be either Kreacher or Dobby. From the fact that JKR has mentioned to the movie makers of HP and the Order of the Phoenix that Kreacher was “very important” and cannot be left out of the movie, I guess its Kreacher. Also seen in the bottom right of the front page is the Stag, which is Harry’s patronus.

In the back cover, you can see Hogwarts, with its doors open. Is it an indication that Hogwarts would open and function normally in the 7th year also?


The US edition of this book shows both Harry and Voldemort. They are standing on a patio, with the outlines of several people looking on. There is some evidence of destruction on the ground where they are standing, and the sky is bright orange.

The most noticeable thing is the lack of fear in Harry’s face. From this I could deduce that he no longer gets those blinding pain in his scar, which he had experienced whenever he was in close contact with Voldemort. Another noticeable thing is that both are not carrying any wands; their hands are stretching out towards the sky, which could mean that either they are summoning their wands or both can perform magic without their wands.

You can also see that Harry is wearing a locket. Could it be the original Slytherin’s locket which Harry and Dumbledore had gone hunting for in the cave?

As the date of the books release gets closer, more and more rumours and predictions are set to fly. In another four months, we shall know.

Image Source: Leaky Cauldron

4 Comments:

At April 23, 2007 12:25 PM, Blogger Biby Cletus said...

Nice post, its a really cool blog that you have here, keep up the good work, will be back.

Warm Regards

Biby Cletus - Blog

 
At April 30, 2007 1:50 PM, Blogger Megan Hawk said...

I am waiting for the official release of the book. Meanwhile a pdf is doing the rounds (i do not think its the original one) ...which is very well written :)
Have u come across it?

 
At May 02, 2007 1:01 PM, Blogger Arun R said...

@ Biby:

Thanks... Keep visiting.. :)

@ Megan:

I've laid my hands on that pdf. Its nothing to do with the original, you can make it out from the language in the pdf.

More concrete evidence can be found in page 86, there is footnote.

 
At July 15, 2010 5:34 AM, Anonymous Dewi said...

I like Harry Potter films.

 

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