and the Deathly Hallows
by J. K. Rowling
Publication date: July 21, 2007. (Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Raincoast,
Scholastic Cover Art
Harry and Voldemort are in a ruined arena (colosseum? amphitheater?) open
to a fiery sunset sky, wearing brown robes with their hands outstretched.
Tattered rust-colored curtains frame the picture on both sides, and quite
a few people appear to be watching. Both Voldemort
and Harry are gazing up at the same point off to the upper right. Their
hands are outstretched; they could be either warding something off or
calling it to them. Neither one has a wand. Broken and possibly burned
wooden beams are in the foreground. Harry is wearing something around
his neck (detail below).
Description from David Saylor, Scholastic's art director: “The
front cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features
a dramatic sky of oranges and golds. It depicts 17-year-old Harry with
arm outstretched, reaching upward. The structures around Harry show evident
destruction and in the shadows behind him, we see outlines of other people.
For the first time the cover is a wrap-around. On the back cover spidery
hands are outstretched towards Harry. Only when the book is opened does
one see a powerful image of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, his glowing red
eyes peering out from his hood.” (Scholastic
Oval disc hanging from Harry's neck. No details visible on the disc.
Just for comparison, here is the first cover in the series. Here too, we
see a stone arch and Harry's hand outstretched (in this case, to catch