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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Covers and Title Pages

"Bless the children, give them triumph now."

Page editor Steve Vander Ark

Frontispiece (deluxe edition) - showing Yaxley and Snape entering the Malfoy Manor gates as an albino peacock looks on.

Title page artwork showing the mess in Harry's room as he sorts things out for the start of his adventure. We see Hedwig with her head tucked and her eyes closed, prescient of the fact that she will die in a few chapters...

About the Dedication:

The dedication of this book is split seven ways:
to Neil,
to Jessica,
to David,
to Kenzie,
to Di,
to Anne,
and to you, if you have stick with Harry until the very end.

The text is laid out in the shape of a lightning bolt. In the UK editions, the text is in italics, but not in the fancy Harry Potter font.

Seven is a powerfully magical number in wizard magic, and Voldemort wanted to split his soul seven ways. (The properties of the number seven were first discovered by Bridget Wenlock, the famous Arithmancer (fw)). Neil is Jo's husband. Jessica, David, and Kenzie are her children. Di is Jo's sister and Anne is her mother. And "you" means all of us, which is really quite cool :)

Bloomsbury (Britain) covers

This cover shows the locket Horcrux, gold with Slytherin's mark on it.

The cover of the UK adult version, by Michael Wildsmith

This cover shows Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Griphook tumbling out of the LeStrange's vault, with multiplying and burning hot treasure all around them. Griphook is on Harry's back and clutching the Sword of Gryffindor. Harry should be grasping Hufflepuff's cup at this point in the story, but that detail is not included.

The cover of the UK kids version, by Jason Cockcroft

Scholastic (U.S.) Edition covers

The US cover shows Harry and Voldemort in their final showdown in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. The enchanged ceiling shows the golden sunrise. Harry is reaching up to catch the Elder wand which is flying through the air because of his Expelliarmus spell. The back shows Voldemort, dying from his own rebounding Avada Kedavra curse. The curtains on either side suggest the veil in the Death Chamber of the Department of Mysteries.

Deluxe Edition jacket art

The trio riding on the back of the Gringott's dragon from chapter 27.

The covers of the US editions, by Mary GrandPré.

Tailpiece (deluxe edition) - showing a battered Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Dumbledore's office, head portraits smiling at them, at the end of the tale.


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