Harry Potter and the Ravenous Goblin-thing

I've seen the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows US cover art all over the Intarnest¹. The US cover is quite boring - the O in Potter has a little wing on it, so I think Harry's supposed to be reaching for the most enormous O-shaped snitch anyone has ever seen. Either that or the gold fleck that I'm assuming is the wing is a strangely-shaped snitch itself, but that's weird too. Anyway, I find it bizarre that Harry is spending his time tooling around a Quidditch stadium, when I thought book 7 was supposed to be about the threesome leaving school to battle Voldemort and his followers. I suppose that, as the proverb says, into every battle a little Quidditch must fall².

Heather Anne is the first blog where I've seen the UK art. The adult version is nice and simple, featuring Slytherin's locket (presumably Harry will track down R.A.B. and this is the real horcrux). The UK children's cover is truly bizarre. Harry, Hermione, Ron and a sword-wielding goblin (at least I think that's what it is) are in a room full of jewels and riches and armor, presumably swimming in them like Scrooge McDuck, when a portal to Hell suddenly opens and sucks them in. Ron appears to be afraid of the coins, having never seen galleons before in his impoverished Weasley life and Harry's arm looks like something's been chewing on it, and he is attempting to use martial arts to avoid being sucked into Hell.

None of these covers are spoilers so much as head-scratchers. What the hell is this book about?

¹ I wonder how many letters you would have to change/add to Internet to make it completely unrecognizable. You knew what I was talking about, right?

² Not a proverb. Yet.

srah - Thursday, 29 March 2007 - 7:05 PM
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Comments (5)

gravatar alfie - March 29, 2007 - 6:50 PM -

Monkeys.

gravatar Gary LaPointe - March 29, 2007 - 10:45 PM -

Did you see the wrap around view for the US cover? It adds a little more to the view...

http://garysaid.com/chapters/002639.php

gravatar srah - March 29, 2007 - 10:53 PM -

Ah! That is a little different! Now it doesn't look as much like a Quidditch game as a weird battle (where they're both pointing at the same thing) in some sort of coliseum...

gravatar Craig - March 30, 2007 - 6:03 AM -

The children's cover looks like art from Mad magazine. Or maybe Cracked. One of those things I haven't read since I was about 12, anyway.

Also, the phrase "adult version" in reference to the book makes me laugh because it sounds like you are talking about a whole different type of book. Perhaps, the adult version you be renamed something like Harry Potter and the Discovery of Girls.

gravatar Gary LaPointe - March 30, 2007 - 12:04 PM -

If you look at this
http://raincoast.com/harrypotter/harrypotterbooks.html
you can see some of the previous covers of the various versions mentioned above...

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