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Covers and Title Pages


Notes and links: Steve Vander Ark


About the Dedication:

For Seán P. F. Harris,
getaway driver and foulweather friend

Seán Harris was a friend of JKR's while she attended school at Wyedean. Seán owned a turquoise Ford Anglia and the two of them would escape in the car to hang out under the bridge by the Wye River, drinking and talking about life. Rowling has said that in many ways the character of Ron Weasley is similar to that of Seán, although she didn't intentionally use him as a model for the character. Obviously the Anglia owned by Mr Weasley has its origins in the old car Seán drove.


Bloomsbury (Britain) covers

Bloomsbury cover (front)

Bloomsbury cover (back)

Notes from the title pages:

First published in Great Britain in 1998

Copyright (c) Text J.K. Rowling 1998

Copyright (c) Cover Illustration Cliff Wright 1997

The moral right of the author has been asserted

Cover design by Michelle Radford


Scholastic (U.S.) Edition covers

cover art

This cover of the US edition, by Mary GrandPré, shows Fawkes flying Harry, Ron, and Ginny (Lockhart is not shown) to safety after the defeat of Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets. This is unusual, since most covers show the flying car.


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