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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - UK adult edition

The Harry Potter Books

Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows

by J. K. Rowling

Publication date: July 21, 2007. (Bloomsbury, Scholastic, Raincoast, et al).

Scholastic Cover Art

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, cover art for U.S. edition.
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 press release)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, cover art for U.S. edition, front.

Detail of Harry's chest from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, cover art for U.S. edition.
Oval disc hanging from Harry's neck. No details visible on the disc.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, cover art for U.S. edition, detail of Voldemort.

cover art for Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, copyright Mary GrandPre.
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 the snitch).


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