Thursday, March 29, 2007

53. Latest Harry Potter Excitement

Here's the cover art for the new front cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I found it over at ShelfTalker (a lovely blog thanks to the folks at Publisher's Weekly). My first reaction is that Harry is playing tennis--he's just tossed his ball into the air to serve an ace.

But wait-here's the full cover as it wraps around the book.

It's an odd assortment of images. The curtains at each end make it look like a stage play. The arched structure in the background looks Roman, and like a stage set. The orange sky looks both uplifting, like dawn, and troubling, like rampant fire. The dementer (or inferi? or is it Lord Voldemort with red eyes?) [ed. OKAY, it's official, it's Lord Voldemort] on the left seems to be reacting to something other than Harry, not threatening Harry. And Harry's arm in the air still seems ridiculous.

I wonder what the splintered wood in the foreground is--it seems incongruous, unrelated to the curtains or the stone arches. And are the shadows in the background a throng of observers, spectators? They add to the feeling that this is "staged."

I wish the characters were relating to each other or something in the picture. And I wish that Daniel Radcliffe's image hadn't worked it's way into the GrandPre vision of Harry. ED. I just noticed that Harry has something around his neck--the locket? or something else?

I think this cover will grow on me, though. I like the orange vibrancy.

And there's this--the book cover to be released in the UK.

Harry looks like he has buck teeth (maybe we do need the Daniel Radcliffe version after all!). Hermione looks like a floozy. And Ron's red hair isn't (red). And they, too, are reacting to something outside the cover. (Or have they been sucked into a vault at Gringott's?) Perhaps that's a stylish innovation, but it doesn't work for me.

So I'm happier with the "American" cover art. Although, I do also like this "adult" cover for the UK (although I think the locket should be gold, not silver).

And I can't wait to read the books. Seeing the cover art is exciting. It makes the book's imminent appearance all that more real.


The Saipan Blogger said...

I have already reserved my book at the book store.

The Saipan Blogger said...

CNN Entertainment

CNN confirms that we are looking at Voldemort on the back.

Leah J. Utas said...

Hey, thanks.

The peek at the cover art will keep me for a while.

Saipan Writer said...

I may be on the mainland when the book is released this summer, but I've ordered a copy to be delivered via Amazon to my Saipan address in case I'm here (they ship early-but if it's not here on release date, I'll get yet another at the book store!), and I'll pick up a copy in the states to read immediately if I'm not here.

I like the HP midnight-release parties at the larger bookstores in the states-I've been to one in Hawaii (Order of the Phoenix) and one in Cincinnati (Half-Blood Prince)-just coincidence.

I am looking forward to this "final chapter" in the HP saga.