German “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Chosen

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Aug 08, 2007

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Publishers Carlsen-Verlag have revealed the cover art for the German editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The contest for fans to vote their choice of covers, which we told you about last month, has now ended and the winning cover revealed on the publishers website. You can see the chosen cover art right here in the upper left-hand corner along with an alternative cover featured on the bottom right-hand side of the page. Nearly 290,000 fans voted for this cover which will be seen on the German editions of the seventh Harry Potter book when it is released on October 27th.

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92 Responses to German “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Chosen

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That was the one I voted for!- the other one was too busy

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That cover looks terrible, looks like a preschool kid did it in art class. I am ashamed to be German.

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The Forest Again! The cover looks okay…somewhat elementary, but okay.

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I think these covers are from the “What were they thinking” school of art.

Honestly…what’s up with those glasses? I can forgive any artist for their “style” but it seems to me that the German publisher is saying “You vant to read this joosey story, ya? First you must get past the hidious cover!! Wahahahaha!”

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Okay I am looking at it again…why are there two Harry’s? It may bring confusion to some readers. The alternate cover seems strange in that the “Death Eaters” are fire dragons / people. So Confusing…

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They always have an overlay of Harry on the front … don’t ask me why. The alternate cover is showing the escape from the Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement …

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Oh I see now…I thought both covers were depicting the Forest. Why would they choose that scene to be “important” to the story? I am glad they chose the Voldy/Harry scene.

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To me this artwork looks like Voldemort and Harry are having a lovely little chat around a camp fire while a lot of people look on – strange choice!

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I actually love both those covers. The forest one is great because it’s the pivotal moment in the story… and the Room of Requirement one is great because it isn’t. It’s not Harry’s sacrifice or the showdown – it’s just one of those wonderful moments that make us love JKR.

Besides I recognized both those scenes just from glancing at the covers… where as with the American cover of DH (which is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong) it took me forever to figure out the ‘auditorium’ setting.

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Haha, nice leggings, Voldy.

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German version of covers freak me out a bit. I can’t really look at Harry. I honestly think the US covers are the best, the covers are just so constant and have this very intriguing style.

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Ha. Harry and Voldy are camping together! I remember that scene in the book. So touching the way they finally bonded over smores… :)

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I’m not German, but I voted for this cover because it looked the better of the two, to me. But that’s not saying much, because it’s a really ugly cover, lol.

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I really like both of them, the style in the German covers has always been a great one.

I hate it how some of you can be so mean about these covers. This pretty much always happens when a cover is released that is not for US/UK. You know these things mean a lot to us. I remember when the Finnish cover for the Half-Blood Prince was released and everyone was like “What an ugly cover, I’d be ashamed to be Finnish! How can you read that?”. I really felt bad about that, because those covers are the ones I’ve grown up with and those are the images I have about the characters. Please be more considerate when talking about these things.

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I like that they say “JOANNE K. ROWLING” instead of J.K.

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I think the scenes depicted on the two book covers were essential to the story. However, the forest scene cover is a little dull; it reminds me of a campsite even more so that Voldemort looks like he could be roasting marshmallows, the way his wand is held near the fire. It would be better if the artist showed Voldemort and Harry more close-up. The reason I prefer the fire escape scene cover is because it is more exciting and adventurous and makes me think more of mortal peril which is fitting, since the title contains the word “death.”

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the chosen cover (which i voted for) might not be that beautiful work of art like the US cover, but you gotta give it to them, it is much more accurate. US cover was really deceiving. “wandless magic”? oy, i tell ya.. :)

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I didn’t like either of them so I never voted. The RoR one was too busy and the other one didn’t look sinister enough for me. Plus I’m just not a fan of style of art in general. Oh well. Not my country, so I guess my opinion doesn’t matter anyway.

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I’m with Alayna. The “Joanne” lept off the page at me and I thought, “Aha! Apparently the German publishers don’t think boys will have a problem reading something written by a woman!” (the reason she was asked to write as “J.K.” in the UK and US)

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I´ve always liked the German cover art – well, up to 4 anyways… The first 4 weren´t naturalistic either but they really did work out on postmodern level. But the sixth one is just bad. Sorry. I am German and I still think it stinks. Like, drawing a bazillon details that just so don´t sum up to anything.

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Well, actually I don’t like any of the artwork I’ve seen so far for any of the seven books in any language! I’d never be tempted to buy any of the them by looking at the covers! Hence, the saying: you can’t judge a book by its cover, I suppose. If I had to re-buy (and I’m thinking about it, because four are hard-back and three aren’t – therefore different sizes) I’d buy them with the adult covers, no gawky kids or misshapen adult characters on those, thank God.

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Ugh the German covers are always so ugly it hurts! And btw WHY is Voldemort wearing what looks like leggings?

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I was really disappointed of both those covers. By voting for the HP/LV picture I tried to prevent the worst. The choice of scenes is ok, but the style? Why does Harry look so mean? Up to book 5 I’ve liked the German covers best, but then! The US cover for DH looks so awesome, I wish we could borrow it.

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Everybody seems so critical here! I quite like the German covers, although I don’t like the books in German. Being a German speaker I’ve always only read the English books. But I didn’t like the “fire” cover, that loked too messy.

Altogether I think the simple British adult covers are my favourites. The German adult ones are terrible.

By the way, it’s not 290.000 people who voted for “Cover A” but 62% of those.

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Those German covers are so damn ugly, especially the way Harry has been drawn, he looks quite evil to me. Wait and see ‘till the Dutch cover of book 7 will be revealed; I bet it will be as beautiful as it’s 6 predecessors.

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Hmmm. Not too crazy about them, but the RoR is more interesting to look at. I think they’re ok. What I don’t get is the spaghetti that’s growing out of Harry’s head though…. lol

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i don’t like it!Why they don’t just use the US one?

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and what’s up with those legs of VOldemort? oh,soooooooooo funny!

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The German also have a adult edition, and those are always beautiful! This chosen one….. I don’t really like this cover.

I hope the Dutch is going to be as good as always!

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Haha, sorry all you German people out there, but that’s a horrible cover. All the swedish ones have been my favorites so far and i just hope that will not change with Deathly Hallows!

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Typically, it is not the one I voted for. I wanted Ron and Hermione to be on the cover as well, as it was on the UK children´s edition and the US deluxe cover. The German cover art was always horrible in the first place. I honestly consider not buying the German edition this time around.

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grmpf I’m a German, and I HATE both covers. They are sooo ugly! We’ve choosed the the lesser of two evils. :o(

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I see that there are fellow Dutch HP fans among the Leaky visitors! I dislike the German covers, but if I had to choose, I would choose the one who won. I love the American cover but I can’t wait to see the Dutch cover of DH too! I love ‘our’ covers very much. :)

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I very much like the covers of PS, CoS and HBP. The adult covers are beautiful, you should take a look at them.

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www.carlsen-harrypotter.de/web/buchliste btw. PS is “der Stein der Weisen” CoS is “die Kammer des Schreckens” GoF is “der Feuerkelch”

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From what I’ve seen all the European children cover art are somewhat … juvenile in their style.

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Wow, these German cover art designs really are godawful! I actually laughed when I saw Voldemort in the Forest Again design. That is just ridiculous… I’m quite happy to have the American cover art here in my country (Hungary), and I buy the UK adult editions. (I don’t like the UK child editions that much either, but they are still miles ahead of the German ones.)

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nice choice…the cover is amazing…

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They chose the best of two terrible covers.The themes are great, but the style is just horrible.

Nywyaz, i’m also really looking forward to the Dutch cover, it will be released in a bit less than a month from now, and that’s the book i’ll be buying anyway:D

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honestly, the artist has nothing to be proud of…They’re both hedeous!!

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You guys need to remember, we might think it looks horrible and the style to juvenile; but that is what some of them may be used to and like.

It’s just like one person said about the Finnish covers: other people may think they are horrible, but that is what they are used to and like.

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Oh yes, and I took a look at the Dutch covers since everyone was raving.. They are nice. They have a certain “draw” to them. They remind me slightly of the adult UK covers with the realism.

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So sorry to have posted three times, but you guys should take a look at the swedish covers:

http://gallery.the-leaky-cauldron.org/album/993

So beautiful!

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Possibly the ugliest drawing I have ever seen in my life. Disgusting.

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Yeah thats the one I voted for.. they all were really weak… but hey.. this is yet another reason I am proud to be an American, we have talented artists. :)

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voldy’s legs are grossss.

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Sorry but I think the German cover is terrible. I don’t like the artwork at all.

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Hoorah, the one I chose got picked! I;n really happy. I chose that cover for many reasons, namely because that is an extremely important part of the book and a series as a whole, it’s quite an intenst scene, it did me in when I read it and I couldn’t stop bawling for hours (I still have the tear stains on the page), and that is overall my favourite scene. The pther one is good, but it reverts back too much to the inferi scene at The Cave with the flames, and though that scene is important as a horcrux gets destroyed shortly after and it’s near the battle, I think the other cover is mor..relevant should I say? Well anywho, the first cover just depicts the book better in my opinion.

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In some ways, I prefer the German covers to the the first few US covers, esp. the US version of “Stone.”

—SB

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This cover is so ugly!

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Question: Are those dreads on Harry’s head?

Wouldn’t be my cover choice, but if the people chose it, what can you do?

~Noelle

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Hmmmmmmm Looking at this mess just makes me realize how genius Mary Grandpre is. Thank the heavens we got the better artist. Didn’t Jo have a say at all about the art? Who in there right mind would look at this and say they like it. and then approve it for publication.

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In this country, the only person you’re going to see with a face like this Harry is somebody lurking around an elementary school with a sack of candy. Horrible.

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As I am german, I am used to the artwork of the german Harry Potter editions, but I never realley liked them. Although I voted too (for the other cover), I still think they could at least have kept Harrys characteristic features (his black hair for example)!!!

I still prefer the english editions (both stories and artworks) ^^

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Jo once said in a interview, that she likes the German Harry Potter Covers especially Harry…

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At first, I thought the person on the front was a girl. It took me a minute to realize not only that it was male, but that it was Harry. Horrible.

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This seems to give a little too much away, from my perspective… you see Harry standing there against Voldemort with no wand. Kind of a spoiler – I like the ambiguity of the US covers better.

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I’m sorry, but it looks like a preschooler did it. Although it is the climactic scene in the book, it just doesn’t look right.

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The German HP covers are DEFINATELY not my favorite.

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I think that if you look closely they are good pictures because once you read the book you really know what they are but if you look at them quickly then they dont really look good beacause they look to cartoonish.

I think the american cover is better because it looks more real.

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Wow, I will never again complain about Mary Grandpre. At least she has a sense of perspective, can render, and knows how to use color.

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Hooray for the comments! They give us something to read, debate, think about and giggle at on days when news posts are few and far between, and podcasts rarer than crumple-horned-snorckacks!

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It strikes me odd how some people think the German cover art looks juvenile, but think the American one is not. I’ve never liked the American cover art, to me it looks like something a junior high student would do. And they really don’t give you any kind of clue as to what the story is about.

I’ve always thought that the British covers were the best for the children’s editions, but I if I had to choose a favourite, I really prefer the adult editions.

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Thanks, Griffie, for the link to the Swedish Covers in the Galleries – they are really stunningly beautiful – wouldn’t mind a couple of giant posters. I really like that Harry looks older and less childlike as the books progress. My favourites from the swedish covers: CoS and OotP and HBP. The Dutch (Netherlands) GoF and HBP are great, too!

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Forget about the covers…

How do they avoid spoilers until October? I kind of feel sorry for non-English speaking/reading fans. They have to wait for the book to be translated. I went on media lock down for a week to avoid spoilers. Even though you don’t speak/read the language, someone who is multi-lingual is bound to translate and post on the internet.

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pulls herself off the floor, laughing, as she reads the comments

Voldy and Harry camping – that’s a good one.

Did anyone think that spike-hair Harry looks like Madame Hooch from the movie with glasses? What’s up with the girly facial features?

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Edward, Melissa, Sue? I think a moderator should remove the post by “Harry” at August 8, 12:16pm. No true fan would promote copyright infringements (a.k.a. theft) from our adored Jo. And FYI, “Harry”, we have already read, and bought, the book…

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I don’t like the first three renderings for the American books. I rather like the Netherlands’ rendering of PS/SS, Sweden or Denmark for CoS, and the Netherlands again for PoA. I also think these are beautiful:

http://gallery.the-leaky-cauldron.org/album/996

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ohmygosh! Im on chapter 34….chapter 33 is soooo sad…snapes actually a good guy…..I cant belive he died….tear darn you Mr.book and making me cry =P I knew there was something about him…..but my friends didnt belive me….rawr..guna go finish the rest of the book.

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OMG!!!!!!!

Thanks so much Griffie, the swedish cover are soooooooooooo beautiful!!!! (espacially OotP)

There was something else I wanted to say about the german cover: I don’t think so much, that it gives much away of the story. Honestly, who didn’t expect that scene??? That’s what it makes boring, I think.

Shame that not only the translation of the book will be bad…

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there are two harrys! is there a reason for this … ?

i like the scene in the background, but i dont like the way it was drawn.

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Not my cup of tea, but it’s a different style and cultural taste so that’s okay. Besides, the United States can’t say much, Sorcerer instead of Philosopher? C’mon. My wife from Chicago is still embarrased over that switch for Book 1.

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“Besides, the United States can’t say much, Sorcerer instead of Philosopher? C’mon. My wife from Chicago is still embarrased over that switch for Book 1.”

Aren’t we all…shakes head

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Hey, Harry isn’t doing wandless magic on the US-cover, he is catching the elder wand.

The german cover is ugly, but when you look at the first book, you’ll see that a lot of country’s have bookcovers just like these. In Germany they just kept the same style as they had in the beginning. unfortunately.

By the way, it wouldn’t be logical for germany to have the US-cover. If anything they should have the UK-cover, because, guess what, harry potter is from the UK. Anyway, I’m dutch, so I’m looking forward to the dutch cover.

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You’re welcome guys! I just had to share those with you once I found them, and the OOTP is my favorite as well. :)

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The most striking thing for me about the German cover art was that our favorite author is listed as Joanne K. Rowling rather than the US familiar J. K. Rowling.

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yukito, I don’t dislike the German cover because it’s not for US/UK. I dislike it because I think it is UGLY! I like quite a few of the other covers, but I can’t stand this one. Why is Voldemort wearing leggings? How can anyone like this?

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I hate that cover. I don’t know why I think it is just “blah”

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Ewwwwwww,thank goodness for Mary GrandPre. And her style has evolved as well—the last 2 are far more beautiful than their predecessors.

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What I like best about the US covers is that they don’t give way plot points. Also, the yellow/Red colors stand out wonderfully on the book shelf. When you see all seven books on the shelf they go from light to dark and light again just like the stories the covers represent.The yellow of DH representing the sun coming out again after Voldy’s death and the doom and gloom of the dementers have gone is so well done. I also have the UK children editions and enjoy them.

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Good point about the spoilers, Will. I personally detest that cover. Harry looks like a freak. And once someone mentioned voldemort’s legs, I finally noticed them and found them absolutely hilarious! In a bad way, of course. Hooray for Mary GrandPre!!!!

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I voted for that one! I still thinks it’s ugly, but the nicest one they had.

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i think it’s okaaaaaaaayyyyy…i mean i like the U.K and U.S versions better…but you know it’s just different…DIFFERENT doesn’t always mean BAD!!...

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Wow, German Harry has green dreads and teeny tiny Mrs. Claus glasses. LOL Interesting,very interesting. :p

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where’s his scar

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“Okay I am looking at it again…why are there two Harry’s? It may bring confusion to some readers.”

It wont, because all the German Covers have Harry in Front of the picture in the background, which is always a scene out of the book. So people over here are used to it.

I voted for that cover as well, so I’m glad they chose that one. The other cover was just way too busy. But I’m still glad that I got all the Bloomsbury versions. In my opinion their covers are way better than the German ones.

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I actually liked the Fiendfyre one because it looked more professional and DIDN’T SPOIL THE ENDING OF THE BOOK.

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Most of the European (not British of course) book covers have always seemed so unexpectedly different to me. I’ve always attributed it to cultural differences. I wonder if it also impacts the book translations.

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Korokoro, if you say that this German cover spoils the ending, how about the US cover? The US cover depicts Voldemort falling back, dead, and Harry is reaching for the Elder Wand. Yet, none of us had any way of knowing what that scene depicted before reading the book. It’s the same with the scene on this German cover. It doesn’t spoil the ending of the book, it just depicts a scene near the ending of the book.

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ok i dont mind the covers that much they are pretty accurate kinda of the scenes in the book, my only issue is…why does voldy look like a giant Praying Mantis? he looks like his leggs are as big as harry is…its rather creepy…i want his pants tho they are hot

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german covers are looking like preschooler-art?

look at the french ones..

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the cover looks ugly.. like it was made in art class or something :S

I bought the UK adult edition.. But I’m waiting to see how the portuguese cover looks like :P

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