Swedish “Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Released

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Oct 17, 2007

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More news about the translated editions of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” comes to us today from Sweden, where the cover art for the seventh book has been revealed. This most interesting cover can be seen right here. According to the publishers website, the Swedish edition of “Deathly Hallows” will have 784 pages and be published on November 21st.

Many thanks to Dean and the Swedish Rowling Fanclub for the heads up!





57 Responses to Swedish “Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Released

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I’m not sure if ‘most interesting’ suits it. It’s a bit non-commital in content.

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This one of the best covers, all countries and all books included, that I’ve ever seen !

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Hmm… I like it but I don’t really see any major references to the book. Is that Harry in Limbo?

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Noz: But why? I personally like the UK and US Kid Versions. However one gripe with the UK is that Hermione is still in her dress, which is incorrect, she changed at Grimmauld Place.

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cool. way better than the german cover- ewww.

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But I don’t get it.. which part of the book is this again????

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As usual, the Swedes don’t disappoint. Cool!

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It’s not from any particular part of the book… I thnk it’s beautiful.

And hey, coming from a Finnish person that’s A LOT! (we can’t stand each other, at least some people don’t).

Why do we have the crappiest covers. Sigh. I’m glad I don’t have to buy them…

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It’s quite a beautiful cover, but I haven’t the slightest idea what those blue shapes swirling around Harry are supposed to be or what part of the book they’re from. It’s kind of like the US cover: beautiful but inaccurate.

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Love it. Better than the french version. This i think shows Harry on his deathwalk. All alone, just illustrates that this is Harry’s story.

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Hmmm, I like the cover and I think it’s the picture of Harry that comes nearest my imagination. But like some others I can’t really identify the swirling figures.

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to be honest, i love our covers the most, even more than the british=) ( i’m swedish by the way)

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I think it’s beautiful. And I actually like that it isn’t from any particular part of the book, but it shows what’s really going on.. or something. Can’t really explain it.

Yeah, I’m Swedish and I love our cover arts, but I buy the Swedish books just because of the cover, haha. _

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I really enjoy this cover. Others have said they can’t place where this scene takes place in the book. Which makes sense, since this cover is symbolic of Harry’s journey. He’s surrounded by death: the grim reaper, visions of demons, dragons, etc. Even the Deathly Hallows symbol is at the bottom of the swirling circle. For me, it captures the whole point of Book 7: Harry is constantly surrounded by death. It reminds me of his dilemma of whether to search for the hallows or the horcruxes. The cover is perfect, this book is Harry’s story, his struggle with seemingly insurmountable odds, a quest with death constantly around him.

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Naria said: >It’s kind of like the US cover: beautiful but inaccurate.

Er, what are you talking about, Naria? The only thing I’ve noticed that’s inaccurate about the US cover is that Harry’s not holding Draco’s wand. Other than that, I don’t see any problems. Care to enlighten me?

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So, it’s pretty cool but I dont know what it represents.

With how busy I am, I look at this cover and remember how good Deathly Hallows was. I think I’ll go read it now.

The cover isn’t that bad, though. I thought the french and german ones were worse :x

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Wow! It is really cool! <3

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Droideka – I found your explanation of the cover art to be perfect! There is so much symbolism and such a feeling of desolation. I love it!

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i think those things around him are supposed to be the spell crabbe cast in the room of requirement. That’s just my take on what it looks like,anyone else think that’s what it is? Why can’t they make hermione look like my crush,idol,inspiration,favourite actress,and the woman whom i love to marry on the one deathly hallows cover where it looks like dan and rupert?

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However one gripe with the UK is that Hermione is still in her dress, which is incorrect, she changed at Grimmauld Place.

Not incorrect. Hermione Bellatrix’s robes on the UK cover, hence her clothes looking a bit big.

Naria The UK cover is picture perfect accurate. I have no idea how it isn’t.

As for this one- pretty picture, but I think it has nothing to do with the book. Meh.

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I like it! It’s one of the few foreign editions that I actually like (the Ukranian one is cool, too, but it’s a bit busy). It’s very simplistic, and the colors are great. I like how they hid the Sign of the Deathly Hallows in there at the bottom. Still not too sure on what it depicts, but it looks great!

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i just told you what it depicts,and what that is around harry.

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That is a BEAUTIFUL cover. Holy crap.

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I think it’s lovely, really beautiful. All the Swedish covers I’ve seen are favourites of mine. I don’t recognize any particular part from the book in this, but if I saw this in a bookstore I’d be tempted to buy it just because of the cover art – as I don’t speak any Swedish. I love covers you can stare at while you’re taking a pause from reading the book, and this one’s great for that – you can just keep looking at the shapes floating around Harry and examine their faces… and I think the image just really fits the book. <3.

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Kelly: When did Hermione have Bellatrix’s robes? I can’t remember.

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I like it too. Much much better than German one. And – I dread to say it – even better than the Dutch one.

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It’s reminiscent of Pauline Baynes… who is still around :)

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It’s beautiful!

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Wow. It’s lovely.

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I like it. Kinda sybolic for the whole of harry’s journey. Lots of people have said they prefer the US and UK cover versions better, but I prefer this one to the UK one. I think it’s because Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the cover are different from in my imagination, god, that sounds so stupid, but it just is. :D

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Just as good as the US cover and the Ukrainian cover. I like Harry in this one! But the US DH Harry was PERFECT!

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Aw it’s beautiful. Certainly one of my favourite covers. I absolutely love seeing all the different covers from different countries! It’s great how artists all have amazingly different interpretations of the book.

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I’M SO PROUD TO BE SWEDISH! Tapia is amazing and I love him so much. But it’s not my favorite of the swedish covers because Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-blood Prince are just so amazing. Anyway, amazing cover and i’m not just saying this because im from swe but the swedish covers are really in my opinion the best :’)

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Oh- and even though I prefer this one to the UK cover, I deffinetly like it better than the ukrainian (too complecated), french (too, i dunno, weird) and the german, (The german one just gives away the whole thing doesn’t it? And what is up with harry’s glasses?) The dutch one is nice, but this is my current fave, and the US one.

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loved it _

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Wow! Wooooow! I’m from Norway (the country next to Sweden) and I’m sooo jallous right now!!! This cover is just perfect, it’s spot on when it comes to the emotions you experience while reading DH !!(at least for me.) LOVE IT! While the Norwegian publisher is like “lets save some money, lets go for the US cover, like we allways do!”, the Swedish publisher cares about their readers and give them the PERFECT cover..! Not fear..! And not to offend anyone, but I don’t like the US cover AT ALL..

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Jason When she was polyjuiced as Bellatrix for the Gringotts break-in, which is what the cover depicts.

Kristy I actually don’t like the UK one either. I think it looks a bit cheesy and not very classy.

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Swedish covers are my favourites!

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I say the US (not UK) cover is inaccurate, for the Great Hall is not circular, nor are the walls lined with archways for doors. Harry also ought to be holding at least one wand. But the cover is beautiful and captures the emotion of the scene, so it’s no big deal. (I’m American, by the way, so I’m not saying this because I have some cultural prejudice or anything)

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it’s very magical and mysterious, i like it :)

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Too creepy for my taste but I think that Droideka is right on the mark!

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WOOOOOOAAAAH that’s the best one i’ve seen next to the danish , uk, and us ones…

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The American one happens to be the best. It captures that line in DH about,”Harry with the uneerring skill of the seeker caught the wand in his hand” line. That was the moment he triumphed. And when I go back and think it’s weird cause I knew he would win when I see that cover back in March. It made me cry, cause i knew somehow it was the moment good won.

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It is beautiful. But the only problem is that it kind of gives away the ending of the book. And it does not fit the story well. I love the US cover. That fit the book nicely.

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hrum. i like this one…. but i still think the US one is the best~~~~

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incredible. beaufitul. haunting—i love it.

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I like this artwork. It looks great. I wish we(Germany) had somthing like this. At least the german Deathly Hallows will be published a month earlier. Cool artwork.

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In a sense, the US one matches the US one for Sorcerer’s Stone – the Seeker makes the biggest, most important catch of all.

Of course, I would NOT be surprised to hear that Tom Riddle was NEVER on the Quidditch team at school.

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Well, it doesn’t really matter if the cover has any explicit references to the story or not, does it? I mean, the artist is free to express his own impression of the book, and if he is a good artist he’ll manage to do that i a way that evokes the imagination and/or the emotions of the viewer.

I love this cover, and I think that the absolutely best part of it is the expression on Harrys face. Just look at it and let your imagination do the rest. It really grips me. It says more than is possible to verbalize. I think the artist has worked very hard on that. The colours are perfectly chosen too.

There’s so many different emotions embedded in this picture. It’s a very “sad” cover, and dark, but also very warm. It’s just like the book, in other words.

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I like it, too, but why are all the characters on the left side of the circle (I take that to be Kreacher, and Dobby and a Death Eater) grinning fiendishly?

It is a perfect depiction of the essence of the book, I think.

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I like it. I expeciala like the was harry is drawn. His face and his hair up i realy like.

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The fans over here in Sweden have been waiting for this a long time! Even though I’ve read Deathly Hallows in English already I can’t wait for the Swedish edition to be published… it’s special, since I started reading the books in Swedish in the first place…

In the Swedish fandom there are many different opinions about the cover. Some love it, some loath it, and some just think it’s okey. I love it! I totally agree with Droideka’s interpretation, and I think that the cover shows Harry walking towards his death in The Forest Again, and that’s the most common theory around the Swedish discussion boards right now, I would say. My friend Anna had another theory though. She thinks that the cover shows Harry reading Voldemort’s mind.

Although this is a wonderful cover, it’s not the best one that Alvaro Tapia has done… Check out the other Swedish cover, they’re all great.

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beellitrix: HOW does the Swedish cover give the ending away…?

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Yeah, agreeing with Hanna. :) And do check out the swedish covers. The fifth one is just… Wow.

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Hmm, I agree that it’s beautiful, but I don’t quite like the colouring… They somehow contradict with each other, the blue and orange…

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to add to that Naria, i dont remember ever being told that the great hall is an amphitheatre either, or that it has curtains as doors, or that there are wood columns anywhere to be cut in half as a result of spells being cast or that harry can do wandless magic. the cover is nice all the same, it gets the point across, doesnt have to be dead on anyway. this one is amazing, cause it sums up everything pretty good. love it:)

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Well it shows a lot of feeling I think but I don’t understand what part of the book it is supposed to be on.

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