Finnish “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Revealed

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Oct 23, 2007

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The Finnish publishers of the Harry Potter novels, Tammi, revealed today the cover art for their edition of the final book in author J. K. Rowling’s series. This edition of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” translated by Jaana Kapari-Jatta, is set for publication on March 7, 2008 and features the cover art from illustrator Mika Launis. You can view this unique art work for the cover right here in our Image Galleries. A note of caution for international readers awaiting translations of the seventh book, this cover contains slight Book Seven spoilers.

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83 Responses to Finnish “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Revealed

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is that a joke?? that is awful!!! horrifying! who are those ugly people

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You can now start bashing this cover like you do every time a Finnish cover art is revealed :)

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Seriously, what is up with the nose for Harry and Hermione?

I did like the touch of having the broken piece of mirror in Harry’s hand with the blue eye, that was cool!

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Why didn’t they make it more consistent by making them hold each thing Dumbledore gave them in the will?

Anyway, the noses! And Hermione’s hair is too dark, tooo dark. She looks like Bellatrix!

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That’s the funniest cover I’ve seen Why are their noises so big? Harrys wand looks like a drumstick

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that is, without doubt, the ugliest cover I have ever seen.

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Hahaha, sorry but they are just as ugly as the other six!

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Whaat the he-What is that? Haha, why are they wearing blue and yellow scarf-things? Or wait, is it lining to their clothes? I don’t-I don’t even know what that is. Do boys over there wear blue eyeshadow, too? Doubtful.

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What the Merlin’s beard with the big noses? Lmfao!

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Oh sweet mother of Jesus! That’s not bad. That’s not bad at all… And I can explain! I can explain why I like this cover! The other six finnish Harry Potters (wich are at my bookshelf right now) are… horrible. Well, the covers, not the insides. ;D

But this… this is actually good. The shading is lovely, kinda fresh. And Harry looks a bit more mature than in the other books. I think Launis finally made a good cover art. But… still it’s good thing there’s no more Potter’s coming. Would be too scary to think what the eight book’s cover would look like. :’D

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I think I found the first cover I don’t like. Why does Harry look like the caricature of a Jewish jazz drummer.

Didn’t know the elder want was a drum stick.

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horrible..if it’s possible worse than the other ones

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So what happens if any of them tell a lie?

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hahahaha…..breath….so….funny. I like it, except for the noises.

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oops, i meant noses not noises.

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Oh for goodness sake, what’s with all the criticism? I love it! Those nutty Finns. They’re great.

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As I was waiting for the image to download (my connection got slow) I was reading the title and seeing the doe and I was going ‘not bad’ then all of a sudden the image stops downloading at the height of Harry’s glasses. It stays there for a couple of seconds, then continues and I just bursted out laughing!

The timing was spot on.

I did like the mirror and the sword’s handle though, which is very Gryffindorish

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Is Hermione wearing make up?? O_O In the quest?? :? WTF?? Finnish covers tend to be that funny!!

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their noses are huge and they are wearing weird ravenclaw/hufflepuff scarves, what’s up with that? and I thought the sword only had rubies and not saphires or blue stones

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The noses are just crazy and what is with the Ron’s hair? What is that poof thing on the top of his head?

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Bloody hell, they probably told one big whopper of a lie and said Dumbledore was straight…

hilarious cover – I want it.

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people!do you even like the book?I think it’s brilliant. outside and inside. Croatia

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I guess that settles it. Snape is Harry’s daddy! He even has his nose! It isn’t to bad! They have the doe, the glass with the eye, so they have a few key aspects, just huge noses…....

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why in every finnish cover do they have huge noses?? is that like the cartoonish norm in finland?

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I really liked the cover … Hermione looks really pretty … I like seeing Snapes patronus in the background … and there are some really good spoiler clues.

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If you have seen all the seven Finnish covers, you will understand the consistency between them.

All the covers have been drawn by the same artist, Mika Launis, who has his personal style. What I really like is that Mr Launis hasn’t changed his style or the appearance of the characters after the image given by the HP films. In many countries, the appearance of the characters (in the book covers) changed after the first film was released.

According to Mr Launis, this 7th cover shows how the trio (Harry, Ron, Hermione) have grown up. Namely, they were also in the cover of the 1st book as children (instead of as adults, like in this cover).

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Hehehe, I like Gryffindor’s sword.

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What’s with all the bashing? I love Launis’s style, and this last one is probably my favourite.

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Well the noses are side splittingly hilarious but I actually like the cover too – it feels likes it drawn through the eyes of peeves! And I like peeves ;)

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While the cover technically isn’t bad, it pales in comparison to all the other covers that have been released. It seems more suited to be one of the other books, not a spetacular going away cover like the 7th should be.

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This just isn’t my style. Hope the Finns like it though.

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Countries will tailor their art to the people of their country. So maybe all the Finns look similar to that in their country? I can’t think of any other explanation, although i almost jumped when i saw it

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I haven’t laughed so hard reading posts in a long time LOL

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I second that, Squibby!

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O…M…G…. What is up with those NOSES?! Wow, the doe and the mirror was a nice touch though! :D But seriously wow huge noses… And blue and yellow? Is the trio Ravenpuff now? lol

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Ahh it’s a unique style, but it’s nice! I like the sword, the doe, and the mirror.

Does anyone know if the Danish cover has been released yet?

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yeah, harry, i notice those noses. what is up with it? it looks like hydrogen ball. i would like to share this with my friends on http://herpesmates.com

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OMG!!! Why are their noses so huge? And why are they so ugly? And what in the world is that thing that “Ron” is holding supposed to be, the deluminator? Something from the Lestrange vault? I had never before seen any of the artwork from any of the other foreign language editions, but from seeing this I’m glad that I haven’t. This is a joke and they should be ashamed! (Although the Finnish people who look at our book covers probably are thinking the same thing LOL!)

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LOL! They look like Pinocchio before he became a real boy.

I like it.

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i agree! i think it’s hideous! oh and by the way, the thing that ron is holding is griffindores sword.

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You nutty Finns! lol (nothing against finnish people. It’s a joke, don’t pounce me!)

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i like that hermione has a flower in her hair…why she has a flower in her hair i don’t know. but it’s pretty!

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okay, so this is the first DH cover art that didn’t take my breath away at first sight. but ya know what, honestly - or i’m just so inlove with Harry Potter - that, in the end, it looks fine. it’s very unique, for sure. something different. i know myself: i could embrace it, definitely. =)

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Er…. what?!? :P They look like some wierd figures from a childrens TV program or something.. :P Lol….

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i like it. apart from the big noses. :)

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I’M REALI UNHAPPY BY FINISHED HARRY POTTER’S ROMANS.BUT HOPEN THAT J.K.ROWLING RITHING OTHER ROMAN EXAMPLE THIS.

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Poor finnish guys…that is really awful! Looks like the cover of a funny fairy tale for babes…Hope the italian is gonna be better!!

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Stop thinking about the noses! I personally think it’s very nice… not one of my favorite but still. It’s art! And it needs to be creative and unique! I like to see all the covers from every country… and all of them are amazing in their own way!!! I’m italian and can’t wait for the italian cover to come out!!!

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The trio looks a bit uhm…. unusual.

But publication date march 7 2008?! That’s along time from now!

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I’m so happy I don’t have to buy that, it would make me cringe every time I see it. Why are they so ugly? Seriously. Was he really the ONLY artist in Finland, my god.

Just to make it clear, I’m FROM Finland, and a lot of people hate the cover(like… a LOT of people) and they have nothing to do with ‘Finnish’ art or people, it’s just some nutty guy who draws those covers. Gosh. But yeah, many people chose to buy the British version.

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how is this a spoiler?

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They have nose like elves….They’re scary…...

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noses

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It is ugly. This is what comes out if a Painter puts his own “grown-up” expressive style to a childrens! book cover. I wouldn’t even let Picasso paint a children’s book cover if he used his usual style! Grown-ups just don’t get it most of the time!!

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Though I am not by any means a fan of Launis’ style in the covers, at least he is technically skilled (though this time Launis has crammed much too much to the cover, it would work better without the doe, the egg(?) and whatever-that-is-in-the-upper-right-corner). Not even the same can be said of the horribly many other Potter covers… With all my Launis-bashing over the years, I’ll take him over Jason Cockcroft anytime! Considering the fame of Harry Potter, I can’t understand why there’s so few decent covers available. Maybe the books sell so well anyway that the publishers just don’t bother to put any effort in the covers?

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Wow with noses like that, I cant imagine how the artist would depict Snape, haha.

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OMG!!!!!!i love it! i didn’t at first, but then i looked through all the covers for the Finnish books. I love the characature of this art!!! it made me smile. 8]

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Harry looks like Pinocchio.

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Really funny.The finnish covers are really cute!

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If you think this one is wierd, look at the Order of the Phoenix cover. Then you’ll freak out.

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Ron looks so stupid

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Roxy, you are right about the cover of the order of the phoenix, that’s disgusting

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Harry’s nose is huge! Even Charles de Gaulle’s wasn’t that big!

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Well, ok, it´s not the prettiest cover, but not the ugliest either. I think it´s quite simple, not too much stuff. Just the trio and couple details. It doesn´t tell too much like some other covers.

And believe it or not, many Finns have actually liked this cover. I think also that this is one of the best finnish covers, for example OotP was quite horrible, really. (And that cover explains why so many Finns tought that Umbridge was too pretty in OotP-movie, you see, she actually looks like a frog in that cover :D )

And about those noses.. They are quite big. But who knows, maybe wizards and witches have bigger noses than muggles..? :) (And besides, don´t look those noses, what about Harry´s hands?!)

Like somebody already said, it´s good that Launis hasn´t changed the look of the characters when HP-movies came. These covers have made for the Harry Potter-books, not for the Harry Potter-movies.

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OK, ignoring the faces and the hands and Ron’s hair… what’s that bit of gold behind Harry’s head? What’s the egg-shape thingy?: maybe a tombstone?- Dobby’s?- but why is it in a pumpkin?? Maybe it’s the Lovegood home?- which might explain the pumpkin. What about the upper right corner- maybe Snape hiding while he guides Harry with his patronus?? Maybe? Maybe not??

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Wow. Harry really is Snape’s son. Just look at that beak.

Geez, I thought the french version set the new lows for art. Apparently, I was wrong.

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Pinokkio???

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If the finnish look like that in real life, i pity them and think we should put them out of my visual misery by raising money for country wide plastic surgery.

honestly, the finnish covers have allways been ick puke ewww.

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LMFAO THE DOE LOOKS LIKE THE LOCHNESS MONSTER

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It’s not too bad. It’s just not so good either. It reminds me of the american cover of goblet of fire.

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Ah, horrible as usual but what is more horrific is the translation. My Gods…Kuoleman varjelukset…that is soo cheesy. Deathly Hallows has real charisma, instead of a cheap knock-off like that.

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One word, EYUCK! Are they kidding? It does look like Harry is Pinnochio. Well, at least it puts our attention away from the Dumbledore issue for a bit.

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Harry bears a remarkable resemblance to Opus the Penguin.

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Monty Python is probably freaking out right now. Oh, that wonderful group of Brits and their unnatural obsession with Finland. How lovely.

The cover is..um..interesting. If I were looking for a book to read based only on the cover art, I wouldn’t pick this one. The noses are nice. cough

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With reference to the blue and yellow scarves…in the Finnish national epic THE KALEVALA, one of the heroes is described as follows: “Kullervo, Kalervo’s offspring, Old man’s son, with blue-dyed stockings, Finest locks of yellow colour…” Runo xxxii; T.F. Kirby translation. Blue and yellow are mentioned many times in the epic. I think it may have influenced JRR Tolkien in his description of Tom Bombadil as well. In any event I would encourage you all to pick up a copy of Kalelvala,Land of the Heroes. The Thomas Forsell Kirby translation (1907) is just so charming.

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Sorry, Correction to the translator’s name… should be WILLIAM Forsell Kirby.

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“Ah, horrible as usual but what is more horrific is the translation. My Gods…Kuoleman varjelukset…that is soo cheesy. Deathly Hallows has real charisma, instead of a cheap knock-off like that.”

I think the translation is quite good, I don´t know what could have been better name?. Of course it´s not as good as the original, and it sounds a bit weird when you have already got used to “Deathly Hallows”, but Kapari-Jatta did something that other translators didn´t do, she invated a new word “varjelus”. Others just translated it straight from “Relics of death” and it just doesn´t work at all. I don´t know if it works in some other language better, but in Finnish it would be horrible. “Relics” (in Finnish reliikit) just sounds ugly word.

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Without going any deeper in Finnish language, I want to point out that Kapari-Jatta (the translator) didn’t invent the Finnish word for ‘hallow’. ‘Varjelus’ (singular) or ‘varjelukset’ (plural) is an old Finnish word which means “something that protects you (against bad)”. The word is mostly used in religious context nowadays. It’s not used in everyday spoken language.

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Well, FinnXY you are right, it isn´t completely new word but like you said, it´s not used in everyday spoken language so I hadn´t even heard it before this. :) Some (quite simple) dictionaries don´t know it, but yeah, it´s not a new word. Sorry. :) But I think it is nice word, sounds very much like potter-word.

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Oh dear, what’s with you people? If I hadn’t known about The Harry Potter Books, I never would’ve picked up the original Philosopher’s Stone.

Take a good look at it before you come complaining about other covers…

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I’m from finland, and got to say, that our version is much more… horrible! Guy who drew this have his own style, ok, that’s great, but I still hate it. I have english version, and I’m happy to have it! :D

Thank you.

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OK, I can’t see why you’re complaining. Mika Launis has his own style and there’s really no need to critisize THAT much. I’ve always seen the covers a bit humorous, and I haven’t taken them so seriously, really..

I’ve got all the British books also, and on the contrary (?) I find the covers a little odd. Nevertheless, I’m not announcing here how awful the covers are.

In my opinion the fifth cover was great. And, finally, about the British cover (7th). I really can’t work this thing out. What event (?) did the cover describe?

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And sorry, I forgot. Someone said that Hermione looked like Bellatrix. Maybe it’s the moment when she’s transforming to Bellatrix.

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