French “Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Revealed

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Sep 20, 2007

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More news comes today concerning the French edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows we’ve been telling you about in recent weeks. A short time ago, French publishers Gallimard revealed the long awaited cover art for their edition of the seventh book in J. K. Rowling’s series. You can view this most awesome cover art by artist Jean-Claude Götting in our Image Galleries by clicking here.

This edition is scheduled to hit bookshelves October 26th.

Thanks to UHP for the heads up!





66 Responses to French “Deathly Hallows” Cover Art Revealed

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Very beautiful!!!!! I love…

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yay! i love it! i hope the trens. comes soon! my new french frind fron france still has not read it and its killing me!!!

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Yeah, amazing cover, so poetic !

For the first time I’m proud of our cover !

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I’ve never been a big of the french covers and this didn’t really change my feelings. It’s a bit to boring, i think! God, i really wan’t to see the swedish cover now, because they are the most beautiful hp covers without a doubt <3

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You wanted non-spoiling mystery? You got it. This cover doesn’t say absolutely anything at all about the plot. The title, maybe a little bit. But the cover’s background doesn’t really spoil anything. All it says is he’s not at Hogwarts.

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Very classy….clean, elegant, tasteful. French, in a word. The Germans should go over and take art lessons from the French.

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It’s by far my all-time favourite cover for a HP book! So symbolic, so poetic, so ARTISTIC! I mean, look at the sky and the water crashing against the cliff! It’s almost a Cézanne! lol

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Oh my goodness, I love it. It’s so simplistic, so…just perfect.

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You’ve gotta be kidding me right? Are we looking at the same cover? Sad.

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Oh, I really like it! it’s quite simple but very cool! And I think it’s something poetic. Really, really good. Now I’m just waiting for the italian cover, hoping it will not be too terrible.

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Sadness and determination

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Wow.. it’s so elegant and full of emotions! The illustrator did a good job!

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Would it be OK if I said it’s awful? I can’t believe you people actually like it.

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Wow, I like it. I agree with Roger, the German artist should take lessons from the french!!!lol.

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At first I thought- that looks pathetic, but it’s REALLY growing on me. The simpleness and emotion conveyed in the cover is beautiful

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As an Art Major, I find the emotional message being conveyed is quite powerful.

Though, I do find the overall presentation of such to be lacking.

In my opinion, it looks as though it was drawn by an elementary student…

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Better than the German and Dutch art, at least…..It’s not spectacular but at least it’s simple and to the point, instead of the crazy Photoshop-esque business of some of the other international covers.

US cover remains to be my favorite DH cover.

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Unbelievably boring. I am not looking for something overwhelming with stuff (like the UK kids version, which I did actually like). But this is just weak and uninspired. I would agree with a previous comment—it is typical French.

As poor as it is, I would also agree that the German artist could use a few lessons from the French artist.

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Veritaserum has the Ukrainian covers and boy, do they look lovely! They look just like the trio, and if you look at the other covers from that country, they also look like Dan but more age appropriate, like they used a younger Dan from the movie images for the fourth book when he was still 14. Kind of hard to explain, as i looked at those earlier today. Anyways, i don’t like the french drawings either. I like that style of painting but not for HP.

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Horrible..like the other 6

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i like the french covers, the ootp cover is my desktop…but this one not so much.

personally i like the italian and japanese art best. if there are posters around of it i so want. also the swedish cover of GOF creeps me the hell out, it’s awesome.

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This cover is nice, but does not evoke a powerful urge to read the book. It does not make it look very exciting.

But WOW, I just read Felicia’s comment and went to look at the Swedish covers. I am blown away by them! They are incredible! How have I not seen them before! I seriously think they are almost as good as Mary Grandpre and better than the British editions.

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Every time I see a cover from another country, I am happier that the US covers were done by Mary Grandpre. Her covers are sublime. This French cover isn’t the worst of the lot, but it lacks the emotion it’s trying to convey. It looks like the illustrations for “Time Warp Trio”

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Hmph. Well, it’s pretty boring isn’t it? I know it’s an emotional part of the book, but there are a million other moments in the story that are just as emotional and a lot more interesting.

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Well, it’s not really my favorite, but its certainly not as bad as some people are saying, I think. I like it, its just not really that exciting.

I did look at the Swedish ones. They’re pretty cool, but they’re not really my favorites, either. I actually like Mary Granpre’s covers, but that style is one that I like anyway in other art, too.

Some covers that I DON’T like are the Adult versions, BLACH! Definitely not my preference.

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okay, if you can’t illustrate for the cover of such an exciting book…you need to find another career. It’s nice knowing that even the artists who suck can still get a job, they just have to draw for the French. But it seems the French actually like it, and that’s who it’s for. Me, I never thought I’d say I prefer having Grandpre, but today is that day. Compared to this “artist” Grandpre is sublime.

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It’s quite ok,very symbolic,represents kind of a turning point for Harry in the book.But I’m a little sad when I see all these pubilishing dates for translations,I’m from Serbia and we still don’t know when our translation is going to come out,we have some problems with the pubilshers,but the fans are determined and lead a great battle for the translation.The HP uprising in Serbia!

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HO HUM

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I like the simplicity of it, though I do prefer the US and Uk covers. Speaking of covers, though, Veritaserum posted the Ukranian cover for Deathly Hallows- it is absolutely stunning! (even though they changed the hair colors a bit, lol) Go check it out!!

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SPOILER KIND OF! The only way you would know what the cover is of is if you have already read the 7th book. I think it’s of Harry after he buried our little “FREEE!” dude.

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Nice cover, but USA cover is still the best…profound, illuminating and mysterious!

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For the defence of the french cover, the illustrator and the publishers did choose a very different cover (with no action) on purpose. I think the idea is great and the result is good but the graphic style of the illustrator is not my favorite. As far as I like our french cover my favorite is the UK Young Edition (the color, the look of the trio, it’s very dynamic).

I think the US cover is good but spoil too much of the book and mislead the reader (who at first understood it was the Great Hall on this cover ?). Same with the chapters pictures, they are not so good, there is fan art on the net way more beautiful and closer to the books.

For the Ukrainian cover, they are the worst, far too more elements and those horible portraits of the trio trying to look like the actors. It’s awful. It’s everything except an artistic vision.

The Sweden covers are indeed great (OOTP is amazing) but sometimes the faces of the trio look too realistic contrary to the background or other elements (GOF for example where the faces are spooky).

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RemiPau: Actually I feel the US cover spoils nothing, outside Harry fighting Voldemort which was inevitable. When you look at it after reading the book you realize it is the moment of Voldemort’s defeat, but without reading the book it just looks like a duel.

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I don’ know, it’s alright but not real exciting and where is harry is supposed to be at in the picture?

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wow. I looked at that cover art and thought “Wow. I want to read this book.”

and then realized I had. twice. lol.

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you know, i’ve never been a fan of the french covers, but this one is definatley the best of all of them… interesting scene to do as well.

Can’t wait for this thing to hit shelves! I need a more familiar french book in my already limited library.

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No thanks

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As someone who very frequently buys books because of the cover art (although any Harry Potter books could have been covered in a paper bag and I would have still coughed up the dough to buy them…) this cover does not lend itself to any “I’m dying to see what’s inside…” feelings. The cover needs to inspire one to take a look inside. This doesn’t do the trick for me…to each their own.

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i just melted. lump in my throat

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It’s quite a nice cover, certainly the moment it illustrates is very moving. Out of all the foreign language covers, I like the Dutch ones the best.

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Oh I like it! Very nice =)

I thought that they weren’t using reliques? I’m sure I remember reading in the comments somewhere that someone was glad they weren’t using reliques because it was too religious sounding, I remember that comment because I thought it was odd as hallows is also religious sounding!

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The first thing I thought when I saw the French Cover was, poor Dobby. I wonder what those who haven’t read it think, but then they wouldn’t be visiting this website, would they?

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I actually didn’t like it at first… I thought it was too simple, but then I started to like it and now I absolutely love it. It’s so beautiful. I love the colors he uses. Looks good to me

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I think this picture is lovely, and the artist chose probably the biggest turning point in Harry’s life; his transition from aggressive child to thoughtful adult.

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It’s a little too simple. Don’t know if it would ever catch my eye in a bookstore. As for the Ukranian cover..ridiculously bad. It’s HARRY POTTER and the Deathly Hallows, not DANIEL RADCLIFFE/RUPERT GRINT/EMMA WATSON and the Deathly Hallows.

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Everybody has an opinion but I don’t like to see comments like “it’s typically french because it’s boring” or other rubbish… That’s really stupid. You like it or not, period. I personnally do, I think it’s beautiful… but I still prefer the US one.

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I don’t get it. How is that the DH?

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Veritaserum has the full version of the cover. On the back you can see the trio standing around Dobby’s grave.

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Wow! It’s so artistic… so simplistic… so… so boring.

I thought the ukranian cover was too crowded, but this is to much of nothing.

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I must say as a whole picture the french edition is quite interesting. It is very static however and just the front picure, he one that catches the eye in the show is not very catching, but dull and it would be lost among other books on the display.

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To those who insult french art, and french pple in general: MARY GRANDPRE IS FREEEEEEENCH!

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Why is it so blah? It has nothing to do with the plot. Vey bad cover.

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here is ALL the cover. http://www.poudlard.org/galeries/displayimage.php?pos=-3196

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Has nothing to do with the plot?!Have you read the book?It’s a turning point in Harry’s life,it’s happening after Dobby’s funeral!

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Hm. Well, I’m a little surprised people like it. It looks so boring to me, the colours are so dead and lifeless, and don’t convey any of the hope of the story at all. My first thought is that it was hideous, now I just think it is boring. But I guess what matters is that French readers like it, because they’re the ones who will have to have that cover on their shelves.

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Dont like it as well as the cover in the U.S! Actually I think it is just too plane for HP! Does not show the action

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eh its ok…. not my fave…

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I really love it ! I’m not a big fan of Götting, but for this one… It’s very simple, and so much relevant of what Harry will be facing.

French covers aren’t boring, they just illustrate the “psychological” side of Harry. And to those who don’t like it, you should see the full picture (http://www.gazette-du-sorcier.com/La-Couverture-d-Harry-Potter-et,925) : maybe it won’t change your point, but I thought you ought to know.

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its quite a nice cover, its good because it doesn’t give anything away, but i think the best of all the deathly hallows cover’s has got to be the uk’s one!!! its just amazing!!!!!!!! :)

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At first I didn’t like it that much, I though it was sort of boring and didn’t capture the intensity of the action in the book. But the more I look at it, the more I really like it. It captures the emotional intensity of the book very well. It is very beautiful but has a real tragic and dramatic look to it at the same time. Even though it is pretty simple, by just looking at it someone would be able to tell that this isn’t any child’s Harry Potter book, it’s a dramatic, emotional, and moving story.

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I used to think our french covers sucked… but I now think this is the best DH cover ever: it’s the only one that express the fate of Harry, his feelings, the atmosphere of much of the book.. take the british cover: Gringott’s vault is such a small part of the whole story.. whereas the french cover expresses how difficult it is for HP to go on in his journey, his loneliness, but also his great determination… (everybody will now think that french can’t stop bragging… and that’s true! lol)

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In a word, yuck. Our fan art on TLC surpasses it at every level. Is this a joke?

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I definitely agree that the US cover for DH was misleading—I didn’t get the whole stadium thing for ages.

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Sorry, these are probably too many comments—but I had to follow up that I like it better the more I look at it!

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It’s not bad but… I find it dull. And the drawing doesn’t seem to match the fonts, and they use 3 different fonts, which don’t quite match each other either. I expected more from France.

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