Final ‘Harry Potter’ book art released

by W. Andrew Powell

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter fever is gripping the world right now, and it’s really no wonder. It’s one of the most popular series ever written, and this July Potter fans will not only see the latest film, Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix on the big screen, but they’ll also be able to read J.K. Rowling‘s final book in the series: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. To get fans just a bit more riled up, the good news is that you can at least see what the cover looks like.

Released yesterday by Bloomsbury Publishing and Scholastic, fans now have a deeper glimpse into what the final book holds for our young hero.

“The front cover of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features a dramatic sky of oranges and golds. It depicts 17-year-old Harry with arm outstretched, reaching upward. The structures around Harry show evident destruction and in the shadows behind him, we see outlines of other people,” said David Saylor, Scholastic’s Vice President and Creative Director who has designed all seven Harry Potter covers.

“For the first time the cover is a wrap-around. On the back cover spidery hands are outstretched towards Harry. Only when the book is opened does one see a powerful image of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, his glowing red eyes peering out from his hood.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Wide

For any who don’t know, the story centres around the teenage boy named Harry who discovers one day that he is not only a wizard, but that he also had a part to play in the downfall of one of the most evil wizards who ever lived: Lord Voldemort. The series follow’s Harry’s trials and hardships as Lord Voldemort tries to regain his power and destroy “The Boy Who Lived”.

The art was created by illustrator Mary GrandPré, who also designed the previous six U.S. editions.

While the art gives away very few clues about the story, except that an audience seems to be watching Harry reaching for something pivotal (could it be a crowd of Death Eaters?), it’s still a nicely epic looking cover for a series that’s bound to be fondly remembered.

You can pick up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on July 21 at 12:01 AM and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix makes its way to theatres on July 13.

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