Well well seems that the veil is slowly being lifted on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What promises to be one of the mega hyped publishing release dates of the century now has cover art for the books. Both Scholastic and Bloomsbury released the covers for all to see. Bloomsbury has two versions for their British books, one for the kids and one for the adults. The American version, released by Scholastic, features wraparound artwork by illustrator Mary GrandPr?.
The Bloomsbury children’s cover, drawn by Jason Cockcroft, depicts the fictional boy wizard and his friends Ron and Hermione in their cloaks, looking shocked and surrounded by what seems to be a magnificent treasure. The Bloomsbury editions will sell in Britain and elsewhere outside the United States.
The adult version of the Bloomsbury book cover is a photograph of a silver pendant inlaid with a snake-like green S, which could be a reference to a locket discovered by Harry and linked to his nemesis Voldemort.
Scholastic’s U.S. edition was created by Mary GrandPr?, the acclaimed illustrator of all six previous U.S. editions of the Harry Potter books.
“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 on the company’s Web site.
The books hit store shelves on July 21. Get ready for the ground swell. The deafening buzz will be almost too much to handle once Memorial Day goes away. And though we won’t be dressed up, we’ll more than likely be there at midnight blogging and buying a book.
Cover art after the jump.