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In Part 1 of The Magic of the Harry Potter Covers, I broke down the covers to find things hidden in the art. I'll be doing the same here with covers 4-7, but starting with number 5 the covers are much plainer. It's like the covers are growing up alongside Harry just like the story is. They later covers do not have all of the fun hidden objects, but I think there's definitely some interesting hidden meaning to discuss. It's so exciting!
2. ANOTHER MONSTER
4. Could be another monster, but I think it's Voldemort because the eyes match the ones on the 7th cover.
5. Beauxbaton's carriage
6.*EDIT* Triwizard Cup that was the portkey to the graveyard (Thanks Alex!)
7. Spider and a Blast-Ended Skrewt
8. There's no demeters in GoF, so I'm guessing this is a Boggart
9. Crowd of people to watch the Tounament
10. Sirius, or should I say Snuffles
11. Very impressive looking Goblet of Fire
*Very much in the style of the previous covers. I think there might be even more to find in this one than any other book cover.
1. THERE'S A SNAKE IN THE SMOKE!
2. Sirius at Grimmauld Place or the Department of Mysteries?
3. Who is the shadow?
4. The Department of Mysteries
5. Mad-eye, Tonks, and Remus coming to get Harry at Privet Drive
*There's a dream-like quality in the smokiness of the cover. I also love that it shows us scenes from two (maybe three) places: Harry at the Department of Mysteries (or at least his dreams), the Order coming to get him at Privet Drive, and possibly Sirius standing in a door way. There also seems to be a general theme of doorways.
1. Dark Mark
2. Ron, Hermione, and Ginny
4. The Pensive
*In general, the cover looks very cloudy (kind of like the 5th). Maybe the entire book itself is a Pensive showing us a memory.
1. Voldemort... I added him to the list because for some reason I always thought he was a dementor
2. Broken bits of Hogwarts
3. The crowd standing around watching shows that this is probably the last battle between Harry and Voldemort
4. You can barely see it, but Harry's wearing the pouch Hagrid gave him for his Birthday. The one he used to carry the Snitch, part of Lily's letter, his broken wand, etc.
5. Neither of them are holding a wand, maybe because they're reaching for the Elder Wand after Voldemort was disarmed?
6. Books 1 and 7 are the only ones to use the curtains on the edge of the cover. Maybe they "open at the close"
Do you prefer the art of the earlier covers or the later ones? Did you notice anything I missed?