WILL Harry Potter die in the final sequel? Well, Scholastic and Bloomsbury today both revealed the covers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! The seventh and final installment in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful “Harry Potter” books series does not hit book stores until July 21st, but TODAY viewers got a sneak peak at the jacket on Wednesday. The colorful cover for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” suggests a confrontation between the teenaged wizard-in-training and his nemesis, Lord Voldemort, but Rowling’s American editor, Arthur A. Levine, refused to shed ANY light on speculation that Harry dies at the end. “It doesn’t look good for Harry,” TODAY host Meredith Vieira commented as the jacket of the book was unveiled publicly for the first time.

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“We’re seeing Harry in a very interesting situation. Readers will find out exactly what the situation is,” said Levine, who admitted he cried as he read the book.”We know that someone’s going to die, right?” Vieira pressed. Levine held his ground, saying only, “We do know that someone’s going to die.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book cover U.S. Edition

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – U.S. Edition (Child)

“The cover jacket depicts Harry Potter on the front, looking skyward with his left palm open and raised above his head. The jacket wraps around to the back, where Lord Voldemort — a dark wizard who is so evil that characters refer to him only as “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named” — glares at Harry menacingly with his thin, bony fingers reaching for the popular protagonist. For British author J.K. Rowling, the final book in the series caps a remarkable run of success that began with the publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997 (retitled “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” in the U.S.). The stories, which led to six movies that have either been released or are in production, have been mostly set in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. American publishers Scholastic announced an initial print run of amazing 12 million copies, together with an advertising campaign, including the staged release of the seven questions most debated by fans. The book will be 608 pages in the British edition and 784 pages in the US edition.

Inside flap (U.S. Edition):

 

Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety, and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him. In this final, seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Adult Edition

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Adult Edition)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows UK Edition (Kid)

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