Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Explore the Harry Potter cover art

NOTE: There are no spoilers here, unless you don’t like examining the dustjacket art too closely.

Here is a fun link I came across recently. It’s a Flash-based* cover art explorer for the U.S. justjacket art by the wonderfully talented Mary Grandpré. Just choose a cover — and this includes several de luxe edition covers I had never seen before — and then move the magnifier around to explore the details close-up. Pretty interesting. That’s a shot of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, zoomed in on Ron and Hermione, above.

And while I’m posting links, the same site offers a pronunciation guide as well, though not a complete one. Wondering how to pronounce some of those character names, incantations, and potions (e.g., Felix Felicis or Rufus Scrimgeour)? Check this guide for the “official” pronunciations — not that this will stop me continuing to use some of my own. :)

* If you don’t have the Adobe Flash Player installed, just follow the link.


  1. Thanks for posting such great HP links, Mr. Fish!

  2. I never knew Scholastic had such cool HP stuff on their web site. Thanks!

    BTW, for pronunciation, I really enjoy the audio books (read by Jim Dale). There's nothing like listening to a Brit read works written by another Brit. I love his accent!

  3. I listened to a few short samples of Jim Dale’s readings — very good!

  4. "What are you talking about? I have the body of a 16 year old girl." (Now here's a WSoPC source/quote!)