The Harry Potter universe is full of brilliant hidden messages and small details that even the most devout and astute fan might’ve missed. After all, with seven books and eight movies in the original series alone, there is an endless amount of content to comb through.
Recently, more than 13 years after the release of the seventh and final Harry Potter novel, one bibliophile noticed some stunning subtle Easter eggs on each of the U.S. versions of the Harry Potter book covers. Like any good Gen Zer, she took to TikTok to share her findings with her fellow Potterheads.
According to Julie Rose, aka juliethebibliophile on TikTok, all of the original Harry Potter book covers in the U.S. depict at least one person or creature who dies in the book.
“My favorite Harry Potter fun fact!” Rose wrote.
Rose then presents her evidence. First she starts with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” On that cover, she notes, you have “the unicorn that is killed by Voldemort.”
Next in the series is “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” On this cover is the Basilisk “that is killed by Harry.”
The third book in the series is “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Rose admits that this cover is “a bit of a stretch,” but featured prominently on this book’s cover is Buckbeak, who was sentenced to death and saved by Harry, Hermione and the Time-Turner.
The fourth book in the series is “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Standing right next to Harry Potter on this cover is Cedric Diggory, who is killed by Voldemort during a Triwizard Tournament challenge gone awry.
The fifth book in the series is “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” Harry Potter is the only person on the front of this cover (and of course, he doesn’t die), but on the back of the cover, you have Sirius Black, who is killed by his cousin Bellatrix.
On the cover of the penultimate book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Harry Potter stands next to Dumbledore, who sadly dies.
Finally, there is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” This cover has Harry Potter on the front and Voldemort on the back, and as Rose points out, “we already knew it was going to be one of those two!”
As someone who’s read the Harry Potter books more times than she cares to admit, I was shocked to have never realized this before. It’s possible that J.K. Rowling didn’t do this on purpose, but seeing as she seems to put thought into literally everything, it wouldn’t be surprising if she did it intentionally.
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