This morning, Scholastic editor Arthur Levine revealed the special edition cover of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" on TODAY...
The seventh and final book in the series, printed with the traditional cover, will have a record-setting first printing of 12 million copies when it reaches the public on July 21. The special edition book – which has 816 pages compared to 784 pages in the regular edition and costs $65 (suggested retail price) -- will have just 100,000 copies printed. (Why put out a special edition? Apparently there's quite a demand.)
Arthur said the image on the cover is one of his favorite scenes in the book and he specifically asked that it be the image of the deluxe cover. This is how Scholastic describes the scene:
"Set during a highly dramatic sunset, Harry, Hermione, and Ron--clothes in tatters--cling atop a flying dragon in this astonishing artwork created by Mary GrandPré for the deluxe edition. As mist creeps down towering hillsides to a village below, questions arise about where the trio is headed and what has led them to this spellbinding moment."
I have lots of theories about the final book, but none of them involve this scene. How about you? Does this give you any clues as to how the series will end?