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First Glimpse of the Harry Potter 7 Cover

The Guardian‘s Michelle Pauli has the inside scoop on what HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS will look like from a cover standpoint:

The children’s cover for Bloomsbury in Britain is by Jason Cockroft, who illustrated the previous two books, and features Harry, Ron and Hermione leaping out of a circle of gold, surrounded by treasure. Harry himself looks almost unrecognisably grown-up – although the trademark specs remain – and all the intrepid cloak-clad trio look shocked and have cuts and bruises on their arms. The inside front cover features a stag, while the inside back cover has an illustration of a snake inside a silver orb. The adult edition cover pictures a locket, believed to belong to Slytherin.

Mary Grandpre will once again illustrate the US edition for Scholastic, where the jacket cover “shows Harry, arm outstretched, against a background of red and gold. The cover is a wraparound and, when opened, features an image of Voldemort’s glowing red eyes peering out from beneath his hood.”

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Penguin UK Ventures Into Wiki Territory

The idea seems logical enough, and Penguin UK, in collaboration with De Montfort University, have joined forces to see if the idea can work in practice. What is it? A MILLION PENGUINS, a “wiki-novel,” a book that echoes the principles of Wikipedia. In other words, it is open to anyone to join in, write and edit. None of the words, characters or plot twists will be attributed to any individual and – and this is the element of the project most likely to bruise delicate egos – participants are free to edit, chop and change other writers’ work.

But not to worry, says the Guardian’s Michelle Pauli: there will be moderation of the project by a “core team” of students from De Montfort’s Creative Writing and New Media course to prevent any kind of reversion wars. As for whether the idea will work, even Penguin thinks it may be a shot in the dark. “To be honest, we don’t know exactly what is going to happen or how this will turn out,” says Jeremy Ettinghausen, Penguin’s digital publisher. “We hope people will enter into it in the spirit we intend and leave their egos at the door. It’s not about individual work and individual brilliance – it’s about people working together as a community.”