On the cover of the US editions of the past six Harry Potter books, the cover art has depicted one creature or character that dies. Here is a list of the US editions of Harry Potter and their cover art.
- The Sorcerer’s Stone: A unicorn is portrayed, which is eventually killed. Harry Potter, and the three-headed dog are also shown.
- The Chamber of Secrets: Dumbledore’s phoenix Fawkes, who is killed and then reborn is shown. The Basilisk is also shown, which is killed in the chamber of secrets.
- Prisoner of Azkaban: Buckbeak is shown, being riden by Harry. Buckbeak was sentenced to death before Sirius Black fled with him on the night of his execution. This is a flaw in the theory, but in the theory’s defense, there were no deaths in the book. Buckbeak was the closest creature to death in the book.
- The Goblet of Fire: All of the participants in the tri-wizard tournament are shown, including Cedric, who is killed after winning the competition.
- The Order of the Phoenix: Sirius Black is pictured on the back of this book, with Harry being featured on the front cover.
- Half-Blood Prince: Dumbledore and Harry are the only ones pictured on the cover, and Dumbledore is later killed.
- Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Harry is the only wizard or creature pictured on the book’s US edition cover art. Is this a coincidence? Or is this a foreshadowing?