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Book Cover: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Language Arts Project

Katharine Gazaleh

on 9 January 2015

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Transcript of Book Cover: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Main color = red
Red can mean "determination"
Harry Potter's character is determined to complete the Dragon Challenge, the scene on the cover. Therefore, the choice of color makes sense.
Illustration gives misleading idea.
The picture shows a dragon; most people would think the story is about dragons. However, dragons are involved in only a certain section of the story.
The "P" in "Potter"
Like the other Harry Potter books' American covers, this "P" has the lightning bolt tail.
The American author and illustrator repeated this with all the books, so obviously this cover trait is successfully hooking.
Lots of characters on cover.
This can be good or bad.
If you want to see a lot of main and non-main characters, this is a positive characteristic.
If you only like to see the main character(s), this is a negative trait.
Illustration gives observers an unclear idea of the story.
There is a mix of settings and characters, which can confuse readers.
There is no one obvious, straight plot element on the cover.
Background is full of blues.
Shows 5 characters: Harry Potter, Fleur Delacour, Viktor Krum, Cedric Diggory, and Professor Albus Dumbledore (headmaster).
Characters are standing around the goblet of fire.
There is only one scene on my cover, and it shows the main idea. It also goes along with the title.
The title is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and my cover shows characters surrounding the goblet of fire. Also, that scene affects the rest of the story.
The "P" in "Potter" is the same as the "P" on the American cover.
It is successful on the original covers, so it should be successful on mine.
Comparing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's Book Covers
Story Written By J.K. Rowling

Presentation By Katharine Gazaleh

Book Cover 1: Original British
Positive Features
Color of the words "Harry Potter" = dark blue
Dark blue can mean "power"
Harry Potter is both a powerful leader of his peers in fighting against villains, and is a leader of magic in general. Again, the decision of color is understandable.
More Positive Features
Negative Features
Book Cover 2: Original American
Positive Features
Positive or Negative
Negative Feature
Book Cover 3:
My Original
Why My Cover is Better
Positive Features
Original British
Original American
Most of us have been taught to not judge a book by its cover. However, that's exactly what I did. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry is chosen to compete in the Triwizard Tournament, which is being held at Hogwarts this year. The British cover gives a misleading idea of the story, while the American cover shows a mix of story elements, giving a preview of the story, but not a clear idea. My cover will show one important detail that goes along with the title.
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More Positive Features
Green background.
Green can stand for "stability", "endurance", and "growth".
Harry Potter continues through the challenges, and grows both physically and mentally; this choice of color is sensible.
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Both published covers do not give one clear, correct idea. Mine does, and is more appealing, too. You want a cover that hooks readers and goes along with the story at the same time, so my cover should be published!
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