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If someone showed me this image a year ago, I never would have guessed it had anything to do with Harry Potter. I would've said it was a Christmas decoration; nothing about it strikes me as Harry Potter-related. Even now, after reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I am unsure how it relates to the story. What does this cover art mean?


Possible sources include but are not limited to J.K. Rowling comments, cover artist comments, or examples from the book(s) etc.

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    If you squint a bit and tilt your head to the side just-so, it kind of looks like an evil snitch. – TGnat Aug 9 '16 at 20:34
  • It is surely meant to resemble a Snitch, but yes it's pretty vague considering most book covers for Potter are scenes from the story - even the adult ones are images of items directly from the story. – ThruGog Aug 9 '16 at 20:36
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The wings and nest are those of the Augurey, a creature with which one of the main characters (Delphini Diggory) feels a great affinity, even to the point of using the name as her alter ego and having a tattoo of its wings on the back of her neck.

ALBUS: Thank you. Oh, nice mark.

DELPHI: What?

[DELPHI’s cloak has loosened. An Augurey tattoo is visible on the back of her neck.]

ALBUS: On your back. I hadn’t noticed it before. The wings. Is that what the Muggles call a tattoo?

DELPHI: Oh. Yes. Well, it’s an Augurey.

SCORPIUS: An Augurey?

DELPHI: Haven’t you met them in Care of Magical Creatures? They’re sinister-looking black birds that cry when rain’s coming. Wizards used to believe that the Augurey’s cry foretold death. When I was growing up my guardian kept one in a cage.

and

The Augurey is greenish black. It is intensely shy, nests in bramble and thorn, eats large insects and fairies, flies only in heavy rain, and otherwise remains hidden in its tear-shaped nest. The Augurey has a distinctive low and throbbing cry, which was once believed to foretell death.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The "intriguing winged nest" itself contains a young boy, presumably Harry's son Albus (based on the ginger hair and forlorn expression). The boy is trapped in the nest of the Augurey, as Albus is trapped in Delphini's machinations throughout much the play. The play is also about Albus trying desperately to leave the metaphorical nest of his famous family.

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The overall image is also clearly intended to look like a Golden Snitch.

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  • Definitely thought it was a golden snitch. – apollo Aug 11 '16 at 13:41
  • Is that actually an Augurey’s nest, though? Not particularly tear-shaped. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jan 30 '18 at 22:02
  • @JanusBahsJacquet - It's about as tear-shaped as they could make it and have it look like a snitch – Valorum Jan 30 '18 at 22:19
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I don't know if you've ever played the Lego games but in DHp1 the cursed child symbol pops up a bit and having replayed the levels recently I keep on wonder if it is a hint to something because, if I remember correctly, you first see it in the Peverell brothers level...

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    The "Cursed Child symbol"? Can you provide a screenshot? – Valorum Jan 30 '18 at 20:46

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