Frontispiece, Deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Copyright 2007 Mary GrandPre.
I am listening to a nice long (spoiler-free) interview of Mary GrandPre, the illustrator of the American editions of the books. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann asks a lot of questions about how the artwork comes about, how much artistic license she has, what she feels is so special about the books, and how she was chosen in the first place. Real Player is required; the show was broadcast July 23rd.
Hopefully GrandPre will be interviewed again when she can talk freely about why she chose the specific design elements for the Deathly Hallows covers.