Report from Harry Potter Translator Conference in France

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Sep 15, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Last week we told you about a special gathering of translators for the Harry Potter novels due to take place in France as part of the UNESCO International Literacy day celebration. Today, there is a marvelous audio report online from the conference that includes interviews with professors and several of the translators of the novels. Notable are comments from the Thai translator and her remarks on the huge impact the Harry Potter novels made on the amount of reading done in her country. Also of interest are thoughts and reflections from those who translate the books in Hebrew, Africaans, the hurdles the Georgian translators faced (where burning of the books was being encouraged), as well as a audio sample of the first Harry Potter book translated in Ancient Greek. Enjoy!

Thanks much to Gili Bar-Hillel!





33 Responses to Report from Harry Potter Translator Conference in France

Avatar ImageGraymayne says: That report was very interesting and made me feel even more proud of Jo than I was before.Avatar Imagelonerwolfygirl says: very coolAvatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: That was a really interesting look into Harry Potter from around the world! Thanks for sharing!Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: That was a really interesting look in Harry Potter around the world! Thanks for sharing!Avatar ImageAleraofRavenclaw says: That was a cool report. I think the Ancient Greek one would be interesting to have even if I couldn't read it.Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Wow that is so cool. I would love to have an HP book in a different language, even if I couldn't understand a bit of if :D. The Ancient Greek one would be pretty much awesome. Avatar ImageLisbry says: It's so great to see further what Harry Potter has done in this world in the form of inspiring reading to kids all around the world. So cool. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Oh good! Now Homer can read HP...Avatar Imagezephy_stephy says: Ancient Greek? That's really amazing. I can only imagine how hard it would be to translate something as monumental as Harry Potter, just imagine the pressure? Kuddos to the translators!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: JK Rowling is just awesome.Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: HP is awesome, now in many,many languages! Avatar Imagehumbert0 says: Alien language one of these days xDAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is just marvelous that so many people around the world have been able to enjoy these books, and we must thank these translators for enabling this through their efforts!Avatar ImageHBPFan says: well done to all translators!!!Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: kind of odd but still incredibleAvatar Imagelisajean65 says: Wow! Totally cool.Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Ancient Greek- that's ambitious!!! This whole thing is really just fascinating to me :)Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: Well i hope that the HP fans apreciate what it takes to translate the books in something other than English. It is a big task.Avatar ImageMikaMaxwell says: That's awful people would encourage burning of any book...unless you need to start a fire in a life-or-death situation ala The Day After Tomorrow :3Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: very intrestingAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: thats cool! :-)Avatar ImageFresca says: This was an interesting article. They need to translate Phoenix Weasely's book into Georgian so it can help dispel the myth that Harry Potter books are "Evil'. How foolish can people be?Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: ancient greek :)Avatar Imagesimos says: Nice!Avatar ImageBowman Wright says: I have never hear of books being burned in my country. There have been some protests, but I've never seen them burning HP. I still remember 2002 (the year when PS first came out) very well. And a little question - is there a way to upload Georgian book covers (in not so big resolution) for book cover gallery?Avatar Imagenox avis says: thats so amazing!thanks to the traslators i can read the latin version:) Avatar Imageccking says: It's great how every single country can enjoy these books !!Avatar Imageccking says: It's great how every single country can enjoy these books !!Avatar Imageccking says: It's great how every single country can enjoy these books !!Avatar Imageccking says: It's great how every single country can enjoy these books !!Avatar Imageccking says: It's great how every single country can enjoy these books !!

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