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UNESCO to Celebrate Literacy with International Translators of Harry Potter Novels

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Posted by: sue
September 07, 2009, 07:46 PM

Tomorrow, September 8th, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization will celebrate International Literacy Day with a special gathering of translators of the beloved Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. According to the official release, "translators responsible for some 20 different language versions of the hugely successful Harry Potter book series, which has fired enthusiasm for reading in countless children around the world, will gather at a conference in Paris." TLC reader Max sent us this additional article on the conference that says:

"The conference was initiated by Yuko Matsuoka Harris, Japanese translator and publisher of the Harry Potter series, and convened by the Organizing Committee composed of her and two other Harry Potter translators, Gili Bar-Hillel of Israel and Torstein Bugge-Høverstad of Norway. Harry Potter translators of more than 20 different languages will participate in this conference together with experts on the socio-cultural, linguistic and educational aspects of this phenomenon. These translators will share their personal and professional experiences, which have never been discussed before.

The series of 7 Harry Potter’s books has achieved a historic record of more than 400 million copies sold world-wide and it has kindled enthusiasm and joy of reading in the mind of children as well as of adults. But what is often ignored is the contribution of translators. By virtue of creative translation into many mother tongues, this wonderful story charmed children as well as adults and introduced them into the magical world of Harry Potter. Through the truly creative work of translators and their understanding of cultural and linguistic intricacies, the story of Harry Potter has been spread and appreciated by readers, especially young adults, all over the world."

The piece also says that there will be an exhibition of Harry Potter books jackets in the various languages, all signed by the translators and/or their illustrators, with some 30 different language versions of the series represented. Be sure to check out our extensive collection of book jackets from the various translations of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling here in our galleries.

Wonderful! Thanks so much Diana and Max!

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39 Comments

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539 Points

I love looking at the different covers from different countries.

Posted by Brianna on September 07, 2009, 08:06 PM report to moderator
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Way to go International Literacy Day! UNESCO is the best.

Posted by Blatcher(ROAR) on September 07, 2009, 08:28 PM report to moderator
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that is sooo totally coooooool! i love all the different covers!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on September 07, 2009, 08:30 PM report to moderator
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We ought to thank all of these translators for the many hours of effort and labor they have dedicated to spreading this delightful story to countless people around the world. I hope they have a wonderful time in Paris!

Posted by Kirk on September 07, 2009, 08:35 PM report to moderator
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all of the covers are cool. i bet i can read the spanish edition of the series. HP is the best series in the world. :D

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on September 07, 2009, 09:04 PM report to moderator
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It’s nice that they’re being reconized, and the jacket thing is very cool too.

Posted by friendofblob on September 07, 2009, 09:36 PM report to moderator
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Awesome idea! Tough I hope they don’t invite the Spanish translators, those people are a disgrace is a native Spanish speaker who suffered through HBP’s translation and didn’t read DH’s.

Posted by LadySugarQuill on September 07, 2009, 09:47 PM report to moderator
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Wow, I had no idea asterisks did that…

Posted by LadySugarQuill on September 07, 2009, 09:50 PM report to moderator
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562 Points

Hurray for the translators for bringing the various peoples of the world together around a fantastic series of books. Too bad our governments and politicians can’t be brought together as easily. Check out the Russian books. The seven book set is terrific. The front dust covers are exquisite but the spines, the spines are fabulous. When put in the stand in the correct order, the spines show a panorama of Hogwarts Castle.

Posted by Phoenix1946 on September 07, 2009, 10:39 PM report to moderator
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354 Points

It’s amazing that only seven books can have such a big impact and be popular around the entire world.

Posted by Hermionerules!1844 on September 08, 2009, 01:00 AM report to moderator
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@Hermionerules1844 I totally agree. Hell just one book from her had such a huge impact on many people.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on September 08, 2009, 03:21 AM report to moderator
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4881 Points

I agree on that too!

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on September 08, 2009, 03:47 AM report to moderator
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362 Points

yaa the bast day of the year with the best book in the world yea world

Posted by lexuslovesweasleys on September 08, 2009, 04:37 AM report to moderator
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Very cool! Torstein Bugge-Høverstad did an amazing job with his translation of the books, and though I didn’t like that he translated a lot of names into more understandable Norwegian names, I can’t deny that all names he chose were very good and fitting as well. I had no idea he was part of this! Awesome. :)

Posted by Kissa on September 08, 2009, 04:41 AM report to moderator
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Awesome!
Love the covers!!

Posted by elise on September 08, 2009, 05:32 AM report to moderator
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