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Sherbet lemon revisited (Reader Mail)

A reader wrote in about Dumbledore’s favorite sweet turning into a drink. How does he “unstick” two lemonades? Also: how are “sherbet balls” translated?

“P for Prefect!” Molly Weasley gets in on the joke!

In English, “Prefect” and “Percy” both begin with “P.” So how is Fred’s tease treated in languages that don’t use the word “prefect”? In some cases, Molly gets in on the joke.

What’s so interesting about Harry Potter in translation?

A look at what makes the translation of Harry Potter such an interesting phenomenon. Using examples from Hufflepuffs to trolls to the translation of puns, we take a look at what Harry Potter can show us about 80+ language communities around the world!

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