My daughter is reading the first Harry Potter book now and is loving it. She has liked books for some time, mind, but I am relieved to see her as engrossed in books as I was as a ten and pre-teen. It did seem for a while there in the 90's especially that children just weren't reading any more, which was worrying. Potter made it a cool thing again.
My hope was that she would read my English copies, but it never really took off. But then last week my mother bought her a Finnish copy and she is hooked. Who knows, she may be inspired to read the originals down the road, though. It is, however, harder than usual to switch, as so many of the names are also translated.
It's the same here in Dutch. Harry Potter is the same, but Hermione is different and since the pronunciation of that is so different from the spelling the kids often haven't a clue as to who I am talking about.
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Well, Snape in the French version is "Rogue", Neville Longbottom becomes "Neville Longdubat", "Mad Eye" had been translated literally to become "Fol Œil", "Hogwarts" is "Poudlard", etc. etc.
I haven't checked the Arabic version, but it must seem horrifying.. given the cultural baggage of the word "magic" and everything related to it, it gives the connotation either of something for little kids, or of something very evil.. unless it comes in the expression "witch girl" which would mean a very very beautiful girl (could be used about places too).. which is a shame, as the Arab speaking region seems to have the lowest rates of reading in the world.. this could have helped..
“We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experience is a narrowing of the imagination.”
I literally think it is a MIRACLE that kids are reading at all. One would think that in light of all the things competing for their attention, such as xbox's, iphones, internet social networks, and other media they are engaging in the ancient art of light bouncing off of paper pages and being received in their eyes then their brains. Whatever gets kids, and adults, into reading I am all for.
He who is satisfied with pure experience and acts in accordance with it, has sufficient truth. The growing child is wise in this sense.