Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Chapter Titles in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese


Chapter 10: The Rogue Bludger


(For the romanisation of Chinese and Japanese, see Transliteration. To understand the writing systems of CJV, see Writing Systems. For word order notes, see Word Order)

Where a Vietnamese word has been borrowed from Chinese, the original Chinese character is shown in parentheses.


Chinese (Mainland) 失控的游走球
Shīkòng de yóuzǒu-qiú
失控 shīkòng = 'lose-control'.
de = connecting particle
游走 yóuzǒu = 'rove'.
-qiú = 'ball'. Together, 'roving ball'.
The out-of-control roving-ball
Chinese (Taiwan) 瘋搏格
Fēng bógé
fēng = 'crazy'.
搏格 bógé = 'boge' (bo = 'wrestle, fight') = 'bludger'.
The crazy boge
Japanese 狂ったブラッジャー
Kurutta burajjā
狂った kurutta = 'crazy' (past tense of the verb 狂う kuruu 'to go crazy').
ブラッジャー burajjā = 'bludger'.
The crazy bludger
Vietnamese Trái Bludger tai quái trái = counter used for fruit, shells, projectiles.
Bludger (pronunciation footnote: Blất-giơ).
tai quái = 'artful, crafty, sly'.
The sly bludger

Rogue: 'Rogue' here means 'run-away' or 'out-of-control'. The Vietnamese translation moves away from the English to suggest a sly or cunning Bludger. While not totally accurate, this is reasonably appropriate to describe the behaviour of the Bludger.

Bludger: The Bludger is a kind of ball used in Quidditch. It is used to attack members of the opposing team. The Mainland Chinese version calls the Bludger a 'roving ball', presumably because it roves around the field looking for targets. The Taiwanese version, 搏格 bógé, is mainly phonetic in inspiration with a faint attempt to reflect the nature of the ball ('wrestle, fight'). The Vietnamese uses the English without change.

The Japanese is a straightforward phonetic rendition. But be careful when you try to say this in Japanese. If you don't pronounce the double 'j' properly, you'll end up saying ブラジャー burajā, the Japanese word for 'bra' or 'brassiere'.

(A summary of this chapter can be found at Harry Potter Facts. Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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