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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Chapter 15: Beauxbatons and Durmstrang

 

(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) 布斯巴顿和德姆斯特朗
Bùsībādùn hé Démǔsītèlǎng
布斯巴顿 Bùsībādùn = 'Beauxbatons'.
= 'and'.
德姆斯特朗 Démǔsītèlǎng = 'Durmstrang'
Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
Chinese (Taiwan) 波巴洞與德姆蘭
Bōbādòng yǔ Démǔlán
波巴洞 BōbādòngPōbādòng?) = 'Beauxbatons'.
= 'and' (written).
德姆蘭 Démǔlán = 'Durmstrang'.
Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
Japanese ボーバトンとダームストラング
Bōbaton to Dāmustorangu
ボーバトン Bōbaton = 'Beauxbatons'.
to = 'and'.
ダームストラング Dāmustorangu = 'Durmstrang'.
Beauxbatons and Durmstrang
Vietnamese Trường Beauxbatons và trường Durmstrang trường () = 'school'. Beauxbatons (pronunciation: Bô-ba-tông).
= 'and'.
trường () = 'school'.
Durmstrang (pronunciation: Đơm-xtrang).
Beauxbatons school and Durmstrang school

The European flavour of these names is apparent to an English speaker. Beauxbatons, with the exotic spelling 'beaux', is obviously French. Durmstrang, with its 'ur' and 'str' spelling combinations, is German in feeling, reminiscent of the 'Sturm and Drang' (Storm and Stress) movement in German literature of the 19th century. But while it sounds German, Durmstrang does not seem to be a German school, or at least, not a purely German school. Karkaroff is a Slavic name and Krum is a Bulgarian.

How is this handled in languages, such as Chinese and Japanese, where the Roman alphabet is not used and there is less familiarity with European cultures?

Note: Schools and universities in Vietnam are normally prefixed with trường meaning 'school'.

(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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