Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation


Chapter 32: Out of the Fire


Simplified Chinese (China)
Cóng huǒ-zhōng guī-lái
cóng = 'from'.
huǒ = 'fire'.
zhōng = 'in'.
归来 guī-lái = 'come back'.
Back from the fire
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
Huǒyán-zhōng de wēijī
火焰 huǒyàn = 'flames'.
zhōng = 'in'.
de = connecting particle
危機 wēijī = 'crisis'.
Crisis amid the flames
Honō no naka kara
honō = 'flames'.
no = connecting particle
naka = 'inside'.
から kara = 'from'.
From inside the flames
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Thoát lửa thoát () = 'to deliver oneself, to free oneself, to shake off'.
lửa = 'fire'.
Free of the fire

'Out of the fire' literally refers to the way that Umbridge pulled Harry out of the fire as he was trying to communicate with Sirius. Figuratively, it refers to the way in which Hermione helps Harry out of this hot spot with Umbridge.

The Chinese translation is relatively literal but doesn't quite fit either of these meanings.

The Taiwanese version tries to make the meaning more intelligible ('Crisis in the flames').

The Japanese is quite literal but leaves the meaning at its most vague.

The Vietnamese interprets the expression as meaning 'getting free of the fire' or 'delivering oneself from the fire'.

(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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