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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Chapter 9: The Half-Blood Prince

 

(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) 混血王子
Hùnxuè wángzi
混血 hùnxuè = 'mixed blood, half blood'.
王子 wángzi = 'prince'.
The half-blood prince
Chinese (Taiwan) 混血王子
Hùnxuè wángzi
混血 hùnxuè = 'mixed blood, half blood'.
王子 wángzi = 'prince'.
The half-blood prince
Japanese 謎のプリンス
Nazo no purinsu
nazo = 'riddle, puzzle'.
no = connecting particle
プリンス purinsu = 'prince' (from English).
The enigmatic prince
Vietnamese Hoàng Tử Lai hoàng tử (皇子) = 'prince'.
lai = 'mixed blood, half breed'.
The half-blood prince

Apart from the Japanese, a straightforward translation.

The Japanese translator has obviously struggled with the term 'half-blood'. In the book title and the chapter title she uses 謎のプリンス Nazo no purinsu 'the enigmatic prince' in preference to any reference to 'half-blood'. This is probably because of the difficulty of finding a suitable word for 'half-blood' in the existing vocabulary. Words like 混血 konketsu 'mixed blood' carry unfavourable overtones in Japanese, while the modern word ハーフ hāfu, taken from English, would look odd both for its specific associations with racial mixed blood (often Japanese and non-Japanese mixtures) and its quite contemporary connotations.

However, in the concluding words of the chapter itself, where Harry finds the words 'Half-blood prince' written in his potions textbook, the translator uses 半純血のプリンス han-junketsu no purinsu 'half pure-blood prince'.

For the pun on 'prince', see the title, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

(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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