Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation


Chapter 13: The Secret Riddle


Chinese (Mainland)
Shénmì de Lǐdé'ěr
神秘 shénmì = 'mysterious'.
de = connecting particle
里德尔 Lǐdé'ěr = 'Riddle'.
The mysterious Riddle
Chinese (Taiwan)
Ruìdǒu de mìmì
瑞斗 Ruìdǒu = 'Riddle'.
de = connecting particle
祕密 mìmì = 'secret'.
The Riddle secret
Ridoru no nazo
リドル Ridoru = 'Riddle'.
no = connecting particle
nazo = 'puzzle, enigma'.
The Riddle puzzle
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Riddle bí ẩn Riddle = 'Riddle'.
bí ẩn (秘隱) = 'secret, covert, veiled, hidden'.
The secret Riddle.

As in the Riddle House (Book 4 Chapter 1), 'riddle' here can have two meanings: a puzzle or riddle, or the name 'Riddle', which was Voldemort's surname at birth.

Since the chapter deals with a person known as 'Riddle', the translators choose the name (里德尔 Lǐdé'ěr / 瑞斗 Ruìdǒu / Riddle).

Interestingly, the Taiwanese and Japanese translators change the order to mean 'The secret of the Riddles' or 'The Riddle secret'.

(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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