Languages: Basque, Catalan,
Danish, Dutch, Estonian,
Finnish, Greek, Hebrew,
Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean,
Norwegian, Polish, Serbian,
Swedish, Turkish. Available from
Multilingual Books, Seattle.
An Improbable Sequel: Harry Potter and the Ivory
Tower. By Stephen Kinzer, The New York Times,
12 May 2001.
Harry Potter at Hit in Other Languages. AP, 9
Harry Potter Around the World
Braille version of 'Harry Potter' weighs in at
13 volumes. By Elizabeth Armstrong. Christian
Science Monitor, 1 July 2003.
My main motivation in putting together this
page has been to promote the study of foreign
languages by Harry Potter fans who "can't get
enough." If you are interested in translations
of Harry Potter books into languages other than
those included here, you should be able to find
information and vendors by searching in
I have not listed audio versions of the books
because the printed versions have much greater
educational value. If the child is too young to
read, it would be preferable for a parent to
read from a book, rather than to hand the child
a tape or CD.
A note on language study: With
few exceptions, schools in the U.S. fail to
teach foreign languages competently, no matter
how many years children sit through the
insufficiently intensive and invariably
overcrowded classes. But you can start them with
Pimsleur tapes or CDs (allow about 4 to 5
months @ 1 hour per day to complete the 90
half-hour lessons in French, Spanish, German,
Italian or Portuguese, and considerably more
time for Japanese or Chinese), then hire a
native-speaking tutor for advanced instruction.
It won't be long before they will be able to
read translations of their favorite books with a
good bilingual dictionary at hand.