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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:

Read about the Project in The Rowling Library

The Book that Lives

Harry Potter was first published in 1997, in English in the United Kingdom. In the twenty years that followed, the world has fallen in love with the boy who lived, so it's not a surprise that translations and adaptations of the book began being published shortly after Philosopher's Stone was published. Of the authorized translations and adaptations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone there are eighty-nine, with many of the following six books being translated and adapted as well. Alongside these authorized translations, there are many unauthorized as well. Interestingly, some of these authorized translations and adaptations began as unauthorized editions and translations that were once thought to be authorized are found to not have been at all. These languages of Potter not only allow many others throughout the world to experience Potter in their own language, but also give the story a life of its own. Because of these Potter translations and adaptations, more original cover art exists, each one giving its own little spin on this lovable and time-enduring series. And because of these translations and adaptations, many Potterheads around the World have been able to hear Harry speak in their own voice.

The Boy Who Lived

I chose the name from this project from the title of Chapter 1 of the Philosopher's Stone, The Boy Who Lived--the first paragraph of which I have used for this project.  I love the idea of language paired with life. To me, to give language to something, or in this case many, allows that thing to live in a new context, and I think this idea applies very well to Harry Potter and its many translations and adaptations, whether official or not. Additionally, I love the idea of this book, originally printed in a print run of 5,650 between soft and hardcovers, from an author who was an unknown selling millions and millions of copies worldwide with both becoming legends in their own time.

Below are native and second-language speakers reading the 1st Paragraph of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in their own language(s).

I hope you enjoy listening Potter come alive from all over the world. I know I most certainly have.

The Authorized Languages of Potter:

Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Asturian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, UK English, US English, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino, Finnish, French, West Frisian, Galician, Georgian, German, Low German, Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, Greenlandic (Kalaallisut), Gujarati, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Marathi, Malay, Malayalam, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nepali, Norwegian, Occitan, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Scots, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Valencian, Vietnamese, Welsh

There are also Braille editions for most of these languages

Braille US English

 

Are YOU a native or near-native speaker of one of the languages of Potter? If so, would you like like to a part of my project below? If yes, drop me a line through the Contact Me feature here, OR, find me on Instagram @AllThePrettyBooks

Read about the Project on Languagehat.com

Elfdalian

Translated from the Swedish Philosopher's Stone Translation by Inga-Britt Petersson

 
Elfdalian or Övdalian - Björn Rehnström
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A VERY Endangered Language in Sweden. Click HERE  to Read More About It.

Esperanto - Harrison Tu
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Esperanto

 
Harry Potter Read in Afrikaans
 

Afrikaans

South Africa
Afrikaans - Carron Schneider - Cape Town
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Afrikaans - Jacques - Cape Town
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Afrikaans - American Accent - Harrison Tu
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1st Paragraph, Harry Potter en die Towenaar se Steen

 
Harry Potter Read in Arabic

Arabic

Middle East Areas
Arabic - Iraqi Accent - Omar Jaddoa
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Arabic - Jordanian Accent - Muna Awadalah
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1st Paragraph

Armenian

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, read in Eastern Armenian
 

(Official) Armenian Translation

Armenia

Eastern Armenian - Armine Petrosyan
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1st Paragraph, Հարրի Փոթերը և Փիլիսոփայական քարը (Harri P’vot’yery yev P’ilisop’ayakan k’ary)

Unauthorized Armenian Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosoper's Stone
 

(Unofficial) Armenian Translation

Armenia
Unofficial Eastern Armenian - Annahid Rastakayan
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հարրի փոթթերը եւ փիլիսոփայական քարը (harri pʿotʿtʿerě ew pʿilisopʿayagan kʿarě)

Harry Potter Read in Asturian Bable
 

Asturian

Asturias, Spain
Asturian (Bable) - Pedro Quesada
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read in Azerbaijani
 

Azerbaijani

Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani - Reyhana Nacafova
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To learn more about the Azerbaijani translations of Harry Potter, Click Here

Harry Potter and the Philosoher's Stone read in Basque
 

Basque

Basque Country, Spain
Basque - Sukil Etxenike
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To Read more about Basque, Click Here

Reader: Harrison Tu

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

US English, Braille

 

Catalan

 

Bulgarian

Bulgaria
Bulgarian - martyn
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To learn more about the Bulgarian Translations of Harry Potter, Click Here

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read in Catalan
 

Catalan

Spain, Andorra, Italy
Catalan - Eva León Vivas
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To Learn More about the Catalan Translations of Harry Potter, Click Here

Chinese

 

Traditional Chinese

Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau
Traditional Chinese - Jennifer Tu
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 哈利波特—神秘的魔法石 (Hā lì bō tè—shénmì de mófǎ shí)

To Learn More about the Traditional Chinese Translations of Harry Potter, Click Here

 
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read in Simplified Chinese

Simplified Chinese

China
Simplified Chinese - Jennifer Tu
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 哈利·波特与魔法石 (Hā lì·bō tè yǔ mófǎ shí)

To Learn More about the Simplified Chinese Translations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Click Here

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read in Croatian
 

Croatian

Croatia
Croatian - Franjo Lučić
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Croatian - Lucijana Barišić
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Czech

Czech Republic
Czech - Barbora Kockova
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Danish

Denmark, Greenland
Danish -Denmark - Linda Madsen
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Dutch

Netherlands, Belgium, Flanders, Suriname
Dutch - Marel Zwierink
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Dutch, Haags Accent - @itsabadger
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Dutch, Zeeuws Accent - Lienke @massiveharrypotterfan
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Dutch, American Accent - Harrison Tu
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English

 

Canadian English

Canada
Canadian English - Hamilton Ontario - Felix @UltimateHarryPotterCollector
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UK English

United Kingdom
English -- Yorkshire Accent - Lauren Downie
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English, Luxembourgish Accent - Shankar
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English, French Accent - Romain François
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English, Dutch Accent - @itsabadger
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English, Dutch Accent - Lienke @massiveharrypotterfan
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English - New Zealand Accent - Kaia
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US English

United States of America
English, Texas Accent - Carly Laminack
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English, Chicago Accent - Peter, @ThePotterCollector
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English, Minnesota Accent - Amy Jennings
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1st Paragraph to the Tune of Harry Potter - Peter @ThePotterCollector
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Peter playing with with Accents - Peter @ThePotterCollector
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English, Southern Accent (Kentucky) - Jess @flygirl711
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1st Paragraph, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

English, Long Island, NY Accent - Mel @TheHarryPotterCollection
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read in Faroese
 

Faroese

Faroe Islands
Faroese - Jákup
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To Learn More about the Faroese Translations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Click Here

 

Filipino

Philippines
Filipino - Jestony Umali (@elftonipet)
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Filipino - Dina Cruz
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Filipino Edition

1st Paragraph

 

Finnish

Finland
Finnish - Sirpa Tuomainen
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French

France, Canada, Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, Luxembourg
French, Lorraine Accent - Romain François, Nancy France
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French, Southern Accent - Lisa Gil
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French - American English Accent - Carly Laminack
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French - American English Accent - Harrison Tu
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French, Luxembourgish Accent - Shankar
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Canadian French - Charles @MyPotterBookshelf
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West Frisian

Netherlands (Friesland)
West Frisian, Dutch Accent - Jan Nauta
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Galician (Galego)

Galicia, Spain
Galician (Galego) - Helena Carro
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Georgian

Georgia
Georgian - Luka
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ჰარი პოტერი და ფილოსოფიური ქვა

 
 

German

Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Swizterland
German, Nordrhein-Westfalen Accent - Anna
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German, Hamburg Accent - Jana
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German - Munich - Michelle Kuess
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German, Danish Accent - Linda Madsen
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German, American Accent - Harrison Tu
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German, Luxembourgish Accent - Shankar
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Low German

Low German - @Niccisic (instagram)
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To Learn More about the Low German Translation of Harry Potter, Click Here

Hear Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read in Greenlandic Kalaallisut
 

Greenlandic

Greenland, Denmark
Greelandic, Paragraph 1 - Aron
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Greenlandic (Kalaallisut ), 1st Page - Aron
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Click Here To Learn More about Harry Potter in Greenlandic

To learn more about this language Click Here

Or check out My Video

Greek

 

Ancient Greek

Extinct Language
Ancient Greek - Christos, Syros, Greece
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Modern Greek

Greece
Modern Greek - Xander @ForeverPotterish
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Modern Greek - Christos, Syros, Greece
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Gujarati

India
Gujarati - Rashmi
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Hebrew

Hebrew, from Israel - Lior Caspi
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Hebrew - Hadar Meltzer
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Israel
 

Hindi

India
Hindi - Sam
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Hindi - Akshay Vasant
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Hungarian

Hungary
Hungarian, 1st Paragraph - Veronica Siposs
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Hungarian, 1st Page - Veronica Siposs
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Icelandic

Iceland
Icelandic - Alex Murphy
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Icelandic - tm stuff
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Icelandic - Áróra Ósk Halldórsdóttir
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Indonesian
Indonesia
Indonesian - Evn Radcliffe
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Irish

Ireland
Irish - Elizabeth Delahunty
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Irish (Full 1st Page) - Elizabeth Delahunty
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Irish English (Dublin) - Sinead Moore
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Hear the Italian translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale

Italian

Italy, San Marino, Switzerland
Italian - Sardinia, Italy - Manuela Serreli
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Italian - American Accent - Harrison Tu
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Italian - Florence, Italy - Gianluca
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Japanese

Japan
Japanese, 1st Paragraph - Suzuko Chism
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Japanese, 1st Page - Suzuko Chism
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Classical Latin

Classical Latin - Christophe Tellart-Gogua
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Hear Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read in Luxembourgish

Luxembourgish

Luxembourg
Luxembourgish - Shankar
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Hear Harry Potter read in Macedonian
 

Macedonian

Republic of Macedonia
Macedondian - Emil, Strumica
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Malay

Malaysia
Malay - Bao Hong Yeong
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Malay - Amalina
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Bahasa Malay - Mom
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Malayalam Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Translation
 

Malayalam

India (Kerala)
Malayalam - Alna Neron
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Marathi

India
Marathi - Pratik
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Nepali (Unofficial)

Nepal
Unknown Track - Unknown Artist
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Norwegian

Norway
Norwegian - Jonathan Pool
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Norwegian Nynorsk - Ingrid Undheim
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Occitan

France
Occitan gascon from Bearn (biarnés - Michaël BARRET
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Persian

Iran
Persian, Shirazi Accent - Farhas Hassani
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Polish

Poland

Harry Potter i Kamień Filozoficzny, read by Karolina Zygner (@HpCollectorPl)

Portuguese

 

Brazilian Portuguese

Brazil
Brazilian Portuguese - Nicky Gabriele
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Brazilian Portuguese - Nayara Evelyn Souza Soares
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Brazilian Portuguese - American Accent - Harrison Tu
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Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal

European Portuguese

Portugal
European Portuguese - Miguel Ferreira
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European Portuguese - American Accent - Harrison Tu
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European Portuguese - Brazilian Portuguese Accent - Nayara Evelyn Souza Soares
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Romanian

Romanian, 1st Translation

Romania
Romanian 1st Translation - Felix
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Romanian, 2nd Translation

 
Romania
Romanian, 2nd Translation - Felix
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Russian

 
 

Russian, 1st Translation

Russia
Russian - Ekaterina L. Yudina
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Russian (American-English Accent) - Harrison Tu