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The details around the Japanese language are murky, to but things lightly. There is debate as to whether Japanese is an Isolate, is a part of the Japonic language family, or somewhere in between. What we do know is that Japanese is spoken by more than 127 million people world-wide and that the language has been around (spoken and written) for quite some time, with the first known Japanese writing dating to around the 8th century CE. 

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There are many editions of the Japanese Harry Potter books. Below are two, however, I have many others and will be adding them as my time permits. 

20th Anniversary Edition of the Japanese Translation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石

Like many other translations by this point, there are House Editions available - they are lovely.! I love the green color they used for Slytherin. While I don't own the other 3, I am sure they're produced just as nicely.


ISBN: 9784863894631

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ISBN: 9784863895201


ISBN: 9784863895218


ISBN: 9784863895225


Beginning in late 2019, Say-zan-sha Publications LTD. published the 1st 3 Japanese translations featuring wonderful, new cover art. These books are hardcover and all 7 have now been released. I have all but book 7 at this time and will add the rest as time permits.

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