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I wonder if in the Japanese edition Hermione has black hair.
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Not in the one I read, no. It was scrupulously faithful to the original in all respects that I could see.

The translator deserves a medal for her work. Its seriously amazing on every level: take Expecto Patronum.

1) We know at a glance its supposed to be fake Latin or fake Greek.
2) We can look at the word roots and get a rough idea of what it must mean.
3) We automatically associate fake Latin with old, mystic stuff.

Now here's what Expecto Patronum looks like to Japanese people: "#$"#$&!$!%!#$. Not quite easy to understand. But the translator managed to render it such that:

1) It looked like fake classical Chinese.
2) Literate people can look at the characters and get a rough idea of what it must mean. (I have a poor memory for fake classical Chinese but off the top of my head I think she picked "Summon Protector Spirit".)
3) Fake classical Chinese is old, mystic stuff.
4) And it came with a Japanese written subtitle (I won't bore you but the language can do this) that said Expecto Patronum because everyone who is not a seven year old in a town with 1 American per 15,000 people understands that Harry is not *really* speaking fake classical Chinese and it is important that they get the *authentic* British fake Latin spellcasting experience.
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