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Monday, June 21, 2021

Continuing adventures at l'école des sorciers

I just wanted to note that I have continued to plug along in Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers, and I'm almost halfway through now. Harry has finally arrived at Poudlard, and met Ron and Hermione and Malefoy -- whose name is so much more sinister in French, as is the French equivalent of Slytherin, Serpentard.

I have been charmed to discover that a wand in French is une baguette magique. (And yes, I do occasionally picture the young wizards waving loaves of bread, which are their own kind of magic.) 

Here is Ron's rat Scabbers, um, Croûtard, making the acquaintance of Malefoy's sidekick, Goyle:

Croûtard le rat était suspendu à un doigt de Goyle, ses dents pointues profondément plantées dans une phalange. Crabbe et Malefoy reculèrent d'un pas tandis que Goyle, toujours hurlant, agitait la main en tous sens pour essayer de se débarrasser de Croûtard. Le rat finit par lâcher prise et fut projeté contre la fenêtre.

Even a rat bite sounds better in French! Ses dents pointues profondément plantées...

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