University of Calgary

Learning languages from Harry Potter

Nov. 21, 2011

On Nov. 25, the University of Calgary's Language Research Centre will launch a one-of-a-kind online collection of audio readings from all 70 translations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The multilingual collection of readings was created as a resource for students and teachers of language, but is expected to appeal to anyone who is interested in language or is a Harry Potter enthusiast.

The launch event will include an exhibition of all 70 translated versions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, live readings from the novel by native speakers of five languages, a short talk about the cultural significance of the Harry Potter series, and a presentation on a study making use of Harry Potter in translation in Calgary's heritage language schools.

The event is Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. in Craigie Hall D420 at the University of Calgary.

The event is free and open to the public, but people should RSVP to lrc@ucalgary.ca

Members of the media are invited to preview the online readings and interview the project coordinators and translators on Thursday, Nov. 24 between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

WHAT: Media availability and photo opportunities with organizers of Harry Potter translation project.

WHO: Mary O'Brien, Director of the Language Research Centre, University of Calgary

Haijo Westra reader of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Dutch

Tanvir Ahmed reader of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Bengali

Khaliun Batbaatbar, reader of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Mongolian

Nicholas Zekulin, Professor of Russian, University of Calgary and Collector of the Harry Potter translations

Rahat Naqvi, Associate Director of the Language Research Centre, University of Calgary

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

WHERE: Language Research Centre, Craigie Hall, D Block, Room 411, University of Calgary

Media are welcome to park free-of-charge on campus, except in 24-hour reserved spots, loading zones, handicapped stalls and fire lanes. If your vehicle is not a marked media vehicle, please leave a media business card in your window. See map of University of Calgary parking lots at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/map