80: 'Harry Potter' and the Yiddish translation

March 25, 2020

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A large group of people are shown dressed in the Harry Potter white button down shirts and stripped ties while holding wands in the air.

Fans dressed as Harry Potter participate in an event attempting to beat the previous Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Harry Potter, in Monterrey, Mexico, 2017.


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From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 80.

The worldwide sensation that is the "Harry Potter" series has been translated into over 80 languages. One of the latest translations is Yiddish. Translator Arun Viswanath describes the process and teaches us how to say some magical words including “magic wand” in Yiddish.

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