Enchantment in Baking

Simplified Chinese (Mandarin: China)
Kǎo miànbāo de mófǎ
kǎo = 'toast, bake'.
面包 miànbāo = 'bread'.
de = connecting particle
魔法 mófǎ = 'magic'.
The Magic of Toasting/Making Bread
Traditional Chinese (Mandarin: Taiwan)
Hōngbèi de mófǎ
烘焙 hōngbèi = 'cure, roast (tea, tobacco)'.
de = connecting particle
魔法 mófǎ = 'magic'.
The Magic of Roasting
O-kashi o tsukuru tanoshii jumon
お菓子を o-kashi o = 'sweets, including sweet breads and pastry' + object particle.
つくる tsukuru = 'make'.
楽しい tanoshii = 'pleasant, enjoyable'.
呪文 jumon = 'spell'.
Enjoyable Spells for Making Pastries
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Sự quyến rũ của nghệ thuật nướng bánh sự = makes the following into a noun
quyến rũ = 'charm, seduce, captivate'.
của = 'of, belonging to'.
nghệ thuật (藝術) = 'art'.
nướng = 'fry, roast, toast, grill'.
bánh = 'cake, pie, pastry'.
The Charms of the Art of Making Pastries
Mongolian (previous)
Жигнэмэг хийхэд зориулсан шившлэг
Jigenmeg khiikhed zor'uulsan shivshleg
жигнэмэг jigenmeg = 'biscuits, cookies'.
хийх khiikh = 'do'.
зориулах zor'uulakh = 'design to, aim at' (Past tense).
шившлэг shivshleg = 'praying (through magical ceremonies)'.
Magical Praying for Making Biscuits
Mongolian (new)
Жигнэх увдис
jignekh uvdis
жигнэх jignekh = 'bake, steam'.
увдис uvdis = 'sorcery, magic'.
Baking Sorcery

This is a book found in the kitchen at 'The Burrow'. Somewhat amazingly, both 'enchantment' and 'baking' give rise to difficulties in translation!


'Enchantment' originally referred to the casting of spells. But there is also a figurative sense of 'captivated, charmed' (compare the French term enchanté). Both senses are legitimate, a fact which is exploited by Rowling. In this context, however, the sense of 'casting magic spells' seems to be the dominant one (i.e., 'The Use of Enchantment in Baking' rather than 'Finding Enchantment in Baking').

Most translations follow the sense of 'casting spells'.

However, two translations either follow or hint at the other meaning.


'To bake' in English has a surprising range of application, with the broad meaning of prolonged exposure to an external heat source. People have been known to bake beans, bricks, and pottery, among other things. But in the absence of a particular object, 'baking' in English normally refers to bread, cakes, and pastries.

The translations are not always fully aligned with the English.

Category: Household magic

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