Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Chapter Titles in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese


Chapter 5: Diagon Alley


(For the romanisation of Chinese and Japanese, see Transliteration. To understand the writing systems of CJV, see Writing Systems. For word order notes, see Word Order)

Where a Vietnamese word has been borrowed from Chinese, the original Chinese characters are shown in parentheses.


Chinese (Mainland) 对角巷
对角 duìjiǎo = 'diagonal'.
xiàng = 'alley'.
Diagonal alley
Chinese (Taiwan) 斜角巷
斜角 xiéjiǎo = 'oblique angle'.
xiàng = 'alley'.
Oblique angle alley
Japanese ダイアゴン横町
Daiagon Yokochō
ダイアゴン Daiagon = 'Diagon'.
横町 yokochō = 'alley'.
Diagon Alley
Vietnamese Hẻm xéo hẻm = 'alley'.
xéo = 'oblique/slanting'.
Oblique alley

The Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese versions all try to reproduce the meaning of the English original, i.e., 'diagonal'.

The Japanese version simply gives a phonetic rendition of the alley's English name, i.e., Diagon, which means nothing in Japanese and thus loses the pun on 'diagonally'.

For more information, see the section on Word play: Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley.

(A summary of this chapter can be found at Harry Potter Facts. Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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