Chapter 6: Talons and Tea Leaves

Simplified Chinese (Mandarin: China)
Lièyīng hé cháyè
猎鹰 lièyīng = 'hunting hawk' = 'falcon'.
= 'and'.
茶叶 cháyè = 'tea leaf'.
Falcon and tea leaves
Traditional Chinese (Mandarin: Taiwan)
Shòuzhǎo yǔ cháyè
獸爪 shòuzhǎo = 'beast's claws' = 'talons'.
= 'and'.
茶葉 cháyè = 'tea leaf'.
Talons and tea leaves
Kagitsume to cha-no-ha
鈎爪 kagi-tsume = 'hook claws' = 'talons'.
to = 'and'.
cha = 'tea'.
no = connecting particle
ha = 'leaf'.
Talons and tea leaves
갈고리발톱과 찻잎
Galgolibaltob-gwa chasip
갈고리발톱 galgoli-baltob = 'hook claws' = 'talons'.
-gwa = 'and'.
차잎 chasip = 'tea leaf'. ( = )
Talons and Tea Leaves
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Móng vuốt và lá trà móng vuốt = 'claws, talons'.
= 'and'.
= 'leaf'.
trà = 'tea'.
Talons and tea leaves
Mongolian (new)
Хумс ба цайны навч
khums ba tsainii navch
хумс khums = 'nails, claws, talons'.
ба ba = 'and'.
цай tsai = 'tea' (-(н)ы -(n)ii Genitive form).
навч navch = 'leaf'.
Claws and tea leaves

'Talons and tea leaves' is a reference to two matters: Harry's fate as read in tea leaves in Professor Trelawney's divination class, and the talons of the hippogriff, another of Hagrid's 'loveable' pet creatures.

How is 'talons' translated?

'Talon' tends to be used for the claws of a bird of prey, such as an eagle. The hippogriff counts because it is part bird.

The Mainland Chinese version translates 'talons' as 猎鹰 lièyīng 'hunting hawk' (i.e., 'falcon') (Trad. 獵鷹). A falcon, representing a deadly enemy, is what Professor Trelawney saw in Harry's tea leaves. This obscures the ultimate connection with the hippogriff.

How is 'tea leaves' translated?

Tea is the traditional beverage of choice in East Asia. China has a huge range of teas of all different types (green, red, white, pu-erh, oolong, etc.). Green tea is favoured in Vietnam and Japan, green and grain teas in Korea, and milk tea in Mongolia. Western culture has brought changes, especially to Japan and Korea, but also to the other countries here. English-style black tea is present to varying degrees, but coffee continues to make heavy inroads, especially in Korea but also in Vietnam, which is a major coffee grower.

'Tea' originated in China and the word for 'tea' all over the world is derived from some variety of Chinese, including the languages covered here.

(Korean appears thanks to "Hiro".)

(Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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