How does Lord Voldemort’s real name translate into 12 different languages?

For a bloke Who Must Not Be Named he sure does have a lot of aliases...

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When Tom Marvolo Riddle reveals his true identity to Harry Potter in The Chamber of Secrets, it’s a pretty pivotal moment in the Boy Wizard’s tale.

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But when you translate Harry Potter into different languages, Lord Voldemort’s iconic Countdown-esque efforts go to waste because “I am Lord Voldemort” isn’t “I am Lord Voldemort” in every language, is it?

Never mind the fact that you’ve been pronouncing his name WRONG your whole life, or so JK Rowling says. Imagine having to get your tongue around these translations?


German

The Dark Lord becomes Tom Vorlost Riddle, which gives him the letters he needs to spell out that rather literal sounding “Ist Lord Voldemort”

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French

The King has not left the building when Voldermort heads to France. There he’s Tom Elvis Jedusor, which becomes “Je suis Voldemort”

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Spanish

“Soy Lord Voldemort!” In Spain He Who Must Not Be Named takes on an “S” and drops the “i” for a “y” to become Tom Sorvolo Ryddle.

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Italian

The Italian translation delivers quite the tongue twister. Tom Orvoloson Riddle = “Sono Lord Voldemort!”

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Swedish

The Scandinavians go right back to the beginning, serving up a Latin language version. Tom Gus Mervolo Dolder = “Ego Sum Lord Voldemort”

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Norwegian

Their Norwegian neighbours give the dreadful wizard a suitably ominous name. Tom Dredolo Venster = “Voldemort den store”

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Danish

Who on earth is Romeo G. Detlev Jr? Lord Voldermort, actually. It spells out “Jeg er Voldemort” in Danish, y’see. The G. is short for Gåde, which is Danish for riddle

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Greek

Anton Morvol Hert? Is that Anton off Strictly? Nope, it’s the Greek translation of Tom Riddle’s message. Αντον Μόρβολ Χερτ (Anton Morvol Hert) = Αρχων Βόλτεμορτ (Lord Voldemort)

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Hungarian

Is that a little coincidental nod to Ms Rowling we spot lurking in Tom Rowle Denem’s middle name? It’s how the Hungarians can pick out “Nevem Voldemort”

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Icelandic

Neville’s toad Trevor trading places with the Dark Lord? Nope, just Trevor Delgome, which is “Eg er Voldemort” in Icelandic

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Finnish

We’re back to basics with good old Tom Lomen Valedro in Finland, where He Who Must Not Be Named says “Ma olen Voldemort”

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Faroese

And finally, the Faroe Islands get the prize for most apt translation. Tom Evildo Reger = “Eg eri Voldemort”

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We’ve all been pronouncing Lord Voldemort’s name wrong, says JK Rowling