Spell Translation in Harry Potter From the Perspective of Skopostheorie: A Comparative Analysis on the Versions From Mainland China and Taiwan

Wangyue ZHOU, Yue ZHUO


Magic spells, being very specific in the Harry Porter series, become an important part for translation studies. This paper aims to study the spell translation in Harry Potter from the perspective of Skopostheorie, a translation theory proposed by Hans Vemeer in the late 1970s. Based on Skopostheorie, this paper gives a comparative analysis of the two versions of spell translations in Harry Potter from Mainland China and Taiwan and draws the conclusion that the skopos of spell translation in Mainland China is suitable for all age groups while the skopos of spell translation in Taiwan is children-oriented. Cultural differences in the two areas can partly explain the difference in translations.


Skopostheorie; Spell translation; Harry Potter; Cultural differences

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