Did you know that the name Tom Marvolo Riddle in the Harry Potter books is an anagram for “I am Lord Voldemort?”
OK. Most Harry Potter fans know that.
But did you know that the books have been translated into over 60 languages?
OK. That was another easy one. I mean, JK Rowling didn’t become a billionaire for no reason.
But I bet that most of you didn’t know that Tom Riddle’s name is an anagram in every language his name has been adapted to.
In Dutch, his name is MARTEN ASMODOM VILIJN.
That turns out to be an anagram for MIJN NAAM IS VOLDEMORT.
Which roughly translates to, “My name is Voldemort.” And as an added bonus, “Vilijin,” the last name, means “evil” or “mean” and sounds like the English word for “villain.”
Here’s a list with some of my favorites from the 68 languages that the book is currently translated in.
|Bulgarian||ТОМ МЕРСВОЛУКО РИДДЪЛ
(TOM MERSVOLUKO RIDDŬL)
|ТУК СЪМ И ЛОРД ВОЛДЕМОР
(TUK SŬM I LORD VOLDEMOR)
|And here I am also Lord Voldemort|
|Czech||TOM ROJVOL RADDLE||JÁ LORD VOLDEMORT||I, Lord Voldemort|
|Danish||ROMEO G DETLEV JR||JEG ER VOLDEMORT||I am Voldemort|
|Esperanto||TOM VLADES MISTERO||MI ESTAS VOLDEMORT||I am Voldemort|
|French||TOM ELVIS JEDUSOR||JE SUIS VOLDEMORT||I am Voldemort|
|German||TOM VORLOST RIDDLE||IST LORD VOLDEMORT||[He] is Lord Voldemort|
|Serbian||TOM MERVOLODOMOS RIDL||TO SMO MI LORD VOLDEMOR||Here we are, Lord Voldemort|
|Slovak||TOM MARVOLOSO RIDDLE||A SOM I LORD VOLDEMORT||And I am also Lord Voldemort|
|Turkish||TOM MARVOLDO RIDDLE||ADIM LORD VOLDEMORT||My name (is) Lord Voldemort|
Notice how the Turkish translation uses nearly the same spelling for the name as English, but they’ve created an anagram in their own language.
I didn’t include it on the list, but in Slovenian they just call him “MARK NEELSTIN.”
That anagram comes out to: “MRLAKENSTEIN.”
That doesn’t really translate to a phrase. It’s meant to look like the word “Frankenstein.” And “Mrlak” is an allusion to death. So, it’s kinda like saying “Death-enstein.” Which is freaking awesome.
What’s your favorite translation/anagram combo from the worldwide translations of Harry Potter books?
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