In First, Yiddish Translation of 'Harry Potter' Available in Stores

'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,' as it is known in the United States, was released on Friday by the Swedish publisher Olniansky Tekst Farlag

Copies of the book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' are displayed on the day of its release at a bookstore in Hong Kong, July 31, 2016.
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The first book in the Harry Potter series became available in Yiddish on Friday.

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” — or “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” as it is known in the United States — was released in Yiddish by the Swedish publisher Olniansky Tekst Farlag on Friday. (Yiddish is an official language in Sweden.)

It was translated by Arun Viswanath, 29, the son of an Indian-American father and Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, author of the “Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary”. Her father was a professor of Yiddish at Columbia University.

Yair Rosenberg chronicles the story behind the translation in Tablet — from how Viswanath renamed Quidditch as the equivalent of “shoot-broom” to how he felt about the book’s goblins, which some have called anti-Semitic.