Scroll containing translations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in various languages
The scroll is titled Harry Potter and the Rosetta Stone and is written in black chalk marker on a roll of brown paper.
The scroll was created as part of the AHRC-funded project 'Creative Multilingualism', a four-year research programme investigating the interconnection between linguistic diversity and creativity (2016–2020). At an event at The Ashmolean Museum in January 2017, visitors were asked to translate Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone sentence by sentence into a language they knew. In total, there were 88 translated sentences in 51 different languages.
The scroll was displayed as part of the Bodleian Library's exhibition, Babel: Adventures in Translation, 15 Feb-2 Jun 2019.
- Creation: [2010s]
Language of Materials
- Dutch; Flemish
- Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Conditions Governing Use
This item is a large roll and should be viewed on the map table in the Rare Books and Modern Manuscripts Reading Room (level 1).
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 21647].
Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 21647
Scroll containing translations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in various languages, [2010s].
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifted to the Bodleian Library, 2019 (transferred via Exhibitions and Rare Books).
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997).
- Scroll containing translations of in various languages, [2010s]
- Rachael Marsay
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest