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massarenti


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Posted Sun Jan 13th, 2008 8:25pm Post subject: The Elder Wand (Harry Potter 7)
I (and some friends of mine) have got some doubts about the italian translation of the Elder Wand; the question is about the word "Elder"; the italian translator has intended Elder as the small tree with white flowers; on the contrary we think the Elder wand is an ancient wand meaning that it is old and powerfull.
What do you think about that?

Bye and many thanks

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Soupy Twist


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Posted Mon Jan 14th, 2008 8:05am Post subject: The Elder Wand (Harry Potter 7)
The translator is right. Elder refers to the wood the wand is made of, i.e. "the small tree with white flowers". Little of what Ms Rowling writes is of her own invention and she very often resorts to ancient myths. In the past Elder was believed to be a very powerful plant, and even today its blossoms and berries are supposed to cure a whole array of maladies.

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