French was a Latin language which originated in northern France. It was spoken natively by millions around the world and was an official language of numerous countries, including France, Belgium, and Canada.
French wizarding terms
English Quidditch terminology was uniformly used throughout Europe for many centuries. In 1635, the Académie française des sorciers, a committee of experts headed by the well-known academics Boniface Toubeau and Archibald Bienbon, was founded. It created French equivalents of the original English Quidditch terms.
Known French words and phrases
|Word or phrase||English translation||Speaker|
|"C'est impossible."||"It's impossible."||Olympe Maxime|
|"Here—permettez-moi to assister vous."||"Here—allow me to help you."||Fred Weasley|
By 1926, there was at least one French-language wizarding newspaper, which reported on Gellert Grindelwald with the headline "À la Recherche De Grindelwald: Mage Noir En Fuite" (English: In Search of Grindelwald: Dark Wizard Fleeing) that year.
Harry Potter heard Olympe Maxime and Fleur Delacour talking to each other "very fast" in French after the unprecedented selection of four Triwizard champions by the Goblet of Fire in 1994. Before the Third Task of the tournament later that same school year, Harry heard Fleur "jabbering away" to her mother, Apolline Delacour, in French.
While staying at The Burrow before the wedding of Fleur and Bill Weasley in 1997, Monsieur Delacour declared everything to do with the wedding "charmant!" ("charming!"), and Gabrielle Delacour was heard "jabbering away" to Fleur in "rapid" French.
Known French speakers
- Apolline Delacour
- Fleur Delacour
- Gabrielle Delacour
- Monsieur Delacour
- Olympe Maxime
An advertisement for a magic translator's services that appeared in the classified section of an issue of the Quibbler listed several languages available for translation, including the "Latin languages," which presumably included French.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Quidditch Through the Ages (French translation only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "French language" on Wikipedia
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 French translation of Quidditch Through the Ages
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 6
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8
- ↑ "All the 'Harry Potter' Easter eggs you missed in the 'Fantastic Beasts' opening" from Mashable (see this image)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31
- ↑ Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, p. 511 (see this image)