Spanish 'Phoenix' nears release
October 11, 2003 at 12:02 AM ET
HPANA (via Tip from reader)
Harry Potter y la Orden del Fénix will be taking hold of Spain in a few months - an exact date announced by Salamandra, the official publisher of the novel, is February 21, 2004.
Salamandra undertook an unprecedented role - transcribing the original British English Order of the Phoenix into three separate dialects of the Spanish language. It is then understandable why this task has taken such a length of time.
The following was received from El Cronista de Salem, the director of ExpresoHogwarts.com:
Today Salamandra (publish Harry Potter in Spanish) has said that ‘Harry Potter y la Orden del Fénix’ will release the 21[st] of february 2004. Salamandra has said it in Francfort.
Salamandra will have three different versions of the book: one for Spain, a second for the South of America and the third for Colombia, México and USA. Each version will have changes in translation.
The first edition in Spain will be 500.000 books, and the latin america[n] edition will be 300.000 books. A catalan version too, will 50.000 firsts books.
They have choosen the 21[st] [of] February because it is Saturday, when schools are closed and the youngest can buy the book.
Other foreign languages have release[d] the book before Spain, but Salamandra has explained that they have only a translator (Gemma Rovira) and not a team o[f] translators.
The illustrator will be, for ther time, Dolores Avendaño.
Spanish fans of Harry Potter will hopefully take notice in this announcement and will no longer be forced to live through an uncertain publication date for their favorite book.
Cheers to El Cronista de Salem for sending us this story.