Clever names in HP (was Potter vs DWJ)

Abe Gross argross at
Fri Feb 20 21:24:02 EST 2004

> Elizabeth wrote:
> >>>OK, I've lurked over this for a few days hoping somebody braver than I
> would put me out of my misery, but no...
> WHAT am I missing about the Knight Bus?
> I mean, I know what it is in the HP books, and I can tell it's an allusion
> or something, but what does it MEAN?
> please?>>>
> As I understood it in the third book, this was merely a play on
> night/knight. I think the idea is that the (night)bus is like a knight in
> shining armor, come to take you away from your problems. This stops making
> sense in the fifth book, where it is clearly also a day bus, so I may be
> wrong. This is one of the terms I'm called upon most often to explain in
> translation. In my translation, I turned the Hebrew word for bus
> into "autonoos", inserting the word "noos" which means "flee". No knights
> my translation. I am often called upon to justify this.

Hey, that's really clever, Gili. I often wonder how translators manage to
deal with puns, especially those with multiple levels of meaning.


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