Reading Spanish can be fun way to learn new Spanish vocabulary with a little dose of magic ?♂️ (see what I did there?). So, today let’s visit the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets or Harry Potter y la Cámara Secreta, if you will, and try to dispel (get it?) any confusion about the relevant vocabulary. Hold onto your brooms and pour yourself a butter beer. It’s time.
Setting the Stage
Before we dive into the Spanish vocab., allow me to set the stage by reminding us what’s going on. Page 1 of the second installment in the Harry Potter series opens on the Dursley’s house in the morning. There is a fight going on over breakfast, because Hedwig had woken up Uncle Vernon.
Spanish Vocabulary from page 1
Without further ado:
Sonoro: Loud, resounding
Ulular: A hooting, to hoot, to wail
Hedwig ? lets out a loud hooting (un sonoro ulular) that wakes Uncle Vernon who gets unsurprisingly upset.
Bramar: To roar, to bellow
Uncle Vernon roared (bramó) at Harry at breakfast. Uncle Vernon is often described as “roaring” (using bramar or rugir) or otherwise as having animal-like characterstics.
Used to describe Uncle Vernon’s bushy mustache (poblado bigote).
Sombría: Somber, gloomy
Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia share “una mirada sombría (a somber look).
Ahogar: To drown out, to drown
Eructo: A burp
Estruendoso: Thunderous (the word for thunder is “trueno”)
Harry is trying to speak but Dudley’s “thunderous burp” (eructo estruendoso) drowned out (ahogó) Harry’s words.
Empañado: Misty, steamed up
Aunt Petunia has misty eyes “los ojos empañados” because she loves Dudley so much ? ?
Used to refer to Dudley Dursley as Petunias “chubby son” (regordete hijo)
Alright, Spanish lovers, I hope you enjoyed this free Spanish lesson and learned some new vocab. and are energized about reading in Spanish.
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