Dec 3, 2011


He showed them a photo of a car parked somewhere in London and said the English word “diagonally”. It was like a gun had gone off. They perked up immediately and repeated quizzically: “Diagon Alley”. They were taken by surprise and after a while Kirschner repeated: diagonally. To which they said: “You know where that is?” or “Can you tell us where it is?” Kirschner gave up and so it was left up to me. Pronunciation! Of course! What else! Kirschner wanted to say “diagonal” in Czech – diagonála – but instead it came sounding like “Diagon Alley” in English. Which is the place where Harry Potter goes shopping in London.