Last year, my friends and I took a Harry Potter pilgrimage to London, where we visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studios in Watford, and also saw the West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Yes, I know you are very jealous, and, to be honest, you should be. The whole thing was really, really great. Anyway, in the play, the actors all pronounced Voldemort’s name with a silent ‘t.’ At the time, my companions and I wondered where the decision to deviate from the accepted pronunciation came from, but now it is clear: the orders were handed down from Rowling herself.
Pottermore has published a list of the most commonly mispronounced words in the Potterverse. Hermione tops the list, as, even though the films taught us to say her name correctly, many fans had previously been pronouncing it “Her-me-own. Hermy-won and Herm-own-ninny.”
Next comes Voldemort. In their article, Teen Vogue note that J. K. Rowling “retweeted a tweet in 2015 reading, ‘One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the ‘t’ is silent in Voldemort, according to @jk_rowling.’ She then added, “but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way.” Who’da thunk?
Moresmordre, the evil incantation used to conjure the Dark Mark, is actually pronounced “mores-more-druh.”
Via Radio Times
The pronunciation of centaur Firenze‘s name was never clear. Even in the films they pronounce it ‘Fear-enz,’ which just doesn’t really sound right, but it’s difficult to see what else it could be. Well, apparently it’s actually said like ‘frenzy.’ Sure.
These are the ones that got me the most, but check out the full list on Pottermore and see which ones you’ve been butchering!
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