Even Hardcore Harry Potter Fans Have Been Pronouncing These Words Wrong!
10 January 2018, 12:53
Grab a quill and some parchment, and take note!
Let's be honest, we Potterheads literally know everything there is to know about the wizarding world.
The true fans amongst us fell in love with the books way before talks of films even began, and it's been a staple part of our lives since '97 when Bloomsbury finally decided to publish the book.
(Thank you Bloomsbury, we are forever in your debt.)
Pre-films, there were many a-hearty discussion between Potterheads about the pronunciation of particular words. Until J.K worked in a subtle conversation between Hermione and Victor Krum in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, we were firmly under the impression that it was "Hermy-own", not "Her-my-oh-knee".
J.K has also since confirmed that Voldemort has a silent 'T' at the end of his name, as the "mort" comes from the French word "death".
(We get the logic in this, but when we DO dare speak his name, we still quite like pronouncing his name with a satisfyingly aggressive ending - VoldemorT.)
But wait, there's still more! Thankfully the online wizarding bible that is Pottermore have helped us nail some of these other magical terms:
We know that the wizarding currency consists of gold Galleons, silver Sickles, and bronze Knuts. And obviously, Knuts has a silent 'K' at the start, right? Wrong. It is actually pronounced "Ka-nuts".
The most powerful love potion in the world smells different to every single person, dependent on what we find attractive. For Hermione, it smells of "freshly mown grass and new parchment and...spearmint toothpaste."
But the pronunciation always stays the same. Don't be thinking those 'T's are silent - nu-uh, you make sure you articulate those properly!
In Harry Potter And The Order Of the Phoenix, poor Harry had to face a hearing for protecting Dudley from a load of pesky Dementors that appeared in an alleyway between Magnolia Crescent and Wisteria Walk. As a result of this, Harry faced the Wizengamot - wizarding Britain's high court of law and parliament.
When reading at full pace, desperate to find out Harry's fate, you'd be forgiven for not pausing to figure out the pronunciation of Wizengamot. So here's some help; it's "We-zen-gaa-mought".
Pronounced correctly or otherwise, you don't want to be hearing this word - it's the incantation that summons the Dark Mark, and we all know what the Dark Mark means (shudder).
But, if you do find yourself in the presence of Death Eaters, make sure they're saying it right - it's pronounced "mores-more-druh" - they don't want to be casting a dodgy-looking dark mark because their pronunciation isn't up to scratch.
And so completes your lesson in The Pronunciation Of Magical Words, don't be late for Herbology now!
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