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You thought you knew everything about Harry Potter and then Mara Wilson says this...
She's everyone's favourite children's book character, but what happened to little Matilda Wormwood when she grew up and went to secondary school?
Well, whispers have been circulating about the possibility that the magical kid may well have gone to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After one astute online Reddit user noted: "Matilda is the story of Hermione if she'd been raised by the Dursleys", 28-year-old actress Mara Wilson, who famously played Matilda in the 1996 movie, has waded in on the argument:
I imagine Matilda would, as a seventh year, see second year Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the restricted section, and smile to herself.— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) September 29, 2015
J.K. Rowling is known for revealing interesting facts about her beloved characters on her website 'Pottermore'.
Now the writer informs us what her title character's family members were getting up to way before he was born...
1. Harry's ancestry can be traced back to a twelfth-century wizard named Linfred of Stinchcombe: "a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services," writes Rowling. This eccentric man was adored by many and, whose nickname, 'the Potterer', changed over time to become 'Potter'.
2. Potter is an occupational surname, like Taylor - it refers to one who makes pottery.
3. It's no surprise where Harry got his potions skills - Linfred created several potions that are still in use nowadays, including the plant growing potion Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion.
4. The Invisibility Cloak was passed down though the family the eldest son in each generation.
5. The Potters often married outside of wizard blood.
6. The family historically supported magical involvement in the First World War. Henry Potter was a member of the Wizengamot: "Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War."
7. Henry Potter's son Fleamont created Sleekeazy's Hair Potion, helping the family become rich.
8. Fleamont and his wife Euphemia were Harry's grandparents on his father's side.
9. They pair sadly never lived ling enough to lived long enough to meet their grandson Harry, after tragically dying of dragon pox just days apart.
10. James Potter then inherited the Invisibility Cloak which was passed on to in time to his own son.
The author and creator of all things 'Harry Potter', has just dropped a whopping, great, big Dementor sized bomb on the magical world of Potter fandom...
It turns out that whether you've been calling him 'He Who Must Not Be Named' or being a brave witch or wizard by saying 'Voldemort' out loud, it doesn't matter.
You - like Stephen Fry (the voice of the audiobooks) - have been saying it just as wrong as the magical world are about Sirius Black.
The "T" should in fact be silent, as in "mort", the French word for dead.
WE REPEAT: THE 'T' IN VOLDEMORT IS SILENT.
For those of you who have been studying magic abroad and aren't sure who 'Lord Voldemort' is, he's the snakelike bad guy who is obsessed with trying to kill Harry, take over the Ministry of Magic and is an overall nasty piece of work.
Let us put this in perspective for you: This changes EVERYTHING!
Well, not really but still fans are reacting badly to the news:
So I've just read that the 't' in Voldemort is silent. My life is a lie— Sophia (@crucialdxde) September 10, 2015
Apparently Rowling says we have been pronouncing Voldemort wrong. Why didn't she make the movies fix this if that's the case?— Shane (@shandrick) September 10, 2015
So apparently we been pronouncing Voldemort's name wrong this whole time. T is silent. What else in my life has always been a lie?!— Genesis Jais (@GenesisJais) September 10, 2015
Voldemort is pronounced Voldemor...omgggg..... Ive failed Queen JK— portia (@PortiaShanel) September 10, 2015
Hey JK Rowling if everyone has been saying Voldemort's name wrong maybe you should have mentioned that when you consulted on the movies— Zutaten (@ZutatenSA) September 10, 2015
And then there are those Hermione Grangers who have always been top of the class:
I don't mean to brag or anything, but I've been saying "Voldemort" with a silent "t" since 1999. #HarryPotterHipster— Zoot (@misszoot) September 10, 2015
I knew Voldemort had a silent 't', have been saying it like that for years! Where's everyone been?! @jk_rowling— Expecto KATronum (@KatLeStrande) September 10, 2015
The "t" in Voldemort is silent. #muggles— Mary Rawls (@mary_rawls12) September 10, 2015
Great. So now we feel like Neville.
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