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Harry Potter Fans Have Been Mispronouncing Voldemort's Name

Mental Floss logo Mental Floss 18/10/2018 Dana Samuel

a person standing in front of a microphone: Harry Potter Fans Have Been Mispronouncing Voldemort's Name © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. // Harry Potter Publishing Rights J.K.R. Harry Potter Fans Have Been Mispronouncing Voldemort's Name Just last month we learned J.K. Rowling included the correct pronunciation of "Hermione" in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to keep fans from continuing to say her name wrong. And now we find out that the vast majority of Harry Potter fans have been mispronouncing Voldemort's name for 20 years as well. We need a second to collect ourselves.

According to Cosmopolitan, List25 tweeted, “#DidYouKnow Contrary to popular belief, the ‘t’ at the end of Voldemort is silent. The name comes from the French words meaning ‘flight of death.’”

Apparently, JK Rowling alsoconfirmed the correct, silent "t" pronunciation of Voldemort three years ago—yet many Potterheads have been blissfully ignorant to their mispronunciation.

Back in 2015, a fan messaged Rowling on Twitter, saying, "One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the ‘t’ is silent in Voldemort." According to The Sun, Rowling confirmed the common mistake by replying, "… but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way."

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