Is it Her-MY-own, or Her-MINE-nee?
Prior to the literary release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, readers were left to speculate about the correct pronunciation of Miss. Granger’s forename, before J.K. Rowling cleared things up when Viktor Krum of Durmstrang Institute entered the Harry Potter lore. And fumbled the pronunciation of ‘Hermione’.
Turns out that little passage was an intentional ploy by Rowling, after one curious Potterhead presented a theory on Twitter, claiming that the author and all-around franchise mastermind “included that passage on how to pronounce Hermione’s name in Goblet of Fire just to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum.”
And now, J.K. Rowling has come out to confirm this long-suspected theory:
Theory correct. https://t.co/Q46h56ljuU
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 18, 2018
For a character who is often staunch in her defense of proper grammar and pronunciation (“it’s le-vi-O-sa, not le-vi-o-SA!”), it’s only fitting that J.K. Rowling would call on Hermione – and, more specifically, her Durmstrang hearthrob – to clear things up for Harry Potter readers all over the world.
Those same readers will soon be journeying to the French capital of Paris, where a new Fantastic Beasts saga is about to unfold. Much like its predecessor, it’ll be rooted in the 1920s, with young Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) expected to journey to Paris in an attempt to bring the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald to justice. To make matters worse, Johnny Depp’s crazed lunatic has a complicated history with one Albus Dumbledore, long before he picked up the mantle of Hogwarts Headmaster…
Aptly entitled The Crimes of Grindelwald, it’s expected to cast a spell over moviegoers from November 18th, before another three Fantastic Beasts movies tumble off the production line between now and 2025.