J.K. Rowling addressed the widely-mispronounced character name on Twitter Friday.
If you pronounced Hermione’s name wrong when you read the Harry Potter books, you’re not alone.
J.K. Rowling addressed the widely mispronounced character name on Twitter Friday, responding to another tweet which read, “Never make fun of people for mispronouncing a word. It means they learned it by reading.”
A fan responded, saying “Thank you @jk_rowling for teaching me how to say Hermione in the Goblet of Fire. Before then I always said it ‘HER-may-OWN.'”
In the Goblet of Fire scene referred to, Hermione instructs Victor Krum (and readers) on how to say her name. “Her – my – oh – nee,’ she said, slowly and clearly,'” Rowling writes.
Rowling also revealed that her favorite mispronunciation was “Hermy – won,” and this kicked off a flurry of tweets as fans shared the many different ways they mispronounced the name. The results are incredibly varied and very funny. From “Her-me-oh-nee” to “Her-moan-y,” see the responses below:
And one amazing fan actually pronounced it correctly all along: