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Aug 4, 2015

How Did You Pronounce "Hermione" Before There Was A Definitive Answer?

Hermy-own-ninny?

If you were like me, you read the first few Harry Potter novels in the '90s when the internet was slightly less effective at spoiling everything.

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It was also before the release of the movies, which gave shape to things we had only imagined before.

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Like Voldemort's appearance for instance. He was more humanoid in my head, but still managed to be supremely creepy anyway. He certainly had more realistic nostrils.

And there was no tweeting at J.K. to factcheck.

.@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard.

Buuuuuut anytime you talked to someone IRL about the book, there was one thing fans could never agree on.

HOW THE HELL DO YOU PRONOUNCE THIS CURSED NAME?

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Like, not Unforgiveable Curse-level cursed, but at LEAST Reducto on the scale of cursed-ness.

C'mon J.K.: how the hell are you going to name your main characters Harry, Ronald, and HERMIONE?

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One of these names has more vowels than the others.

In the first draft of that last sentence, I actually spelled it "Hermoine," because I used to pronounce it "Her-moin" and because THAT'S HOW CONFUSING IT IS.

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Don't be embarrassed. It was part of the process.

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How did you pronounce Hermione before the movies were released?
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    I pronounced it correctly!
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    Her-me-own
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    Herm-o-nee
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    Her-mar-nee
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    Her-moyn
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    Her-moan
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    Her-moi-nee
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    Herr-mee-own
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    Herr-moyn
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    Herr-moan
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    Herr-me-owny
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    Her-me-owny
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    Her-moyn-ee
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    Her-moan-ee
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    Her-my-own
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    We made up a nickname because the name was too hard.
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    I became a Potter fan after the movies came out.
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    Something else not listed here.

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