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J.K. Rowling Finally Confirmed A Popular Fan Theory About Hermione's Name

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If you're a Potterhead yourself or have one in your family you're no doubt fully aware of just how amazing the wizarding world of Harry Potter is. Many grew up with Harry, Hermione and Ron and the countless other characters and have passed their love of the books and movies on to their own children.

Harry Potter was created by author J.K. Rowling and as well as introducing us to the boy wizard and his nemesis Voldermort as well as an entire colorful cast of characters, she also gave us some character names that were less than easy to figure out.

Hermione Granger was introduced to readers in Rowling's very first Harry Potter book as the sassy know it-all muggle born wizard who quickly befriended Harry and Ron Weasley. While Hermione is one of the series' most popular characters, her name was one that often confused even the most die hard fans.

Since Hermione isn't a name that is very common, many people weren't sure how the name was actually pronounced. It was in Rowling's fourth book, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, where Rowling finally set the record straight about how to pronounce the heroine's name.

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It's in Goblet of Fire where Rowling first introduces the character of Viktor Krum and she explains that he's pronouncing Hermione's name wrong. she explains that he's pronouncing it as 'Her-my-own' instead of the correct pronunciation of 'Her-my-o-knee.'

At that point we're sure that many, many readers suddenly came to the realization that they, too were pronouncing Hermione's name wrong as well. One fan on Twitter recently theorized that Rowling actually included the passage in the book about Krum's mispronunciation to actually inform her fans as to how Granger's name was actually supposed to be pronounced.

Rowling herself confirmed that theory on Twitter recently, stating "theory correct."

Rowling's post prompted hundreds of fans to comment on how they had been pronouncing poor Hermione's name wrong all along and when they realized their error.

"My 7 year old brain read it as Her-Me-Own!! It wasn’t until I watched a Oprah interview that I understood I was saying it wrong all along," wrote one commenter.

"I thought it was her-me-OWN for DECADES lol (I'm 45). it wasn't until I watched the movies with my now-seven year old that it dawned on me. Last year. Jeeeeez..." wrote another.

Clearly Rowling was fully aware that people had no clue how to pronounce Hermione's name, hence that cleverly crafted passage in Goblet of Fire. Still, some people wished she did it with other characters as well.

"Did you do the same with voldemort? Because I just found out I've been saying it wrong for years," wrote another confused reader.

How did you pronounce Hermione?

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