If you were like me, you used a very creative statement from ‘Hermione’ while reading the first three and a half Harry Potter books.
Then something changed. In the fourth episode, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a whole passage was devoted to the fact that the foreign student Viktor Krum misread the name Hermione Granger, by saying ‘Her-my-own’, instead of the correct ‘Her -my ‘-OH knee. ”
Up-to-date images of all of us discover how to correctly say ‘Hermione’. Credit: AP Photo / Warner Bros., Murray Close Source: Delivered
It has really changed the game. The first movie wasn’t even released yet (it was due a year later, in 2001), so before that very pointed excerpt, most of us had never had a reference point about how to say Hermione’s name.
So, did the author do it – sat with us all – on purpose?
A Twitter user wrote it to JK Rowling this week with the text: “Theory: JK Rowling has that passage about how the name Hermione is pronounced in Goblet of Fire, only for school all who say HER-MY-OWN LIKE Viktor Krum . ”
The British author has retweeted the fan’s comment and confirms: “Theory correct.”
Theory: @jk_rowling recorded that passage about how to pronounce Hermione’s name in Goblet of Fire, just to school who all say HER MY OWN like Viktor Krum.– Atulaa (@atulaak)
There was a strong response from fans on Twitter, with some even ‘fessing up’ to their own weird and wonderful past ‘Hermione’ statements.
For the longest time I said hair mai knee 😂– Priyanka Balaji (@ pbalaj1)
I thought it was her-me-oh-no until I read that piece …– Rob Lavender (@law_ender)
I called Hermione ‘Herm-a-jean’ because there was another character in the book that I read before with a hard-for-10-me-contradictory name called Irmagean and I was lazy.– Nathaniel Stephens (@NathanDoesWords)
Hands up if this were you. I am ashamed that it took three and a half books to learn that statement. Like many others, I had never seen the name Hermione in my life. Has certainly said VERY ME-OWN in my head for far too long (until @jk_rowling gave it to us).– Wizarding News ™ van HPANA ✨ (@HPANA)
Lol I’ve always had a hard time pronouncing it, so I was very happy when she taught Viktor how to say it. Hermione is really a beautiful name. https://t.co/s0FstQlp61– Stackhouse_Kesh_Reacts (@KeshReacts)
I had already read books 1-3 when we started The Philosopher’s Stone as a class reader. Imagine my surprise when our English teacher continued to pronounce the name Hermione ‘wrong’ 🙈 https://t.co/QeQJtBl9UI– Robyn 🐼 (@StardustLass)
The most prominent memory I have of my parents reading Harry Potter to bed for me is my father: “Well, that’s a stupid name, from now on I’m going to call her … Jane” and then I get irritated (of course ) because it is Hermione, not ‘Jane’! 😂– 𝒞𝒽𝒶𝓇𝓁𝑜𝓉𝓉𝑒 (@KloCharlotte)
Hermione who taught Viktor how to say that her name was one of the greatest revelations in the book– Heather Sypher (@heathersypher)
My 7-year-old brain read it as Her-Me-Own !! Only when I saw an interview with Oprah did I understand that I always said it wrong.– Nicole Dodson (@NKDsoooCoolyaya)