ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

Hermione might have taught us how to say "Wingardium Leviosa," but her name used to be another story. J.K. Rowling most definitely helped us hardcore Harry Potter fans a bit in The Goblet Of Fire when Hermione taught foreigner Viktor Krum how to pronounce it phonetically. But until then, we had been saying it a thousand different ways.

Harry Potter fans took to Reddit to share the many ways they had been pronouncing her name back before Rowling cleared the air.

Sparkas: "I definitely read and pronounced the name as HER-MY-KNEE."

Jon_sparrow: "Read it as 'HERM - EE - OWN' for the first four books and yes, that does include the part where Hermione literally described to Krum the correct pronunciation."

Elbowsss: "I was beginning to think I was the only one. :) It was a HUGE relief to learn I had been pronouncing it wrong, because I always though that "Hermoine" sounds like some sort of uncomfortable medical affliction."

Haberdasheries: "My young brain didn't even bother trying to work it out logically so in my head she was 'harmonica.'"

SlouchyGuy: "No, I've read them in Russian and in official translation she was called Germiona :)"

Who else pronounced Hagrid as "Hay-grid" and Ginny as "Guinea?" I know it wasn't just me.

J.K. Rowling decided upon the name Hermione because she felt it was so unique and that there was a very tiny chance of girls who shared the moniker getting teased for it.

And in case you're wondering, it's Her-mi-o-ne. Get it right!

[Source: reddit]


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