‘Harry Potter’ Fans, You’ve Been Pronouncing ‘Voldemort’ Wrong All This Time
You have failed, Muggles.
According to author J.K. Rowling, many people have been mispronouncing the name Lord Voldemort for years.
The British author recently took to Twitter to explain just how to properly address Harry Potter’s nemesis. Chatting with a fan about the Dark Lord, Rowling said she believes no one really knows how to pronounce He Who Must Not Be Named’s moniker correctly.
— Michael Lucero (@mhenrylucero) September 9, 2015
Voldemort loosely based on the French phrase, “flight of death.” The character is played by Ralph Fiennes in the films.
In 2009, Rowling apologized for choosing the name, telling her French fans, “I want to thank my French readers for not resenting my choice of a French name for my evil character. I can assure you that no anti-French feeling was at the origin of this choice.”
“As a Francophile, I have always been proud of my French blood,” Rowling, who is fluent in the language, said. “But I needed a name that evokes both power and exoticism.”
However, this revelation isn’t the only thin to have gotten the fandom buzzing lately. A new Harry Potter-themed bar has recently opened its doors in Toronto, Canada. Named The Lockhart after the bumbling Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the watering hole serves up drinks like The Shacklebolt and Befuddlement Brew under a neon sign containing the closing words of the final Potter novel, “All was well.”