When I was in fourth grade, my dad pointed out there was no way the name of the central villain in the “Harry Potter” series was pronounced, as I believed, Vol-der-mont.
Though I immediately realized he was right, I sometimes find it difficult, even a decade and a half later, to divorce my mind from its original idea of the name of one of the most infamous fictional terrorists of all time.
I now have a third option to toss into the Polyjuice Potion of pronunciations for the Dark Lord, all thanks to a recent tweet by JK Rowling in response to a fan.
Ummmmm... WHAT?? Am I the only one FLOORED by this nonchalant admission? No? What's that? Oh, everyone is always up in arms about "Harry Potter" revelations?
Frenchies knew the deal all along and didn't feel the need to share it with the rest of the world.
The Dark Lord weighed in, reminding Jo of a tweet he sent in 2010 confirming the silent "t."
So, the correct-pronouncer tally includes Jo, Voldemort, French fans and the audiobook narrator, Jim Dale.
One minor snag, fans indicated, was the pronunciation immortalized in the films.
In fact, Voldemort was not the only character whose name the films mispronounced.
Perhaps we should take a bit of advice from Voldemort's nickname, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and spend less time discussing the head-spinning mechanics of it all.
I, for one, will be reverting to Voldermont.