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Voldemort Pronunciation: Listen Up, Says Rowling, the 'T' Is Silent

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"Read our lips," JK Rowling and Voldemort might be thinking. "The 't' is silent." (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images; Warner Bros. Pictures)

By    |   Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 12:40 PM

Voldemort, the evil dark lord villain in the Harry Potter book and movie franchise, has been done an injustice by fans by pronouncing his name wrong, according to author JK Rowling.

The prolific author set Twitter abuzz when she responded to a fan post about the pronunciation of Voldemort's name, with is supposed to be pronounced with a silent "t" at the end, said CNN.


Voldemort, brought to life by in the movies by two-time Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes, is the main antagonist as the series of "Harry Potter" books and movies.

Rowling responded to Michael Lucero on Twitter, apparently believing that most fans had long forgotten the correct pronunciation of her arch villain.


"The magical world of Harry Potter is fraught with danger – dementors, giants, malevolent unicorn killers, and now: mispronunciation," said Anna Bradley of The Guardian. "After seven films and seven audiobooks, JK Rowling has finally stated that Voldemort should in fact be pronounced in a French way, without the final T."

CNN's Tom Leopold said Twitter followers were quick to point out that one of her audiobook readers, Jim Dale, got Voldemort's pronunciation correct as well – at least until the movies started coming out.


Mary Ward of the Sydney Morning Herald said Rowling can't blame her fans because the films and the audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry pronounce Voldemort's names with a hard "t."


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Voldemort, the evil dark lord villain in the Harry Potter book and movie franchise, has been done an injustice by fans by pronouncing his name wrong, according to author J.K. Rowling.
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