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JK Rowling finally confirms a brilliant fan theory about Hermione

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JK Rowling has actually confirmed a fan’s theory on Twitter. 

If there was one character’s name in the Harry Potter franchise that sparked a million conversations about pronunciation it was Hermione’s.

Sure, we struggled with Nagini and Ginny, too – but, still, in the earlier years many a Harry Potter fan second-guessed whether they were saying Hermione correctly or not. And most of us just couldn’t let it lie because she was a main character.

However, thankfully in The Goblet of Fire our struggle came to an end when we got to the scene where Hermione’s name was spelled out phonetically to her then love interest Viktor Krum. Cast your mind back to the quote:

“Hermione was now teaching Krum to say her name properly; he kept calling her ‘Hermy-own.’

“‘Her – my – oh – nee,’ she said, slowly and clearly.

“‘Herm – own – ninny.’

“‘Close enough,’ she said, catching Harry’s eye and grinning.”

We’ve all long suspected that JK Rowling strategically placed the scene in there to help us all out, which is why this week one Twitter user just decided to go ahead and ask her if it was true.

“Theory: @jk_rowling included that passage on how to pronounce Hermione’s name in Goblet of Fire just to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum,” one user wrote on Twitter.

“Theory correct,” Rowling tweeted back after a day of suspense.

We knew it all along.

Earlier this year, Rowling also confirmed another fan’s dark theory. You can read it here.

Images: Rex Features / Warners Bro 

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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