J.K. Rowling reveals the correct way to pronounce ‘Voldemort’

Voldemort has a silent “t”. Voldemort has a silent “t”.
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Voldemort has a silent “t”.

Voldemort has a silent “t”.

He is the wizard so evil he is known as “He Who Must Not Be Named”, but it seems there is another reason why the witches and wizards of Hogwarts shouldn’t try to say Voldemort’s name: they are probably saying it incorrectly.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling announced that the villain of her story should be pronounced with a silent “t”.

Responding to a fan’s assertion that she had said in the past that Voldemort’s name was pronounced in such a manner, Rowling, 50, confirmed the fan had remembered correctly.

“But I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounced it that way,” the British author added. … but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way. https://t.co/HxhJ5XY5HP— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 9, 2015

In this sense, Voldemort takes his linguistic cues from United States comedian Stephen Colbert, or camembert cheese.

The pronunciation seems logical given Voldemort’s name closely resembles the French “vol de mort” (“theft of death”) in which the “t” is silent.

His name has been widely speculated as a reference to the character’s evasion of death by splitting his soul into various pieces and hiding them across the wizarding world.

However, Rowling can’t really blame her fans for messing up their pronunciation of the Dark Lord’s moniker.

In the film adaptation of Rowling’s bestselling books and in series’ audiobooks (narrated by Stephen Fry), Voldemort’s name is distinctly pronounced with a hard “t”.

J. K. Rowling has been increasingly active on Twitter this year, sharing various tidbits about Harry Potter’s world with the books’ fans.

Last week, the author informed her 5.45 million followers that Harry’s son, James S. Potter, had started school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, having been sorted into Gryffindor house.

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