by Dana Samuel
According to one popular Harry Potter fan theory, JK Rowling included a particular passage in The Goblet of Fire specifically to inform fans how to properly pronounce Hermione Granger's name—and apparently, that theory was so spot-on that Rowling just confirmed it herself.
Earlier this week, a fan tweeted, "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."
The passage in question happens when we're introduced to Viktor Krum in The Goblet of Fire. In the book, Rowling explains the Bulgarian is pronouncing Hermione's name wrong, by saying it as "Her-my-own" rather than "Her-my-o-knee." The theory suggests that not only did Rowling put that passage in to school Viktor on pronunciation, but also so readers would know how to properly say her name.
How accurate is this theory? 100 percent! Yesterday, Rowling simply tweeted, "Theory correct," in response to the original post.
We should really thank Rowling for that, because to be honest, we, among tons of other Harry Potter fans, were saying Hermione wrong for a long time before The Goblet of Fire.