The theory surrounds a drawn out passage in ‘The Goblet of Fire’, in which Hermione explains to fellow student Viktor Krum how her name is pronounced:
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.— Atulaa (@atulaak) September 17, 2018
Fans have long speculated that the interaction was there to teach us how to say her name ourselves. Let’s be honest, some of us were saying “Her-mee-own” and other painful variants way into the fourth instalment. This was also before the films came out and we finally got to hear the certified pronunciation out-loud after all.
In the book, Rowling made it explicit, writing: “‘Her – my – oh – nee,’ she said, slowly and clearly.”
Keen to engage with fans as always, Rowling took to Twitter to give us our answer:
Potterheads were excited, and promptly started chiming in with their own mispronunciations:
I used to say her-me-own :-)— varun (@thesimplecrew) September 17, 2018
My 7 year old brain read it as Her-Me-Own!! It wasn’t until I watched a Oprah interview that I understood I was saying it wrong all along.— Nicole Dodson (@NKDsoooCoolyaya) September 18, 2018
My Dad, to this day, still calls her “HER-MONEY” and like, she’s only been my favourite fictional character since I was TEN👏 FATHER👏SIXTEEN YEARS👏 pic.twitter.com/Wb3iRHJxwv— Megan Flockhart (@meganflockhart) September 18, 2018
Hehe. I always read it as hermy-won 😳— Kylie (@kyliehams) September 19, 2018
We’re glad she set us straight in the kindest way possible.
The news comes in light of the 2015 revelation that it’s “Volde-morrr” not “Volde-mort”, which swiftly disappeared into the ether as a piece of trivia too much for any of us to take on board.
... 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
At least there’s one thing we’ve always known for sure: “It’s Levi-O-sa, not Levio-SA.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.