Wednesday, January 02, 2008

I am traumatised.

I got the third Harry Potter book out of the library to read while I'm here.

Lisa has a 40-minute commute to work, so she has gone through most of the series in the form of books on tape (gotta love a library). She's also seen several of the movies.

So, as I prepared to open the hefty Volume Three, I asked her a question that has been bugging me ever since I read the first one.

I was most displeased with the response.

Hermione Granger.

Not HER-me-own.

No, no.

her-ME-oh-knee.

I'll be over here in the fetal position if anyone needs me.

13 comments:

Phydeaux January 02, 2008 3:02 PM  

Ummm, I thought it was pronounced

her-MY-oh-knee

Dad January 02, 2008 5:06 PM  

Ha! I was just logging on to say that although I haven't done Harry Potter, I always thought Hermione was pronounced

her-MY-oh-knee.

(Gimme five, Phydeaux.)

Erin January 02, 2008 6:52 PM  

High Fives all around, Phydeaux & Dad, I just clicked through to say the same thing - that the movies have pronounced it Her-My-Oh-Knee, though I always read it as HER-me-own.

Phydeaux January 02, 2008 7:10 PM  

(HF to dad... and erin)

Also, Jen?

Nice touch on the Anglicized spelling of the post title. Totally didn't notice it the first time I popped by.

I'm getting my yearly quota of cluelessness out of the way early.

Carroll January 02, 2008 7:18 PM  

Definitely "her-MY-oh-nee"

I think it's very cool that some people are still in the process of discovering/reading through the series. I doubt there's a child alive when they came out who hasn't read the whole thing, but it's neat to realize that future waves of younger children (and all the "just getting around to it" adults :) still have that grand adventure to look forward to :-)

pidomon January 02, 2008 8:14 PM  

Harry Who? is he supermans sidekick?

Dad January 03, 2008 6:07 AM  

This won't help Jennifer's current traumatisation, but it may enable her (and others) to avoid such problems in the future by enabling her (and others) to find certainty BEFORE making hard-to-break assumptions.

I invite her (and others) to Google "say how?" and learn how many names are pronounced. This reference, created by the National Library Service to enable readers for the blind to correctly pronounce names of public figures.

In this case, it's Hermione Gingold, a british actress from the days of yore (i.e. my childhood.)

Glad to be of help...

lisa January 03, 2008 8:20 AM  

Just so we're clear, her-ME-oh-knee did not come from me. I said the movies call her her-MY-oh-knee, while the books on tape say her-MAH-knee. Up to book five. He switched pronunciations for book five so it's consistent with the movies.

Dad January 03, 2008 4:53 PM  

Guess he didn't know about "say how?" in time for the first four books... Poor fellow.

DCup January 03, 2008 10:27 PM  

Jen - Until I saw the first movie, I thought it was Her-mee-own, too.

Sandy January 06, 2008 9:13 AM  

I don't read the books but when faced with such situations, I just give them nicknames in my mind. He(?) would have been Hermie to me. How's that for lazy?

The Cunning Runt January 15, 2008 5:32 PM  

"Her-MY-oh-knee," "His-YOUR-oh-ankle," what's in a name?

Just don't mess MINE up, or the FCC will have your head!

Jennifer January 15, 2008 6:30 PM  

I know, right?

Hey everybody? The Cunning Runt is a boy, so don't even go there. (Not that you wouldn't be in very fine company if you did...)

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