So you know... You-Know-Who? You know, The Dark Lord? He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? How do you pronounce his real name? Sound it out in your brain right now.
According to the woman who invented him, you probably just did it totally wrong.
Yup, despite all the times we've heard Lord Voldemort's name spoken aloud in the "Harry Potter" movies and video games and the like, J.K. Rowling says we've been off in our pronunciation this entire time. And this isn't the first time she's had to correct us, either, according to one fan on Twitter with whom she commiserated recently:
Because Voldemort has its roots in French -- the word "mort" literally means "death" -- the "t" should be silent, so we should all be saying it "Vol-de-more." Well, maybe you should have taken Daniel Radcliffe aside and said that to him, huh J.K.?
To be fair, there is one other person who got it right: Jim Dale, the voice actor who narrated the entire "Harry Potter" audiobook series. Before the first "Harry Potter" movie was released in 2001, he faithfully read the name with it's silent T. But after the movies started to become popular, he changed his tune to match.
But it could be worse! Back in the fourth grade I had a teacher who read "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in class and pronounced the last name of the Dursleys as "Drooslee" and Hermione as "Hermy-own." We're all only a letter off in comparison.
Still, an in-book pronunciation guide like the one Rowling gave us for Hermione in "Goblet Of Fire" would have been nice...