J.K. Rowling Confirms Fan Theory About Hermione's Name

Lea van der Merwe

The Harry Potter universe has enthralled fans of the series since the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was released in 1997. Six more books, eight movies, and 21 years later, fans are still coming up with new theories surrounding the beloved characters and their stories.

From time to time, author J.K. Rowling will put her hand up and confirm some of these fan theories on her Twitter account. Some that have been confirmed include the fact that Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore is gay. Dumbledore is the personification of Death in the Tale of the Three Brothers, and the fact that Ron and Hermione probably should not have ended up together.

One of the more recent theories is that Hermione Granger, one of Harry's best friends throughout the books, explained the pronunciation of her name to Durmstrang student Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in order to help fans of the books who had been pronouncing it incorrectly.

As reported by TIME, Rowling confirmed this theory yesterday via Twitter after a fan posed the theory. The original text in the book reads as follows.

"Hermione was now teaching Krum to say her name properly; he kept calling her 'Hermy-own.' 'Her – my – oh – nee,' she said, slowly and clearly. 'Herm – own – ninny.' 'Close enough,' she said, catching Harry's eye and grinning."

Following Rowling's confirmation tweet, fans have flocked to comment on the post, sharing their own variations of pronunciations they had come up with when first reading the books.

Of course, now the name is popular among young parents, with Baby Center noting a spike upwards of 60 million in 2016 (right around the time the Potter generation would have grown up and started having children).

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