Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
When it comes to Harry Potter, you’re probably pretty confident that you know everything. You’ll be clued up on the Hermione theory, you’ll have read about why Rupert Grint almost quit the movies after Goblet of Fire, and you probably use these inspirational Harry Potter quotes on the regular.
And the real hardcore Potterheads among you will even have stocked up on these Harry Potter baubles, because who doesn’t want a magically dressed Christmas tree?
However, it turns out that we’ve had it all wrong when it comes to one key player in the wizarding world.
He Who Must Not Be Named has actually been named all wrong, and we had absolutely no idea.
Harry Potter fans will undoubtedly pronounce the ‘t’ at the end of Voldemort because, let’s face it, that’s how they say it in the movies, too.
But it turns out that the ‘t’ is supposed to be silent, making it ‘Vol-de-mor’ instead.
How do we know this? Well, recently List25 tweeted: ‘#DidYouKnow Contrary to popular belief, the ‘t’ at the end of Voldemort is silent. The name comes from the French words meaning ‘flight of death’.’
And J.K. Rowling herself admitted that the villain’s moniker should be said that way.
A fan tweeted: “One piece of Harry Potter trivia I always forget to mention: the ‘t’ is silent in Voldemort.
J.K. then replied: “… but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way.”
While this exchange happened back in 2015, people are only just starting to realise that they’ve been saying Voldemort wrong this whole time.
Brb, we’re re-evaluating everything right now.