‘Harry Potter’ fans are in for a shock! The writer of the world’s most beloved fictional book series, JK Rowling has made a startling revelation about the book’s iconic villain Lord Voldemort. Apparently, readers and movie watchers around the world have been pronouncing ‘Voldemort’ incorrectly. According to JK Rowling, the ‘t’ in Voldemort is supposed to be silent! This news has surely left us awestruck and so is the ‘Harry Potter’ fandom, who are freaking out over this confession.
Apparently, when one of the fans revealed that the ‘t’ in Voldemort is silent according to JK Rowling, the author tweeted saying, “… but I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who pronounces it that way.” This was enough to get the Internet going and soon every ‘Harry Potter’ fan started expressing their reactions. Interestingly, Vol-de-mort means ‘flight of death’ in French, and according to the French readers of ‘Harry Potter’, they have always pronounced it correctly as ‘t’ remains silent in French.
Since the past 15 years all of us including the actors, directors, movie watchers, book readers have been pronouncing the name of He Who Must Not Be Named incorrectly. Well, thanks for bursting our bubble Rowling! The 7 book series which was first released in the year 1997, has been translated in 74 languages and sold over 450 million copies worldwide, according to Scholastic. Earlier it was announced that an illustrated version of the books will be released this year.
On January 13, Scholastic announced that the first book of the series, ‘Harry Potter’ and the Sorcerer’s Stone’, would be released in living color on October 6, 2015. Scholastic plans to release each book of the series each year over throughout the course of the next seven years. The series is being revamped with the help of artist Jim Kay who is overwhelmed by the opportunity. Well now we can pronounce Voldemort correctly at least in the illustrated series!