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Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« on: November 17, 2004, 10:48:22 AM »

I found a pronunciation guide to Harry Potter terms online, and I have to admit, I've been pronouncing many words incorrectly. I was shocked to see some of these. Here's a list from the site, if you don't want to click it. (It's probably not good for slow computers.) I can't hear the site.

Taken from Scholastic Pronunciation Guide

Accio: AH-see-oh
Alastor: a-LAS-tor
Animagi: An-i-MAYJ-i
Animagus: An-i-MAYJ'us
Avada Kedavra: a-VAH-da ke-DAHV-ra
Azkaban: AZ-ka-ban
Basilisk: BAS-ilisk
Beauxbatons: BO-bat-ons
*Bellatrix Lestrange: BELL-a-tricks Le-STRAWNGE
Bogey: BO-gee
Boggart: BOGG'art
Cedric: SED-ric
Circe: SIR-see
Colloportus: Cull-low-PORE-tus
Dedalus Diggle: DEE-da-luss DIG-gull
Draco: DRAY-co
Dumbledore: DUM'bul-door
Erised: ERR-i-sed
Eeylops: EYE-lops
Fidelius Charm: Fi-DAY-lee-ous Charm
Firenze: Fir-EN-zee
Flagrate: Fla-GRA-tay
Grimmauld Place: GRIM-mold Place
Gryffindor: GRIFF'in-door
Hagrid: HAG'rid
Hermes: HER-mees
Hermione: Her-MY-own-nee
Imperturbable Charm: Im-per-TUR-bub-bull Charm
Knuts: K'nuts
Kreacher: CREE-chur
Legilimency: La-JILL-a-men-see
Lucius: LOU-see-us
Ludo: LEW-do
Malfoy: MAL-foy
McGonagall: M'GONE-a-gaul
Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Mim-BEW-luss Mim-bull-TONE-ee-ya
Mundungus Fletcher: Munn-DUNG-us FLET-chur
Nagini: Nag-EEN-ee
Narcissa: Nar-SISS-a
Occlumency: AW-clue-men-see
Patronus: Pa-TRONE-us
Pensieve: PEN-siv
Quidditch: KWID-itch
*Rabastan Lestrange: Ra-BASS-ton La-STRAWGE
*Rodolphus Lestrange: Ra-DOLL-fuss La-STRAWGE
Rowling: RO'ling
Rubeus: Ru-BAY-us
Seamus: SHAME-us
Sirius: (serious)
Slytherin: SLITHER-in
Tarantallegra: ta-RON-ta-LEG-gra
Thestrals: THESS-strulls
Veela: VEE-la
Veritaserum: VER-rhett-a-SEE-rum
Voldemort: It just flatlines here... does it actually say anything?
Wizengamot: WEE-zen-gaa-mought

*These are taken straight from the site. I can only assume the second two are mispelled, because I can't see why Lestrange wouldn't have a pronounced 'N'. Can someone who can hear this confirm if the 'N' is pronounced?


Anyways, I can't believe how much I've been saying wrong. I thought I had a pretty good handle on pronouncing the words, but my main mistakes came from putting the stress on the wrong syllable, and making some letters silent that weren't. Like "Knuts''... I always made the K silent, and pronounced it "nuts". And "Rubeus," I always said it with the stress on the first syllable and the long E sound (RU-bee-us). Anyone else make these kinds of mistakes? And likewise, is there anyone who's been pronouncing everything correctly?
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2004, 12:12:31 PM »

The ones that really surprised me were "accio," "Rubeus," (Which I agree with Shelly on, as does the movie, I think), and Alastor, since I've always heard it with the emphasis on the first syllable. (sp?) 

Oh, and I always prounounced Animagus with Gus, not Jus

The Voldemort flatline is probably to signify that you're not really supposed to say it outloud. ;)

Oh, and 10 points to Shelly for the cool topic.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2004, 02:07:43 PM »

I never really got the Lucius. I always imagined to be like Lew-see-us. And accio, I would have though it to be ax-io. Why are there two "c"s then!
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2004, 11:25:49 PM »

I agree with you, Ping, on Accio, but I always, for some reason, pronounced it "Ay-she-oh."

And I still want to know if JKR pronounces the -t in Voldemort.

And then there are the ones that I pronounce wrong, even though I know they're wrong, because they sound better to me. ^_^ Like Patronus. I put the stress on the first syllable.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2004, 12:02:45 AM »

I agree with Kelpie on Accio (AKS-ee-oh).  Lucius I never had a problem with.  I agree about patronus and a few others.  Dedalus I always pronounce with a short 'e' rather than a long 'e' (DEAD-uh-lus rather than DEE-duh-lus).  I do the same with Alastor (put the pronunciation on the first syllable rather than the second).

Otherwise, I feel like I've been pronouncing most of them right, except Hermione, which I didn't learn how to pronounch until book 4, and Voldemort, which I still think should be pronounced without the 't' regardless of what JKR does.  That 't' at the end just makes it all sound silly to me.  Oh, and animagi I've always pronounced with a hard 'g', but that's because I took/taught Latin and don't tend to Americanize/Anglicize words until forced to do so.  Oh, and also I would have pronounced Firenze "fir-ENZ", not "fir-ENZ-ee." 

... okay, so maybe I haven't been pronouncing them all correctly.  But I like my pronunciations better and I'm sticking to them.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2004, 05:05:17 AM »

Having taken six years of Latin, some habits are hard to break...so I always ended up with Ah-ki-oh.... a hard 'c'...I do this to every Latin word in the books... of course, I don't read them out loud, so it doesn't really matter in the end. It could be worse...I could start pronouncing everything Japanese style. *sigh*

And I somehow ended up thinking Loo-shee-us....where'd that come from? *ponders* I pronounce most things very strangely in my head, I've even caught myself adding or subtracting syllables until I look more closely at the word....it occaisionally makes other people laugh if I read out loud. :P
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2004, 07:16:02 AM »

The "ci" in English sometimes goes to "sh." I do the same thing.

Anyone seen "the Village"? Joaquin Phoenix's character was named Lucios (which weirded me out), but I can't remember how they pronounced it. Might be an American vs. British thing.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2004, 02:11:29 PM »

You know, it's strange, I've always pronounced accio AH-see-oh like it said! But I've always said Lucius wrong - I pronounce it LOU-shus - and don't get be started on Beauxbatons. I can't even spell how I said it!

It amazing really, how many words you realise you pronounce wrong once you see the pronounciation guide, isn't it? ;D
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2004, 02:17:51 AM »

*dances on Angelina's head*  I got 'em right!  I know 'em all!
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2004, 11:14:33 AM »

the only thing you know, Peeves, is how to pronounce rude noises.....

I have to say that Rubeus surprised me...Ru-BAY-us, hm....

And shouldn't it be Hermione:  Her-MO-nih-nee? ;D
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2004, 11:18:43 AM »

Hmm, well, I never heard that one before, actually.

Oh, and I agree with Cho on Dedalus and Firenze. Other than that, most of them were right. I can't make myself say "rolling" for Rowling, even though I've known forever the way I say it is incorrect. >_>
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2004, 11:20:20 AM »

Oh come now, haven't you read GoF?

Krum can never pronounce Hermione's name, and finally she endures his "Hermoninny".  A very amusing touch to the story, IMHO.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2004, 11:22:23 AM »

Oh, okay. You were being sarcastic. I couldn't tell.

Of course I've read GoF. I've practically memorized GoF. I just didn't connect your phoenetic spelling to the spelling in the book.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2004, 12:02:10 PM »

You couldn't tell?  Good, then my technique is getting better, after all.

Please tell me that GoF isn't the only HP book that you've practically memorized.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2004, 12:36:10 PM »

Um, no. It's not. As a matter of fact, I've read each book approximately twenty to forty times. But I digress. This topic isn't about who knows the books better.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2004, 10:02:34 AM »

*looks at list*

So apparently I've been pronouncing Rubeus wrong, as well as Lestrange, among other things. :P

I've never tried to pronounce most of the words, actually ...
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2004, 11:07:47 AM »

So what do you do?  Just skip over them?
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2004, 11:29:11 PM »

Well ... sort of. A combination of skipping over them and thinking of them as "ok, this word, it looks like this on paper, and it means ..."

Or something like that. It's a bit hard to explain.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2004, 08:39:17 AM »

I know what you mean, Xan. I do the same thing with quite a few fantasy books where the names aren't really pronounciation-friendly.
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2004, 01:16:50 AM »

I hand the book to someone else and have them try to say it...watching their face contort is so amusing... :laugh:
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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2004, 12:15:39 PM »

I'm not really the suprised.The only one that I pronunced wrong was accio

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Re: Pronunciation Guide: Anyone else surprised?
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2004, 07:27:27 PM »

I do have to admit to pronouncing "Lestrange" wrong...I pronounced it "Le-STRAHNGE" or "Le-STRANGE"....::shrugs:: oh well
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