This Harry Potter Scene Had a Special Purpose You May Not Have Realized

J.K. Rowling is nothing if not deliberate.

The last book in her famed Harry Potter series may have been published more than a decade ago, but we're still always learning more about her work. The author recently confirmed a fan theory about how a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire scene came to be, and it turns out she sneaked it in for a very specific purpose.

For some background, long before the first Harry Potter movie came out, readers were left to their own devices when it came to pronouncing the most complicated names in the series. That was especially true of the name Hermione, so J.K. decided to clear up the confusion. Mind you, this was before Twitter existed, so instead of explaining it in 140 characters, she found a way to incorporate a little lesson into one of her books. When Hermione attended the Yule Ball with Viktor Krum in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. had the brilliant witch team the famed Seeker how to pronounce her name properly.

Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

(Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire via Warner Bros. Pictures)

A fan recently posted about that scene on Twitter, writing, "Theory: @jk_rowling included that passage on how to pronounce Hermione's name in Goblet of Fire just to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum."

J.K. saw the message, and she let the fan know that that's exactly what her intent was. "Theory correct," she wrote.

And there you have it: J.K. Rowling knows what she's doing, in case that wasn't already clear.


Hermione is just one of the Harry Potter series' awesome characters. Click HERE to read our ranking of the 30 most notable ones.