So, she decided to make it crystal clear in the fourth book of her fantasy novel series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, published in 2000.
Rowling wrote a passage in which Granger teaches Bulgarian Quidditch star Viktor Krum the correct way to articulate Hermione’s first name (Her-My-Oh-Nee) so fans would get it right.
Rowling confirmed the fan theory on Twitter Tuesday, after user @atulaak suggested the scene was included solely “to school all of us who were saying HER-MY-OWN like Viktor Krum.”
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.
— Atulaa (@atulaak) September 17, 2018
Others on Twitter predictably delighted at the confirmation:
My 7 year old brain read it as Her-Me-Own!! It wasn’t until I watched a Oprah interview that I understood I was saying it wrong all along.
— Nicole Dodson (@NKDsoooCoolyaya) September 18, 2018
Now teach us how to enunciate the spells so they actually work! :3
— WONDER LION (@Lionel_Layton) September 18, 2018
My Dad, to this day, still calls her “HER-MONEY” and like, she’s only been my favourite fictional character since I was TEN FATHERSIXTEEN YEARS pic.twitter.com/Wb3iRHJxwv
— Megan Flockhart (@meganflockhart) September 18, 2018
Before the movies I always pronounced it “Herman”
— Chris Davis (@Jcld1029) September 18, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.