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Old 01-18-2014, 08:50 AM   #16
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:53 AM   #17
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I confess that's how I pronounced it in my head for years, until the movies started coming out.
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I confess that's how I pronounced it in my head for years, until the movies started coming out.
Ah, the lack of a classical education . Hermione is a name from Greek mythology. She was the daughter of King Menelaus of Sparta, and Helen of Troy.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:00 AM   #19
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I imagine the real problem is that there was a movie. But then, as I'm often told, I'm pointlessly biased against movies in general for not holding true to canon.

Seriously, though, what do you expect?
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:24 AM   #20
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Ah, the lack of a classical education . Hermione is a name from Greek mythology. She was the daughter of King Menelaus of Sparta, and Helen of Troy.
And what does a lack of classical education have to do with not knowing how to pronounce the name? The ancient Greeks certainly didn't say Her - MY - oh - KNEE...
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:57 PM   #21
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Ah, the lack of a classical education . Hermione is a name from Greek mythology. She was the daughter of King Menelaus of Sparta, and Helen of Troy.
When I was younger, there was an English comidienne/actress named Hermione Baddeley and she was well-enough known even here that she was on some talk shows that I saw and I never forgot the name. I was thoroughly confused in the movie by Her-me-OH-nee.

So if a classical education isn't available, one can always fall back on comedy!
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:16 AM   #22
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And what does a lack of classical education have to do with not knowing how to pronounce the name?
It seems reasonable to me to suggest that if you're taught about the person, you're probably going to also be taught how to pronounce the name.
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Old 01-20-2014, 04:51 AM   #23
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It seems reasonable to me to suggest that if you're taught about the person, you're probably going to also be taught how to pronounce the name.
You've certainly got a point. But there might be other MR members who, like me, had their classical education in other languages. Being German, I was educated in that language, obviously, and I still find it hard to wrap my head around the way some Latin and Greek words are pronounced in English.

Her - MY - oh - KNEE, for instance, is about as wrong as it gets: The Greek name has an acute accent on the "o", so the name should have the stress there...
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Old 01-20-2014, 05:21 AM   #24
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What's wrong with Lettuce ?

Now there's a name with a bit of presence .........

[My roll-call of Aunties, all now sadly gorn on, include Lily, Rose (nicknamed Petal), Ivy, and Mabel and Flo(rence) for good measure.

No, they don't make names like they used to .........
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:11 PM   #25
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There were two fairly well known English actresses named Hermione, Hermione Gingold and Hermione Baddeley.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:24 AM   #27
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:29 PM   #28
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I have to wonder if it turned out to be more the case that the actors who played Harry and Hermione went through a fairly uneventful transition from child to young adult. The kid who played Ron, on the other hand, went through the gawky and somewhat unattractive goofy teenage phase (like most normal humans )

Ron was actually my favorite character in the first movie. I was disappointed that Rowling & Hollywood turned him into such a whiner as he got older.
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I have to wonder if it turned out to be more the case that the actors who played Harry and Hermione went through a fairly uneventful transition from child to young adult. The kid who played Ron, on the other hand, went through the gawky and somewhat unattractive goofy teenage phase (like most normal humans )

Ron was actually my favorite character in the first movie. I was disappointed that Rowling & Hollywood turned him into such a whiner as he got older.
It could also be that they were trying to present what they thought was normal given the character's home life's. I mean Hermione was an only child and technically so is Harry since he and his cousin don't really connect while Ron is the youngest son of 6 and the only one younger is his sister Ginny. So naturally he would have been the one picked on by most of his siblings and would probably have gotten it good if he'd done the same to Ginny. So he developed into a bit of a whiner in part because of that. And of course Mrs. Weasley tended to keep the kids a bit tied to her apron strings.
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There were two fairly well known English actresses named Hermione, Hermione Gingold and Hermione Baddeley.
Hermione Norris from Spooks.
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