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The Prisoner of Azkaban

[weather|slushy rainy]
[mood|tired... bleah]

I need to be sick more often... well, no, I don't actually want to be sick, I just want more time to read and sleep. Saturday and Sunday, I was feeling more rested than I ever have been in years, even though it was drug induced and I slept just about around the clock.

I finished The Prisoner of Azkaban (third Harry Potter book) last night... which was a really bad idea because I had to go to work this morning, but eh, whatever. I had resolved to go to bed early (2200h) and read until I fell asleep. This is about all the time I have for reading. It usually works, I have to backtrack a little the next time for the bit that didn't quite stick to my brain while I zone in and out of consciousness. But last night, I thought I was really close to the end... for three hours. =D

I'm starting to get the hang of JKR and I pretty much guessed the ending to PoA. My guess was right, but still didn't spoil it too much. It was a little more complicated than I thought and I still enjoyed it.

Questions for all the Potter Fans:

How do you pronounce "Slytherin"? I can't decide if it's supposed to be slitherin' (as in "a snake's prime method of motion" which fits fairly well, if not a little too obvious) or if it's a long-i (as in "SLY-there-in").

How do you say "Hermione"? I'm lost after the second syllable.

Pronunciations is one of the reasons I want to see the movie. Just to see how off I am. I'll probably see it one night this week.


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Dec. 17th, 2001 01:57 pm (UTC)
Slytherin has a short i.

Hermione, in my head I was pronouncing it "hermee-own" but in the 4th book they actually say it's "herm-eye-oh-knee".

When I was reading the books I was pronouncing Quidditch "kidditch".
Dec. 17th, 2001 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)

I've been saying "kidditch" too.

I find it incredibly interesting, though, that at my company Christmas party, I saw a round banner behind the snooker table with a stag head on it and around it were the words "CUIDICH 'N RIGH".

I wondered if Quidditch had anything to do with Snooker (multiple coloured balls). But I looked it up and the round banner is a Clan MacKenzie regimental symbol "Cuidich 'n Righ" is gaelic for "Help the King" (referring to Alexander III of Scotland). It was just a coincidence that it was right near the Snooker table.
Dec. 18th, 2001 06:17 am (UTC)
I like all the interesting names that JKR comes up with. Muggles is my favorite. :-)
Dec. 18th, 2001 09:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure it's not a coincidence that it sounds like "muddles". =)
Dec. 17th, 2001 04:51 pm (UTC)
Haven't read them, but a word is a word...

Hermione: HERM-ian
Slytherin: I like the film version with SLITHER-in but I'd likely go with SLY-th-rin if I read it first.
Dec. 18th, 2001 06:15 am (UTC)
Well according to Hermione herself in book 4, it's herm-eye-oh-nee...
Dec. 17th, 2001 06:56 pm (UTC)
I pronounce them her-mee-oh-nee and sli-ther-in when I read to my son. The slither reference is just too obvious to pass up, and Hermione, well, I think of names like Antigone and other greek names like it - it was an-ti-guh-NEE (or possibly an-TIG-uh-nee). So her-mee-uh-nee would probably work too, but I prefer her-mee-oh-nee.

If you'd like to read a long argument about it: http://pub61.ezboard.com/fpojosezboardfrm43.showMessage?topicID=251.topic

Dec. 18th, 2001 06:21 am (UTC)
According to Hermione herself, in book 4, she tells people that she hates it when people pronounce her name hermee-ohn when it's herm-EYE-uh-nee (or herm-eye-oh-nee, I forget which. I just know that I was pronouncing it herm-ee-ohnn in my head until then! I wish they would've said that in book 1 instead of in book 4)..
Dec. 18th, 2001 09:42 am (UTC)
herm-EYE-uh-nee sounds a bit better... I just have a lot of trouble with herm-eye-OWN-nee.
Dec. 18th, 2001 12:04 pm (UTC)
yeah herm-eye-uh-nee, that's how I've been pronouncing it. I think in the book she put herm-eye-own-ee but maybe that's how the brits would pronounce it?
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