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Posted: September 11, 2015

Harry Potter villain's name has been pronounced wrong this whole time

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By Lexie Hammesfahr

Since Harry Potter took over pop culture, everything associated with the wizard's archnemisis Voldemort has equated to fear. And now an even scarier thought: Muggles and wizards alike should've felt his wrath a long time ago because apparently his name has been pronounced wrong the entire time.

"Lord Voldemort, himself!" one anchor said.

"There's a deep rage in Voldemort," Ralph Fiennes said.

"This is going to be Harry's last chance to finish the Voldemort problem," Daniel Radcliffe said.

Everyone pronounces the Harry Potter villain's name with a hard 'T': Voldemort, including Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in the movies as well as Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

But J.K. Rowling left Potter fans questioning the meaning of life (again) Wednesday night when she replied to a tweet concerning the correct pronunciation. Apparently the 'T' in Voldemort's name is silent, so it's actually pronounced "Vol-de-more." (Video via Warner Bros. / "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix")

Just take a moment really quickly to let that sink in.

Not to point wands or fingers, but if there's one person to blame for the mishap, it might be JK Rowling herself. After all, she consulted on the movies, meaning she had eight movies to correct the actors' pronunciation.

Although "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" chimed in on the conversation in 2010. He posted a tweet saying, "Yo my names Voldemort & the t is silent, but don't say my name or imma get violent #FreestyleFriday."

Let's all be thankful he didn't get violent over this. 

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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