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What is the correct pronunciation of 'Beauxbatons'?

I was wondering about Beauxbatons this morning. In the Goblet of Fire movie, Dumbledore pronounces Beauxbatons as "Bo-ba-tins." It's been many years since I've taken French, but I've always pronounced Beauxbatons in my head as "Bo-bah-tahn" and with only the tiniest bit of "n".

Has J.K. Rowling ever gone on the record as to how Beauxbatons is pronounced? J.K. Rowling was a French teacher prior to becoming a published writer, so I wonder if she's ever shared the pronunciation in any interviews. It seems like a topic she might like to discuss. Or perhaps a native French speaker could weigh in?

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The french pronunciation of Beauxbatons is "Bo-ba-ton" with the ending sounding almost the same as the english word "bond" without pronuncing the "d"

The standard pronunciation form is : /bɑ.tɔ̃/

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I would make this a comment, but SE is not letting me make a comment. In his voice recording of the books, Jim Dale pronounces Beauxbatons the "French" way.

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Can you clarify what "French way" means for the non-french-speakers? –  DVK Dec 5 '12 at 2:01
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No need for it to be a comment, it is a valid answer and has supporting semi-canonical evidence. –  John O Dec 5 '12 at 2:47
    
@DVK : See Eregrith's answer below. The last syllable has a nasal vowel that does not exist in English. You almost but not quite say the "n" sound. –  Stefan Smith Dec 6 '12 at 0:36

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