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Why does pronunciation of spells matter?

Obviously, spells in Harry Potter can be cast nonverbally as well as verbally. In the first year Charms class, they haven't gotten up to nonverbal spells yet. But as they are trying to cast ...
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Is “Smaug” pronounced “Smog”?

Did Tolkien the linguist intend for the name of the dragon Smaug to be pronounced "Smog" [IPA: /smɒɡ/ or /smɔːɡ/]? The trailer for the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy pronounces the word (...
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What is the correct pronunciation of Hermione?

When I first read the Harry Potter books at age 8 Hermione's name always vexed me. Now after seeing the movies I read her name as spoken in the movies, but did Rowling ever give us a phonetic ...
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How did the White Witch know how to pronounce the deplorable word?

How did the White Witch know how to pronounce the deplorable word, anyway? No one could have spoken it to her, because that would invoke it...
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In C.S. Lewis' Narnia stories, how was “Calormen/Calormene” originally pronounced?

I grew up pronouncing them "CAL-er-men" and "CAL-er-mean", but I've increasingly heard "cuh-LOR-men" for both instead, which I like better. Did C. S. Lewis ever say which he used, or does someone (...
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What Is the Correct Pronunciation of Beauxbatons?

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 ...
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Which names (besides for Voldemort) do the movies pronounce wrong?

JK Rowling has said the Voldemort is pronounced Voldemor (with a slient t). In the movies they always pronounce it Voldemort. Are there any other names which the movies pronounce incorrectly?
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How to pronounce Mos Eisley?

For several months I've been a regular participant in this site's chatroom, Mos Eisley. But I've never seen Star Wars, so I don't know how to pronounce the name! Is it "moz ice-lee" or "moss eyes-lay" ...
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How is 'Iratus' Pronounced?

In Stargate Atlantis, they creatures called Iratus bugs (what the Wraith evolved or mutated from), how do you pronounce 'Iratus', is it like I-RAT-US, E-RAT-US or E-RATE-US ? Because I've heard it ...