The Dark Lord’s name is obviously based on the French word for death, mort, which has a silent ‘t’ at the end. So why do the movies and fans all say the ‘t’?
If this conundrum describes you, then today is your day to feel validated: J.K. Rowling confirmed the ‘t’ should have been silent all along.
… but I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who pronounces it that way. https://t.co/HxhJ5XY5HP— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 9, 2015
Her Highness has actually mentioned the pronunciation issue before, in earlier interviews that predate the movies. Apparently by the time the first film came out in 2001, she’d given up the battle and let the fans decide Voldemor(t)’s linguistic fate.
We have to say, though, that we think Voldemort is much scarier with the ‘t.’ Even if Lord Voldemort himself apparently doesn’t agree:
Maybe we should all return to calling him He Who Must Not Be Named. Fear of a name only increases fear of the name itself, sure, but mispronouncing it?
Even Dark Lords deserve better.