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Old 08-17-2012, 12:23 PM   #141
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A sad one I blame on being very young. Seamus was Seam-Uss, not Shame-uss. My mum corrected that one pretty quickly, but still.
It's... not Seam-Uss?
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:28 PM   #142
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Nope. It's pronounced Shame-uss.
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:01 PM   #143
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A sad one I blame on being very young. Seamus was Seam-Uss, not Shame-uss. My mum corrected that one pretty quickly, but still.
Hell, I thought the same until I was like 15 on account of being illiterate Australian swine. When I finally made the connection between the character and my racist hate-filled stereotypes (all of them being green drunks named shay-mus) about the Irish, I damn near shat a second Uluru.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:24 PM   #144
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I pronounced 'Sirius' as 'Cyrus' for a while. Lucius was also 'Loo-shuss'.

I also pictured Hagrid as Tony the Tiger. I still mentally read his lines with Tony the Tiger's voice. Snape had a neckbeard too.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:21 PM   #145
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Lucius was also 'Loo-shuss'.
It's not Loo-shuss!?
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:01 PM   #146
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I thought it was more like Loo-see-uss.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:41 PM   #147
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I thought it was more like Loo-see-uss.
Depends on your accent. Both are technically correct.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:10 AM   #148
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God damn you people need to learn to read.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:17 PM   #149
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I was taught to read phonetically, which means that anything borrowed from a foreign language is going to be horribly mangled. For example: Akatsuki "Ah Cat Suki" and not " Ah Cut Ski".
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:34 PM   #150
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I came in here to see what I'd been pronouncing wrong in Harry Potter, only to learn that I've been doing Naruto wrong for years as well.

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Old 08-18-2012, 07:39 PM   #151
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God damn you people need to learn to read.
???

If they're able to post in a forum, reading obviously isn't the problem.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #152
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And I prefer Ginevra over Ginerva; the latter just sounds strange to me.
Right? Ginerva sounds like a deleterious condition.

"He was suffering from a pernicious case of ginerva, but the doctor prescribed some antibiotics and a special shampoo; hopefully that will clear it up."


There's lumbago, vertigo, and ginerva. God help you if you get all three at once.

I know there are a lot of people out there who think Ginny is a disease but, really, 'Ginerva?' I've just never understood that one. It doesn't sound like something you'd name a human being... more like a classification for fungus.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:48 PM   #153
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???

If they're able to post in a forum, reading obviously isn't the problem.
Assume anyone with that many posts on this forum is being funny/sarcastic.
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I used to pronounce it Lu-Key-Us, as in the latin name.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:36 AM   #155
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A sad one I blame on being very young. Seamus was Seam-Uss, not Shame-uss. My mum corrected that one pretty quickly, but still.
Wait what? FML...

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:43 AM   #156
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:01 AM   #157
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I, too, was under the belief that Ginny's full name was Ginerva. Well, live and learn. Seamus was 'Seam-uss' too, at least until the movies.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:52 PM   #158
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I don't know why, but I remember when I first read Harry Potter 7, I thought that the '19 years later' bit was a lot more than 19 years later. So I pictured Harry & co. as upper-middle aged, instead of in their 30s.

Even once I figured out it was only 19 years later, I couldn't get rid of the mental image until the movie came out. xD
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:49 AM   #159
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That Harry Potter was a wizard with magical powers who attended Hogwarts.

http://imgur.com/gallery/wq8Xm

In all seriousness, I also got the pronunciation wrong on Sirius. Also, I don't remember exactly if I thought this and this would be a fairly large misconception if so but I believe there was a strong chance I thought Tonks was a man when I first read OotP.

Yes, that's a fairly large reading fail but I was much younger then and was probably just gobbling down the book as fast as I could.

Last misconception I had(and this is just my personal opinion here) that PoA (my favorite Hp book) would eventually be outclassed by a later book in the series. To me it never was, and remains my favorite. I'm not sure why I liked PoA so much but I just find that one to be particularly excellent. It was also a refreshing change that Voldemort really wasn't in the book at all and instead focused on characters like Lupin, Sirius, and Peter.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:51 AM   #160
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