And speaking of the Harry Potter books, what's up with Hermione?
Two things bothered me about Hermione while reading the books. Firstly, what's up with that name? Every time I read it, I had to pause to attempt to remember the pronunciation. In fact, I didn't quite get it until about Book 6, despite my co-workers' pronunciation reminders. I'm sure the author, J.K. Rowling, probably included a pronunciation explanation early in the series, but it somehow didn't sink in. Finally, later in the series, Ron develops a habit of saying "Er-my-nee," which greatly sped my reading.