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I love the adult animation adaptation of Castlevania that is on Netflix. Of course, it’s not perfect. For one thing, the music is a bit underwhelming. And there’s another particular thing that has been plaguing my mind for quite some time. And that is what I’m going to talk about now.
I think Dracula should’ve used the French pronunciation of the Belmont family name. So, “bɛlmɔ̃” instead of “Belmont”. This idea came from watching the scene where Trevor tells Sypha the short version of his family’s history. Here’s a summary: They came from France.
Look, I’m an idiot. I don’t even know how to pronounce “Albert Camus”. You see, I’m just not a cultured man.
But I know Dracula Vlad Țepeș is. It’s part of his character to be well-read and scientifically minded — basically, a renaissance man.
Dracula has also been fighting (or at least known about) the Belmonts since they moved out of France some 200 years ago. And if the first Belmonts in Wallachia met Dracula, I would assume they introduced themselves with the French pronunciation. And if Dracula only heard about the Belmonts for the first decade or two, he would still likely know that they came from France. And therefore, would pronounce the name as any nobleman would — the French, and technically correct, way.
But does this matter? Nah, not really. Dracula pronouncing “Belmont” in the French way would not actually add anything to the character. But it would underscore that yes: Dracula is ungodly old, well-educated, and also a traditionalist.
This is, by the way, the conservative mindset that makes him believe humans to be food; not friends. And when he broke with this mindset, it ended up costing him his wife.
But again, it’s not a big deal because its only role would be as an emphasis. Besides, it’s not like anybody else in the series used the French pronunciation.
Expect, there is a guy who sometimes did. And that is the shovel guy at the beginning of the series. So, in a sense, the guy who has a half-brother (who is also his cousin), is more cultured than Dracula Vlad Țepeș. So, yeah, that’s a bit strange.