The picture showed a nine-year-old boy who was so enormously fat he looked as though he had been blown up with a powerful pump.
"The picture showed a nine-year-old boy who was so enormously fat he looked as though he had been blown up with a powerful pump." - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Augustus Gloop ("The great big greedy nincompoop!" as the Oompa-Loompas sing later) appears in Roald Dahl's story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has since been adapted into two films, an opera and a West End musical.
Augustus is a young boy who enjoys eating. His mother, Mrs Gloop, tells us he eats so much chocolate it would have been impossible for him not to find one of the Golden Tickets hidden in Willy Wonka's chocolate bars, and so win a trip to the Chocolate Factory.
In the original story Roald Dahl doesn't tell us where Augustus is from, but in the 1971 film he hails from the fictional town of Dusselheim. In the 2005 film, he's from Düsseldorf, and in the 2013 West End musical production he is from Bavaria. All of these places are in Germany, so most of us think of Augustus as being German.
One thing for certain, though, is that Augustus is a greedy boy. Once inside Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory he's so keen to get started that he won't listen to what Mr Wonka says and very nearly meets a very sticky end in that chocolate river. Luckily, the Oompa-Loompas are on hand to divert Augustus from the fudge room, but it's close...
On film, Augustus has been portrayed by actors Michael Bollner (1971) and Philip Wiegratz (2005).
This stuff is fabulous...Gosh, I need a bucket to drink it properly!
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory