Willy Wonka

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'Mr Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!'

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“'Mr Willy Wonka is the most amazing, the most fantastic, the most extraordinary chocolate maker the world has ever seen!'" - Grandpa Joe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka himself appears in two of Roald Dahl's stories: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - which has been adapted into two films, an opera and a stage musical - and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. His chocolate factory also appears briefly in James and the Giant Peach, and his famous Wonka chocolate makes an appearance in The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.

Willy Wonka is extraordinary. He's a chocolate-making genius who relishes nonsense. He can't abide ugliness in factories. And he likes to make mischief, even if that means talking to the President of the United States whilst pretending to be a man from Mars, as he does in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

This is how Roald describes Willy Wonka, the very first time we see him in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

"How clever he looked! How quick and sharp and full of life! He kept making quick jerky little movements with his head, cocking it this way and that, and taking everything in with those bright twinkling eyes. He was like a squirrel in the quickness of his movements, like a quick clever old squirrel from the park."

And he's not just a genius with chocolate. Mr Wonka is also a very well-travelled man, having been all the way to Loompa-Land and to the farthest reaches of outer space. He's a thoughtful man, who knows that only a child like Charlie could ever be the right person to take over his Chocolate Factory. And he's a clever man, with a knack of getting the right people to do the right things at the right time. 

In short, Mr Willy Wonka is a man who knows a thing or two. 

On film, this iconic character has been bought to life by Gene Wilder (in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and Johnny Depp (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005.)

The Oompa-Loompas

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A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.

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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.

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Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you!

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Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Whipped cream isn’t whipped at all unless it’s been whipped with whips.

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Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

-The many faces of Mr Wonka-

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