International Friendship Day

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Roald Dahl HQ
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1:00pm, 30th July
Charlie, James, Matilda, The BFG

Today, 30 July, is the United Nations' International Day of Friendship, so we're celebrating some of the wonderful friendships in Roald Dahl's books

Happy International Day of Friendship!

Today is all about celebrating friendships between "peoples, countries, cultures and individuals." And as Roald Dahl's stories are full of fantastic friends, we thought it was a great time to share some of our favourites. 

For more on the UN's International Day of Friendship, visit the website.

The BFG and Sophie

The BFG and Sophie, from Roald Dahl's The BFG, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake

This might seem an unlikely friendship - a small girl who lives in an orphanage and a Big Friendly dream-catching Giant whose neighbours are pretty horrible - but it's one of the sweetest in all of Roald Dahl's stories. And it results in an incredibly audacious giant-catching plot. Proof that two heads are better than one.

Miss Honey and Matilda

Matilda and Miss Honey from Roald Dahl's Matilda, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake

Despite being the cleverest person in her class, at home, Matilda Wormwood is pretty unlucky. Her parents are horrible and she gets no credit for her incredible powers. Luckily, she finds a friend in her lovely teacher, Miss Honey - and in the other children in her class, especially Lavender.

Matilda liked [Lavender] because she was gutsy and adventurous. She liked Matilda for exactly the same reasons.

James and his insect friends

James and the insects, from Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake

When we first meet James Henry Trotter, he is a sad boy, kept from making friends with the other children that live nearby by his horrible aunts Spiker and Sponge. It takes a bit of magic and a giant fruit, but James does eventually find some wonderful new friends - and they're pretty unusual. 

Charlie and Grandpa Joe

Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe, from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake

Friendships come in all shapes and sizes, and Charlie Bucket's storytelling Grandpa Joe is a great example. He might spend a lot of time in his bed at the beginning of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but he's as caring a friend to Charlie as anyone could be. Plus, they share a love for Mr Wonka's delicious chocolate bars that gives them a deep understanding of each other.