Roald Dahl’s widow reveals that main character of ‘Willy Wonka’ was originally black
Roald Dahl’s beloved story of Charlie Bucket and his magical journey through the weird and wonderful world that is the Willy Wonka Factory has entranced the young and the young at heart for decades, but a new development in the Charlie’s origins might just change the way we think of the story altogether.
A recent interview with Felicity, Roald Dahl’s widow, and biographer Donald Sturrock, Felicity revealed that Charlie was “a little black boy” in Dahl’s original drafts. It was Roald’s agent who told him to change Charlie into a white boy, saying that keeping him black was a “bad idea.”
The revelation comes as surprise as the author was once accused of being a racist.
When asked if the idea of Charlie being black would interest Felicity Dahl, she said she was open to it, saying “it would be wonderful.”