Six children in the chocolate factory? - Roald Dahl

Early draft of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate factory showing the names of six children
  • Early draft of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate factory showing the names of six children
  • Early draft of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory showing the names of six children. C. RDNL
  • Early draft of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory showing the names of six children. C. RDNL

Roald Dahl wrote several drafts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory before he finished the one we know so well today.

In the final draft, Charlie Bucket is one of five lucky children who win a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. But we know from some of Roald's notes and earlier drafts that he originally wrote about a lot more than just five - at one point there were even as many as ten.

This photo shows a page from one of these early manuscripts, which are all kept safe at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Roald's hometown of Great Missenden. You'll see at the top (in the first image above), Roald has written '4th draft'. So it's very special. 

As you'll see, this draft includes not just the five children we know but another young lady called Miranda Mary Piker - "a girl who is allowed to do anything she likes."

And just like Veruca, Violet, Mike and Augustus, Miranda also came to a sticky end - and you can find out more about that here...

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