To take a break from the super serious and, frankly, rather pretentious posts in the last few months, I thought I’d talk about something which BLEW MY MIND AWAY.
Matilda, the loveable Rohd Dahl character, and Harry Potter are in fact, cousins.
Right, I know you are looking at that now with fear and confusion in your eyes, but hear me out.
Pam Ferris is the actress who played Aunt Marge in J.K Rowling’s book, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. Aunt Marge is the Uncle Vernons’ sister, who is known for being completely intolerable, brow beating Harry and is generally a bit of nasty work. In the famous scene, she insults Harrys’ family, and goes on to state that she has never had any children.
“You mustn’t blame yourself for the way the boy’s turned out, Vernon. If there’s something rotten on the inside, there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”
Earlier on in her career, Pam Ferris also played the infamous Ms Trunchbull in Rohl Dahls’ ‘Matilda’. In this adaptation, Ms Trunchbull is seen as terrifying, volotile women, who murdered her sister and brother-in-law to get a house. In doing so, she tortured her niece Miss Honey into moving out, and getting the headmistresses job at the local comprehensive.
“They’re all mistakes, children. Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one.”
The tale concludes (SPOLER), with Miss Honey adopting Matilda, who had showcased her magical powers throughout the book, and they both in turn tormenting Ms Trunchbull until she leaves the school forever.
What is they are the same women?! They are both intolerable, formidable, hate children, believe in beating their way through life and are basically rather horrid. Marge could have changed her name to become a headmistress, and ran back to Uncle Vernon when she was scared away. This could be an additional reason as to why Vernon is so determined to keep Harrys’ abilities under wraps; not just for sheer embarrassment, but also fear that it would push her over the edge.
So Harry and Matilda (although via adoption), would have had a magical ralations throughout their childhood, and never had known it. Imagine a if Harry had known about the magical world prior to Hagrid and found compassion and friendship in the muggle world, and Matilda had gotten some serious training in?
That’s a fan fiction I would love to read!
— “My school is a model of discipline. ‘Use the rod, beat the child!’ That’s my motto. – Ms Trunchbull.
— “I still don’t like your tone, boy. If you can speak of your beatings in that casual way, they clearly aren’t hitting you hard enough… I’d write to them if I were you. Make it clear that you approve the use of extreme force in this boy’s case.“—Marge Dursley
I’d love to hear of any other magical mash up’s, or any mash up’s tbh- I get excited far too easily 😀
Have a lovely day and sorry for the rambling!