Reddit user ApprehensiveRest6472 believes this explains why Slugworth is always nearby after one is found.
They wrote: “Now think of a business owner whose job has been his life. Who would he want to take over from him?
“Firstly someone who passionately loves your product. So who wins the first prize? Augustus Gloop, who loves it so much he nearly drowns in it.”
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“Thirdly, someone who knows all about the competition, but loves your product too.”
The fan believes that would have to be Violet Beauregarde then as she’s such a lover of gum with an expert knowledge of it.
They added: “She knows what the world record is AND is willing to convert to chocolate to win.”
The theorist wrote: “[He’s] someone who hasn’t much else and given the opportunity would be more likely to accept the job humbly as a lifelong job.
“For this, I even reckon the Candy Man was told about which bar it was in and told who to give it to.
“This would give his business a kick too so why wouldn’t he play along?”
Following the 1971 movie, Tim Burton remade it in 2005 as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp as Wonka.
Meanwhile, Netflix are developing an animated series based on Dahl’s books, which will include a show based on the original story plus its sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
Taika Waititi will be writing, directing and executive producing, including a spin-off based on the Oompa-Loompas.
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