Willy Wonka Is Secretly George Weasley From Harry Potter
This theory is so seemingly random, yet so full of parallels, that we almost believe that J.K. Rowling slipped in these connections on purpose. It goes way beyond that "they're both wacky characters who can sort of do magic."
Willy Wonka's backstory is purposely vague because there's really no adequate way to explain how one eccentric man acquired all the money and know-how to build and run his incredible chocolate factory. And that's not even mentioning the Oompa Loompas and the insane, body-altering effects of Wonka's candy. How can science even explain that? Well, according to one anonymous theory on TVTropes, it's magic -- specifically, it's the magic of Harry Potter troublemaker George Weasley.
Warner Bros.Hagrid: "You're a candyman, Weasley."
The theory goes that, after the events of Harry Potter, George used wizard time-travel technology (that is, the Time-Turner, a device that is used once and never mentioned again) to go back and start a new life under a new identity. And don't give us any guff about all the Time-Turners being destroyed, Harry Potter nerds -- we both know that at least one is floating around the black market, assuming J.K. Rowling hasn't already retconned a few back in.
Why It's Not That Crazy:
Before George's brother Fred died (uh, spoiler?), the twins opened a successful toy and candy shop called Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes.
Warner Bros.Because Fred insisted that alliteration was important.
One of their most popular items was the Skiving Snackbox, candy that would give you a temporary nosebleed or vomiting fit so you could get out of class. In other words, the Weasleys had mastered magic that lets candy physically alter a human being. Like, say, this: