The Trunchbull Lives On/“The Heir of Trunchbull”

Here’s another piece done by @jamesandtheblog, based on my project for a retelling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this time focusing on one of the more well-known “missing children” of the book, Miranda Mary Piker.

Now, she was originally supposed to be a school-obsessed girl who “always got her way”, as well as a stab to the schools Roald Dahl attended as a boy, but if you read the description I gave her in the linked post, I decided to dial up her faults and behavior to eleven, to the point where I basically made her the mini-me of Agatha Trunchbull from Matilda (who was also a jab at Dahl’s teachers and headmasters). Then it hit me, “if she’s already so much like Trunchbull, why not make her related by blood to Trunchbull?” And that’s exactly what I did. 

In my version, many of Dahl’s stories actually live together in a shared universe, with Matilda taking place before CatCF. As you can see by Miranda’s description in the post I linked, Ms. Trunchbull is actually her great aunt on her mother’s side, and while she may not take after her in looks, she definitely takes after her personality, including her cruelness and even strength (though, Miranda is more cold and calculating). You can also see in the character description that Ms. Trunchbull actually died prior to the events of CatCF, and that Miranda pledged to continue her work of “taking care of the maggots.”

In this piece, you can see Miranda walking down through a hall at night (I don’t know if it’s at her home or at her own school, so you decide on that), with Trunchbull’s figure coming out from Miranda’s shadow, symbolizing that while Trunchbull may be gone, her spirit lives on through her “heir”, and I can bet you that Miranda may also live by her great aunt’s rule that if she doesn’t win or things don’t go her way and things aren’t going right for her, then “you have to put it right… even if it screams.”

P.S. Miranda is supposed to be carrying a riding crop, but it ended up looking a truncheon instead. This’ll be corrected in future pics.

Credit goes to @jamesandtheblog

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“They’re all mistakes, children. Filthy, nasty things. Glad I never was one.”
“I cannot, for the life of me, understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.”
“I have never been able to understand why small children are so disgusting. They’re the bane of my life. They’re like insects: they should be got rid of as early as possible.”
- Ms. Trunchbull (Matilda)

So I’m sitting around, working on my illustrations, and watching Harry Potter 3.  And by “watching” I mean “kind of listening while occasionally glancing up, then rewinding because I missed something.” And while looking down at my Mac, I heard it.  And the “it” I heard was the voice of Ms. Trunchbull. 

Yes, Aunt Marge is played by the same lady who played Ms. Trunchbull in the magnificent 1996 children’s classic film Matilda.

Mind.  Blown.

  • Ms. Trunchbull: What are those?
  • Amanda Thripp: What’s what, Miss Trunchbull?
  • Ms. Trunchbull: Hanging down by your ears.
  • Amanda Thripp: You mean my pigtails?
  • Ms. Trunchbull: Are you a pig, Amanda?
  • Amanda Thripp: No, Miss Trunchbull.
  • Ms. Trunchbull: Do I allow pigs in my school?
  • Amanda Thripp: My mommy thinks they’re sweet.
  • Ms. Trunchbull: Your mommy.. IS A TWIT!
  • - Matilda (aka "Funny Movie" - Maggie)

honestly if i was matilda i would have just assembled a squad to jump ms trunchbull’s evil ass like you can’t be throwing little girls by their pigtails and expect to walk away without an ass whooping