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'''William Shakespeare''' ([[1560s|1564]]?—[[23 April]], [[1610s|1616]]) was a [[Muggle]] author who wrote ''[[Hamlet]]'', ''[[Romeo and Juliet]]'' and ''[[A Midsummer Night's Dream]]''. He lived during [[wikipedia:Elizabethan period|Elizabethan times]] in southern [[England]], when [[Muggles]] as a whole were prejudiced against [[Wizardkind|wizards and witches]] and often organised massive witchhunts, partly inspired by regal paranoia.
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'''William Shakespeare''' ([[23 April]], [[1560s|1564]]—[[23 April]], [[1610s|1616]]) was a [[Muggle]] poet and playwright who wrote ''[[As You Like It]]'', ''[[Hamlet]]'', ''[[Romeo and Juliet]]'', ''[[A Midsummer Night's Dream]]'', ''[[Twelfth Night]]'', ''[[Coriolanus]]'', among many others. He lived during [[wikipedia:Elizabethan period|Elizabethan times]] in southern [[England]], when [[Muggles]] as a whole were prejudiced against [[Wizardkind|wizards and witches]] and often organised massive witchhunts, partly inspired by regal paranoia.
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There's a bust of Shakespeare on the pediment of [[Wyndham's Theatre]], depicting him flanked by muses and [[cherub]]s.<ref>''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]'' {{see image|File:ShakespeareWyndham's.png}}</ref>
   
 
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*The lyrics of ''[[Something Wicked This Way Comes]]'', as heard in the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', were taken from Shakespeare's ''Macbeth''. Thus, Shakespeare is credited with the lyrics. Additionally, [[Harry Potter (book series)|''Harry Potter'' series]] author [[J. K. Rowling]] has stated "I absolutely adore ''Macbeth''. It is possibly my favourite Shakespeare play."<ref name="leakymugglenet">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet Interview]</ref>
 
*The lyrics of ''[[Something Wicked This Way Comes]]'', as heard in the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', were taken from Shakespeare's ''Macbeth''. Thus, Shakespeare is credited with the lyrics. Additionally, [[Harry Potter (book series)|''Harry Potter'' series]] author [[J. K. Rowling]] has stated "I absolutely adore ''Macbeth''. It is possibly my favourite Shakespeare play."<ref name="leakymugglenet">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/0705-tlc_mugglenet-anelli-3.htm The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet Interview]</ref>
*In the 2011 film ''[[wikipedia: Anonymous (film)|Anonymous]]'', Shakespeare is portrayed by [[wikipedia: Rafe Spall|Rafe Spall]], son of [[Timothy Spall]] ([[Peter Pettigrew]]). In this film Shakespeare is portrayed as a drunken, inarticluate buffoon, and a fraud. The film identifies [[wikipedia: Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford|Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford]], as the true author of Shakespeare's supposed works. de Vere is portrayed in the film by [[Jamie Campbell Bower]] ([[Gellert Grindelwald]]) as a young man and [[Rhys Ifans]] ([[Xenophilius Lovegood]]) as an older man. [[David Thewlis]] ([[Remus Lupin]]) plays [[wikipedia: William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley|William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley]]. [[Henry Lloyd-Hughes]] ([[Roger Davies]]) appears as a bear baiter.
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*In the 2011 film ''[[Wikipedia:Anonymous (film)|Anonymous]]'', Shakespeare is portrayed by [[wikipedia:Rafe Spall|Rafe Spall]], son of [[Timothy Spall]] ([[Peter Pettigrew]]). In this film Shakespeare is portrayed as a drunken, inarticluate buffoon, and a fraud. The film identifies [[Wikipedia:Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford|Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford]], as the true author of Shakespeare's alleged works. de Vere is portrayed in the film by [[Jamie Campbell Bower]] ([[Gellert Grindelwald]]) as a young man and [[Rhys Ifans]] ([[Xenophilius Lovegood]]) as an older man. [[David Thewlis]] ([[Remus Lupin]]) plays [[Wikipedia:William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley|William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley]]. [[Henry Lloyd-Hughes]] ([[Roger Davies]]) appears as a bear baiter.
*<span style="line-height: 21px;">In 2011 [[Ralph Fiennes]] ([[Tom Riddle| Lord Voldemort]]) made his directorial debut with a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's ''[[wikipedia: Coriolanus| Coriolanus]]'', in which he also played the title role.</span>
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*In 2011 [[Ralph Fiennes]] ([[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]) made his directorial debut with a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's ''[[Wikipedia:Coriolanus|Coriolanus]]'', in which he also played the title role.
*[[J. K. Rowling]] has referred to the [[Harry Potter Encyclopedia]] as "The Scottish Book" which is a reference to Shakespeare's play ''[[wikipedia: Macbeth| Macbeth]]'', which is sometimes referred to as "The Scottish Play".<ref name="J. K. Rowling's Official Site">[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=123 J. K. Rowling's Official Site]</ref>
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*[[J. K. Rowling]] has referred to the [[Harry Potter Encyclopedia]] as "The Scottish Book" which is a reference to Shakespeare's play ''[[wikipedia:Macbeth|Macbeth]]'', which is sometimes referred to as "The Scottish Play". <ref name="J. K. Rowling's Official Site">[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=123 J. K. Rowling's Official Site]</ref>
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* [[Kenneth Branagh]] ([[Gilderoy Lockhart]]) and [[Emma Thompson]] ([[Sybill Trelawney]]) both appear in Branagh's 1989 adaptation of ''Henry V'', which also features [[Robbie Coltrane]] ([[Rubeus Hagird|Rubeus Hagrid]]) as Falstaff in a cameo appearance.
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*In the [[1996]] film adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Hamlet'', Branagh plays the title character Hamlet, [[Ray Fearon]] ([[Firenze]]) plays Francisco, [[Timothy Spall]] ([[Wormtail]]) plays Rosencrantz, and [[Julie Christie]] ([[Rosmerta]]) plays Gertrude. Branagh, also, was portrays characters in other Shakespeare films -- ''Much Ado About Nothing ''(Benedick) and ''Othello ''(Iago), for example.
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*In ''Much Ado About Nothing'', Thompson plays Beatrice, Benedick's love interest. This is ironic, as Branagh and Thompson were actually married at the time. [[Imelda Staunton]] ([[Dolores Umbridge]]) also makes an appearance in this film as Margaret.
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*In the [[1990]] film adaptation of ''Hamlet'', [[Helena Bonham Carter]] ([[Bellatrix Lestrange]]) plays Ophelia.
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*Both Branagh and Spall return in ''Love's Labour's Lost'', as Berowne and Don Armado respectively.
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*In the [[1965]] adaptation of ''Othello'', where [[Michael Gambon]] ([[Albus Dumbledore]]) made his film debut, [[Maggie Smith]] ([[Minerva McGonagall]]) plays Desdemona. Gambon also made his TV debut in a Shakespeare work, ''Much Ado About Nothng''. Smith returned to Shakespeare thirty years later, in ''Richard III''.
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*In the [[2009]] adaptation of ''Hamlet'', [[David Tennant]] ([[Bartemius Crouch, Jr]]) stars as the title character, Hamlet.
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*[[Ralph Fiennes]] ([[Tom Riddle]]) acted in several stage productions of Shakespeare's work, including ''A Midsummer Night's Dream ''and ''Romeo and Juliet''.
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*In the TV miniseries adaptation of ''Julius Caesar'', [[Richard Harris]] (Dumbledore) plays Lucius Sulla. It should be noted that this was one of the last few films of Harris before his death.
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*[[Alan Rickman]] ([[Severus Snape]]) made his film debut in the [[1978]] film adaptation of ''Romeo and Juliet''.
   
 
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ShakespeareWyndham's
William Shakespeare
Biographical information
Born

23 April, 1564
Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Died

23 April, 1616 (aged 52)
Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Blood status

Muggle

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Family information
Family members

Anne Hathaway (wife)

Affiliation
Occupation

Author

Loyalty

England

William Shakespeare (23 April, 156423 April, 1616) was a Muggle poet and playwright who wrote As You Like It, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, among many others. He lived during Elizabethan times in southern England, when Muggles as a whole were prejudiced against wizards and witches and often organised massive witchhunts, partly inspired by regal paranoia.

There's a bust of Shakespeare on the pediment of Wyndham's Theatre, depicting him flanked by muses and cherubs.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

EtymologyEdit

The name "William" comes from the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection".

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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