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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 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.
 
*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.
*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>
 
*[[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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William Shakespeare
Biographical information
Born

1564?
Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Died

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

Blood status

Muggle

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Affiliation
Occupation

Author

William Shakespeare (1564?—23 April, 1616) was a Muggle poet and playwright who wrote 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.

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Etymology

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

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