This Girl is the protagonist of Roald Dahl's famous book The Magic Finger, but due to her actions, she is a protagonist villain. Her powers start the story and affect the main characters and completely disrupt their lives.

The Girl is unnamed, (common in many Roald Dahl characters) but she is eight years old and has supernatural powers which are concentrated in her forefinger. She is very temperamental and can explode into fits of anger, when this happens, her finger glows and sends electrical charges which hit the victim and mutate them depending on the issue which made her angry.

For instance, when her teacher Mrs Winter is angry at her for not being able to spell "cat" Mrs Winter calls her a stupid girl and the Girl gets really angry when she is told to stand in the corner, so she zaps Mrs Winter with her powers. Now under the Magic Finger, Mrs Winter is mutated into a human-cat hybrid, and the Girl outright expresses her evil act, saying "If you're wondering whether Mrs Winter is alright after this, the answer is no, and she never will be."

Later on, however, her main evil acts include cursing the entire Gregg family, (her neighbours) when they go hunting and kill a deer. This is bad, but it doesn't warrant the curse. The Girl zaps them all with her Magic Finger, including Mrs Gregg, (who the Girl notes was innocent and wasn't even present) when Mr Gregg ignores her lecture about hunting and tells her to leave, and the next morning the Greggs all wake up with duck wings. They had been shooting ducks that day and killed sixteen, but had been followed home by four angry duck parents.

The curse goes onto have the Greggs homeless with the humanoid ducks taking over their house, only resolving itself when the Greggs vow never to kill any other animal like deer.

The Greggs do learn their lesson but the Girl doesn't seem to - she does rush over in a panicked state about the Greggs because she heard a duck answer the phone instead of Mr Gregg, so for a moment she actually did have doubts about her evil actions. But upon seeing the Greggs adjusting to their new lifestyle; she seems happy that her powers gave the Greggs a lesson in karma rather than doubting her abilities or expressing any desire to change her ways.

Personality

Very mischievous, the Girl was able to pose as an innocent schoolgirl to those unwary or foolish individuals who crossed her path. The Girl's main weapon was charisma and her innocent nature; she could fool people into thinking she was sweet and innocent but when angered, she was a dreadful unstoppable force. Through her narration, the Girl shows signs of psychopathy, she seems unfazed by her evil acts and sees it as just desserts. She seems slightly sadistic, as she takes pleasure in the Gregg's curse and the fact that she caused it all.

By the end of the story, the Girl has learned absolutely nothing; and it is presumed she might go on to do even more heinous acts. She in fact takes pride that she bought down a bunch of pompous authoritarians and seems to relish in her powers over the town. One has to only hope that no other unfortunate individuals make her angry in the future.

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Books
James and the Giant Peach: Aunt Sponge & Aunt Spiker | Rhino | Cloud Men
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Arthur Slugworth
The Magic Finger: The Girl
Fantastic Mr. Fox: Boggis, Bunce and Bean | Rat
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator: Vermicious Knids
Danny, the Champion of the World: Mr. Victor Hazell
The Enormous Crocodile: Enormous Crocodile
The Twits: Mr. and Mrs. Twit
George's Marvellous Medicine: Grandma
The BFG: Giants (Fleshlumpeater, Bloodbottler, Bonecruncher, Meatdripper & Gizzardgulper)
Revolting Rhymes: Big Bad Wolf | Jack's Mother | Little Red Riding Hood | Miss Maclahose | Ugly Sisters
The Witches: Witches (Grand High Witch, The Woman in Black, Beatrice, Henrietta & Elizabeth)
Dirty Beasts: Crocky-Wock | Stingaling
Boy: Tales of Childhood: Headmaster of Llandaff Cathedral School | Mrs. Pratchett | Captain Hardcastle
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me: The Cobra
Matilda: Agatha Trunchbull | Harry Wormwood
Rhyme Stew: Jock McFadden | Lord Hellespont | The Emperor | The Witch
The Minpins: Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher

Movies
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Arthur Slugworth
The Witches: Witches (Grand High Witch, Susan Irvine, Nicola Cuttle, Pamela, Lois Leffour, Mildred, Elizabeth, Henrietta, Jacqueline & Beatrice)
James and the Giant Peach: Aunt Sponge | Aunt Spiker | Rhino | Skeleton Pirates | Shark
Matilda: Agatha Trunchbull | Harry Wormwood | Zinnia Wormwood | Michael Wormwood
Fantastic Mr. Fox: Boggis, Bunce and Bean | Rat
The BFG: Giants (Fleshlumpeater, Bloodbottler & Bonecruncher)

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