I remember seeing this Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban poster when I was younger and thinking that the "Something Wicked This Way Comes" tag line was very catchy and incredibly clever. I was always somewhat mildly curious how they came up with the line:


However I"ve most recently today just happened upon this Wikipedia article on a 1962 novel by Ray Bradbury with the same name: Something Wicked This Way Comes (novel).

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I was wondering if the tag line may have been borrowed from the novel or where it might have originally come from. I know many people in art and music can borrow from one another, and I was wondering whether this same line was independently created or taken from a previous source of inspiration such as the Ray Bradbury novel.

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It"s from the play Macbeth (Act IV, Scene 1), by William Shakespeare:

Second Witch: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks.

Notably the line appears in the film at the end of the "Double Trouble" choir song.

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It"s from Macbeth.First, i"d like to point out that the connection is made from the mention of that line: in the song Double Trouble.

John Williams took the lyrics from the famous scene in William Shakespeare"s Macbeth in which the Witches are around the cauldron and set them to music he composed for the films. One of the witches also says the phrase, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."- Something Wicked This Way Comes - The Harry Potter Compendium

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