There is a very popular fan theory that Wonka is in fact, George Weasley from the Harry Potter series.
If you observe the mannerisms of Wonka and the look and tone of the factory as a whole, it seems easy to see it originating from the wizarding world presented in Harry Potter. The factory itself is very much a kin to Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes, the candy shop George originally operated with his twin brother Fred.
There’s even a reference to George losing his ear in the seventh Potter novel (Granted, he points to the other ear. But then again, that’s the kind of sense of humor the Weasleys had).
But perhaps the biggest clue they’ve given: Wonka’s office. Everything is in halves. Symbolizing how incomplete he feels without his twin brother.