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Bill Denbrough is the protagonist of the 2017 horror film, It, and the timid leader of the Losers Club

Background

Personality

Bill has been steadfast for most of his life, using his bravery and instinct to unite his friends in turmoil and is also a talented writer, even from a young age he would write stories in his room with the typewriter his parents gave him. Though he is a brilliant wordsmith, Bill's verbal speech is nowhere near as finely tuned since Bill has a severe speech impediment for the entirety of his childhood.

Bill overcame his stutter during his teenage years due to a private speech therapist, however his stutter returned unexpectedly after having received a call from Mike Hanlon summoning him back to Derry.Bill's stutter noticeably gets worse when he is upset, angry or afraid. The speech impediment will sometimes not be apparent such as he when he is reading a different language, doing a impression (e.g Henry Bowers) or when he is making a speech. It's because of his stutter that caused Henry Bowers and many others to bully Bill viciously. Although upset with being treated in this manner, Bill doesn't mind his friends poke gentle fun at his stutter.

Bill's greatest attribute is undying love for his younger brother Georgie, which only strengthened when Georgie was brutally murdered by IT. Bill uses Georgie's memory as a guiding light to destroy Pennywise. While his love for Georgie is endearing, it's also a great source of guilt, as he feels Georgie died as a direct result of helping Georgie make the paper boat that ultimately led to his death. Though he is told by Richie that it isn't his fault, the guilt follows him throughout his childhood and adulthood and enables IT to torment him by making illusions of Georgie. After Georgie's death, Bill's parents grow distant and begin to neglect him, to the point that he wonders if they ever loved him at all. His relationship with his parents never recovers. Decades later, Bill is still convinced that he is to blame for Georgie's death and doesn't recognise that what his parents did to him was wrong and abusive. This doesn't change until IT forces him to confront his greatest fear by turning into Georgie and accusing him of being the reason Georgie died. 

Bill is shown to be reckless and impulsive on multiple occasions, especially when he is face to face with IT. But despite his headstrong demeanour, Bill is extremely intelligent and shows great maturity. He has the power to pull the Loser's Club together through the horrors that IT sets upon them. 

The 2017 version further expands on Bill's character flaws, as he shown to be more delusional in thinking that Georgie must have survived and takes the majority of the movie to come to terms with his brother's death. And while he is undoubtedly a good leader and friend, Bill has issues concerning people telling him of Georgie's fate, as he pleaded with his father that it was possible Georgie could be still alive, even showing his father a diagram model of the Derry sewer system to no avail. Bill even punched Richie down when the latter stated Georgie was dead, though he apologized to Richie later when Beverly was captured by IT. Despite his earlier headstrong and reckless behavior, Bill is completely willing to allow Pennywise to feed on him while the others escape, saying it was his fault they were in danger in the first place.

History

Along with Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak, Mike HanLon, Stan Uris and, Ben Hanscom, Bill was a member of the Loser’s Club and one of the main protagonists of IT. Often nicknamed 'Stuttering Bill' (due to his tendency to stutter) by his associates, he stood out among the seven adherents as being the most optimistic and valiant member. As a result, Bill is generally viewed as the undisputed leader of the club. Bill has the foremost desire which his dear friends follow in defeating the ancient demonic entity IT and is driven by his brother's horrific murder to destroy Pennywise.

In the novel, Bill is described as a handsome boy with cropped red hair, blue eyes and a small frame. As an adult, Bill has gone to sea; shaving his head into a buzzcut and also sports a pair of spectacles. Bill is also described to have become quite podgy when entering adulthood.  

Bill's appearance is inconsistent in the two film adaptions of the novel. In the 1990 Mini Series, Bill has ash-blonde hair and in the 2017 remake, Bill's hair is auburn.

Appearances

It (2017 film)

In October 1988, Bill is sick, but makes a paper boat for his younger brother, Georgie, who goes out into the rain sends it sailing through the streets. Unfortunately, it goes right into a storm drain, and Georgie is killed by a clown who pretends to offer to give the boat back to him.

Months later, in June 1989, Bill, hoping that Georgie may still be alive, believes he may have washed up in the Barrens, and asks his friends, Richie Tozier, Eddie Kaspbrak and Stan Uris, to help him investigate, even though they, and Bill's parents, know that Georgie is dead, they pretend to go with his beliefs.

Later, at home, Bill tries to convince his dad that Georgie may still be alive, and has washed up in the Barrens, to no avail. At the Barrens, Bill, Richie, Eddie, and Stan find no traces of Georgie, though they do find one of Betty Ripsom's sneakers. Ben Hanscom, who was assaulted and tortured by local bully Henry Bowers, turns up. The four take him into town to attend to his injuries. Leaving Richie with him, Bill, Stan, and Eddie get some supplies from the pharmacy with a little assistance from Beverly, whom he invites to join them at the quarry. 

The next day, Beverly unexpectedly joins Bill, Ben, Eddie, Richie, and Stanley to go swimming. Afterwards, they go to Ben's house, where he shows them more of Derry's history. That night, as it is raining, Bill is woken up by water dripping from his ceiling. As he gets a bucket to deal with it, he is distracted by the light in Georgie's bedroom coming on, and then follows a series of footprints going downstairs, where he sees a figure that looks Georgie, who he follows down to the basement, where he is attacked by Pennywise, barely managing to escape. 

In the morning, Bill and the others come to Beverly's apartment, where she shows them her blood-covered bathroom, which they clean. Soon after, they rescue Mike Hanlon as he is being tortured by Henry and his pals. As the fourth of July comes around, they talk about how kids vanishing seems to be all too common, and Ben explains that he pieced together his Derry research and they all discover that some of the major catastrophes in the past only happen every twenty-seven years.  

Relationships

Family

Georgie Denbrough

Friends

Beverly Marsh

Richie Tozier

Eddie Kaspbrak

Stan Uris

Ben Hanscom

Mike Hanlon

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