The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

It’s a Combo!

When young Lucy Pevensie opened the door to the wardrobe, she never imagined that she would stumble upon a magical world. A world where the animals could talk, where fictional creatures lived and where an evil witch would desire to kill her and her three siblings.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of my most favorite books and movies of all time!

The second of seven books by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was, in my opinion, the best. It follows the story of four English children who are sent away by their mother because of the raids on London during the war. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie go to live with an old professor in a big house where strict rules are to be kept perfectly.

However, during a fateful game of hide and seek, Lucy finds her way into Narnia…through a wardrobe! Lucy’s discovery is amazing, but when she returns after hours in Narnia it’s to discover that she’d only been away for a few minutes in her own world. And her siblings think she’s lying to them.

The only great difference between the book and the movie were the ages of the children. Susan and Peter in the movie were older than the Susan and Peter in the book. Therefore the adjustment was made. The two older ones especially had a harder time accepting that they were meant to be in Narnia. They were determined to return after they too discovered that there was such a place. All they wanted was to get their troublemaking brother, Edmund, back from the White Witch and return to England.

However, Narnia’s magic soon takes hold and all four siblings come to realize that they are needed in Narnia. Acceptance came slowly at first, but the love they develop for this strange world and for Aslan, the great lion who rules Narnia, prevails in the end.

Edmund’s deception and betrayal is a very crucial moment in the book. It resembles the story of Judas from the Bible, betraying Jesus. Edmund desired material things. He wanted to be better than his brother, he wanted to have all the things that the White Witch promised him. Those things, his greed, were more important to him than Aslan and Narnia’s safety. In the end, he regrets his choices.

Another amazing moment in both book and movie is when Aslan turns himself over to the White Witch. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie or read the book, so I won’t give too much away.  But Aslan is a definite picture of Christ.

A few unimportant changes were made, of course. If every movie went exactly according to the book then it wouldn’t come out as exciting. While the book might be entertaining and amazing the way it was written, put into move form changes are definitely necessary to keep a person watching. It’s easier to fall asleep during a movie than it is to fall asleep during a good book.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will always be my favorite book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, besides book six, The Silver Chair. Out of all seven those two rank highest in my ‘favorite books’ list. And the movie version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe made in 2005 was excellent! Definitely worth seeing.

Coming Soon: She made some wrong choices and is paying for it…but when God offers her a second chance and she takes it, will the people, and the man she’s starting to love, be able to  forgive her for her indiscretion? Look for my review of Beyond This Moment, by Tamera Alexander, soon!!

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