The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Question: Are Professor Kirke and Mrs. MacReady both aware of what the wardrobe really is and what it can do?

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Answer: While Professor Kirke is aware of the existence of Narnia, as he was there when it was created, he doesn't appear to be aware that the wardrobe can act as a portal (although he may suspect that it has unusual properties, as the tree from which the wood came to create it grew from a Narnian apple). Mrs MacReady doesn't know.

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Answer: Spoiler alert: this gives some important plot twists away. Sometimes a bit of unresolved mystery improves a story, and I think this is the case here. But the book partly answers your questions. At the end of the last chapter it is shown that Mrs MacReady thinks the wardrobe is just a piece of furniture. She knows nothing about Narnia. But Professor Kirke amazes Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy by expressing familiarity with Narnia and explaining that a wardrobe might well be a portal into Narnia. If C S Lewis had not written any more books after completing "The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe" Professor Kirke's knowledge of Narnia would probably have been an unresolved mystery. But C S Lewis later wrote "The Magician's Nephew" which tells how Professor Kirke visited Narnia as a boy. The final chapter of this book says he took an apple back with him, which he planted in his garden. It grew into a tree, was cut down and made into the wardrobe. So Professor Kirke was not consciously aware of what the wardrobe could do, but with hindsight, he realised that he had set up a chain of events that caused the children to discover Narnia.

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Question: It's made very clear in the movie that all of the animals in Narnia are intelligent, sentient beings. So what happens when the carnivorous animals have to eat? Since they all seem capable of working together to defeat the witch's army, it just seems very odd that they would then turn around and start killing each other. It may seem like an odd question, but is it explained in the book?

Answer: It is not clearly explained in the books. But as Narnia and the creation of Narnia (The Magician's Nephew) is based on the Bible, you need to understand that animals used to all eat plants until the fall of the human race (Adam and Eve eating the apple). Another explanation is that not all of the animals talk, and the non-talking ones are preyed on.

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Answer: The books make it clear only some Narnian animals are intelligent, the rest are like ours.

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Question: Why do the beavers accuse the red fox of being a traitor? He seems perfectly dedicated to the side of good.

Answer: I think it's because foxes and wolves are related, both being members of the dog family. Since the wolves are on the side of the Witch, I don't think it's much of a stretch for them to assume the fox is, as well.

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Question: For his role as Maugrim, why was Michael Madsen uncredited?

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Chosen answer: Actors sometimes choose not to be credited, particularly in cases where they're playing a role much smaller than one would normally expect them to be playing.

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Question: Does anyone know where a video interview can be found online of Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, and William Moseley?

Answer: Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuMo80nink8.

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Question: The writers made a very deliberate attempt not to refer to "Santa Claus" by ANY proper name (St. Nick, Father Christmas, etc.), does anyone know why?

Answer: In the Official Illustrated Movie Companion, it was stated that the presence of Father Christmas was very odd, and that they considered having Aslan give the Pevensies their presents. But since Andrew Adamson wanted to stay true to the story, they kept Father Christmas in there, but changed it so it was less blatant.

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Question: A friend of mine noticed that despite it being winter in Narnia for a hundred years, no one's breath is visible. Is this a mistake, a director's choice (since it could've been added in post) or an element of Narnia (I am not very familiar with the books)?

Answer: It was never mentioned in the book or the movie that breath wasn't visible, so it is a mistake.

Phixius Premium member
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Question: Can anyone explain why, in the books, the chief of police is named Fenris Ulf, but in the movie (along with the 1988 BBC version) his name is Maugrim? Scarier sounding?

Answer: The original name was actually Maugrim. It was changed to Fenris Ulf in early american publications. For more information, look here.

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Question: I was wondering if in the books, or in any other literature/discussion about the story, whether Professor Kirke is Mr. Tumnus' father? They certainly looked like each other in this movie and it seemed to be implied during the scene in the credits.

Answer: The professor is not Tumnus's father. In the credits scene, the professor wants to get back to Narnia because he was there as a boy (in the book "The Magician's Nephew").

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Question: When Aslan and Peter are discussing the prophecy, Aslan lets slip that he's as concerned for his own family as Peter is for his siblings. I don't recall the books ever mentioning that Aslan had any relatives, so who is he referring to?

Answer: Aslan is referring to the Narnians as his family.

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Continuity mistake: When Edmund speaks with the White Witch the first time, as he eats the Turkish Delight candy, the amount and pattern of powdered sugar that remains on his lips differs in the following shots, depending on camera angle. (00:31:10)

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Trivia: After the initial credits begin (since many people leave the theatre as soon as the credits appear, they miss this), there is an additional short scene between Professor Kirke and Lucy, that takes place near the wardrobe. (02:12:25)

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