December 24, 2005

A Correction to my review of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

In my review of The Chronicles of Narnia below, I state that the professor casually throws an apple to Peter at the end of the movie when the children emerge from the wardrobe. He asks them what happened, they say he wouldn't believe it, then he says "try me!" while he throws, not an apple, but rather a cricket ball. A cricket ball which had been sent through one of his windows just a few minutes ago by his clock. Of course, the object being a cricket ball rather than an apple destroys the point I was making, so that it is not valid at all, and there is no reference to The Magician's Nephew at all, except to say as a mild spoiler ... (continued below)

that the reason the Professor is so sympathetic to Lucy's story is that the Professor has been in Narnia himself. The Professor is one of the main characters of The Magician's Nephew, and was present, as a young boy named Digory, in Narnia when it was created by Aslan, along with his uncle (the magician), and a friend, a girl named Polly. Indeed, it is Digory himself who brought the White Witch to Narnia from another world altogether, though he did not do it intentionally. The wardrobe itself is made from the wood of an apple tree which was planted, by the Professor, from the seed of an apple from Narnia.

Posted by Joel Fuhrmann at December 24, 2005 02:07 PM