Author C.S Lewis created a massive universe where magic, talking animals, and other fantastical things come to life. Lewis has publicly stated that The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe draws upon Catholic themes in the setting of another fictitious book. However, beneath this shallow analogy is a more sinister Satanist subplot which in fact villainizes and oppresses Christians.
The recipient of this skewed portrayal is Jadis the White Witch, who throughout TLTWATW and The Magician’s Nephew actually behaves in a pious Christian manner. In The Magician’s Nephew, Jadis brags about using the Deplorable Word to kill off the entirety of her home planet of Charn. In fact, this word is “God,” a word so frightening to atheist Satanists it killed off all of these pagans upon hearing it. Jadis dares to speak about her faith, something the godless Lewis cannot relate to, and he therefore dooms her to a position of malevolence instead of well-deserved heroism.
This beloved queen is ultimately triumphed by eating an apple which turns her completely white. Lewis interprets this interpretation as her becoming weaker and fully embracing evil; however, the archetypal white figure actually embodies piety and the good. Lewis shames Jadis for becoming a purer follower of Jesus by warping her into the series’ antagonist.
At the beginning of TLTWATW, Edward Pevensie meets Jadis for the first time, and she gifts him Turkish delight, an allusion to the Body of Christ. The White Witch has been ruling Narnia for 100 years at this point, and helped create an everlasting winter preserving the picturesque scenery of this otherwise boring world. After all, if the characters of Game of Thrones spent six seasons waiting for winter, you know something good is coming.
One of the largest issues the Narnians have with the White Witch is that she has removed Christmas from the calendar. However, this ritual has become so defiled by the pagans the White Witch wisely eliminated it from Narnia. For example, Father Christmas enables alcoholism by giving the nine year old Lucy a “healing cordial” of brandy for her to drown her sorrows in.
Edward’s siblings, all Satanists themselves, arrive in Narnia and begin to thaw out the landscape, essentially inciting global warning on a planetary scale. These heathens brand Edward a traitor for accepting God into his heart, shaming him into a begrudging acceptance of their perverse Satanism. This particular religion centers around talking animals, the corpses of roadkill reanimated by the Prince of Darkness himself. Mr. Tumnus and the Beavers serve therefore as walking propaganda, pushing these corruptible children further and further into immorality.
Mr. Tumnus upon meeting Lucy immediately plans to “betray her” in an attempt to associate the White Witch, whom Lucy has not yet met, with evil. Tumnus represents the perverted nature of these creatures, a grotesque mix of animal and animalistic human. The cannibalistic beavers also reside within a dam ecologically tampering with the environment, pushing the children towards assuming Satanic leadership under the guise of “prophecy.” Aslan, the Donald Trump of the Narnian series, finally pushes the whole realm into chaos, manipulating the poor White Witch into killing him and rising up to slaughter her in a chilling display of necromancy.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe deserves begrudging respect for its genius. Lewis verbally advocates for Christianity while simultaneously pushing an anti-Catholic agenda. The book is in fact so convoluted it should be called The Starbucks, The Gender Neutral Bathroom, and The “Happy Holidays” instead. The novel earns a 10/10 for inciting terror and a -2/10 for dark undertones, averaging out to a 4/10. Four, also the number of demon children in the book. Coincidence? I think not.
Alex has an honorary doctorate from the Kim Dan Institute of Higher Learning in Book Reviews. He is also working on becoming ordained as a minister online.