There’s something so inspiring about a magic door. The idea that you could walk through a doorway–or a looking-glass, or the wall of a train station–and end up somewhere completely new and exciting, opens up endless possibilities for the imagination. It’s the premise of countless stories, from Alice in Wonderland to Doctor Who. And, of course, that’s what happens in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
C.S. Lewis’s imaginary children actually get to Narnia in several different ways: a magical horn, a painting, a door in the wall of a school, magic rings, etc. But the wardrobe is the one people seem to remember most. It was a very commonplace object in Lewis’s time, and even today, most wardrobes don’t look very exciting from the outside. Which just makes it more exciting when you find an entire world inside!
So this is the actual wardrobe that stood in C.S. Lewis’s childhood home, and was later transported to his adult home, The Kilns. It’s on display at Wheaton College in Illinois, along with J.R.R. Tolkien’s desk and other nerdy artifacts. According to Wheaton’s website, “We know from one of Lewis’s cousins, Claire Lewis Clapperton, that as children the Lewis brothers and various cousins would often play in the wardrobe, climbing into it where they would sit quietly while C.S. Lewis would tell them his “tales of adventure.” There is now a sign on the door that says, “Warning! Enter at your own risk.”
That’s a very cool wardrobe, but if I ever get enough money to buy one of my own, I want it to look like this:
With this room on the other side:
Except with more books. Seriously, how cool is that? Everyone should have a secret Narnia room in their home.
See you tomorrow! Namarie!