If the Witch knew the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the deep magic differently. That when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, is killed in a traitor’s stead, the stone table will crack, and even death itself would turn backwards.
One thing I’m disappointed the Narnia films didn’t portray was Susan’s lack of faith in Narnia.
In the books, she spends most of the time saying things that implies that even while in Narnia, she doesn’t believe that any of it can be real. She doubts Aslan in Prince Caspian and she’s the one always reminding her siblings that they’re just children, that they’re from Finchley and have no place as monarchs in a magical world. She has a very practical mind and with practicality comes logic and common sense, all of which Narnia seems to defy in her eyes.
While the films definitely do give you a great representation of that practical Susan who thinks it best not to get involved and to do as little damage as possible, they don’t give you much implication that she ever doubted beyond the initial disbelief in Narnia early on in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We only really get this small conversation in Prince Caspian between Susan and Lucy by the fireplace about doubting Aslan (a scene that was in the book, actually) but it’s almost as if she entirely forgot that conversation later as she spends the rest of the film shooting Peter disapproving looks for making stupid mistakes.
It’ll definitely confuse audiences that never read the books if we ever get a Last Battle film (or if the beginning production of The Silver Chair is any indication, it’ll be a matter of when we get a Last Battle film) when Susan is suddenly not a Friend of Narnia (if the writers decide to be faithful to the books). Even with some sort of explanation, we didn’t visually see Susan’s lack of faith in the films, so once the “she’s no longer a Friend of Narnia” concersation pops up, it’ll just be a cause for confusion, especially with how Susan was portrayed. Susan in the films was rather a warrior queen and just a mother figure and really gives no indication that she would lose faith in Narnia at any point. It would actually be rather strange for someone who’s fought in battles and seemed to have so much influence over her siblings and the country to suddenly go “Oh, Narnia? What a silly game that was that we played as children.” In the books we have a gentle girl who cares for her siblings and is only roped in to the whole Narnia ordeal because she’s trying to protect her family instead of through actual faith. She’s detached and doesn’t seem to actually involve herself into the workings of the kingdom. While not participating in wars doesn’t mean that she doesn’t care for the country (as someone who’s anti-war, I would do the same as her), we do get a few hints in the way people speak about Susan as queen and they all indicate that she wasn’t as involved or as attached to Narnia as her siblings. So in the books, the loss of faith was a bit of a surprise because it wasn’t as emphasized, but, through some closer analysis, it makes sense that she would lose faith or “forget”. But in the films, it seems to come out of left field.
It’s just one of those things that I wish the creators of the films made sure to show. It really gives the films that extra depth that the books carry and, since the books are considered an allegory by most, it would have been a great portrayal of that person that struggles with their faith, whether it be as a Christian or Muslim or whatever (because honestly, Susan’s struggle with faith most can see themselves in no matter what their faith is). It’s just one of those things that the films changed/ignored from the books that were actually what made the books as great as they were.
✴ Weight: 67 kg or 148 pounds ✴ Height: 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm ✴ Hair Colour: Brown ✴ Eye Colour: Blue ✴ Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom ✴ Date Of Birth: April 21, 1979 ✴ Occupation: Actor ✴ Notable Works: X-Men film series, State of Play, Shameless, Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune, Bollywood Queen, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, Wanted, Filth, Split, Trance
Right now Scotland has more than it’s fair share of great actors and today’s birthday boy is James McAvoy.
McAvoy was born on April 21, 1979 in Glasgow, after his parents divorced his mother suffered from poor health and he lived with his maternal grandparents, Mary and James Johnstone in a terraced council house in the Drumchapel. As a bairn he thought about becoming a priest as he saw missionary work as a way of seeing the world, later considering joining the navy before acting caught his attention.James went to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to study acting.
At 16 he appeared in his first film, The Near Room which was directed by the excellent David Hayman, he moved to London aged 20, hoping to advance his career and landed some film and television work, appearing on such shows as The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Foyle’s War. In the United States, McAvoy also won roles on the critically acclaimed 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers. It was in the first series of Shameless I first spotted James in playing the love interest of Anne-Marie Duff’s character Fiona who he went on to marry.
His big breakthrough was the part, Mr. Tumnus, in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 2005 and he hasn’t looked back since, playing the young Doctor Xavier in the Marvel Comics. In Scotland he played cop Bruce Robertson in Irvine Welsh’s Filth, his latest role was in the movie Split.
James and Anne-Marie separated last year but are still close, continuing to share their home in London when acting commitments allow them, they have a son Brendan who was born in 2010.
I can’t believe that after all this time, I forgot to upload this illustration! It’s Mr. Tumnus and Lucy Pevensie from one of the most charming books of my childhood – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe!