YMMV: The Magician's Nephew

  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Narnia has first been made, Aslan tells Frank the cabbie that he'll be the king. While Frank is flattered, one of the reasons he refuses the position is because he doesn't want to leave his wife, who's still in England. Cue Aslan magicking her there, to be Narnia's first queen. Aw!
    • After all those events Uncle Andrew gave up sorcery and became nicer, though he liked to tell occasional visitor about Jadis.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Both Digory and Uncle Andrew are impressed with Jadis' beauty; Polly on the other hand is quite immune.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Why haven't the clothes on the waxworks in the room where Jadis is sleeping rotted away? Because the Deplorable Word killed all the bacteria to do the rotting!
    • The entire series is a biblical metaphor for children. Why does Aslan name the Cabbie king? "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth."
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jadis speaks the Deplorable Word, and kills her sister and the rest of Charn. She's proud that she did so.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Aslan hammering home the Aesop about the Fantastic Nuke makes a lot of sense when you consider that Lewis was writing shortly after World War II, when the Cold War was beginning to escalate and the idea of humanity nuking itself into extinction was a very distinct possibility.
  • Uncanny Valley: Jadis, when she is first encountered. She's very beautiful, but when you actually look at her there's something just wrong about her face.