Vile Villain Series - Jadis
“But the people?” gasped Digory.
“What people, boy?” asked the Queen.
“All the ordinary people,” said Polly, “who’d never done you any harm. And the women, and the children, and the animals.”
“Don’t you understand?” said the Queen (still speaking to Digory). “I was the Queen. They were all my people. What else were they there for but to do my will?”
Welcome to the first of my Vile Villain series. This week let’s talk about Jadis who stars in the Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis. She is in The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe which are the first two books.
Jadis is feared by everyone as the horrendous White Witch; a terrifying sorceress who has the power of turning people to stone. Brutally strong and standing over seven feet tall, Jadis is an intimidating ruler. She makes fauns catch children and hand them over to her. In the The Magician’s Nephew, Jadis becomes immortal by eating an enchanted apple, but the apple also brings despair and turns her skin chalk-white.
How cold-hearted is the White Witch? Jadis goes to war with her sister, the Queen of World of Charn. After a long war, she kills her sister by speaking the Deplorable Word and everyone in that world. She feels no guilt. In Narnia, Jadis conjures a curse to make a 100 year winter. She decorates her castle with statues of people and creatures that she has turned to stone. Jadis delights in killing Aslan, the heroic lion who has banished her to the North of Narnia and who fights on the side of good.
Jadis is vain and selfish. There is not a drop of niceness in her blood. The more I got to know Jadis, the more I wanted to crush her. I felt victorious when she was taken down.
Next week: Who forces someone to eat heaps of cake as a punishment, throws a girl over the fence by the pigtails and locks children up in a cupboard full of broken glass and nails? See if you are right in my next blog.
(Image: Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon)