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Background information
Feature films The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair (upcoming)
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Tilda Swinton
Performance model
Inspiration Original character from The Chronicles of Narnia series
Medusa from Clash of the Titans'"
The Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson's fairytale
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Jadis
Other names Queen of Narnia
Empress of the Lone Islands
Personality Sadistic, violent, arrogant, intelligent, cold-hearted, cruel, tyrannical, ruthless, prejudice, amazonian, abnormal, formidable, beautiful, enchanting, bewitching
Appearance Giant-Jinn hybrid, seven feet tall, pale-white skin, long ash-blonde hair (sometimes in an ornamental bun)
(First appearance:) Long white-blue-gray sleeveless dress that opens up at the breasts, white fur cloak, crown made of ice-like shards
(In her camp form:) Same white-gray-blue dress, raccoon-badger fur stole, crown beginning to melt
(During Aslan's sacrifice:) Black-gray dress, black-feathered cloak with a vulture's head, small pieces of the remaining crown (had melted), hair tightened in a ponytail
(In her battle form:) Black chain-mail dress with black leather belt, fur shawl made of Aslan's mane, gold dragon crown, hair puffed to resemble a mane
Occupation Witch
Alignment Evil
Goal To keep all of Narnia trapped in her eternal winter (later failed)
Use the blood of a son of Adam to release her (Prince Caspian)
Home Charn
Minions Mr. Tumnus (defected), Edmund (formerly), Ginnabrik, Maugrim, her army of dark creatures
Enemies Aslan, Susan Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie, Mr. Tumnus, Aslan's army
Likes Ice and snow
All things cold and frozen
Having her way
Controlling all of Narnia's people
Dislikes Aslan, humans, Father Christmas, spring
Powers and abilities Cryokinesis
Winter Empowerment
Cold Immunity
Blizzard creation
Snowstorm creation
Turning people into solid stone (with her wand)
Weapons Her magic wand
Stone knife/dagger
Dark magic
Fate Killed by Aslan and imprisoned in a column of ice
Quote "Is that how you address a queen!?"
"Not know the Queen of Narnia!?"
"I have no interest in prisoners. Kill them all."

The White Witch is the main antagonist from the 2005 Walt Disney Pictures feature film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is based on the popular children's book series by C.S. Lewis. She was portrayed by British actress Tilda Swinton. Swinton's performance won particular acclaim among fans and critics. BBC film critic Stella Papamichael wrote:

“As the cold hearted White Witch, Tilda Swinton sets the tempo for this bracing adventure. She is a pristine picture of evil, like the spectre of Nazism that forces the children out of London to the sanctuary of a country manor. ”


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, set 1000 years after the events of The Magician's Nephew, Jadis has usurped power over Narnia, having magically forced the land into an "endless winter" during her reign, which as the book opens had lasted for a hundred years. Though it is always winter, she prevents Christmas from ever coming.

During her reign, the White Witch is styled "Her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands". She makes two claims to buttress her authority to rule over Narnia. The first is that she is a human from Earth (a "daughter of Eve"). At the beginning of Narnia, Aslan gave "sons of Adam and daughters of Eve" dominion over all the beasts and magical creatures of Narnia. (Narnian dwarfs are not considered to be human, even though they can and do reproduce with humans; they are called "Sons of Earth".) Although the White Witch appears human (despite her irregular skin color and abnormal height), Narnian rumor holds that she descends from Adam's first wife, Lilith, and was half-Jinn and half-giantess, and thus not even partially human. The Magician's Nephew, by contrast with this slander, recounts her origin on Charn; but whether the people of Charn are human is never addressed.

The White Witch's second claim is that she is a servant of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea and rules with his blessing. This is at best a half-truth: she is the first to rebel in Narnia, and by the workings of the Deep Magic she is given ownership of all traitors and the right to kill them. For this reason, Mr. Beaver characterizes her as the Emperor's hangman (though Aslan rebukes him for saying this). The White Witch favors the Stone Table for her executions.

When the Pevensie children arrive in Narnia via Digory's magical wardrobe, it is explained to them that, according to an ancient prophecy, when two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve fill the four thrones at Cair Paravel as Kings and Queens of Narnia, the reign of the White Witch and the endless winter would end. Jadis is aware of the prophecy, and employs spies to tell her of any human that comes to Narnia. While there are other humans in the world of Narnia at the time of the first book — humans descended from the original King Frank and Queen Helen populate Archenland, Calormen, and the island kingdoms — humans are completely unknown in occupied Narnia, to the extent that the Narnians think them mythological.

The White Witch's most notorious deed, aside from uttering the Deplorable Word that destroys Charn, is killing Aslan on the Stone Table (as a surrogate for Edmund), her right by the Deep Magic. Aslan returns to life by Deeper Magic, and in the subsequent battle, Aslan kills the witch, ending her reign of terror.

Prince Caspian

In Prince Caspian, 1,300 years later, Nikabrik (a dwarf), a hag, and a wer-wolf (to use Lewis's spelling) plan to bring the Witch back using black sorcery in their bid to defeat King Miraz. Caspian X and Trumpkin protest against this, stating "Wasn't she a tyrant ten times worse than Miraz?" Their plan backfires when they are killed in a fight with Caspian and his allies.

Tilda Swinton reprises her role as the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. In a scene exclusive to the movie, the trio that planned to resurrect the Witch in the novel manage to conjure up an apparition of her form behind a mythical wall of ice. The Witch says that she needs a drop of blood from a son of Adam to release her entirely, which she tries to take from Caspian and then Peter. However, Edmund shatters the ice before the Witch can be fully released. It is unknown yet whether Swinton will return to play the character in the film adaptations of The Magician's Nephew or The Silver Chair.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the White Witch appears as one of the illusions the green mist creates. She is seen as one of Edmund's fears. She tries to convince him again that he will be king someday and that he has to trust her, but Edmund knows she is not really there.

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  • Jadis is not native to Narnia, but to a world called Charn where, with a single Word (it is unknown what the Word is, as C. S. Lewis did not say it), she caused every living thing except herself to literally drop dead, then placed herself into a sort of Stasis. Digory and Polly accidentally brought her back to life an unknown amount of time later. After the trio left Charn, the world vanished.
  • Elsa's design resembles that of Queen Jadis the White Witch, as they are both females with ice/snow/cold-based abilities that trap the whole land in eternal winter. However, unlike Jadis, Elsa is not really evil, just misunderstood and misguided.
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Characters: Lucy Pevensie | Susan Pevensie | Peter Pevensie | Edmund Pevensie | Aslan | The White Witch | Miraz | Sopespian | Caspian X | Maugrim | Ginarrbrik | Reepicheep | Tumnus | Oreius | Father Christmas | Telmarine | Gregoire | Lady of the Green Kirtle

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