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Aslan is the creator and deity of Narnia. He takes the form of a lion, but he is a powerful magical creature who is not confined by anything in that world. He sang the land of Narnia into creation in the first book of the series, The Magician's Nephew, and acts as a guide throughout the books.
Peter, Lucy, Edmund, and Susan are four siblings who, in the midst of World War II, find themselves accidentally transported to Narnia through a wardrobe in the home of Professor Digory Kirk. They battle evil and attempt to save Narnia from its eternal winter before being crowned kings and queens of Narnia by Aslan.
Lucy is the youngest and the first to enter Narnia through the wardrobe. She displays her loyalty to Mr. Tumnus in ensuring he is rescued from the clutches of the White Witch.
Edmund is the black sheep of the family, and he is jealous of his siblings. He is shown as greedy when he falls for the White Witch's conniving promise that she will make him a prince.
Susan is the second oldest, and she is very responsible and protective of her siblings. Her wise and level-headed nature keeps the children safe in their journey.
Peter is the eldest child, and he takes on the leading role as a father figure to his younger siblings. His defining characteristic is his courage as he leads the fight against the White Witch and her army.
Jadis, the White Witch
Appearing primarily in the first and second novels, the White Witch is a villain who is accidentally transported to Narnia from the dying world of Charn by a young Digory Kirk and his friend Polly. She plunges the world into a never-ending winter and vows to kill Aslan and rule over Narnia forever.
As a young boy, Digory travels between worlds thanks to his eccentric uncle's magic rings. He goes to Charn and accidentally brings Jadis home to Earth before forcing them out to the virgin world of Narnia. Later, he inadvertently creates another portal to Narnia by using the wood from a tree that was grown near the magical rings to build a wardrobe, and it is in his house that the Pevensies stay and are eventually transported to the magical land.
Caspian is the descendant of human pirates who accidentally traveled to Narnia. When he was young, his uncle attempted to have him killed so that he could take control over Narnia, since Caspian was the heir to the throne. Caspian joins forces with the oppressed and hidden Narnian animals, eventually summoning the Pevensies from Earth, and they overthrow Caspian's uncle, Miraz, with the aid of Aslan.
The cousin of the Pevensies, Eustace travels to Narnia several times: first with Edmund and Lucy, and later with Jill Pole, his friend from school. He is temporarily transformed into a dragon, which changes his cruel heart to a much more gentler one, and he eventually helps save Caspian's son, Prince Rilian. He also witnesses the Narnian apocalypse, having been summoned there by Rilian's descendant Tirian in Narnia's last days.
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