C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia is a fantasy fiction series that consists of seven books. The series is set in the fictitious kingdom of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, legendary creatures, and talking animals, and is illustrated by Pauline Baynes. It was first published between 1950 and 1956. It tells the tale of a group of youngsters who play pivotal parts in the Narnian world’s developing history. The novels cover the whole history of Narnia, beginning with The Magician’s Nephew and ending with The Last Battle.
In 2005, Walt Disney chose to create a film version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in partnership with Walden Media. The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian (2008) and The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Sailing Ship (2009) are the two sequels of the feature film (2010). Let’s see which is the ideal order to watch The Chronicles of Narnia and what each movie’s storyline is like.
Best order to watch Chronicles of Narnia Movies
The Chronicles of Narnia films are listed in chronological sequence of release. Let’s say you wish to view the Narnia movies in chronological or timeline sequence. In that scenario, you must follow the release sequence, since the Chronicles of Narnia films are released in chronological order.
Chronicles of Narnia movies in order of release:
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe -(2005)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian -(2008)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader -(2010)
Chronicles of Narnia movies in order
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe -(2005)
During WWII, the Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) are evacuated from London to Professor Kirke’s rural estate.
Lucy finds a wardrobe and hides inside during a game of hide-and-seek, only to realize that she has entered a magical winter realm. Lucy discovers a lamppost and meets Mr. Tumnus, a faun who welcomes her to his house and informs her that she has arrived in Narnia. Tumnus lulls Lucy to sleep with a flute song, and when Lucy awakens, he informs her that the White Witch cursed Narnia to always endure winter and never Christmas and that any humans found are to be brought to her. Tumnus, on the other hand, returns her home, where Lucy discovers that little time has gone and her siblings doubt her tale owing to the wardrobe’s usual condition.
Lucy returns via the closet one night, but Edmund follows her. Edmund encounters the White Witch, who claims to be Narnia’s queen. Edmund informs her about his brothers and Tumnus, and she promises him Turkish delicacies and kingship in exchange for bringing his siblings to her castle. Edmund and Lucy reconcile after her departure. Lucy tells Peter and Susan, but Edmund fabricates the information out of malice. When Peter and Susan bring the matter to Professor Kirke’s attention, he indicates that Lucy is speaking the truth.
While evading the maid after an accidental window break, the four siblings escape to the wardrobe and reach Narnia. Edmund is chastised by Peter and Susan for lying and is compelled to apologize to Lucy. They discover that the Witch has abducted Tumnus, and they meet a pair of talking beavers who inform them that Aslan intends to return and reclaim control of Narnia, and there is a prophecy that the Witch’s reign will come to an end if two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve sit on the thrones of Cair Paravel.
Edmund slips out to see the Witch, but she is enraged that he came alone. Edmund is imprisoned when the Witch sends wolves to look for the children, and it is here that he meets Tumnus. The children and beavers flee, and the Witch demands that Edmund disclose their whereabouts. Tumnus defends Edmund, but the Witch exposes Edmund’s betrayal before killing Tumnus.
While Peter, Lucy, Susan, and the beavers are on their journey, they come upon Father Christmas, a sign that the Witch’s influence is waning. He equips them with weapons of self-defense: Lucy gets a cordial that heals all wounds and a knife; Susan receives a magical horn, a bow, and quiver of arrows; and Peter receives a sword and shield. After escaping Maugrim’s wolves as a result of the melting ice, the party arrives at Aslan’s camp, where Aslan is shown to be a noble lion who pledges to assist Edmund. Two wolves attack Lucy and Susan, but Peter kills Maugrim, and some of Aslan’s soldiers track down and rescue Edmund from the Witch’s camp.
The White Witch travels to Aslan’s camp to collect Edmund, but Aslan offers himself in secret instead. That night, as Lucy and Susan remain hidden, the White Witch assassinates Aslan and then sends an army to murder Aslan’s soldiers. Lucy and Susan issue a cautionary message, and Edmund convinces Peter to assume leadership. Both armies fight fiercely the next morning, but Aslan is revived, claiming a kind of sorcery beyond the Witch’s comprehension. Susan and Lucy accompany Aslan to the Witch’s castle to rescue the frozen captives. Edmund is gravely wounded attempting to rescue Peter from the Witch, but reinforcements come and Aslan kills the Witch. Edmund has restored to health thanks to Lucy’s cordial, and the Pevensies are crowned King Peter the Magnificent, Queen Susan the Gentle, King Edmund the Just, and Queen Lucy the Valiant.
Fifteen years later, as young adults, the Pevensie children chase a white stag. They come across the lamppost Lucy originally saw and abruptly fall out of the wardrobe at the same time and day they left, reverting to their original state as children. Professor Kirke locates the youngsters and inquires as to why they were hiding in the closet.
Lucy tries to use the wardrobe in a mid-credits sequence, but Professor Kirke informs her that he has attempted the same thing for many years and that they will most likely return to Narnia when they least expect it.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian -(2008)
Nearly 1,300 years have passed in Narnia since the Pevensie siblings departed. Caspian, a Telmarine prince, is awakened by his mentor Doctor Cornelius, who tells him that his aunt has just given birth and that his life is now in severe danger. Cornelius bestows to him Queen Susan’s old magical horn, instructing him to use it if he ever finds himself in desperate need of assistance. Caspian escapes, knowing that his Uncle Miraz would assassinate him to become king. Caspian is pursued by numerous Telmarine troops and falls from his horse in the woods, where he meets two Narnian dwarfs and a talking badger. The soldiers arrest one of the dwarves, Trumpkin, after he sacrifices himself to rescue Caspian, while the other dwarf, Nikabrik, and the badger, Trufflehunter, save Caspian. Caspian blows the magical horn in an attempt to call assistance, unaware that they are attempting to rescue him.
In England, the four Pevensie children wait for their train to boarding school at the Strand tube station. In their world, one year has elapsed since they left Narnia. As the train approaches the station, the station disintegrates, sending the passengers back to Narnia. They find their castle, Cair Paravel, has been invaded and destroyed while they are away. The Pevensies rescue a tied and gagged Trumpkin on the verge of drowning, and they embark together.
Meanwhile, Nikabrik and Trufflehunter guide Caspian to the Dancing Lawn, the gathering place for all the ancient Narnians. Caspian persuades them to assist him in claiming his kingdom. Caspian and his soldiers cross paths with the Pevensies and Trumpkin on their way to Aslan’s How, a vast subterranean passageway constructed above the Stone Table. Lucy wants to await Aslan’s arrival, but Peter believes they have waited long enough and proposes assaulting Miraz’s fortress. The Narnians infiltrate the fortress successfully, but Peter orders a withdrawal when the gate is damaged. Half of the Narnians escape, while the others are stuck behind the locked gate and murdered mercilessly by crossbowmen.
Caspian is informed by Nikabrik that there is a method for him to reclaim his throne and ensure Miraz’s death. When Caspian accepts, a hag summons the White Witch using dark magic. The Witch attempts to persuade Caspian to give her a drop of his blood in exchange for her freedom from behind an ice wall. Peter, Edmund, Trumpkin, and Lucy come and kill Nikabrik, while Edmund breaks the ice wall preventing the Witch from being released.
At Aslan’s How, Miraz and his troops arrive. Peter challenges Miraz to a one-on-one fight to purchase time for Lucy and Susan to locate Aslan. Peter can injure Miraz and then offers his blade to Caspian to eliminate him. Caspian, unable to do so, saves Miraz’s life but declares his intention to restore Narnia to its inhabitants. Lord Sopespian, one of Miraz’s generals, unexpectedly stabs and kills Miraz with an arrow, blaming the Narnians and sparking a major fight between the Narnians and the Telmarines. Meanwhile, Lucy has discovered Aslan in the woods; he wakes the trees, causing the whole forest to fight the Telmarines. Lord Sopespian issues the order to withdraw, only to be met by Lucy and Aslan. Aslan calls a river god, who decimates the Telmarine army, including Sopespian; all remaining Telmarine troops submit and give up their weapons.
Caspian ascends to the throne of Narnia and, with Aslan’s assistance, reconciles the Narnian and Telmarine realms. Before the Pevensies’ departure, Peter and Susan explain that Aslan has informed them that they would never return to Narnia, although Lucy and Edmund may return. Susan kisses Caspian with the knowledge that she would never see him again before the Pevensies depart to England, leaving Caspian as King of Narnia.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader -(2010)
Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are living with their annoying, nerdy cousin Eustace Scrubb three Narnian years after the events of Prince Caspian, while their elder siblings Peter and Susan are in America with their parents while the war continues. Edmund, to his dismay, is still too young to join in His Majesty’s Armed Forces. A magical picture of a ship on the ocean transfers Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace to an ocean in Narnia at their cousin’s house.
The Dawn Treader rescues them. Caspian invites them on a journey to retrieve the seven Lords of Narnia who have been exiled by his uncle Miraz. Caspian and Edmund are caught and imprisoned in the Lone Islands, where people are sold as slaves, while Lucy and Eustace are sold as slaves. Caspian encounters one of the lords who explains that un-sold slaves are sacrificed to a strange green mist. The Dawn Treader’s crew then rescues the four. Caspian receives a sword from the lord, who becomes the new governor. The weapon is one of seven initially handed to the lords by Aslan.
Lucy is kidnapped by invisible Dufflepuds on another island and forced to visit the mansion of the wizard Coriakin in search of a visibility spell. Coriakin urges the crew to overcome the mist by collecting and placing the lords’ seven swords at Aslan’s Table on Ramandu’s island but warns them that they are about to be put to the ultimate test. Lucy recites a newly discovered beauty enchantment and enters a dream in which she is Susan and neither Lucy nor Narnia exists. Aslan chastises Lucy for her self-doubt, saying that it is only because of her that her siblings are aware of Narnia.
On a third island, another sword is retrieved from a mystical pool that transforms everything that comes into contact with it into gold (as it did with one of the lost lords). Eustace, meantime, finds and steals from a treasure-filled rock hole. While Edmund and Caspian are searching for Eustace, they find and retrieve the bones of another of the lords. A dragon approaches the Dawn Treader and is frightened away. Eustace is revealed to be the dragon, changed by the magical treasure as a result of yielding to its charms. Eustace is moved by Reepicheep’s generosity. He has a transformation and becomes helpful to the team.
When the party gets to Aslan’s Table, they discover three sleeping lost lords. They notice one weapon is still missing as they arrange the words on the table. Light falls from the sky and turns into Lilliandil, a lovely lady who leads them to the Dark Island, a misty lair where they find the last living Lord. Edmund’s dread is used by the island to produce a huge sea monster that assaults the ship. Eustace defends himself against the snake, but the frightened lord wounds him with the last blade, forcing him to flee. He meets Aslan, who reincarnates him as a child and sends him to Ramandu’s island with the last sword. While the party continues to battle the snake, the mist attempts to divert Edmund’s attention by assuming the identity of Jadis, the White Witch. Eustace approaches the table, but the mist attempts to prevent him from placing the blade among the others. He eventually overcomes the mist and succeeds, enabling the swords to work their magic and endowing Edmund’s blade with the ability to kill the sea serpent, whose death wakes the three sleeping lords, destroys the mist and Dark Island, and liberates the sacrificial slaves.
Eustace rejoins Lucy, Edmund, Caspian, and Reepicheep, and the group sails to a strange beach just in time to avoid a huge wave. Aslan comes and informs them that his kingdom is beyond, but they may never return if they go there. Caspian wants to join Aslan’s kingdom but changes his mind when he realizes he has more responsibilities as king, while Reepicheep is adamant about entering. Aslan blesses him as he bids Caspian, Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace goodbye. When Eustace gets upset as a result of Reepicheep’s leaving and requests not to see him again. Then Reepicheep responds to him (Eustace) by stating that he is a marvelous puzzle and a genuine hero. Additionally, Reepicheep states that it has been an honor to battle with a strong warrior and a wonderful friend. Finally, he bows to Eustace and paddles through the wave to Aslan’s land. Aslan informs Lucy and Edmund that they would be unable to return to Narnia once they have reached the age of their older siblings, Peter and Susan. Aslan urges them to call him by a different name in their realm. Aslan reintroduces them to the world by opening the gateway. Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace wish Caspian goodbye. As the three go towards the portal, Eustace comes to a halt and inquires of Aslan if he will be allowed to return. Aslan informs Eustace that he is welcome to return. They are escorted back to their bedroom. Eustace overhears his mother announce the arrival of a guest, Jill Pole. Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace all fix their gazes on the picture. Eustace retrieves the artwork off the floor and reattaches it to the wall. As they leave the bedroom, they return their gaze to the picture and see how the ship voyaging over the waves gradually fades away. Lucy then shuts the bedroom door.