I recently watched all three Walden Media Narnia films and read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Last Battle. So I thought I’d rank the Pevensie siblings from least favorite to most favorite (‘least favorite’ being a relative term because they’re all dear to me). I’ve also read The Horse and His Boy and parts of Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader so my opinions are a smattering of book-and-movie perceptions of all the characters. (But mostly the movies because those are the most fresh in my mind.)
#4 – The Magnificent
Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do. -The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
It honestly hurts to put Peter last on this list because I don’t want anyone to be last! Peter has some amazing qualities. He’s brave, humble (for being the High King, he doesn’t boast about it or anything), kind to his sisters…Peter is a great character. But because I love and adore Edmund, he pales a bit in comparison. I know there are a lot of people who are huge Peter fans, though, so he’s definitely not without a following.
#3 – The Valiant
“I’m sorry, Aslan,” she said. “I’m ready now.”
“Now you are a lioness,” said Aslan. -Prince Caspian
Lucy is almost everyone’s favorite character, it seems. She is a definite inspiration to me, with her total faith and trust in Aslan. If I could have a faith like that, I think ninety-five percent of my problems wouldn’t matter anymore. But at the same time, Lucy seems a little too perfect and unattainable – to me, anyway. I prefer my characters to be flawed, yet redeemable (*cough* I believe y’all can guess who’ll be #1 on this list *cough*). I think the Dawn Treader movie did a good job of giving Lucy some flaws so I liked that.
#2 – The Gentle
It is a mistake to think that Susan was killed in the railway accident at the end of The Last Battle and that she has forever fallen from grace. It is to be assumed, rather, that as a woman of twenty-one who has just lost her entire family in a terrible crash, she will have much to work through; in the process, she might change to become truly the gentle person she has the potential for being. -Companion to Narnia by Paul Ford
Susan reminds me of myself, sometimes more than I want. I like being able to see and know what I’m getting into instead of taking a leap of faith. I keep an eye on my siblings. I falter in my faith far too often. But Susan has good qualities, too. She’s courageous and loyal and steadfast. She loves her brothers and sister very much. Like Paul Ford, I don’t believe that Susan is irredeemable and I’m not mad at Lewis for what he did with her story. It’s actually believable that at least one of the Pevensies would ‘grow up’ and I think it makes her character more realistic.
#1 – The Just
But even a traitor may mend. I have known one who did. -The Horse and His Boy
First off…THAT QUOTE. GAH. MY HEART.
Edmund is my favorite Pevensie sibling and my favorite character in the Narnia series. He was my favorite from the very first time I met him and I haven’t changed my mind since. As so many people say, Edmund is us. He fell from grace, he made horrible mistakes that led to Aslan’s death. And yet, Aslan still loved him and rescued him. *tears* Because of all this, Edmund becomes a far better person: King Edmund the Just. He wasn’t King Edmund the Brave (though he certainly is) or King Edmund the Loyal (true again) but instead he is Edmund the Just. He knows what justice is because Aslan bore the judgement he deserved. And Edmund lives up to his name, becoming a wise, mature, honorable king. So he’s my favorite. (Plus, I’m a goner for characters with a redemption arc. Always have been, always will.)
What’s your ranking of the Pevensie siblings? Who’s your favorite character in The Chronicles of Narnia series?