Disclaimer! This article contains spoilers for both the Narnia books and films
Most people have some complaints about the various Narnia films that have come out over the years. More often than not, their problem with the films is not casting, effects, or technicalities, but rather with the way the movies deviate from the books. However, a handful (a very small handful, mind you) of these deviations might be considered as fit to be included in the Chronicles of Narnia books, if not improvements on them. Examples of some of these scenes are Aslan’s Resurrection (Animated LWW), The “Sorcery and Sudden Vengeance” scene (Walden PC), Edmund’s torch use (Walden PC/VDT), certain scenes with Reepicheep (Walden PC/VDT) and the Painting (Walden VDT).
One aspect of the Animated The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that would have worked well in the book was the white flowers that grew up under Aslan’s feet after his resurrection. Lewis was a reader of mythology and often took inspiration from the stories. In Welsh mythology, there is a tale told of a woman who had white clovers sprout where she walked.  Because of Lewis’s interests in mythology, this scene at the Stone Table seems like something Lewis would have written. In fact, this movie addition has been known to fool people into believing that was actually in the books.
In “Sorcery and Sudden Vengeance”, a chapter in Prince Caspian, Nikabrik and his evil friends attempt to bring back the White Witch. The Walden Prince Caspian film takes that just a little bit further and actually has the magic almost completed before the Pevensies come in and save the day. That extension would not have worked in the book because Edmund, Peter, and Trumpkin were standing around the corner and would not have let sorcery go that far. However, because we did not know where Peter and Edmund were in the film, it worked well enough that the witch was nearly brought back to life. (But seriously, Caspian, why’d you stand in the circle? You’re an idiot.) If, in the book, we hadn’t seen Edmund and Peter and Trumpkin listening from the corner, and just knew they were on their way, the movie scene could indeed have worked well in the book.
Another well-done aspect from the movies that could have (in parts) worked in the books was the use of Edmund’s torch in Prince Caspian (Walden) and again in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Walden). While I do not condone the night raid scene of PC, it did make sense that in other situations Edmund could have used his torch for signalling troops, and also for a weapon (Electric torches! Who knew, right?!). In VDT, I thought it was a nice touch that among the items we associate with the royals (Lucy’s cordial, Peter’s sword, and Susan’s bow and horn) was Edmund’s torch. Also, (although the batteries would not have still worked in our world, in Narnia, where the air seems to have a different affect on things, it might have still worked) it came in handy during the exploration of the different islands.
Then there’s Reepicheep. The way Lucy healed Reepicheep in Walden’s Prince Caspian worked more efficiently than the way she healed him in the book. In the book, she has to put a single drop of cordial on all of his wounds, whereas in the film, she puts a single drop in his mouth, which is more efficient. Another thing about Reepicheep that might have been nice in the books was his protectiveness of his tail in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Walden.) Aslan did give him that tail, and I could see that Reepicheep would be against his tail being touched.
Finally, in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Walden), one thing that would have improved upon the book was how the movie took the children to Narnia. I have personally always been unsatisfied with the scene in the books, as I wasn’t exactly sure how the children got onto the painting, and whether they shrank to fit, or the picture grew. It left a bit to be desired for me. In contrast, I appreciated the way they had water flood the room and had the children swim upwards out of the room into Narnia. This scene was another that would’ve worked very well in the books.
Do you have a movie scene that you think would have worked in the Chronicles of Narnia books? Comment down below!
 Wild Flower Europe: “British & Irish Myths”. (see Clover)