Doorway to Narnia
This doorknob is on the door of the rectory at St. Mark’s Church in Belfast where C S Lewis’s grandfather was reverend. Situated at about head height for a young child the doorknob is decorated with the image of a lion’s face, and would have been seen every time the young Lewis visited his grandfather. As such, people have cited the doorknob as inspiration for the character of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia.
Though the link perhaps seems tenuous it is worth considering that, though he was brought up in a church-going family, between the ages of 15 and 31 Lewis was an atheist. He converted back to theism many years before writing The Chronicles, which are filled with Christian ideas relatable to children, and it is an interesting thought that, whilst looking for a suitable figure to represent Christ, he chose a symbol so similar to that depicted here, as symbol that, for him at least, may have resonated with memories of his reverend grandfather and his religious upbringing.