Professor Digory Kirke is the old man with whom the Pevensie children live in C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. During WWII the Germans are dropping bombs on the citizens of the city of London, England. The children: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy come to his house to escape these bombings. The story takes place during this time.
It was quite common for the people of London to have homes outside the city in the country side. Professor Kirke,was no exception and as such, offers the Pevensie children a place to come - a safe haven. The professor is a reclusive bachelor and doesn't interact with the children much. Daily, he enters his study and conducts his studies. The children are not to enter and disturb him.
Digory Kirke’s house is really a large mansion. Mrs. MaCready, his housekeeper, conducts paying tours about the property. His estate house consists of hundreds of rooms on several floors. The children have free reign to explore the old place as long they stay from public view.
Professor Digory Kirke is a tall, old man who processes more than a country estate. He processes a great imagination and wisdom. The children ask him, is Lucy lying about her visit to Narnia. He advises them to consider the facts. Does Lucy lie? No. Is Lucy mad (mentally disturbed)? No. She went to Narnia.
The children do not know the professor has been to Narnia. What they do not know is that in fact, he was a witness to Alsan creating Narnia. He met Queen Jadis, the White Witch, before she places a curse on Narnia. In Narnia, he receives a magic apple which cures his invalid mother. These facts, he does not share with the children, he wants the Pevensie children to discover Narnia on their own. His trip to Narnia happens in C. S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew.
In The Magician's Newphew,Professor Kirke commissions the building of the wardrobe. The wardrobe is constructed of wood from an apple tree. The tree grew from the magic apple's seeds. The tree blew down in a powerful wind storm. Not wanting to lose the tree, so special to him, he had the wardrobe made to be with him forever.
Stop and read The Chronicles of Narnia books. The seven books continue the tales of Narnia over a long period of time. Meet Digory Kirke, the Pevensie children, Prince Caspian other characters in more adventures. The Narnia series are a classic.
The Walt Disney Film of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is available. Watch the full screen DVD and compare it to the book. Look for the wonderful talking beavers. Enjoy the movie on DVD for years to come.
Note: Chronicles of Narnia books are from my private massive library.