Jadis the White Witch is the main antagonist of 2005 Walt Disney Pictures feature film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which is based on the popular children's book series by C.S. Lewis. She was portrayed by British actress Tilda Swinton. Swinton's performance won particular acclaim among fans and critics.BBC film critic Stella Papamichael wrote:  

"As the cold hearted White Witch, Tilda Swinton sets the tempo for this bracing adventure. She is a pristine picture of evil, like the spectre of War that forces the children out of London to the sanctuary of a country manor." 

Resurrection attempt

In the 2008 sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, in a scene exclusive to the film, a hag, a werewolf, and the dwarf Nikabrik planned to resurrect The White Witch by using her wand to create the mystical wall of ice. The White Witch says that she needs a drop of "Adam's blood" to live again, which she tries to coax from Caspian and then from Peter with promises of lending her great powers to their cause against King Miraz once she is made whole. However, Edmund shatters the ice before the Witch can obtain the drop of blood, and she is sent back into oblivion.


  • Tilda Swinton was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for her performance as the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but lost to Hayden Christensen's performance as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
  • Her creatures sound effects is Sabor from Tarzan, Neera's orphans from Dinosaur and Thumper from A Bug's Life.
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