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How to get to fantasy lands

Into the Attic (illustration)

Carol uses the stairs, but there are many, many ways to get to fantasy lands — almost as many as there are lands. A surprising number of these ways can be found in your average household or its environs.

Below are just some of the many ways used by people (mostly fictional people, it has to be said), in the past. Please note, these do not always work...

a wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis
a window
“The Wonderful Window” by Lord Dunsany
stairs
The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay
a door in a wall
“The Door in the Wall” by H G Wells
a tiny door in a wall
The Witch, the Saint & the Shoemaker by Aonghus Fallon
a tiny, bricked-up door in a wall
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
a book
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
a painting
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C S Lewis
a pack of cards
Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
a rabbit hole
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
a mirror
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
the back of a sofa
“The Realm of Lost Things” by Murray Ewing
a carpet
Weaveworld by Clive Barker
a ladder
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
crossing a stream
Threshold by Ursula Le Guin
a tornado
The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
a ruined church
Elidor by Alan Garner
the roof of Notre Dames in Paris
Strange Evil by Jane Gaskell
a beanstalk
“Jack and the Beanstalk”