Fantasy Creatures Won’t Stop Inviting Me Over for Tea

Mt Tumnus, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

They are mice and bears and things and whenever I stumble into their worlds they are all unfailingly polite.

But maybe I don’t want to have to tea with them. Do I want to have tea with them? Let’s see.


Dormouse, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

Dormouse in Alice in Wonderland

I like you Dormouse. I truly do! There are few things I love more than small sleepy animals. But I like to sit and drink my tea, not engage in impromptu therapy sessions with Hatters. Hence, you sit here, near the bottom of the list, snoring away. Gosh you’re cute.


The Depressed Bear, The Magicians

Illustration from The Magicians by Chad White

Illustration from Lev Grossman’s The Magicians by Chad White

Sorry, Bear. You may invite me to hang out at your tavern with plenty of honey-drenched tea, but first of all, you are one lachrymose ursus. Second, you tend to have a pretty one-track mind, and I think we’d ...

Mr. and Mrs. Beaver in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Worm in Labyrinth
Mr. Tumnus, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Wind in the Willows illustration by Michael Hague