Seven Doors–Which Would You Choose?


January 15, 2013 by Heidi

Seven DoorsI saw this on Goodreads this weekend and loved the dilemma so much I wanted to pose the question to my readers and see–Which would you choose?  Why?

Personally, my two most hated classic kid’s stories are Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, so that puts Neverland and Wonderland right out.

Disney's Peter Pan

I really nothing Camelot.  I mean, it had it’s moments, but chances are I’d be one of these guys:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Westeros and Middle Earth are both a wee bit war torn for my tastes.  Undeniably attractive, and you get Sean Bean either way but…no thanks.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Which leaves me with Narnia or Hogwarts…


Both can be pretty awesome, you know, assuming you don’t pop up when the White Witch is ruling, or when the Dark Lord is at his most powerful.  I do think I’d like to be friends with a beaver…BUT at the end of the day, I have to admit.  I’d rather BE magical than just live somewhere magical, which means, I’m all for Hogwarts!

Letter from Hogwarts

What door would you choose?

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  1. This was a pretty easy choice for me. Hogwarts all the way! Just thinking about all the creatures I could meet (staying away from the giant spiders though) and the magical people and the games I could play. It would all be very exciting.

  2. Narnia, hands down. Just because you are in the Harry Potter universe doesn’t mean you get to be a witch, right? What if you wind up a muggle? Whereas anybody can build a great life in Narnia!

    Middle Earth is tempting, but definitely not unless you get to choose your time and place.

    • Heidi says:

      Right! That’s my one proviso of choosing Hogwarts over Narnia. If I can’t BE magical in Hogwarts, I’d much rather go to Narnia, thank you! Though even Narnia you want to be able to choose your time…I’d be fine just being a regular ol’ human there during the golden reign of the kings and queens. :)

  3. I don’t like that we don’t know what we’ll be in this scenario. I think going to Hogwarts as a muggle would be like torture. Thus, if I can be awesome, I’d go to Hogwarts. If I can’t, I reckon I’d like to live in PEACEFUL Middle Earth:)

    • Heidi says:

      Right? I agree. I say Hogwarts, but only if I can BE magical. There’s just so many provisos involved no matter which door you choose–like avoiding wars.

  4. “You get Sean Bean either way.” This is so unexpectedly hysterical to me, especially when you consider that yes, you get Sean Bean either way, but he’ll also die either way. Womp womp.

    It comes down to Middle Earth or Hogwarts for me, and in the end, I follow the same logic as you do: I’d rather BE magical than maybe get to go on a quest with creatures who are magical.

    Now, if one of those doors went to Lyra’s Oxford, there’d be no question: where is my daemon!

    • Heidi says:

      Lol…womp womp indeed.

      OMG…I didn’t even think of the possibility of Lyra’s Oxford! That MIGHT trump the list for me too…I want a daemon like crazy. I mean, at Hogwarts you just get a patronis which is cool and all, but not really as good whatsoever.

  5. Jasprit says:

    Oh this question totally has me torn, I have an obsession with Peter Pan, especially the film starring Jeremy Sumpter, so I would totally go to Neverland if I knew he was going to be there. I wasn’t really ever a fan of Alice in Wonderland either, everything used to freak me out about it. So my doors would definitely be between Hogwarts and Neverland. But if I had to choose between the two, I would definitely go for Hogwarts! :)

    • Heidi says:

      I still haven’t watched the Jeremy Sumpter one! As stated though…I’m not a big Peter Pan fan, so that kind of explains that. I think the Neverland question also depends on what age you would be. Being an adult in Neverland can’t be much fun, but maybe if you could go and be a kid again? It could be fun palling around with the Lost Boys.

      Hehe, I think I just hated Alice so so much on top of everything being totally trippy (she is SUCH a brat).

  6. Ha, yeah. I’m going to Hogwarts.

    As much as I would love to say I’d be going on all sorts of adventures, let’s face it…I’d probably spend my time snuggled up in the Hufflepuff Common Room with a book and some Bertie Bott’s mooning over the boy with the frog. 😉

    • Heidi says:

      ME TOO!! I’m a total Hufflepuff, Jo, and I’m 100% cool with that. I don’t need to be epic, I just love that world so much–you don’t HAVE to have adventures for it to be wonderful.

      • Chris says:

        Hufflepuff is the party house anyway. Let the rest of them try to save the world, ruin the world, innovate on magics and such.. give the Hufflepuffs a butterbeer and a magic disco party and they’re good. Magic party people. Plus, badger.

  7. Brandy says:

    I wholeheartedly concur.

    I also loathe Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. I’m excited to have found someone else who feels the same.

    Of course if I could use the door into Narnia and then just walk across it into Archenland and hang out with Aravis I might choose that over Hogwarts. Might.

    • Heidi says:

      Oooh, yes! Brandy, I could hug you. Glad I’m not the only one who detests those two stories. 😛

      Hehe, yeah, Narnia’s the only one that comes close to tempting me away…and if I couldn’t be a witch at Hogwarts, it wins hands down. I LOVE Aravis.

  8. Heidi, I saw this this past week as well and spent SO much time trying to decide! I also just HATE Alice in Wonderland and while I’m now a HUGE Peter Pan fan thanks to the book Tiger Lily, I wouldn’t want to live in Neverland. Westeros and Camelot are also out for me, so I’d be stuck between Hogwarts, Narnia, and Middle Earth. Honestly, I’m just such a HUGE Lord of the Rings buff that I probably would go with Middle Earth, but I want to be a witch and go to Hogwarts SO BADLY, so there’s an equal chance I might go there. Compared to those two, Narnia doesn’t stand much of chance. :/ It’s so tough, though, but if you’re going to Hogwarts, I might just tag along… 😉

    • Heidi says:

      I had ZERO interest in Tiger Lily due to my Peter Pan hatred, but I’ve read so many beautiful reviews of it now I actually put it on my TBR.

      You can come with me to Hogwarts any day! I love LotR too, but when I think about every day life in Middle Earth, there’s really nothing that special about it. I suppose I was coming at the from the angle of being a regular person in these worlds rather than one that goes on epic journeys or adventures. I’d probably be a bar wench somewhere in Middle Earth…or a farm wife…neither really appeals to me all that much.

  9. Um. This is the best post ever. I think I’d go for Hogwarts as well! But Narnia is a pretty awesome idea, I spent a lot of time as a child thinking about the kids in Narnia how they grew up and spent almost an entire lifetime there and then in an instant they came back and were children again in the real world. That concept still blows my mind. I actually loved Alice as a child, and thought the concept of Narnia was cool, but I would not want to live either of those places permanently. I need love and growing up in my life. Not eternal childhood.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, thanks Lauren! You know, I didn’t think about how HORRIBLE it would be to live your whole life as a queen and then have to go back to being a KID again until I reread the Narnia books as an adult. I just can’t imagine how indignant that would make me. To be fair to your point about growing up, Aslan does sort of give kids the boot so that they can go grow up in the real world. 😛

  10. So, I actually like Alice In Wonderland. But I don’t think I would want to go there. I am with you all. Hogwarts all the way. No book series has captured my imagination like that one has. I don’t care if I was a lowly muggle. I would still want to experience it anyway.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, LOTS of people like Alice in Wonderland, and I totally get it, it’s just NOT my thing. Hehe, I think I’d at least want to be a SQUIB rather than a muggle if I couldn’t be a witch at Hogwarts…I’d at least want to be aware of what a magical world I live in.

  11. Andrea says:

    *Gets out a piece of chalk*
    *Draws an eighth door*
    *Writes “Chrestomanci Castle” on it*
    *Leaves these other options in the dust*.

  12. Hogwarts for the same reasons you mentioned!

  13. My rationale (which I did before reading yours) turned out being very similar to yours! Neverland would be awkward as an adult and someone who ages. Narnia…well I didn’t like the books. Wonderland would just be bizarre. Camelot, Westeros, and Middle earth especially would all be wonderful. But lots of fighting and problems with class, race, gender, etc. And Hogwarts would just be fun! Even if I wasn’t magical while there. All of the lands have their flaws and hard times, but at the end of the day Hogwarts would be awesome.

    • Heidi says:

      I’m curious, did you read the Narnia books as a kid and not like them? I’m kind of fascinated, I don’t know many people who don’t like Narnia, but I think it’s perfectly fine that you don’t. :)

      I agree, I think Westeros, Middle Earth, and Camelot could all be great…you know, if I could be a rich, landed, titled, dude. 😛

  14. VeganYANerds says:

    The only Alice in Wonderland I know is the Disney one, and I love it! So, I choose Wonderland so I could attend an endless tea party 😀

    This is such a good question!

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  17. This is a GREAT post. I was like omg omg omg when I saw it (and obvs I want this picture on my wall) anywho I was going through the list and have to agree with what you are saying about why NOT to visit those certain places…Just a sidenote: I also hated Alice in Wonderland and I just read Splintered and it was really great. I really, really liked it.

    Anywho…Hogwarts is where I am going too, FOR SURE. Though we’d have to keep our bff status on the dl since ya know…as a Slytherin I can’t be seen hanging out with a Hufflepuff, take care of Stan for me please.

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Alyssa! I think you convinced me to read Tiger Lily despite my Peter Pan hatred, but unfortunately I’m not convinced about Splintered.

      Bwahahaha, I’ll totally watch over Stan for ya. It’ll be easy to keep girls from hitting on him/anyone from picking on him when I remind them of the likelihood that you could be vengeful in very creative ways.

  18. janicu says:

    I would like these doors to be attached to a Howl’s Moving Castle dial, the one that switches what the door opens to. But this just means I’d rather live in a world created by Diana Wynne Jones. Yup.

    • Heidi says:

      YES to this. I could very happy live in Ingary with a door with different painted blobs that opened up on different worlds.

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