C.S. Lewis opened wonderful doors for me. The first one wasn't the door to Narnia, but was "The Great Divorce." Then I read every one of his books that I could find. Probably every other sentence I spoke referred to C.S. Lewis. After reading "The Chronicles of Narnia" I bought and restored an old wardrobe and made a lion and a witch.
That was a long time ago. I wanted to have another lion now, but I couldn't find one that was majestic and huggable until my friend and I went lion hunting in Kiel and found Hal.