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The key to the door

The Key is a small black button-shaped key which opens the small door located in the drawing room that opens up the portal to the the other world, where Coraline Jones encounters Other Mother, who tries to lure her into a trap. It is the only key that can open the door and is therefore very important to the Other Mother's plans for capturing her victims and preventing their escape.

Plot Appearance[]


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (filmography)

Toward the end, the Other Mother's hand searches for the key in the real world, but Coraline leads the hand into the well. The hand almost got the Key, but Wyborn Lovat saves Coraline by crushing the hand under a large rock. They wrapped both the key and the hand in a blanket, tied it shut with the string from the Key, and threw it into the well.


An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (books)

Toward the end, Coraline has a tea party with some of her dolls, putting a tablecloth over the (opened) well and setting the key on the tablecloth. The Other Mother's hand grabbed the key, but in doing so fell down the well. The well was sealed and the hand trapped.

Video Game[]

An excerpt from the main article: Coraline (video game)
The key was not as important in the game as it was in the book and movie. It only made one appearance as the key to the back door of Coraline's apartment and had no previous or further mention.