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At the beginning of the film, the door appeared to be bricked up when Coraline begged her mother, whom was in the middle of her work, to open it up for her. Mel stated that it must have been blocked off when the house was divided into parts. However, when nighttime came while Coraline's parents were sleeping, a beautiful passage colored in blues and purples appears when the small door was opened.
On the other hand, in the book, when the door was opened by Coraline one night, inside appeared to have a dark hallway. It had been described to have a cold, musty smell coming through, like something very old and very slow. There is only one key, as stated when Coraline asked the other mother to have her own and the other father answered that only one existed.
In the version of the book written by Neil Gaiman, the door is a big, carved, brown wooden door at the far corner of the drawing room and is the only one, out of fourteen doors, that is locked. However, unlike the one in the book where the door is fairly big, the version in the film portrayed a very small door, covered in the drawing room's wallpaper; something that might have been a sign not to open it. Originally, it was supposed to be followed by Gaiman's creation, but Selick stated another idea.
- In the book, the door is a big, carved, brown door unlike the one in the film whereby it is seen to be a very small one, covered behind the drawing room's wallpaper.
- It was Henry Selick who proposed the idea of the door being small in the film. He had stated in a commentary that the big wooden door would have felt just too obvious to him. He had reminiscent staying in one of his grandmother's houses in New Jersey as a child. He said that it was a huge old house, about three stories, and they would stay on the third floor where the ceiling was slanted and, in one side, was a small door. It was the exact same size and shape as the one in the film, and he had said in the commentary: ". . . And that was always a very frightening door. It was locked and no one would tell me what was on the other side. It evolved to where this small door seemed less threatening at first and more inviting, more kid size. Anyway, that's how it changed."
- Only one key can open the door in the other world and in the real world.