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Magic Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
~ Queen Grimhilde to the Magic Mirror.
The heart of a pig! The blundering fool. I'll go myself to the dwarves cottage in a disguise so complete no one would ever suspect. Now: A formula to transform my beauty into ugliness, change my queenly raiment to a peddler's cloak! Mummy Dust to make me old. To shroud my clothes: the black of night. To age my voice: an old hag's cackle. To whiten my hair: a scream of fright. A blast of wind to fan my hate! A thunderbolt to mix it well. Now: begin thy magic spell. Look, my hands! *raspy voice* My voice! *sighs* My voice! *cackles evilly* A perfect disguise! And now, a special sort of death for one so fair. What should it be? AH! A poisoned apple! Sleeping death. One taste of the poisoned apple and the victim's eyes will close forever in the sleeping death!
~ Queen Grimhilde during her transformation.
I'll fix ya! I'll crush your bones! *cackles evilly, then screams*
~ Queen Grimhilde's last words to the seven dwarfs before she attempts to crush them with a boulder and falls off a cliff to her death and gets crushed by the boulder.

Queen Grimhilde, more commonly known across popular media as The Evil Queen, is the main antagonist of Disney's 1st full-length animated feature film Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

Her most famous incarnation is in the Disney film, but the origin of the story goes as far back as folklore itself - being a popular fairy tale. Disney's film had a tremendous impact on how people see the Evil Queen as a villain and introduced the concept of her Magic Mirror and her ultimate transformation from a vain and heartless yet young, attractive and regally beautiful woman to a hideous old hag.

She was voiced by the late Lucille La Verne in the film, Louise Chamis is Disney Villains' Revenge and Susanne Blakeslee in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

History

Early Years

Reine Sorcière

Illustration of the Queen by the Hildebrandt twins.

Grimhilde was a mysterious and icily beautiful woman who sold her body and soul to the evil spirits of the Harz mountains in exchange for the power to work black magic. She used her newfound powers and knowledge of the Dark Arts to enhance and maintain her beauty, hoping to always be the fairest woman in the land.

She became Queen by marrying a widowed King who later died, giving her absolute control over the kingdom which she ruled with an iron fist, becoming feared among her subjects (the many skeletons in her dungeon suggest this). The Evil Queen also owned a magical mirror which she used to communicate with her all-knowing demon familiar (which took on the appearance of a haunted, smoke-like face).

She despised her step-daughter - Snow White - because of her beauty and forced her to dress in rags while treating her as a servant rather than a daughter: throughout the story it was made clear the Evil Queen's motive was her vanity, she simply could never stand the idea of someone being more beautiful than herself and was cruel enough to take drastic steps to ensure this could never happen.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Jealous of her stepdaughter Snow White's beauty, the Queen forces her to work as a servant in her castle; even in rags and wooden shoes, however, Snow White's beauty shines through, causing the Queen to worry that Snow White's beauty may one day surpass her own. She has such vanity that she consults her Magic Mirror every day, ordering the slave within to reveal the name of the fairest in the land. Every day the spirit says that the Queen is the fairest, and she is content until the mirror informs her that Snow White has finally become the fairest in the land. Outside, as Snow White works, she sings to herself, attracting the attention of the Prince, who is passing by, and they are instantly infatuated with each other. The Queen watches from her window, unseen by the two lovers, and, jealous both of Snow White's beauty and the Prince's affections, closes the curtains furiously.

Summoning her faithful Huntsman to her, the Queen orders him to take Snow White far into a secluded area of the forest, where she can pick wild flowers, and kill her. She presents him with a box, in which Snow White's heart must be brought as proof. The Huntsman is reluctant to carry out such a deed, but, knowing the penalty for failure, takes Snow White deep into the forest. Just as he is about to stab the princess, he finds that he cannot bring himself to destroy such innocent beauty and, frantically warning Snow White of the Queen's vanity and jealousy, tells her to flee into the forest. He returns to the Queen, bringing in the box the heart of a pig to fool her.
The Queen drinking a magic potion

Grimhilde drinking the potion and beginning her transformation from young, attractive and regally beautiful to old and ugly.

That night, the Queen once again consults the slave in the Magic Mirror, who tells her that Snow White is living in the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs and that the Huntsman has brought her a pig's heart. Furious, the Queen descends a spiral staircase, entering a dark chamber filled with arcane and magical artifacts, as well as her pet raven perched on a skull. She decides to go to the cottage herself, disguised as a peddler. Consulting a book on disguises, she mixes the required potion ingredients (though exactly how she prepared most of them into a tangible form for the concoction can be anyone's guess), such as mummy dust to make her old, the black of night to cloak her clothing, an old hag's cackle to age her voice, a scream of fright to whiten her hair, a blast of wind to fan her hate, and finally a thunderbolt to mix it well. After putting all the ingredients together, she drinks the potion and turns herself from a regally beautiful queen to an ugly old hag. She then decides to dispose of Snow White with a poisoned apple, which will send its victim into the Sleeping Death.

The Witch brews the poison and dips an apple into the brew, turning it black, then, upon her orders, a tempting red, giving the poisoned fruit the appearance of an ordinary, if not exceptionally appetizing in appearance, apple. She then voices her plot to her raven, before having her boastful declarations halted by the possibilities of her schemes facing failure. To ensure no antidote gets in her way, she consults her spell book, quickly finding that the victim of the "Sleeping Death" can only be revived by "Love's First Kiss". This brings no sense of fear or apprehension to her, as she firmly believes the dwarfs, as they would think Snow White is actually dead, will bury her alive. Cackling to herself, she puts the apple in a basket, and walks down through the dungeon below, emerging from the castle's catacombs in a raft. On her way down the catacombs, she passes by a skeleton who appears to be reaching for an empty jug of water and sarcastically asks if he wants a drink before kicking the jug into the skeleton, smashing it to pieces. As she makes her way to the dwarfs' cottage, two sinister vultures see her and, sensing that death is imminent, quietly pursue her.
Evil queen as old lady

Evil Queen as an Old Lady

She reaches the cottage and, according to plan, finds that the dwarfs have left and Snow White is alone. Catching her by surprise as she is preparing a gooseberry pie for the dwarfs, the Witch offers her the apple, claiming apple pies to be the superior dish and offering the poisoned apple for Snow White to sample. As the meeting occurs, however, Snow White's bird companions spot the vultures darkly observing and anticipating what's to come, indirectly informing them that the Witch has evil intentions. They attack her before Snow White is able to take hold of the apple, successfully delaying the former's plot, though Snow White orders them to leave, as she still believes the Witch to be a harmless peddler. The Witch cleverly uses Snow White's kindness to her advantage and pretends to be shaken from the attack, asking for shelter within the cottage, to which Snow White obliges to. This forces the birds and other forest animals to rush over to the diamond mines and alert the dwarfs of what's happening.

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The Evil Queen falling off a cliff to her death

Meanwhile, the Witch manipulates Snow White into believing the apple is actually a "magic, wishing apple", capable of making one's dreams come true with one simple bite; offering it in gratitude of fending off the birds. Snow White becomes taken with the idea once the Witch openly mentions speculation that her wish may have something to do with someone she loves, referencing the Prince. Wanting to finally reunite with him, she takes the apple, makes the wish to live a happy life by his side, and takes a bite. In a matter of seconds, she falls under the curse and drops to the floor unconscious. The Witch cackles in joyous victory, declaring she'll now be the fairest in the land and makes her leave to return to her castle, only to find the dwarfs have learned of her villainy and have come to rescue Snow White. The Witch fearfully flees the furious dwarfs, and soon finds herself trapped on the cliff of a rocky mountain, with the vultures perched onto a nearby tree branch, watching the events unfold. Spotting a massive boulder nearby, the Witch tries to kill the dwarfs by crushing them with it, cackling insanely as she does so. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning strikes the cliff, destroying the portion holding the Witch, and causing her to fall hundreds of feet below to her death. The boulder tumbles down after her, crushing her body and ensuring her demise. The vultures then fly down the cliff to devour her remains.

A little later, the dwarves returned to the cottage and believed Snow White was dead yet couldn't find it in their broken hearts to bury her so encased her in a glass coffin - she would later be awoken from the Evil Queen's curse by the kiss of her one true love: the Prince, and the two would proceed to live "Happily Ever After".

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Evil Queen Death (HD)

Kingdom Keepers

The Evil Queen appears in one of the novels, and she is one of the Overtakers-the others Maleficent, Frollo, Chernabog, Ursula and Cruella and some others- who attempts to take over all the Disney parks, and destroy Finn Whitman and his other Kingdom Keeper kids. She is one of the scariest, most dangerous villains, and she is just as scary and dangerous as Maleficent.

Kilala Princess Manga

In the manga, Evil Queen Grimhilde was the first Disney villain to show up. The scenes took place after the movie. Grimhilde's birds noticed that Kilala and Rei intruded the castle where the Queen and Snow White first lived, and where the Magic Mirror resides. The Queen was very interested in the tiara that Kilala and Rei had, since it attracts both good and evil, so she threatened them to give it to her. She also threatened to force Kilala to eat the poisoned apple that will turn her into an ugly girl, unless she hands over the magical tiara.

Video Game appearance

There was a villainess named Mizrabel in the 1990 video game, Castle of Illusion (Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse) whose own appearance is based on the Evil Queen and her elderly Witch form.

In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, the Evil Queen served as a minor villain. After the mirror tells her that Snow White is the fairest in the land, she discovers that Terra has been eavesdropping on her conversation with the mirror. Instead of the huntsman, she sends Terra to kill Snow White and bring back her heart in exchange for asking the mirror for the whereabouts of Master Xehanort. When Terra returns and says he refused to do the job, the queen orders the mirror to consume Terra. The mirror replies by saying it cannot. Enraged, the queen throws a potion at the mirror, allowing it to attack Terra and pull him inside. When Terra defeats the mirror, the Queen, frustrated by her defeat asks the mirror for Xehanort's whereabouts. After Terra leaves, the Queen disguises herself as an old hag, makes the poisoned apple and travels to the dwarves cottage with the intention to trick Snow White into taking a bite. She accidentally drops it and it's returned to her by Ventus, who has been fooled by her disguise. They have a brief conversation where Ven learns Terra was present in that world. Afterwords the queen successfully tricks Snow White into taking a bite. She is not seen again after that. The mirror simply says she is gone, hinting that she probably suffered the same fate as in the movie.

Movie Appearance

The Evil Queen's portrait

A portrait painting of Lord Maliss' sister, the Evil Queen.

The Evil Queen's dead face

The Magic Mirror shows the image of the recently dead Wicked Queen in Happily Ever After.

Queen Grimhilde (the Evil Queen) appears only in a portrait painting of herself alongside a statue of herself at her castle in the Filmation movie Happily Ever After (also called Snow White: Happily Ever After). It is also revealed that she has a brother named Lord Maliss who sworn to avenge his sister's death.

Television Appearance

A variation of the Evil Queen is portrayed by Lana Parrilla in the television series "Once Upon a Time". She seeks revenge on Snow White by trapping all the well-known fairy tale characters in the "real world" town of Storybrooke. In the real world her name is Regina Mills and she is the mayor of Storybrooke.

Trivia

  • The Queen's peddler disguise bore some resemblance to Emperor Palpatine from the Star Wars franchise. Ironically, both Palpatine's Original Series appearance and the Queen's peddler disguise was at least partially the result of lightning that they had summoned.
  • In Snow White: Happily Ever After, the Queen serves as the posthumous Bigger Bad, since Lord Maliss is the main antagonist and is avenging her death.

Quotes

Slave in the magic mirror, come from the farthest space, through wind and darkness I summon thee. Speak! Let me see thy face.
~ Queen Grimhilde summoning the Magic Mirror
Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?
~ Queen Grimhilde to the Magic Mirror
Alas for her! Reveal her name.
~ Queen Grimhilde ordering the Magic Mirror to reveal the name of the current fairest in the land
Snow White!
~ Queen Grimhilde realizing in anger that Snow White is the current fairest in the land
Take her far into the forest. Find some secluded glade where she can pick wildflowers. (Huntsman: Yes, your Majesty.) And there, my faithful Huntsman, you will kill her!
~ Queen Grimhilde ordering her faithful Huntsman to take Snow White into a secluded area of the forest and kill her
Silence! You know the penalty if you fail.
~ Queen Grimhilde telling the Huntsman that he will be punished for not succeeding on his task
But to make doubly sure you do not fail, bring back her heart in this.
~ Queen Grimhilde ordering the Huntsman to bring back Snow White's heart to make sure that he killed her
Magic mirror on the wall, who now is the fairest one of all?
~ Queen Grimhilde once again consulting the Magic mirror
Snow White lies dead in the forest. The Huntsman has brought me proof. Behold, her heart.
~ Queen Grimhilde to the Magic mirror at first disbelieving the fact that Snow White is still alive
The heart of a pig! Then I've been tricked!
~ Queen Grimhilde after realizing that the Huntsman tricked her
The heart of a pig! The blundering fool! I'll go myself to the dwarfs' cottage in a disguise so complete no one will ever suspect.
~ Queen Grimhilde deciding to go to the dwarfs' cottage herself disguised as an old beggar woman
Now, a formula to transform my beauty into ugliness. Change my queenly raiment to a peddler's cloak. "Mummy Dust" to make me old. To shroud my clothes, the black of night. To age my voice, an old hag's cackle. To whiten my hair, a scream of fright. A blast of wind to fan my hate! A thunderbolt to mix it well. Now begin thy magic spell.
~ Queen Grimhilde before her transformation
Look! My hands!
~ Queen Grimhilde during her transformation
My voice! My voice! A perfect disguise.
~ Queen Grimhilde after her transformation
And now, a special sort of death for one so fair. What shall it be? Ah! A poisoned apple! "Sleeping Death". One taste of the Poisoned Apple and the victim's eyes will close forever in the Sleeping Death.
~ Queen Grimhilde deciding to kill Snow White with a poisoned apple which will send its victim into the Sleeping Death
Dip the apple in the brew. Let the sleeping death seep through.
~ Queen Grimhilde preparing the poisoned apple
Look! On the skin! The symbol of what lies within. Now, turn red to tempt Snow White. To make her hunger for a bite.


~ Queen Grimhilde after she prepares the poisoned apple
Have a bite? It's not for you! It's for Snow White. When she breaks the tender peel to taste the apple in my hand, her breath will still, her blood congeal. Then I'll be the fairest in the land!
~ Queen Grimhilde plotting to kill Snow White with the poisoned apple
But wait! There may be an antidote. Nothing must be overlooked. Ah! Here it is! The Victim of the Sleeping Death can be revived only by Love's First Kiss. "Love's First Kiss". Bah! No fear of that. The dwarfs will think she's dead. She'll be buried alive! Buried alive!
~ Queen Grimhilde dismissing the fact that Snow White will be awakened and is confident that the dwarfs will bury her alive
Thirsty? Have a drink!
~ Queen Grimhilde taunting a deceased prisoner in the dungeon before departing to the dwarfs' cottage
The little men will be away and she'll be alone with a harmless old peddler woman. A harmless old peddler woman.
~ Queen Grimhilde as she makes her way to the dwarfs' cottage

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