Why Are Mirrors So Enchanting?

In the worlds of fairy tales and folklore, you don’t have to look far to find enchanted mirrors. Whether offering windows to new worlds, holding the secret to a curse or reflecting your true beauty back to you, mirrors have a long-standing reputation for the mythical and magical.

In our line of work, we’ve seen firsthand how a framed mirror can magically transform the appeal of a bathroom, or how a well-placed accent mirror can magically make a room look bigger, so obviously we’re big believers in the enchanted. That’s why today, we’re rounding up four of the most memorable pop culture appearances of enchanted mirrors — just for a fun trip down memory lane.

4 Magical Mirrors From Pop Culture

Beauty and the Beast

Who could forget the Beast’s enchanted mirror that allows the holder to view anything their heart desires? After all, without this magical mirror, Belle never would have seen her father was in need of help.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It’s one of the most widely repeated mirror quotes of all time: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” We all know the answer in the story is Snow White, but here’s the best part of asking this question to non-magical mirrors: you’ll like the answer you see (*wink*).

Harry Potter

The Mirror of Erised reflects the deepest desires of whoever is looking into it. While this may sound like a nice thing, there’s a reason Dumbledore warns Harry about getting too lost in what the mirror shows. Still, the power of this enchanted mirror spurned an important discussion among Potterheads around the world: what would you see if you looked in the Mirror of Erised?

Alice Through the Looking-Glass

In the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice climbs through a mirror into a world where logic is reversed. This plays off of the longstanding myth that mirrors provide portals to other dimensions.

While these mirrors may be from fiction, it’s not surprising that so many storytellers rely on the enchanting quality of mirrors to spin their tales. We may be biased, but there’s just something magical about mirrors.

 

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