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Mirror mirror

Did the movie change the line?

MMDE: Mirror, mirror

Current: Magic mirror

Pretty much everyone remembers the quote from Disneys 1937 classic "Snow White" as "Mirror, mirror on the wall..." but in the movie the line is actually "Magic mirror on the wall...".

It's referenced as "Mirror, mirror" in many places too - such as the Shrek movie, and there is even a movie actually titled "Mirror, mirror" too.

There could be an explanation for this one, however.

The movie Snow White was based on is the earlier Brothers Grimm fairy tale book in which it actually is written "Mirror, mirror...", so this line would have already been in the public consciousness by then, and Disney changing it at the time might not have been noticed.

Brothers Grimm

The actual lines from the book are:

Spieglein, Spieglein, an der Wand,
Wer ist die Schönste im ganzen Land?

In English:

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who's the fairest on the land?

Here's the clip, along with the Shrek version:

This one does seem to have more evidence pointing towards it not being a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect than most.

It is still incredibly common for people to quote it "wong" - assuming they are not aware of the controversy.