1. How did Cora and Regina get their powers?
I think Cora gained her power over time but probably became ‘intrigued’ by it once she met Rumpelstiltskin. I can see Cora becoming just obsessed with learning so much about magic that it just consumes her.
2. If “Evil isn’t born; evil is made”, then how did Cora become evil?
I think her power corrupted her and she became evil.
3. Did Cora have something to do with the death of Snow White’s mother?
Honestly, I would not be surprised if Cora somehow had a hand in the death of Snow’s mother. I mean, she clearly manipulated all the events in “The Stable Boy,” to ensure that Regina marries the King.
5. Did Cora ever love Henry (Sr.)?
I think she did. She had to have loved him. I think this is what happened: when Cora married Henry, they were dirt poor, so poor that Cora became desperate to provide for her family that maybe she sought out Rumpelstiltskin to help her. And maybe that’s when she learned that the only real power is magic, and if she has magic, that is the only way to survive because it can get you anything. Maybe once she realized that, she looked at Henry Sr. and thought, well, I don’t really need or love him anymore but I’ll keep him around for the sake of my daughter.