@hjbau: I think you could be right, that Regina was speaking of losing her kingdom and no so much her magical power.
I posted this on another thread about Rumplestiltskin’s character analysis, but it ties over to the conversation going on here:
slurpeez108: Based on the Rumplestiltskin story, a poor miller boasted to a greedy king that his daughter could spin straw to gold. Rumple made the deal with the miller’s daughter: he’d spin straw to gold in exchange for her first born. The miller’s daughter married the king and bore a child. In order to save the child, she had to guess the imp’s name, and so sent her servant to discover it, thereby beating Rumple at his own game. If Regina is the infant from the story, perhaps the curse Rumple gave her is payback for escaping his domains as an infant. I like the idea, too, except that there are a few details that need to be squared away for it to fit.
Regina was a princess growing up before she married Snow White’s father. That would make her mother, Cora, a queen. Presumably, Regina’s father is the greedy king from the Rumple fairytale. Yet, we saw Henry Mills Sr., Regina’s father, and he really didn’t strike me as being very regal or very greedy. Instead, he was a humble valet, and not at all like the description of the king from the original Rumple fairytale. Perhaps Cora had an affair with her servant, Henry Sr, and was unfaithful to her husband, the king. Recall how Rumple told Regina that in order to enact the dark curse, she first had to sacrifice the heart of the thing she loved most: her father. If Henry Sr. was really the servant Queen Cora sent to spy on Rumple, and if Henry was Regina’s father, perhaps Rumple’s way of getting even was for Regina to kill her own father.
Also, if Henry Sr. was Cora’s servant, lover, and father of her child, that would make the king from the original story Regina’s step-father. We know that the king from the original Rumple story was very zealous for straw to be woven into gold. Who else have we seen who’s very zealous for gold? It’s King George, who demanded Prince James marry Abigail, King Midas’ daughter, to save the kingdom from financial ruin. What if he is the same king who married the miller’s daughter (aka Cora)? King George told Prince Charming he and his wife were unable to have children of their own, so they adopted. Perhaps King George, who was unable to father a child, was unkind to Regina, the illegitimate daughter of his unfaithful wife, Cora, which may be partially why Regina became hardened. (That would help to explain why Regina was such a rotten step-parent to Snow White). Perhaps King George arranged for Regina to marry King Leopold for money, like he tried to do with his adoptive son, Prince James and Princess Abigail.
Perhaps that’s how Regina’s mother, Cora, could be one-in-the-same as the miller’s daughter. Either that or Henry Sr. wasn’t Regina’s biological father, but perhaps her biological grandfather (aka Cora’s father–the miller from Rumple’s story).
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