The Wicked Queen | Snow White | Villains in the Court
|‘Bring me back a Crunchie and a 99 cone’|
In Walt Disney’s 1937 classic ‘Snow White’ the wicked Queen is the young princess’s step-mother. Beautiful – in a glacial Hollywood Bitch sort of way – the Queen erupts into a jealous rage when her magic mirror tells her that she is no longer the fairest in the land.
Raven-haired step-daughter Snow White has become the most beautiful in the land! Which can only be bad news for Snowy.
The Wicked Queen charges her hapless huntsman with the job of taking Snow White into the woods and murdering her. To prove that the job has been done, the Queen gives him an appropriately decorated box in which to bring back her heart!
Of course, her evil plan is thwarted and the Queen has to do the job her self. Using her totally EBIL magic powers she transforms herself into an cackling hag and uses the same skills to poison an apple.
Using deception and preying on Snow White’s good nature, the Wicked Queen persuades the princess to bite the apple….
The dwarves who have allowed the house-work-mad princess to live with them rush home from their work in the mines to discover their lovely Snow White ‘dead’ on the floor. Incensed they chase after the Wicked Queen who eventually plummets to her death, thanks to a judicious bolt of lightning.
But here’s the thing! Which Court Card would you choose to represent The Wicked Queen? I initially decided on the Queen of Cups reversed.
This is because, according to my Ready Reckoner Guide to Villainy in the Courts, this crime would be committed by a member of the Cups family: After all, it is perpetrated on a family member (well, step-daughter) and caused by jealousy.
However, there is a cold and calculating side to this Queen – cruel plans (is there any other kind? lol!), a contract killing, a demand for proof, deception (transforming into hag, poisoning the apple) which makes me think that the Queen of Swords reversed is perhaps closer to the truth.
Add to this the skeletal remains in her dungeon and we see that she’s a heartless ruler. And there is no sign of Snow White’s father either – so, for me, it’s looking weighted in favour of the Queen of Swords.
What do you think?