Ronald Weasley: "Oh come on! All the old kids' stories are supposed to be Beedle's aren't they? The Fountain of Fair FortuneThe Wizard and the Hopping PotBabbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump"
Hermione Granger: "Excuse me? What was the last one?"
Ronald Weasley: "Come off it! You must've heard of Babbitty Rabbitty —"
Hermione Granger: "Ron, you know full well Harry and I were brought up by Muggles! We didn't hear stories like that when we were little, we heard Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Cinderella"
Ronald Weasley: "What's that, an illness?"
Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger on children's fairy tales[src]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a popular Muggle fairy tale. In the tale, a wicked witch poisons an apple which she gives the unsuspecting protagonist.[1]

Muggle author J. K. Rowling has noted the difference between this fairy tale and wizarding childrens' stories: that instead of being in the origin of the heroine's troubles, in wizarding children's tales magic is seen as a tool that can be used properly not to cause as many problems as it fixes.[1]

Despite it is just viewed as a childrens' story by Muggles, this tale seems to be an actual account of the incident caused by Hag Malodora Grymm in the Middle Ages, who plotted to kill the most beautiful girl in the kingdom by feeding her a poisoned apple.[2]

Hermione Granger mentioned it to Ron Weasley in 1997, as an example of something that she and Harry heard as children, instead of the classic wizarding tales by Beedle the Bard.[3]

Behind the scenes

Miranda Richardson, who plays Rita Skeeter, portrays the Evil Queen in a 2001 adaptation of Snow White. In this same film, Warwick Davis, who plays Filius Flitwick and Griphook, portrays one of the dwarves.

Eleven years later, Toby Jones (Dobby) played one of the dwarves in the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman.


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