"The mirror was tall and wide with a black frame that peaked at the top. Tangled vines made of cast iron wove through the frame. The reflection was cloudy, as if it were a glass doorway into a very cold and foggy place. Although there was very little moisture in the air, perspiration dripped down the glass."
Background (classical fairy tales)
The Evil Queen's Magic Mirror is a key item in the classical fairy tale of Snow White. In the fairy tale, Snow White's Stepmother uses it to spy on Snow White as well as satisfy her own vanity by asking it who "the fairest of them all" is. For a long time, the answer is "you"; when it changes to "Snow White", she decides to kill Snow White.
Use in The Land of Stories Series
In The Wishing Spell, the Magic Mirror gets more background, and an actual personality. It is revealed towards the end of the book that there is a person trapped inside of the mirror; the poet Mira, the Evil Queen's one-time love, whom she has been trying to free all along. For more details on their story, see the Evil Queen & Mira.
The Evil Queen uses the mirror to ask various questions. It always answers in rhyme. When the Evil Queen asks about the Wishing Spell, it lists the items she needs but also warns her that the spell may only be used twice and was used once before.The Enchantress Returns, Alex and Conner go back to the abandoned castle to gather the pieces of the magic mirror in order to build the Wand of Wonderment. They find Evly trapped in the mirror shards. She looks young again, and for the most part, she appears to be lost in her memories, looking for Mira because she thinks he is still alive. She has a moment of clarity and recognises the twins and begs for their forgiveness. She also warns them for the Enchantress.