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Family is everything, my dear. Losing all hope of having one… There is no greater misery.
King George to Snow White src

The Infertility Potion is a magic potion featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the third episode of the second season.


History

Before First Curse

Through unknown circumstances, King George's wife drinks an infertility potion and becomes barren. This crushes King George's plans of having an heir, so he has Rumplestiltskin procure a child from poor farmers, whom he raises as his own son. ("Lady of the Lake", "The Shepherd")

After her mother, Cora, tries to set her up with the Sheriff of Nottingham so that she will bear a child, Regina foils these plans by making an inferility potion to render herself barren. While Cora believes her daughter needs to start a dynasty and win the kingdom's love, Regina suspects her mother simply wants to control the throne through an heir. Intent on getting back at her mother, she drinks the potion and then keels over in pain from the aftereffects. Before leaving, Cora reasons that Regina is responsible for her own unhappiness. ("Mother")

Kidnapped to King George's castle, Snow White accidentally drinks a cup of water he offers her, which King George laced with an infertility potion. Regrouping with Prince Charming, she joins him as they take his wounded mother, Ruth, to Lake Nostos for some healing water. On the way there, Snow White confesses to her about being barren as Ruth hopefully suggests the lake's water could heal her. However, they only find a few droplets of water left. Deeming her son's happiness more important than her own life, Ruth, with Lancelot's help, has the water switched. During Snow White's impromptu marriage ceremony with Prince Charming, she drinks the water from a chalice, becoming cured of her barrenness. ("Lady of the Lake")

Ways to Break the Curse

Appearances