Okay, but can we just talk about this moment for a second?
This is Early Season Two, before Regina knew or understood Emma’s power. And to this Regina, who has used magic since her late teens, magic is never easy. She used magic, she relied on magic, but it was never easy for her. It always came at a price for Regina, sometimes a very high and painful price.
Now consider her amazement, confusion and overall frustration with Emma and Emma’s magic, how Emma’s magic always seems to just happen, accidentally and without effort, certainly without cost.
3.17 “The Jolly Roger”
Emma: Why are you so pissed at me? I did it, does it really matter how?
Regina: You think I’m angry because you didn’t listen to me? I’m mad because look at all this potential inside of you. And you’ve been wasting it.
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