“Once Upon a Time” fans were excited about the introduction of “Frozen” characters Elsa and Anna during the season four premiere of the ABC series. However, the sisters might not be the only new characters coming to Storybrooke.
During a Sept. 28 interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Edward Kitsis talked about that very special magical item that Rumple conjured up at the end of the episode. “Yes, that’s the Sorcerer’s hat from ‘Fantasia,'” he revealed. In “Fantasia,” the hat belonged to a powerful wizard named Yen Sid (“Disney” spelled backwards). In “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment of “Fantasia,” Yen Sid makes Mickey Mouse sweep the floor. Instead of doing the work himself, the lazy wannabe wizard places Yen Sid’s hat on his head and uses it to create an army of living broomsticks.
“Once Upon a Time” updated the iconic hat from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by decorating it with swirling, realistic-looking stars. Rumple used the Dark One’s dagger to make the hat magically appear, so perhaps the man (or woman) who owned it was a practitioner of dark magic. It’s possible that the mysterious mansion that Belle and Rumple were honeymooning in is also the property of the hat’s previous owner.
“We’re going to learn a lot more [about the hat],” Kitsis revealed. “That’s going to be part of something that we tell for a while, but clearly he [Rumple] wanted it badly enough that he was willing to go back on his pledge, because he can resist everything but temptation.” The only hint Kitsis would offer about the identity of the hat’s owner is that it’s someone viewers haven’t met on “Once Upon a Time” yet.
According to Entertainment Outlook, the fourth episode of season four is titled “The Apprentice.” It’s a Rumple-centric episode, and Henry is going to start working in Mr. Gold’s shop. This would make the boy the apprentice that the title alludes to, and it’s possible that he might get his hands on that sorcerer’s hat. Henry is fascinated by both his mothers’ magical abilities, so he’d likely love to get some special powers of his own. During this episode, fans will also get to meet Elizabeth Mitchell’s mysterious character. She plays the owner of the cleverly-named frozen treat shop Any Given Sundae, and she might possess icy powers just like Elsa. However, if she’s also a Snow Queen, she’s going to use her powers for a whole lot more than making ice cream. Hopefully Elsa doesn’t become her apprentice.
If “Once Upon a Time” does introduce Yen Sid, which star would you like to see as the sorcerer with the starry hat?