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Facts about Magic mirror gate[]

My favorite movie of all time would have to be "The Neverending Story". I'm definitely an 80's baby, but my love for this flick isn't due to its classic reputation; it's chock full of meaning and I'm a sucker for hidden gems of wisdom careful crafted inside of a fantasy setting. There's quite a few points in this story that resonate with me, but the one that speaks the most is the one at the Magic Mirror Gate.

For those of you who have never seen this movie(and may your soul forgive you😌), the protagonist, Bastian, is a troubled young boy who is neglected by his father after the passing of his mother. He is shown being bullied by a group of his peers on his way to school, so he decides to skip out of class and hide in the school's attic with an old book he picked up from an antique bookstore.

The story he reads follows a young warrior on his journey to save the magical land of Fantasia, a place which exists as the hopes and dreams of mankind, from vanishing into "The Nothing", a sort of all-consuming invisible force that represents the emptiness of despair left within those who have lost their imagination and beliefs. "It is implied that all Fantasians lost to The Nothing are reborn in the human world as lies."(

There are several "tests" this warrior, Atreyu, must pass along his course, and the Magic Mirror Gate is the hardest one of all. What he finds when peering inside his own reflection is quite the shocker(spoiler alert!)

Atreyu Must pass the second gate! 😧[]

The Magic Mirror Gate. The second gate Atreyu must pass before he finds the Southern Oracle.[1]