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Maurice's Castle is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twelfth episode of the first season.

Maurice's castle is based on the merchant's country house from the fairytale of "Beauty and the Beast", and Belle's cottage from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast.


Before First Curse

When Belle grows into a young woman, her father Maurice tries to interest her in a suitor, Gaston, whom she believes is vain and a notorious womanizer as the rumors say he is. Maurice stresses that their kingdom is at stake, because he requires the army of Gaston's father Lord LeGume to end the ogre skirmishes, but to do that, Belle must marry Gaston. Belle is upset at this, but when Gaston sympathizes with her and even offers to leave to ease her discomfort, she decides to go on a walk with him. Afterward, the two talk in the library, where she tells Gaston about her mother instilling her love for books, and then lends him her favorite one, Her Handsome Hero. When he tries to kiss her, she is momentarily fazed before directing his attention to An Alphabetized Inventory of Magical Antiquities, which states the mirror of souls can prove if a person has evil in his or her heart. Later, Belle's father tells her the ogres have breached the eastern region. Since the war is unavoidable now, Maurice brings up the arranged marriage again, since he cannot defend his kingdom without Lord LeGume's army. For the kingdom's sake, Belle accepts the proposal. ("Her Handsome Hero")

Sometime later, Belle and her mother Colette are preparing to escape the castle as ogres breach their guard walls. At the sound of an approaching ogre, they hide under a table, but when the ogre rips away the table, Colette sacrifices herself by staying behind as guards pull Belle to safety. Soon after, Belle loses consciousness and later awakens in bed, recalling nothing about what happened earlier. Unable to remember how Colette died, she discovers from a book that rock trolls can restore memories. She becomes interested in finding them, but her father doesn't want her to pay the price of magic. Maurice orders her to stay put, however, she secretly travels to Arendelle to find answers. Upon returning home, Belle learns from her father of how her mother died. Upon seeing ogres that have entered their kingdom's road, Belle suggests getting help from a wizard, Rumplestiltskin, despite the price for magic, as she wants to be as brave as her mother was. ("Family Business")

When Sir Maurice requests the assistance of the Dark One in a war he is losing against the ogres in his town of Avonlea, Rumplestiltskin offers protection in exchange for Belle's servitude. Defying her father and fiancé, she agrees to the terms of the deal and goes with him. ("Skin Deep")

After Sixth Curse

After Roni casts a curse to unite the realms, Maurice's castle is brought to Storybrooke and now rests next to the Chinese village.[2] ("Leaving Storybrooke")


Production Notes

Props Notes

[image begins]
can unleash written words
to become real objects
3″ x 7″

Simply place the glass over any text
and by saying the lines,
"Abracadabra.. Abracadabr.. A"

Mirror of Souls: If
someone has evil in their
souls, it will be revealed
in this mirror's gaze

Their eyes will glow
with demonic fire

Size: Approx. 17″ x 19″



Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


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