|Fountain of Youth|
|Fairy Tale:||Various tales across the world|
|Usage:||A drink from the water of the fountain will render the person immortal and/or stop them from ageing|
|Appearances:||Magic and Other Misdemeanors (water is mentioned)|
The Fountain of Youth is a legendary spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Tales of such a fountain have been recounted across the world for thousands of years, appearing in many different writings. Stories of similar waters were also evidently prominent among the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean during the Age of Exploration, who spoke of the restorative powers of the water in the mythical land of Bimini.
The legend became particularly prominent in the 16th century, when it became attached to the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, first Governor of Puerto Rico. According to an apocryphal combination of New World and Eurasian elements, Ponce de León was searching for the Fountain of Youth when he travelled to what is now Florida in 1513.
The Fountain of Youth contains water that, when drunk, renders the drinker immortal and unable to age. Frau Pfefferkuchenhaus owns a small vial of the water that she had hoped to sell to a human for a large amount of money. However, in a spate of thefts, the vial was stolen by Cinderella's three mice, who stole the water for Tom Baxter, who tried to combine it with the Wonder Clock and the Wand of Merlin to make himself young again, and in his mind, befitting of his wife. It is unknown where the fountain is located.
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