Talking mirrors also seem to have a personality and mind of their own, as the one in the Weasleys' seemed to be brusque and rude, ordering people rather than advising. The one in the Leaky Cauldron, which, when Harry Potter tried flattening his hair, said "You're fighting a losing battle there, dear."
Talking mirrors may be considered a subtype of enchanted mirrors.
Behind the scenes
- The talking mirror is similar to the magic mirror used in the fairy tale Snow White, which, like the one in the Harry Potter universe, comments on the user's appearance. On the other hand, talking mirrors are not all-seeing (an ability which is instead echoed in scrying mirrors).