|“||Nature keeps a balance to everything.||”|
— Emily Bennett to Stefan Salvatore
Emily Bennett was a very powerful witch who lived during the 19th century. She is also an ancestor of the Bennett bloodline.
Emily Bennett was born during the early 1800's along the bay colony of New England. At some point during her life, she became the handmaiden of a vampire named Katherine Pierce. Emily explained that she and Katherine became close friends after Katherine saved her life from an unspecified death. Katherine later betrayed Emily by informing the city council that Emily was a witch. Condemned to burn at the stake, Emily feared the fate of her children. In a desperate attempt to protect her family, Emily promised Damon Salvatore that she would cast a spell to protect his beloved Katherine in exchange for protecting her lineage. After her death, the Founding Families collected her Grimoires and buried them with Giuseppe Salvatore.
- Emily is from the Latin "Aemilius", meaning "rival". Not popular in English language until the 1700's.
- Emily Bennett was the first ghost shown in the series.
- Emily Bennett was the first witch shown to cast a resurrection spell.