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Nature keeps a balance to everything.
Emily Bennett to Stefan Salvatore

Emily Bennett was a poweful witch who lived during the 19th century, the handmaiden of Katherine Pierce and a member and ancestor of the Bennett bloodline.

Emily was a member of the Bennett Family.


Emily Bennett was born during the early 1800s, along the Bay Colony of New England (presumably Massachusetts). At some point in her life, she became the handmaiden of a vampire named Katherine Pierce. According to Emily, she and Katherine became close friends after Katherine saved her life from an unspecified death. However, 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 and 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.

Powers and Abilities

Emily was one of the most powerful witches of the Bennett bloodline. Emily was believed to be the only witch known to have enchanted protection spells upon jewelry that enables its human wearer to return to life after being killed by a supernatural creature.

Emily had also proved herself powerful enough to enchant multiple devices that could help the townspeople to rid the city of demons and monsters. While one of her enchantments included a compass with the ability to detect vampires, another invention had the power to incapacitate every vampire and werewolf within a five block radius.

Another impressive feat was Emily's ability to use healing spells. Even among witches, the ability to use magic to heal wounds is likely to be difficult and magically exhausting as Damon claims it had taken her years to learn, even for a skilled witch as for herself. This eventually culminated in the Life Force Linking spell that she would later perform on a Mother's dying child, as the child died, the Mother life force restoring the child back to life, though the Mother died.

Among her many achievements, Emily was most notably known for imprisoning over two dozen vampires underneath the ruins of Fell's Church. According to Damon, Emily Bennett channeled the energy of an over-passing comet to empower herself with enough strength to trap the vampires inside of the tomb for over 145 years.


Emily had the typical weaknesses of a human/witch.


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  • Emily is from the Latin "Aemilius", meaning "rival". Emily also means "flatterer" in Latin" and "industrious" in German.
  • Other spellings and variations of Emily include Eimile, Em, Emaily, Emalee, Emeli, Emelia, Emelie, Emelita, Emely, Emilee, Emiley, Emili, Emilia, Emilie, Emilis, Emilka, Emillie, Emilly, Emmaline, Emmaly, Emmelie, Emmey, Emmi, Emmie, Emmilly, Emmily, Emmy, Emmye, Emyle.


  • Emily Bennett was the first ghost shown in the series.
  • Emily Bennett was the first witch shown to cast a resurrection spell.
  • Since the collapse of The Other Side, Emily Bennett has either found peace or was sucked into oblivion.
  • She is the descendant of Qetsiyah the creator of the true Immortality spell with Silas.
  • Emily was responsible for protecting the 26 vampires beneath Mystic Falls.
  • Before being called Emily, her original name was Birdie Mae. That was changed and there was a casting change as well.


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