|“||A thousand years ago, I was one of the greatest witches that had ever lived. Now I've returned.||”|
— Esther in Season 2 Promo
Esther Mikaelson, also known as the Original Witch - as in the witch of the Original family , was the wife of Mikael, the mother of a deceased unnamed son, Finn Mikaelson, Elijah Mikaelson, Niklaus Mikaelson, Kol Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson, and Henrik Mikaelson, and the grandmother of Hope Mikaelson. She was a woman who was highly devoted to her family, especially her children, and she was devastated by the death of her son Henrik at the hands of the werewolves and swore not to lose another child. Along with her husband Mikael, she was responsible for the creation of the vampires. Esther cast the spell on her family after her witch friend, Ayana, refused to cast the spell. When her son Klaus was revealed to be a vampire/werewolf, she also was responsible for imprisoning his werewolf side in a dormant form. Klaus killed Esther by ripping her heart from her chest.
Her body was preserved with a spell by her friend and mentor, Ayana, who was also a witch, and she would be able to return to it when a bloodknot spell would release her, allowing her to channel a whole line of witches both living and dead. Esther returned when Ayana's descendants, Abby and Bonnie Bennett, released her and began to plan the destruction of her children because she needed to repair the mistake she had made by turning her children into vampires. Esther originally planned to link her children as one, then temporarily undo their vampirism, allowing her to kill them, with the help of Finn. However, her plan failed when Abby was turned into a vampire by Damon Salvatore, breaking her access to the Bennett witch line and the power from the witches dead and alive.
Esther however, had a plan B. Taking advantage of Alaric's passing to the Other Side every time he died, she nurtured his violent hatred for vampires until it manifested as an alternate personality. Then, Esther made an alliance with this alter, in order to end her family. She would use his ring to make the white oak stake indestructible, then turn him into an Original, so he could face her children on equal terms. However, to ensure that Alaric would never turn into a monster like her children, she bound his life to Elena Gilbert's. However, before she could watch her plan come to fruition, she was killed by Alaric, who, in transition, had temporarily regained his true self.
After her second death, Klaus continued to carry around her corpse in one of his coffins. When Sophie needed to consecrate the power of an extremely powerful witch in order to become an Elder, and Celeste Dubois's power was gone, Elijah offered up Esther. The siblings worked with Sophie to consecrate Esther's remains, and add her power to the witches'.
However, this plan severely backfired, as Esther used the opportunity to assume control of the entire coven, living and dead, and ordered them to kill her granddaughter, and then, after Genevieve's failure, she successfully resurrected herself, possessing the body of the last Harvest Girl, Cassie.
Esther is the matriarch of the Mikaelson Family.
Early Life/The Middle Ages
Born during the Middle Ages of Europe, at some time during her life, Esther met Mikael, they married and were wealthy Eastern European land owners. Esther and her husband Mikael left their homeland soon after a severe plague spread throughout their village killing many people and children, and also their first, only child at the time.
Soon after her arrival in the New World, Esther had an affair with a werewolf, who was achief of the local pack. After years of living in peace with the natives, the peace was shattered after her youngest child, Henrik, was mauled to death by one of the werewolves.
After being convinced by her husband to perform The Immortality Spell, that would transform them into the first known vampires, and desperate to prevent the loss of any more of her children, Esther proceeded to do so. However, after Klaus’ first human kill, he unknowingly activated his werewolf gene, and in the process, exposing Esther’s infidelity with a werewolf.Partially to sooth Mikael's rage, and partially out of a desire to appease nature, Esther cast a curse on Klaus, sealing his werewolf half
. After suppressing Klaus’ werewolf abilities by cursing him with a spell, Esther was then killed by Klaus, due to his natural werewolf aggression heightened by his vampiric side caused him to take out all of his rage for her betrayal out on her at once. After she died, Esther's body was preserved and placed in a coffin by her witch friend, Ayana. Esther's spirit however, was forced to watch her children wreak havoc on the world from the other side and feel the pain of every victim as nature's way of punishing her for her actions.
In The End Of The Affair, Esther is first mentioned as "The Original Witch" who placed the hybrid curse on Klaus who is asking another witch Gloria for help to solve why his hybrids are dying. In order to contact her Gloria says they need to get Rebekah's necklace.
In Disturbing Behavior, Gloria briefly mentions her saying that Rebekah's necklace is actually the talisman of "The Original Witch".
In The Reckoning, Klaus returns to Mystic Falls and tries to figure out why he can't create his hybrids and discovers Elena is still alive. Klaus forces Bonnie to try and discover why his hybrids aren't working. Esther, through Vicki, tries to get her a message. When Matt, Vicki's brother, drowns himself to see her so that he could deliver the message, Vicki tells him that it is because Elena is still alive and that she needs to die for the hybrids to live. However, Klaus, sensing his mother's deception, figures out that Elena's blood is the key to creating his hybrids and that he needs her alive.
In Smells Like Teen Spirit, Esther uses Matt Donovan to push Vicki over to the human side so that she can kill Elena and stop Klaus from creating more hybrids. However, realizing his mistake, Matt goes to Bonnie and asks her to send Vicki back. Bonnie sends Vicki away before she can kill Elena.
In Ghost World, it is revealed Esther broke open the door to the other side, allowing any ghost in all of Mystic Falls and beyond with unfinished business to cross it. She did this by taking advantage of Bonnie sending Vicki back to the other side. That event allowed her to use her power to tear open an already partially opened door. The spell she used to make Vicki corporeal/physical also worked on all the other ghosts giving them the ability to do what ever they wanted. In order to reverse it Bonnie had to find and destroy Esther's talisman. Despite the fact Bonnie with Sheila's aid destroyed the talisman it later reconstructed itself proving to be indestructible.In Ordinary People she appears for the first time in a flashback during the Middle Ages. To protect her children from death, she made a forbidden spell and turned all the family into vampires. Although she wanted everything to be all right, Esther had to put a curse on Klaus for suppresses his werewolf side. As revenge, she was attacked by Klaus who told his brothers that their father, Mikael, killed her.
In Bringing Out The Dead, it is revealed that Esther was the person in the sealed coffin which Abby and Bonnie Bennett managed to open. She arrives at her son, Klaus's, home where she shocks her children with her presence. She declares that she forgives Klaus and wants them all to be a family again.
In Dangerous Liaisons, Esther and her children stay in the Niklaus' house in Mystic Falls. Due to the great resentment among the Originals, Esther attempts to control the situation, by organizing a ball to celebrate their union and return. However, Elijah and Niklaus doubt Esther's intentions. Esther sent an invitation to Elena Gilbert, asking to meet. At night, Elena, Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Matt and Carol attend the celebration. When all the guests are present, Elijah introduces guests to his family and invites them to join the ball dance. Elena tries to go and meet Esther but Damon gets in her way. Elena asks Stefan to take care of Damon, while she meets Esther. Elijah meets Elena and asks her to tell him about his mother's intentions.
When Elena finally meets Esther, she uses her magic and herbs to prevent others overhearing their conversation, while Finn is made to guard the room from outside. Esther then reveals what happened after Klaus killed her and how she is still alive. Esther then reveals that her intention, when creating vampires, was to protect her family and not to create an abomination. Esther tells Elena that her present intention is to destroy the Originals. The Ball is just an excuse to get all her children together and perform a Linking spell. (Esther says: if one goes, they all go.). Esther needed Elena's blood to complete the ritual and Link all the Originals. In the end, Esther completes the spell with the blood of Finn and a scroll with the names of the Originals.
In All My Children, Esther meets Bonnie and Abby, hoping they would let her channel their ancestors. Her plan is to channel the whole Bennett witch line and turn her children back into humans before she kills them. Her children confront her after they learn the truth and she says she has no remorse in killing them because they were a curse, even the moral Elijah. When Abby was turned into a vampire by Damon, the spirits abandoned her and she fled with Finn.
In Heart of Darkness, she returns to tell Rebekah that she is dying. The spirits having abandoned her, she can no longer sustain her body and will die soon. Rebekah wants to know what she expects from her. Esther reveals that she hadn't been planning their deaths while on the other side: she had actually watched over her during all that time even when she had cried herself to sleep at nights calling her name. She then tells her that the only reason she was trying to kill them was that they shouldn't have lived for a thousand years as no one should live that long. She grabs Rebekah's hands and collapses on the floor. When Rebekah is watching Alaric find the Stake in the cave where no vampires are supposed to be able to enter, she crosses the barrier revealing that Esther had actually transferred her spirit into Rebekah earlier.
In Do Not Go Gentle, Rebekah/Esther gives Klaus "the last white oak stake" and he burns it without hesitation. Klaus tells her he wants to leave tonight but Rebekah/Esther convinces him to stay one last night. Esther then goes to Alaric's apartment where all of the coffins are, Esther says she'll give him the real White Oak Stake when he can't use it on her in Rebekah's body she then opens a coffin containing her real body. Esther gives Alaric a dagger to neutralize Rebekah, he does so and Esther returns to her real body. Esther and Alaric go to the old cemetery, this area is revealed to be the same place where Klaus killed her 1000 years ago.
The violence of her death marked the area of her power for all time. In the Salvatore tomb Esther casts a spell to bind the protective magic in the Gilbert ring with the stake making the White Oak Stake indestructible. Alaric gives her the ring, she melts it and mixes it with the stake making it the ultimate weapon for the ultimate hunter. Later that night at the decade dance Esther arrives to get Elena she tells her she means no harm and if she wants to help Alaric she'll come with her willingly or not. Elena follows Esther, just as Damon, Stefan, and Jeremy leave to help Elena, Stefan and Damon stop realizing Esther spelled a circle around the school with salt making all vampires and hybrids trapped. At the cemetery Esther apologizes for taking her away from the dance, and tells her its the burden of being the doppelgänger, Alaric waits for them.
Esther then tells Elena she's turning Alaric into an Original like Mikael before him the vampire to end all vampires. Esther says that now he's in his darkest aspect it will be easier for him and his hatred toward vampires is what makes him strong. When Elena tries to tell Esther she doesn't know anything about him Esther reveals that every time he was killed wearing the ring she was there to nurture him, spoke to him, knowing every death would bring him closer to his true self, vampires took everything from him Esther's helping him get his vengeance. Esther then begins to perform The Immortality Spell. This was the same spell used to turn her children into vampires. Esther then attempts to use Elena blood for the spell though she refuses to give Esther her blood and says shell have to kill her to get it, Esther tells her death wont be necessary and forces Elena's blood out of her body and into the vial. Once Alaric drinks the blood Esther stabs him in the heart killing him, and completing the spell. Esther tells Elena that when Alaric wakes up he be his old self for a few moments, and if he is then Elena can say good-bye before the transition's complete, she gives Elena a tissue.
Elena tells Esther that she wanted to undo the evil she created but turning Alaric is just as evil. Esther tells her that Alaric will not be like her children,she granted him enough power to kill the originals but when the time is right he'll then die, Esther explains that she wants a world where Elena and her loved ones will not suffer at the hands of vampires like Jenna did. Esther also told her that Jenna also is not in the place Esther was on the other side, she doesn't know the torment, and that Jenna was pure, even when she turned she knew peace, which is what all of them can hope for. After hearing a noise outside Esther goes to find Jeremy and Matt pointing a gun and a crossbow at her. Elena tries to get them to put them down, but Esther instead has the weapons pointed at each other. Before Esther can kill Matt and Jeremy, Alaric comes up from behind and stabs Esther, killing her.
Klaus took Esther's body and pulls the dagger from Rebekah. He tells Esther her plan failed again and that he'll go on living and if the spirits preserve her again that he'll build an army so big that no one will touch him, and his survival will haunt her through eternity, and she will never destroy him. In Bonnie's dream Esther tells her that her sisters need her to finish what Esther started. Later, under Esther's control, Bonnie feeds Alaric her blood, completing the transition making Alaric an Enhanced Original and the ultimate hunter.
The Originals TV Series
Season OneIn Always and Forever, Elijah shows Hayley some of his past with his family, a 1000 years back when they were all humans. He told her that his mother, Esther, was doing dark magic and that once the tragedy of Henrik happened, his father, Mikael, convinced his wife to make him and their children into vampires, to protect themselves against the werewolves. But once Niklaus makes his first human kill, his father discovers the truth that his wife had been unfaithful many years before. Mikael then forced his wife to make Klaus' werewolf side dormant. Esther is then seen performing the Hybrid Curse on Klaus to suppress his werewolf side which turned him from an Original Hybrid into an Original Vampire for 1,000 years.
In Sinners and Saints, when Elijah finds out how powerful the witch Davina is, he tries to strike a deal with her and tells her about his mother and her Grimoires. Now, my mother was a very powerful witch. She left behind her grimoires, a legacy of books filled with spells. These books contain all of the tools that you might need to control your magic.
In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Elijah sees through his mother's Grimoire, and gives Davina a page from that Grimoire, the spell of unknotting, an unlinking spell that would unlink both Hayley and Sophie. Elijah reveals to Davina that his mother created the unlinking spell with a sanguinum knot.In Apres Moi, Le Deluge, after Sophie Deveraux failed to absorb Celeste Dubois's powers, Elijah came up with the idea of burying his mother. Esther's dead body is currently in a coffin at the Mikaelson Family Mansion, in the basement. Elijah explains they need to bury their mother to complete The Harvest. Elijah explains to his siblings that if they bury their mother on land owned by one of her descendants, she becomes an New Orleans Witch. Then they will share in the Ancestral Magic, through Sophie, but for that to happen the siblings need to participate in The Harvest. Elijah also explains that Klaus's baby needs to own a property as it's a pure Hybrid. They then all agree to bury their mother outside The Mikaelson Family Mansion. When they are burying her, Kieran gives them a knife in with each of them must give some blood for it to work even Hayley must give blood to Esther. Kieran then takes the knife and throws it with Esther's coffin. In Farewell to Storyville, Esther's daughter Rebekah along with Marcellus Gerard visited her mother's resting place outside The Mikaelson Mansion, which had recently been burned by down Celeste Dubois. Rebekah is standing before her mother's grave and thought of while her mother is resting forever in New Orleans, she has to find herself another home. On Esther's tombstone it says, "Our Beloved Mother."
In From a Cradle to a Grave, Esther is first mentioned by Genevieve as she reveals to Elijah and Hayley that since her consecration, Esther has been leading the Ancestors. With that, she also reveals it was Esther who ordered the witches to kill Klaus' child.
Esther herself though is seen at the exact end of the episode. At first, it remains unknown that she is in possession of the teenage girl that rises from the dead-Cassie. As she walks out of the cemetery, she heads to the place of Esther's tombstone, with a man beside her, seemingly aware that she is in fact Esther. As she places a rose on her tombstone, the other witch tells her to rest in peace, to which she responds saying it would be no fun. Then, she claims both he and her have much work to do as she starts walking, with the man behind her answering by calling her mother, confirming he is one of her sons, most likely Finn.
Esther was a devoted and loving mother to her children prior to them becoming vampires. She wanted the best for her children, and fearing they would die because of the werewolves, she used a spell which turned them into vampires. It appeared as though she was a horrible mother to Klaus, never defending him, never trying to stop her husband from humiliating him, or from physically and mentally abuse him, and cursing his werewolf side. However, deep down, it is likely she was afraid to challenge her husband when trying to defend Klaus. She was very sneaky and was willing to do the wrong thing despite facing the consequences. She was a skilled liar, and was far from a forgiving person, which ultimately caused her to attempt to kill her own children. She likely knew that in killing all of her children, the entire species of vampires would be wiped out from the planet, regardless of whether any of these vampires fed on human blood. She also tried to kill Jeremy and Matt, knowing full well they were only there to protect Elena. She was ruthless in her goals. She created vampires, which are considered abominations to nature, therefore, she would stop at nothing to correct this mistake. Despite her sometimes cruel nature, it stems from a good heart. She believes she cursed her children to this life. She believes vampires are evil, and wants no human to suffer at the hands of these vampires.
Even as a ghost, Esther is set on eradicating the world of the vampires she created a thousand years ago. Upon learning about the existence of her granddaughter, Esther ordered the witches of New Orleans to kill Hope at all costs. Esther believes that what she is doing is right.
Esther is in her mid to late 40's, somewhere between 45-48. She is tall, slim and a beautiful woman with long blond hair and brown eyes.
Powers and Abilities
Esther is amongst the greatest and most powerful, darkest witches in history, due to her various acts of great significance to the future, mostly negative. Over her short life in the modern times, during her mission to end her children, Esther has demonstrated various feats of great power. During her time in the afterlife, she still had great power, though only usable as long as her talisman in the living world remains intact. She managed to perform a spell from the dead to give Vicki a foothold in the world of the living, making her a corporeal soul, though her magic was undone by Bonnie who sent Vicki away. Esther used this and then opened a wedge between the worlds, which allowed various ghosts with unfinished business to return. Bonnie managed to undo this spell as well by destroying Esther's only link to the living, her talisman, though it fixed itself immediately, much to Bonnie's surprise. 1,000 years after her death, Esther managed to resurrect herself in her preserved body, though only by channeling all of the Bennett witches, including Qetsiyah. She was able to link the original vampires with wine laced with Elena's blood, though the spell was reversed by Bonnie later on. Esther even planned on curing all of her children in the end to kill them as humans, though due to Abby becoming a vampire, she lost her connection to the Bennett's and started dying. After faking her death, she possessed Rebekah though she quickly returned to her body afterwards.
Though, the feats that made her one of the most powerful witches in history belongs to the past. Her most powerful spell to date and possibly one of the most powerful in history was the creation of vampires, by drawing on multiple sources of power, such as the sun and the white oak tree. Despite being warned against doing so, she tapped into dark magic and performed the spell, giving a rise to a predatory species that spread throughout the world like a plague. She repeated the same spell a 1,000 years later on Alaric, making him stronger and faster than her children, though she bound him to Elena, therefore, she was his only weakness. After failure to hide her affair with a werewolf, Esther was forced to curse her own son by suppressing his werewolf side. She is also known as the creator of the moonlight rings by combining various spells into one and also created the daylight rings, used as protection against the sun. She even managed to make an indestructible white oak stake, by using the essence of the ring created by Emily Bennett. She was also capable of perfect control over human bodies against their will, shown when she almost killed Matt and Jeremy by turning their bodies against each other, though she was stopped by Alaric. Her latest act was self-resurrection, though more in the form of possession when instead of the last Harvest girl being resurrected, only her body was, though it was inhabited by Esther's spirit. She even performed the same spell with her son, Finn, by invoking his soul into the body of a resurrected witch named Vincent.
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- Esther is a female Persian name (استر) which means "star" or a Hebrew form of the Persian goddess Ishtar. In the Old Testament, Esther is the name of the Jewish queen of King Ahasuerus of Persia who save her people from the wicked plans of Haman.
- Esther was the best friend of another witch named Ayana, who was Bonnie's ancestor.
- Rebekah says that Esther is the Original Witch but she's not the first witch.
- Her name is a title. The Original Witch stands for the Witch of the Original Family of Vampires, not the first witch ever. Her husband Mikael, and son Niklaus have titles, the Original Vampire Hunter and Original Hybrid respectively.
- Esther has died twice in the series and both her deaths were violent.
- At some point after the Originals left New Orleans, Klaus retrieved his mother's body and placed her in a casket with his siblings, albeit Klaus or Esther locked the coffin mystically to either keep Esther in, or to protect Esther's body.
- Esther created both the Moonlight and Daylight rings. The Moonlight ring came first as she created it for Klaus' biological father.
- Nature will not permit Esther to rest until all vampires are gone.
- She is the main antagonist of Season 3.
- She is also the only main antagonist that does not appear during the final 2 episodes of a season.
- She is the first Caucasian female witch to be shown on the TV series.
- She is the second oldest Caucasian witch to be in the TV series after Silas.
- Esther appears in The Originals episode Always and Forever, albeit played by a body double.  Alice Evans was pregnant during filming, and therefore unable to commit to reprising the role.
- Esther's Grimoires, currently in the possession of the Mikaelson family, are the oldest known grimoires in existence, older than Emily Bennett's Grimoires by over 600 years.
- Esther invented the unlinking spell using a sanguinal knot.
- It's probable that she knew about Qetsiyah, Silas and Amara's existence because she used a variation of Qetsiyah's immortality spell.
- She appears to have the closest relationship with Finn, however, this was likely solely due to her using his death wish to further her plans.
- According to her daughter she was the most powerful Witch in history.
- Esther corrects her own daughter's statement when she is revived through Cassie by saying she was only one of the greatest witches to ever live.
- She is one of the strongest witches in history
- In From a Cradle to a Grave, her spirit returns in possessing the Harvest girl Cassie, having seemingly brought Finn back possessing a witch as well.
- After her consecration into the Ancestral fold, Esther became the leader of the Ancestors and by extension most of the living witches of New Orleans.
- She was often referred to as The Original Witch.
- Alice Evans will appear in a flashback as Esther in The Originals Season 2.
- In The Originals Season 2, Esther will be mass producing Moonlight rings without Klaus' permission, drawing him to the cemetery where she is waiting to confront him.
- At this point in time, she is not aware that her husband Mikael is alive as well.