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The Italians call them Strega. The Yoruba of West Africa call them Aje, meaning mother. Where my mother was from, they called them Häxa. And here, we call them witch. Over the centuries vampires have fought them and fought beside them, bedded them and burned them. Whether adversary or ally they have been a force to be reckoned with.
Elijah on the Witches

A witch is a man or woman who is born with the power to affect change by magical means ("Witchcraft"). While many witches are self-proclaimed Keepers of the Balance, other witches are known to work against the Balance, and use their power for personal gain.

The Balance of Nature

The Balance of Nature is a spiritual belief system based around the observance of the Earth and reverence of Mother Nature. The goal of many witches is to honor the design of nature and to maintain balance within the natural world. The balance of nature is intimately tied to one's spiritual relationship with the Earth, and the idea that all living things (e.g. animals, humans, plants, etc.) are considered sacred, as they are all different aspects of nature. Contemporary witches would also agree that using modern ceremonies, rituals and shamanic practices is the best way to attune themselves with the natural rhythms of the universe in their efforts to obtain guidance and knowledge from wiser known witches called "The Spirits". However, according to Gloria, who referred to herself as "old-school voodoo", it is implied that not all witches follow this belief system, and have the freewill to choose how they wish to practice their power.


The origin of witchcraft remains unknown, however it is known that witches have existed for many centuries passing down their knowledge and skills through generations of family lines. Contrary to popular belief, witches do not receive their powers from demons, nor do they worship the devil. Instead, witches consider themselves "The Servants of Nature", as they make it their duty to maintain balance within the world.


Main article: Witchcraft

Magic is a practice of witchcraft that encompasses many different types of activities including astrology, divination, spell casting, and spirit communication. It includes the practices of many cultures, nations and religions as well as many books and writings from ancient times. Depending upon the individual, some witches practice their power by certain belief systems, such as Shamanism, Voodoo, Wicca, or any number of other magical practices from countries and cultures all around the world. Although the majority of traditional witches are commonly portrayed as being kind and selfless humans who use their powers to maintain balance within the world; in the case of Esther and Qetsiyah, it has been proven that some witches are independent thinkers who may go against the Balance of Nature by practicing their powers for dark and sinister deeds.

Magic Powers

Basic Powers

The basic powers of every witch include:

  • Channeling: The act of invoking extra forms of energy by focusing on external forces.
  • Spell Casting: The act of changing and controlling events through the use of incantations and more.
  • Witches Brew: The act of brewing and concocting magical potions that have supernatural properties. 

Other Powers

  • Divination: The act of divining future, past, and present events based off extrasensory perception.
    • Clairvoyance: The practice of divination through the perception of emotions, objects, people, or physical phenomena.
    • Empathy: The power to identify the emotional feelings of another person.
    • Intuition: The practice of divination through the use of instinctive knowledge.
    • Mediumship: The practice of communicating with the spirits of the dead.
    • Premonitions: The practice of divination through the observation and study of dreams.
    • Psychometry: The practice of divination through contact with or proximity to a certain object or person.

Spells and Rituals

Main article: Spells and Rituals

One of the defining characteristics of a witch is their ability to cast spells; a "spell" being the word used to signify the means employed to carry out a magical action. A spell could consist of a ritual action, a set of words, a verse, or any combination of these. For reasons unknown, the majority of spells used by practitioners of Spirit Magic and/or Traditional Magic are spoken in an ancient language very similar to Latin. However, witches who practice other forms of magic have been known to use spells in different languages; for example, the New Orleans Coven, which practices Ancestral Magic, performs their spells in French or French Creole, while the Travelers typically perform their spells in Czech. Freya Mikaelson has shown to perform spells using an yet to be identified Ancient Magic in Old Norse, similar to the modern-day Norwegian, Icelandic, Germanic, Danish, Scandinavian and Swedish languages.


  • Amulets: An object that is used to protect its wearer from harm.
  • Athames: A ceremonial dagger with a double-edged blade that is commonly used to direct energy.
  • Candles: A block of solid wax with an embedded wick that is commonly lit to to amplify a witch’s spell.
  • Cauldrons: A large metal pot that is commonly used to hold the ingredients for elixirs and potions.
  • Grimoire: A family journal is documented with magical recipes, rituals, and spells.
  • Talisman: An object that is used to magnify a witch's power.


  • Cursed Shackles: A powerful dark object that neutralizes a witch's magic when bound by them.
  • Disbelief: The act of denying or disbelieving in ones potential could cause a witch to inadvertently suppress their magical power.
  • Distraction: Any person, substance, or thing that prevents a witch from giving full attention to their spells can hinder a witch from effectively practicing witchcraft.
  • Fear: A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the condition or feeling of being afraid could cause a witch to involuntarily block their own powers for a short time.
  • Lobelia: The flower of the Lobelia plant is used to hinder a witch's ability to concentrate thus making it difficult to use magic effectively.
  • Magic: All creatures, including witches, are susceptible to the forces of witchcraft.
  • Mortality: Based off the fact that witches are still human, they share many of the same weaknesses as non-supernatural beings (e.g. age, decapitation, disease, heart-failure, suffocation, etc.)
  • Muting Herbs: Ingestion of magic muting herbs can knock a witch unconscious and prevent them from using magic for a undetermined amount of time.
  • Overexertion: The excessive use of magic could lead to disorientation, nose bleeds, unconsciousness, and if taken to the extreme, death.

Former Weaknesses

  • Magic Purification Spell: Under its influence, all witches practicing "impure" magic will be stripped off their abilities, except for the travelers.



"Witches have a connection to the Earth. We can literally feel nature."
— Bonnie Bennett

The relationship between the Earth and the witches is a very deep and spiritual connection. While the majority of witches seem to respect the Earth with just as much commitment and reverence as religious factions do about their churches or mosques, it has been proven that not all witches share this belief and have made malevolent acts against the Balance of Nature.


"They also know it's absurd. Can't be true. I'm just the kooky old lady who teaches occult at the university. No one truly believes. They just poke fun. And let 'em, don't let them know the truth."
— Sheila Bennett

The relationship between humans and witches is generally a positive relationship, although this was not always the case. Throughout the past, more than half of the human population lived in fear of the supernatural community. This fear caused many of the human parents to teach their children to hate and persecute all creatures who were different from them, especially witches. This eventually lead to some of the world's most infamous witch trails that massacred hundreds (possibly thousands) of witches. While it has been implied that more than half of those who were accused were entirely innocent, according to Elijah Mikaelson, many of those who were killed in Mystic Falls were true witches. Throughout the centuries, it appears that the belief in occult has dramatically declined to the point where Sheila Bennett suggested that many humans like to poke fun at witchcraft.


"Witches talk, even on the Other Side. Who do you think makes all the rules?"
— Sheila Bennett
The relationship between the Spirits and the witches was more of a political relationship than a spiritual one. The Spirits were highly involved in the activities of witches and often communed with them during their rituals and spells. The Spirits were known to have created the laws on witchcraft and distributed punishments to any witch who disobeyed their rules. Since the collapse of the Other Side, all relationships between the Spirits and the witches have become extinct.


"They're more like the ugly stepsister."
— Liv Parker
The relationship between the Travelers and the witches is an entirely negative relationship that dates back over two thousand years. During the Archaic period in Greece, the witches of the Greek community originally lived in blissful harmony with one another until a powerful witch named Qetsiyah created an immortality spell. This controversial act caused the witches to divide into two groups: conventional and unconventional. The conventional witches saw the immorality spell as a violation of the natural law that all living creatures must die. These witches sought to border the limitations of magic by creating religious commandments that every witch should adhere. However, a subgroup of witches who held unconventional beliefs about magic saw the immorality spell as a revelation of divine potential and flouted the testaments of their peers. These differences of opinion created a rift between the witches that has lasted for more than two millennia.


"Witches being pulled down by vampire much as we tried to do to stay out of it."
— Sheila Bennett
The relationship between the vampires and the witches is a complicated relation that is more often negative than positive. This is mainly due to the idea that since vampires were created from dark magic and flout the natural design that all living creatures must die.


"Long ago, the witches and the wolves were at peace. Then came the vampires."
— Esther Mikaelson

The relationship between werewolves and witches is a neutral to negative relationship. Werewolves and witches have been shown to be at odds more than allies. Apparently the two species did once have a strong relationship with one another, however this was ruined with the inception of the vampires. In the originals:the rise, there was an alliance between the wolves and witches but it got broken.


"Well the way he sees it all witches are family. We're all bonded together by a code of loyalty to help each other."
— Luka Martin
The relationship between witches and the witchcraft community is generally a positive relationship where the witches not only help and protect each other, but often treat one another as members of an extended family. However, while the majority of witches feel it is there duty to help their fellow man, it has been proven that some witches may disregard this belief and turn against their own people. 

Notable Witches

Witch Description Status
Qetsiyah is one of the most powerful witches in history who is notably known for the creation of the immortality spell and the Other Side. Dead
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Silas was supposedly an extremely powerful witch who is notably known for becoming the very first Immortal. Dead
Markos was an ancient witch and also the leader of the Traveler subculture. Dead
Dahlia is the elder sister of Esther Mikaelson and also one of the most powerful witches in history. Alive
Esther Mikaelson
Esther Mikaelson is one of the most powerful witches in history who is notably known for the creation the Original family of vampires, as well as her mastery over possession. Unconscious
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Freya Mikaelson
Freya Mikaelson is the firstborn child of the Mikaelson family and also an extremely powerful witch. Alive
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Finn Mikaelson
Finn Mikaelson was a witch before his transition into an Original vampire. Unconscious
Kol Mikaelson
Kol Mikaelson was a witch before his transition into an Original vampire. Dead
Rebekah Mikaelson
Rebekah Mikaelson was a witch before her transition into an Original vampire. Conscious
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The Witch of The Five
The Witch of the Five was a very powerful witch who is notably known for the creation of the Brotherhood of the Five. Dead
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Katerina Petrova
Katerina Petrova was a witch of the Traveler subculture before her transition into a vampire. Dead
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Celeste Dubois
Celeste Dubois was a very powerful witch of the French Quarter who was notably known for the possession of multiple bodies over the course of a hundred years. Dead
Emily Bennett
Emily Bennett was a very powerful ancestor of the Bennett family who lived during the 19th century. Dead
Mary-Alice Claire
Mary-Alice Claire was a French Quarter witch and also a relative of Davina Claire. Dead
Astrid Malchance
Astrid Malchance was a French Quarter witch. Dead
Papa Tunde
Papa Tunde
Papa Tunde was a very powerful witch who specialized in Sacrificial Magic. Dead
Genevieve was an very powerful witch of the French Quarter. Dead
Gloria was a very powerful witch who is notably known for her longevity spells. Dead
Josephine LaRue
Josephine LaRue is a New Orleans witch, patron of the Dowager Fauline Cottage, and matriarch to many witches outside the French Quarter. Alive
Bastianna Natale
Bastianna Natale
Bastianna was a powerful Elder witch of the French Quarter. Dead
Agnes was a powerful Elder witch of the French Quarter. Dead
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Sheila Bennett
Sheila Bennett was the grandmother of Bonnie Bennett. Dead
Joshua Parker
Joshua Parker is a powerful witch who is notably known for the incarceration of his son Malachai Parker. Alive
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Jonas Martin
Dr. Jonas Martin was a very powerful witch and also the father of Greta and Luka Martin. Dead
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Malachai Parker
Malachai is the firstborn son of Joshua Parker, twin brother of Josette Parker and also a witch. Alive
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Josette Parker
Josette "Jo" Laughlin is the firstborn daughter of Joshua Parker, twin sister of Malachai Parker and also a powerless witch. Alive
Abby Bennett Wilson
Abby Bennett was a powerful witch who is notably known for the desiccation of the Original vampire, Mikael. Undead
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Jane-Anne Deveraux
Jane-Anne Deveraux was the mother of Monique Deveraux, sister of Sophie Deveraux and also a powerful witch of the French Quarter. Dead
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Vincent Griffith
Vincent Griffith is a very powerful witch of the French Quarter who was under the possession of Finn Mikaelson. Alive
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Sabine Laurent
Sabine Laurent was the last witch who Celeste Dubois took possession of throughout the past. Dead
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Sophie Deveraux
Sophie Deveraux was the maternal aunt of Monique Deveraux, sister of Jean-Anne Deveraux and also an Elder witch of the French Quarter. Dead
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Olivia Parker
Olivia "Liv" Parker is a powerful witch and also a member of the Gemini coven. Alive
Lucas Parker
Lucas "Luke" Parker is a powerful witch and also a member of the Gemini coven. Dead
Luka Martin
Luka Martin was a powerful witch and also a former friend of Bonnie Bennett. Dead
Bonnie Bennett
Bonnie Bennett is a very powerful witch of the Bennett family. Alive
Eva Sinclair
Eva Sinclair is a very dark and powerful witch who currently under the possession of Rebekah Mikaelson. Unconscious
Kaleb is a French Quarter witch who, until recently, was under the possession of Kol Mikaelson. Dead
Davina Claire
Davina Claire is the ward of Marcel Gerald, best friend of Joshua Rosza and also a very powerful Harvest witch. Alive
Monique Deveraux
Monique Deveraux was the daughter of Jane-Anne Deveraux, maternal niece of Sophie Deveraux and also a very powerful Harvest witch. Dead
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Abigail was a very powerful Harvest witch. Dead
Cassie P.-Esther
Cassie was a Harvest witch who was under the possession of Esther Mikaelson. Dead
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Hope Mikaelson
Hope Mikaelson is the firstborn child of Klaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall. Alive

List of Witches - A complete list of all witches who have appeared or have been mentioned in the series.


  • According to Abby Bennett Wilson, all magic is monitored by nature and has consequential effects. She explained this to her daughter, Bonnie Bennett, when she informed her of how she always dreamt of a normal life and how after she defeated an Original vampire named Mikael, she made the decision to abandon her family in order to live the life she so desperately desired outside of Mystic Falls. As punishment for deserting her lineage, Abby said that it was nature (not the Spirits) that slowly took away her magic until she was completely powerless. Its revealed the spirits are actually the ones in control of taking away magic however they cant control expression.
  • According to Bonnie Bennett, almost all witches have a spiritual connection to the elements of the Earth and the forces of nature. Since most witches derive their magic from nature, Bonnie explained how witches can literally feel the essence of life itself.
  • According to Emily Bennett, vampirism was an evil curse created from dark magic. She explained how some humans (such as Stefan Salvatore) were unfit to become vampires due to their gentle nature. Since vampirism is known to enhance the characteristics and magnify the emotions of a person, humans who are naturally benevolent will become even more benevolent as a vampire. However, since the basic nature of a vampire is to kill, many kindhearted vampires struggle to fight their urges to murder and more often than not, fall off the wagon by cutting off their humanity and going on a killing spree. These vampires become known as "rippers".
    • However, Rebekah Mikaelson later contradicted this, explaining that vampirism was a form of protection from the werewolves.
  • According to Esther Mikaelson, the creation of the Original vampires was an accident as she never intended to turn her family into monsters, but merely to protect them from harm. After the death of her youngest son, Henrik, Esther and her husband, Mikael, feared the power of the werewolves and wanted to exceed them in superiority. With the support of her husband, Esther created a spell that would not only grant her family immortality, but would also make them faster and stronger than the wolves. Despite the countless warnings given by her mentor, Ayana, Esther used dark magic to successfully enact the spell.
  • According to Sheila Bennett, the Spirits are responsible for creating the laws on magic. Contrary to her granddaughter, Bonnie Bennett, Sheila has presumably always practiced spirit magic whereas Bonnie originally practiced traditional magic. Sheila hinted that she practiced spirit magic when she first met Damon Salvatore, whom she immediately disliked. When Damon asked how Sheila could hate him without even knowing him, Sheila informed Damon how the Spirits "talked" to her, and told her that he was an enemy of the Bennett family and discouraged her from trusting him. One year after her death, when Bonnie performed a manifestation spell which allowed the supernatural spirits of Mystic Falls to materialize, Sheila confirmed that the Spirits were responsible for creating the rules on witchcraft however she was referring to the laws of the other side.
  • Hope Mikaelson
    • Hope is a hybrid Werewolf/Vampire/Witch
    • Hope is an active witch because her blood is vampiric, but she is not a vampire.
    • It is unknown if activating her werewolf gene will negate her witch abilities. 
  • The Bennett Family was said to have migrated to Mystic Falls from Salem, Massachusetts after the witch trials of 1692, however, it was revealed in a later season that an ancestor of the Bennett Family, Ayana, migrated to the place that would be Mystic Falls from Europe with the Mikaelson Family. It can be speculated that Ayana's descendants may have traveled south to the Caribbean or possibly back to Europe before Salem was settled some six hundred years later.
  • While the term "warlock" was originally used to differentiate the male witches from the female witches, it appears that "witch" is a gender-neutral term that applies to men and women. Luka Martin and Papa Tunde are the only characters that have been referred to as warlocks.




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  • Who do you think is the most powerful witch in TVD and TO universe?

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    • IMO Silas was the most creative magician .... He wasn't a witch .... He was a traveller .... However On paper Dahlia and Freya are the m...
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    • Hope is not a pureblood, do you even know what the word hybrid means? She is a witch, werewolf and a vampire. She is far from pure.
    • wrote:But guys, Hope is a pureblood hybrid too, so wahy can't he/she be one too? Pureblood means in that case that he/she is al...

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