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Davina casting a spell, surrounded by magical items

There are many tools used in witchcraft to increase their energy and strength. Most of them are given by Nature like herbs and minerals, while other are artifacts such as Grimoires. Some witches have shown an aptitude in using objects more than others. Some specialize in specific branches of magic which requires particular items, while others resort to objects of the most varied depending on the circumstances.


Main article: Bennett Talisman

Bonnie using Luka's necklace.

Witches use material items that act as talismans. They are usually in the form of a crystal or stone and made as a personal object to the witch. It can increase their powers and help them to channel magic. Bonnie Bennett used the Bennett Crystal as a talisman for a time before she destroyed it whilst possessed in History Repeating.


Main article: Grimoire

Emily's grimoire.

A witch records all of her/his spells, rituals and recipes in a Grimoire. It is a spell book filled with information, hexes and spells. Bonnie uses her ancestor's Grimoire to learn her Craft. Jonas Martin had an obsession with Grimoires and collected them. After Jonas and Luka died, Bonnie packed up their grimories and presumably kept from in order to kill Klaus.



Cauldron, as seen in during sacrifice

Cauldronis an object used for witches spells and curses. One of them was used during the sacrifice. Cauldron can be seen in The Lycée and were used by Lenore and Finn Mikaelson (while possessing Vincent Griffith) to perform complex rituals of Sacrificial Magic.

Herbs and Stones

Main article: Herbs

Katherine getting burned by Vervain flowers

Main article: Stones and minerals

Witches use stones and herbs in their magic as many of them have magical properties. Amber crystal protects a witch from evil, Vervain protects them from vampires and Wolfsbane protects them from Werewolves. The later two have the same effect but are for vampires and werewolves, respectively. They cause the victim to be weak and feverish when ingested similar to poisoning. When in contact with it, it will burn them. Lapis Lazuli, when enchanted, will protected Vampires from sunlight. The effect of Amber is usually 'shocking' a human who comes in threatening contact with the bearer.

Candles and Fire

Main article: Channeling

Bonnie creating fire.

Witches use candles in their spells to aid them and channel the flames. This enhances their magic as they draw energy away from the flames. Fire is a strong component in Witchcraft as it is the main offensive tool used. It has also been used as barriers and to destroy objects. They also use candles in channeling. Channeling is when a witch siphons power of an element, celestial event or even another witch. Bonnie also used this power, to create fire in her hand, as well as to light candles and make them out again.

Dark Objects

Main article: Dark Objects

Dark Objects are a particular kind of Enchanted Objects created through black magic and have extremely malicious intent. The first dark objects were created by Kol Mikaelson with the help of his followers witches, Astrid Malchance and Mary Alice Claire, resorting to the special magical practice known as Kemiya. Known Dark Objects are: the rosary that leads to madness, the handcuffs that block the powers of witches and the Devil's Star, a special dagger that causes countless injuries from a simple cut.

Magic Symbols

Main article: Symbols
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Davina draws a seal on the Church's floor

The magic seals are powerful tools used primarily in the Ancestral Magic practiced by witches in New Orleans. The seals are drawn with chalk or another dusk, sometimes with something like salt. Generally have a circular shape, inside which occur from time to time signs and intersecting lines. The first magic seal shown in the series is the Pentacle (five-pointed star in a circle) used by Esther in All My Children and described as the ultimate symbol of Magic.

Altar and Shrines


Jane Anne cast a spell on a altar

Although rarely used, the altars serve to witches to focus their spells. They are simple shelves, on which to lay the objects that are used for the ritual.

Jane Anne has used an altar in the City of the Dead to accomplish a complex spell to link his sister Sophie to the wolf Hayley Marshall.

The same Sophie used a stone altar as a basis to consecrate the bones of Celeste Dubois, though with little success.


The attempted sacrifice on an altar

Another stone altar, always within the Lafayette Cemetery, was used as a surface to sacrifice the little Hope Mikaelson by the Harvest witches Monique and Abigail led by Genevieve.


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A doll filled with blood and skewered with pins

One of the distinguishing marks of Representational Magic, is the use of animals parts, or better, their quality and ability, to represent a person and then throw a spell on it. Fetish links so the person with the will of the witch. The same goes for dolls representing the victim, used largely by the witches of the French Quarter Coven to break down their victims or look for them, as done by Finn looking for his niece via a locator spell.

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