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Witches are very similar to humans, save for one big difference: they have an innate ability to use magic and can pass it on genetically. Witch culture is also matriarchal, meaning lineage is passed down through women and women tend to hold positions of power (partly due to the fact there's a shortage of male witches). Their culture and traditions bears many similarities to Wicca, neo-Paganism and New Age religions. Some witches become disconnected from the Night World for one reason and another and become 'lost witches' or 'psychics' - they still have powers, but are unaware of their true heritage.

Note: Witch characters who belong to the Harman family can be found under the Harman page.

Warning: Contains some unmarked spoilers for the series


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     Gisele 

Gisele

A witch James consults about a magical cure for Poppy's cancer.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: She tells James she'll "forget about" their conversation, out of concern he broke the laws of the Night World by falling in love with Poppy.
  • Playing with Fire: Lights a candlewick by making a quick motion with her hands.
  • Ship Tease: She seems quite flirty with James, remarking that he "can't need a love spell" when he asks for her help and saying he's "as gorgeous as ever", though James doesn't seem to reciprocate.

     Phil North 

Phillip 'Phil' North

Poppy’s twin brother and one of the supporting protagonists of Secret Vampire.
  • Academic Athlete: Phil is on several sports teams and is also a top student academically.
  • Affectionate Nickname / In-Universe Nickname: Phil, which he generally goes by in lieu of Phillip.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Trying to hurt his sister in any shape or form is a surefire way to piss him off. He'll take on vampires with nothing but his bare hands to protect her.
  • Fantastic Racism: He doesn’t think much of vampires, when he finds out they exist. However, he gradually warms up to James, and even after she tried to attack him, he still loves Poppy.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed with Poppy, he being the 'Responsible' sibling. Phil is a model student and belongs to several school teams and clubs, whilst Poppy prefers shopping and hanging out with her friends and often uses what smarts she has to worm her way out of trouble with her teachers.
  • Freak Out!: Has one after his sister dies, desperately trying to wake her up, screaming her name, smashing the room up and trying to attack James when he intervenes. James manages to calm him down by reminding him that Poppy isn't permanently dead, but is turning into a vampire and Phil cannot disrupt the process under any circumstances.
  • Gut Feeling: He often gets “hunches” about things that turn out to be right. It foreshadows that he’s actually a lost witch.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal / Refusal of the Call: He doesn’t handle the supernatural very well and is less than impressed to find out he himself is a witch. He firmly states he wants nothing to do with the Night World and intends to carry on living as a normal human. However, he seems to have changed his mind, as in the preview of Strange Fate, he comes to help Poppy and James fight a dragon using his powers.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Becomes this towards Poppy when James is involved; Poppy states that he "always overdid the protective brother bit" around James. He outright attacks him when he thinks he was trying to seduce her.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Played with. Phil is pretty much the exact opposite of his dad, who is rather scatterbrained and a conspiracy theorist, more closely resembling his rational and level-headed mother and stepfather. As it turns out, however, he inherited his latent witch powers from his dad.
  • Lovable Jock: He's a popular student who belongs to a few sports teams, but is a nice enough guy who loves his family dearly.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He makes it VERY clear to James he doesn’t want him anywhere near Poppy. He eventually grudgingly accepts their relationship however, when he sees that James truly cares about her.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In an attempt to protect his dying sister from being hurt by what he sees as a selfish playboy, he convinces Poppy that James is just using her after catching them exchanging blood and mistaking it for…something else. As a result, Poppy (who is irrational due to the transformation process) refuses to see or speak to James, putting her in danger of dying more quickly before the transformation is completed…or worse, becoming a ghoul.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: He’s tall and Viking blonde, and tends to be very logical and “strait-laced”, whilst his sister is a short redhead and very hyper and carefree.
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes one for Poppy and James when he finds out James is trying to turn her into a vampire to save her life.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Subverted. He grudgingly works with James, whom he has a low opinion of and views with revulsion after learning he's a vampire, to save his sister. However, they become friendlier to each other in the process.
  • Thicker Than Water: Phil finds that he loves and will stand by Poppy no matter what even when she becomes a vampire, which he initially finds repulsive and unnatural.

     Jesse North 

Jesse North

A supporting character in Secret Vampire; the father of Poppy and Phil.
  • Agent Mulder: The supernatural really does exist, as he believes. Ironically, he himself is unknowingly a supernatural being.
  • All There in the Manual: His first name is only mentioned in the fanguide and family tree.
  • Bumbling Dad: To Poppy and Phil. He clearly loves them, but isn’t very good at staying in touch with them, switches jobs a lot, is behind on child support and moves constantly. Heartbreakingly, he gets the message that his daughter is dying of cancer only after she’s already passed away (or technically, faked her death to become a vampire) and is obviously devastated. After Poppy’s funeral, he makes a point of leaving his new address and contact details with Phil in order to stay in touch with him.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: He’s a bit of a Conspiracy Theorist and claims to hear voices or have psychic dreams. As it turns out, he’s actually a lost witch and has latent powers, without realising it.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: It’s implied he’s one, collecting articles and other ‘evidence’ of UFO’s and the supernatural. Though considering there’s a secret society of vampires, witches and other such creatures living right under humankind’s noses, he’s actually not that far off.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Averted. Phil takes after his mom more in personality and appearance; on the other hand, Jesse’s daughter Poppy apparently takes after him. And as it’s later revealed, they both inherited their witch genes from him.
  • Nice Guy: He seems to be a friendly and well-meaning guy, even if he does seem to be living on an entirely different planet at times.
  • Opposites Attract: Seemingly with his ex-wife, she being a far more grounded and rational person. It didn't work out very well.

     Dani Abforth 

Dani Naete Mella Abforth

A supporting character in Spellbinder. She is a member of Circle Twilight who befriends Thea Harman when she moves to Las Vegas.
  • Black Best Friend: To Thea, although her being black is really only brought up once.
  • Commonality Connection: Her friendship with Thea is kickstarted by them both being members of Circle Twilight (before Thea and Blaise moved in, Dani was the only Circle Twilight witch her age in the school).
  • The Cutie: She's shy, but sweet-natured (see also Nice Girl).
  • Everyone Has Standards: Though she doesn't think much of humans, she balks at the idea of using magic to toy with them like Blaise does and is shown to be completely horrified when she sees firsthand the fall-out of one of Blaise's love spells. She doesn't seem to think much of Circle Midnight, either, they being witches who tend to use darker magic and have no issue hurting or killing humans.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Has this opinion, citing their racism towards people based on skin colour/ethnicity as just one example.
  • Nice Girl: She's usually a friendly and compassionate girl, though she has a low opinion of humans. She doesn't agree with intentionally harming them for fun, however (see Everyone Has Standards).
  • Secret Keeper: For Thea in regards to her accidentally releasing Suzanne's spirit.

     Vivienne Morrigan 

Vivienne Morrigan

A supporting character in Spellbinder. She is a member of Circle Midnight and a friend of Blaise’s.
  • The Casanova: Implied to be a bit of one, though not at Blaise’s level.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means “life” or “lively”. It also happens to be one of names of the Lady of the Lake from Arthurian legend or alternatively, Nimue, Merlin’s treacherous student/lover.
  • Pet the Dog: She kindly reassures Thea when Grandma Harman falls ill, insisting her mother’s magical chanting will help.
  • Those Two Girls: With Selene. She’s noted to be quite vivacious and bold, in contrast to Selene’s more laid-back, even languid attitude.
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     Selene Lucna 

Selene Lucna

A supporting character in Spellbinder. She is a member of Circle Midnight and a friend of Blaise’s.
  • The Casanova: Implied to be a bit of one, though not at Blaise’s level.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She’s fond of wearing violet, when she isn’t wearing black.
  • Meaningful Name: Selene is a Greek moon goddess; Selene Lucna has white blonde hair and occasionally wears silver.
  • Mystical White Hair: Described as having platinum blonde hair.
  • Those Two Girls: With Vivienne. She’s noted to be rather laid-back and unfazed by events around her, in contrast to Vivienne’s liveliness.
  • Woman in White: Or silver, specifically, which she wears for the Samhain celebrations.

     Aradia Crowley 

Aradia Crowley

A recurring character. Maiden of All the Witches, also known as 'the Blind Maiden', due to the fact she went blind as a child - in spite of this, she can still receive visions of the future, a rare and powerful gift.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Maggie spends most of Black Dawn calling her Cady - short for Arcadia - after she mishears her name.
  • All There in the Manual: Her surname is not actually mentioned in the novels.
  • Aloof Darkhaired Girl: She is tall and attractive with black hair, usually composed, serene and greatly respected and looked up to by the witches.
  • Badass in Distress: In Black Dawn. Though we haven't seen the full extent of her abilities, it's telling that she's still capable of performing impressive magical feats despite being gravely ill, though she relies on Maggie's help quite a bit until she's healed.
  • Black Boss Lady: Her physical description strongly indicates she's black and she's one of the three leaders of the witches and holds a high-ranking position in Circle Daybreak too.
  • Blind Seer: Went blind as a child, but can still ‘see’ visions of the future or of significant events occurring far away.
  • The Load: In the first half of Black Dawn, in fact being a near literal example, as Maggie or one of the others has to physically support her to move her around. It's outright stated by a few characters that she'll only slow them down and she greatly hinders the slaves' efforts to escape, but Maggie refuses to abandon her and insists on getting her medical treatment. It's justified in that Aradia suffered a really bad reaction to a truth serum she was forcibly given. It's also downplayed to an extent, as she still helps the protagonists as best she can, such as using her Sight to detect bad guys and find them a tree to hide in. Her role as The Load ends once she's started to recover from her illness and she's integral to saving the day in the novel’s climax.
  • Meaningful Name: She shares her name with a goddess of magic and woodland.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In the climax of Spellbinder, Aradia has a vision of Suzanne heading for the stone circle where Thea and Eric have laid a trap for her; though she doesn't fully understand the vision, she instantly senses that Eric is in danger and is clearly horrified.
  • Mysterious Waif: In Black Dawn, combined with Mystical Waif. There are hints dropped about her true identity for the reader, but Maggie didn’t even know about the Night World until a few hours ago and so has no idea who she is – Aradia can’t explain who she is due to her illness. Maggie spends a lot of time trying to help and protect her and senses there’s something more to her due to her powers, with Aradia’s real identity being confirmed around the middle of the story.
  • Near-Death Experience: After suffering a severe allergic reaction to a truth potion.
  • Nice Girl: She's generally very kind and gentle, and surprisingly tolerant of humans for a Night Person.
  • The Ojou: Though not royalty exactly, she's Maiden of the witches and is generally treated in a respectful and deferential manner. She's of the Proper Lady variety, being a polite and refined girl with a quiet authority, but never haughty or bratty.
  • Prophet Eyes: Her eyes are described as being clouded and unfocused, but she can still ‘see’.
  • Protectorate: For Maggie in Black Dawn.
  • The Quiet One: She usually says very little. If she does speak up, everyone generally shuts up to listen to her, because she probably has something important to say.
  • Reality Ensues: Whilst trekking across a mountain, she and her companions were caught up in an avalanche. Everyone but Aradia was killed and because she can't see, she was forced to stay put until someone came to help her. Unfortunately, that someone turned out to be Sylvia.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's a benevolent and levelheaded leader and tries to help the protagonists of Spellbinder and Witchlight, usually within the rules and traditions of the witches, though she'll occasionally bend them, too.
  • Secret Keeper: At the end of Spellbinder it's revealed she knows Thea and Eric didn't really drink from the Cup of Lethe to erase their memories of the Night World, but she doesn't reveal it to others and even gives Thea and Blaise an opportunity to say goodbye to each other.
  • Supporting Leader: Of the witches and Circle Daybreak in Spellbinder and Witchlight. She has a more central role in Black Dawn.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the witches and Circle Daybreak. She successfully resists torture, including a potion that forces her to tell the truth (which almost kills her) to protect them.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: A lot of attention gets drawn to her eyes, which are described as large, pretty and somewhat otherworldly.
  • Willing Channeler: In the climax of Black Dawn, she channels the spirit of Hellewise and even briefly seems to take on her appearance in an attempt to appeal to Sylvia to help them. It works.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's technically not a child, being in her late teens, but is still far wiser and more worldly than most people her age.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Towards Sylvia in the climax of Black Dawn. She’s able to convince her to have a Heel–Face Turn that saves the protagonists’ lives.
  • Young and in Charge: She's about 18 years old, but holds one of the highest ranking positions amongst the Witch Species. Justified in that she's the Maiden of the Witches, representing young witches. That, and she's implied to be incredibly powerful and her visions come in very handy.

     Melusine 

Melusine

A witch who owns a magic supply store in Pennsylvania near Gillian Lennox's hometown and a supporting character in Dark Angel.
  • Aloof Darkhaired Girl: Initially comes across as one, though she becomes friendlier towards Gillian after she tells her the truth about herself. Gillian also seems to look up to her as a Cool Big Sis and Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Brainy Brunette: She knows a lot about spells and magic, and is described as having dark brown hair.
  • Cool Big Sis: Has shades of this towards Gillian, alongside Big Sister Mentor.
  • Genius Cripple: She uses a wheelchair due to having a lost a leg in a boating accident, and is a talented and knowledgeable witch.
  • Meaningful Name: She shares her name with a water spirit/mermaid from folklore.
  • The Mentor: Serves as one to Gillian in regards to magic, after she realises Angel is up to no good.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When Gillian comes to her for help in regards to Angel and the curses she put on two classmates, Melusine never judges her, simply listens to her story, does what she can to help her fix it and then offers her advice and encouragement.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's implied to be in her late teens or early twenties, and comes across as being quite wise and mature for her age.

     Sylvia Weald 

Sylvia Weald

"I was a Harman. I was. But I had to stand there and watch my cousins be accepted instead of me. I had to watch half humans be accepted - be welcomed. They took my place - just because they were descended through the female line."

One of the main antagonists of Black Dawn. A witch related to the Harmans through her father, she turned against them after they wouldn't let her become one of them due to the matriarchal practices of the witches; she is now a noblewoman of the Dark Kingdom.


  • Boomerang Bigot: She's a witch, but despises them and actively works against them for perceived slights against her. She even tells Hunter that although she's a "spellcaster", she doesn't consider herself a witch anymore. By the end, she changes her mind and embraces being a 'Daughter of Hellewise' once more before she dies.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Was apparently a bit of one towards Miles, seeing as she outright admits she was jealous of his own sister due to his obvious affection for her, and her reaction to him refusing to work with her.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Inflicted this on Aradia in an attempt to get information about Circle Daybreak.
  • The Dragon: To Hunter Redfern. She eventually turns against him.
  • Emergency Transformation: Defied. After being mortally wounded helping the protagonists, she refuses Delos' offer to try and turn her into a vampire, stating that it probably wouldn't work anyway as the wood of the iron lance used to wound her would be toxic to her if she became a vampire.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Alternate Character Interpretation is in play, but it's hinted she may have had genuine feelings for Miles.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In her backstory, she turned against the witches after they refused to let her join the Harman family (as the witches are matrilineal and Sylvia's mother was not a Harman) and is helping Hunter Redfern to defeat the witches and take over the world. She later turns on Hunter and helps the protagonists by removing Delos's magical arm brace after Aradia implores her to as a 'daughter of Hellewise' and seemingly channels Hellewise herself. Unfortunately for Sylvia, this leads to a Redemption Equals Death: Hunter has her impaled with an iron lance for defying him. She's declared a "true daughter of Hellewise" and passes with the "blessing of all the witches" for her sacrifice.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Hunter exploits Sylvia's desire for recognition and respect to get her on his side and keep her loyal.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She is crazy green-eyed over the fact "half-humans" get to be accepted as Harmans because they're descended from female Harmans, whilst she, a 'pure' witch, is not counted as a Harman because her mother is from the Weald clan. She also admits she is very jealous of Miles and Maggie's close bond.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's hinted she has one. She's obsessed with her Harman lineage and looks down on 'half humans' who are welcomed into the family, indicating she herself is quite insecure and desperately wants to be seen as someone powerful and special. She later tells Maggie it always bothered her that no matter what she did to impress him, she couldn't come between Miles and his family.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: She badly wanted to be counted as a Harman and have all the prestige that come with the name. She teams up with Hunter Redfern to get the respect and power she believes she deserves.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Told Miles's family he died in a climbing accident when she actually abducted him and had him turned into a shapeshifter when he rejected her and also abducts and tortures Aradia, under the pretense of helping her.
  • Mystical White Hair: As per her Harman heritage.
  • Not Good with Rejection: She was so angry over being rejected by the Harmans she actively works with their greatest enemies to destroy/overthrow them. She also didn't take Miles' rejection of her offer to be her consort well, either kidnapping him, forcibly making him a shapeshifter and telling his family he was dead.
  • Purple Eyes: Has eyes the "exact colour of wood-violets", due to her Harman lineage.
  • Teens Are Monsters: She's about seventeen during the events of Black Dawn and spends most of the book committing or being party to very immoral things (such as kidnapping, slavery, torture, attempted genocide and so on). She regrets her actions in the end though and makes amends.

     Winnie Arlin 

Winfrith ‘Winnie’ Arlin

One of the secondary protagonists of Witchlight and a member of Keller’s team, helping her track down and protect Iliana.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting or trying to hurt Grandma Harman. Keller has to step between them out of concern Winnie will attack Iliana when she makes an insulting remark about the Crone and after she learns that Grandma Harman was assassinated by shapeshifters, she flips out at Galen, even considering it a declaration of war before Iliana calms her down.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As friendly as she is most of the time, she’s a very powerful witch and has a temper. See also Fantastic Racism.
  • Fantastic Racism: Surfaces briefly. When the Crone of the witches, Grandma Harman is murdered by shapeshifters, she goes off on a tirade against shapeshifters in general and basically condemns shapeshifters Keller and Galen as though they had a hand in the crime. But Iliana quickly puts her in her place and Winnie apologizes for her behavior.
  • Fiery Red Head: A strawberry blonde, who is described as being a “small but fiery orange comet”.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Winnie, which she usually goes by instead of her full name.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She looks up to Grandma Harman a lot and is awe of Iliana.
  • Playing with Fire: She possesses the power of witchlight, which manifests as flames in varying colors.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Described as having “dancing” green eyes and strawberry blonde curls.
  • The Smart Guy: Serves as this for the team. She’s not physically strong, but is a talented witch who knows a lot about spells, myths and legends and occasionally serves as Mr. Exposition.
  • Squishy Wizard: She’s a formidable spellcaster, but lacks the superhuman strength and endurance of many of her teammates.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Grandma Harman. She holds her in the highest esteem and looks ready to hit Iliana, the Witch Child, when she insults her.
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     Hecate Witch-Queen 

Hecate Witch-Queen

The famous queen of the witches from prehistoric times and mother of Hellewise and Maya. Thousands of years ago, she united the witch tribes and defeated the dragons who had enslaved the world.
  • The Dragonslayer: Possibly, although at the end of the war, she and the other witches actually put the dragons into an enchanted sleep and buried them deep underground to be forgotten, rather than kill them all.
  • The High Queen: She fought against the dragons to free both witches and humans, whom the dragons had enslaved, and continues to be revered by all witches thousands of years after her death. Many witches call upon her name when using spells and even during her daughters' rule (not long after she passed away) members of her tribe would pray to her.
  • Meaningful Name: Hecate is the Greek goddess of magic/witchcraft.
  • Posthumous Character: She's dead long before the events of the series, having lived during the Stone Age.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Led the witches in a war to defeat the tyrannical dragons and brought about a period of peace and harmony.
  • Sorceress Queen: It's right there in her name.
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