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What besides love inspires such pain and cruelty? And Esther -- her love is very, very strong.
Lenore to Hayley about Esther in Every Mother's Son

Lenore was a former witch turned into a vampire that lived in the French Quarter, formerly "across the river" in the Algiers. She was an ally of Marcel Gerard and the Mikaelson family before getting possessed by Esther.

Throughout The Originals Series

Season Two

Lenore was first introduced in Every Mother's Son. It was revealed by Marcel that he had formed an alliance with her and that she had made Gia's daylight ring. In need of a witch's aid, Elijah visited Lenore and asked her to cast a spell that would allow him and his brother to identify Esther while she was possessing another person. In exchange for her service, he offered to help her with her business problems. She agreed, and informed Elijah of the ingredients she would need to perform the spell. Shortly after Elijah leaves, Finn, posing as the warlock Vincent, visits her store and kidnaps her.

In order to learn why Elijah wanted her help, Esther allows Finn to torture her to get answers until he instructs Oliver to do it for him. Oliver calls Hayley and tells her about Lenore and Hayley comes and rescues her. Having been tortured, Lenore happily agrees to perform the branding spell, although as she was doing so, Esther leaves Cassie's body and enters hers. Hayley realizes this as the spell performed marked hers as the next body that Esther possessed.

In The Map of Moments, Lenore is killed by Klaus after Esther (who had possessed her) attempted to destroy Rebekah's original body. Sometime after Lenore/Esther awakens in transition, Klaus reveals that she died with vampire blood in her system and now she can either die without completing the transition or survive and becomes that which she so hates. Now Lenore, under the ownership of Esther, is unaware that she is no longer a witch, but a vampire in Rebekah's bloodline.

In Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire, Finn finds out that Lenore (still possessed by Esther) completed the transition, and feels disgusted and angry at his mother's hypocrisy. In response, he stabbed her with Papa Tunde's knife to channel her power.

In Exquisite Corpse, her body is destroyed by Freya Mikaelson.


Lenore possessed a "take no prisoners" attitude but was also calm on the surface. After she was tortured by Esther and Finn, she wanted to help the Mikaelsons and Hayley to see who was Esther's next host.

Physical Appearance

Lenore was a beautiful dark-skinned woman, with long, wavy black hair with a little of grey streak. She was branded with a mark on the back of her hand because of the presence of Esther's spirit in her body.

Powers and Abilities

Lenore possessed all standard powers and abilities of a human/witch. When she became a vampire, she lost all her witch powers.

Lenore possessed all the standard powers and abilities of a non-Original vampire.


Lenore had the typical weaknesses of a witch. She lost all weaknesses of a human after her transition into vampirism.

Lenore had the typical weaknesses of a non-Original vampire.


Season Two


  • Lenore (pronounced: lə-NAWR[1]) is a feminine name of French origin. It is the short form of the name Eleanor. The meaning of the name is "light" or the other meaning is "pity".


  • Lenore was killed twice by two members of the Mikaelson Family.
    • Her first death was by stabbing in the neck by Klaus as a witch.
    • Her second and final death as a vampire was at the hands of Freya Mikaelson via metamorphosis into numerous starlings.
  • Considering she was a vampire when she was killed, she either found peace or went to Hell.



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