Necromancy is everywhere in occult literature. It's a form of sorcery that dates back to ancient Greece. It involves the ability to communicate with and raise the dead.

Josette being raised through Necromancy

Necromancy is a form of sorcery that dates back to ancient Greece that allows a witch to contact and communicate with, control and even raise the dead. When used as a magical practice, any form of magic of the witch's choosing can be used to practice necromancy; however, it is a distinct brand of sorcery and only very few instances has it particularly been referred to as such and not widely practiced.

Throughout the Vampire Diaries

In Age of Innocence, notably with the destruction of the Other Side, Bonnie believed that Alaric's attempt at raising Josette's spirit was necromancy. Unlike with previous forms of resurrection, Josette's spirit was no longer behind a Veil that they could lift and she'd magically appear.

Throughout the Originals

In When the Levee Breaks, Dahlia raised the corpse of Josephine LaRue and controlled her through her use of Kenning. The reanimation, however, was temporary and as her conversation continued with Niklaus Mikaelson, the fatal wound on her neck opened and her begun to bleed out.

In City Beneath The Sea, according to Vincent, necromancy was another form of witchcraft that Davina would have access to if she agreed to become Regent — a direction connection to the Ancestors of the New Orleans witches. This form of sorcery or magical practice, however, seems to be looked down upon. This is exemplified by a coven known as the Kindred — witches obsessed with dark magic practicing necromancy and immortality spells — that were locked away in the Dowager Fauline Cottage.

Throughout Legacies

In Death Keeps Knocking On My Door, Despite the negative association and according to Dorian, necromancy is everywhere in occult literature and an old form of sorcery that dates back to ancient Greece.

At an unknown point in time the Necromancer became world renowned in this form of sorcery, claiming it took centuries, to raise the dead and create "zombies" or "puppets". However, his legacy was forgotten from the world due to Malivore.

In Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself, seemingly those that are reanimated by the Necromancer are still physically dead, as they have no heartbeats and they are mere puppets not in control of their own actions — their free will suppressed and dominated by that of the Necromancer.

In Facing Darkness is Kinda My Thing, empowered with dark magic, the Necromancer completely raised and severed his 'master-to-puppet' link with Rafael Waithe and Alyssa Chang.

Spells and Rituals

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  • Dorian states that Necromancy is a form of sorcery that dates back to ancient Greece. Coincidentally, this is also the birthplace of the Immortality Spell by Qetsiyah that brought about the schism between in the witches and Travelers.


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