But this year will be different. It's high time this place ran with a little discipline and order. I expect you to work harder than ever before. To be rigorous, to push yourselves. To be perfect. Because I believe every one of you is extraordinary. The students in this room have the power to literally change the world. To whom much is given, much is required, and I am requiring of you to be better than humans ever could. Because the day is coming when we will step out of the shadows, when you will no longer hide yourselves. Because the future is supernatural.

Professor Rupert[1] Vardemus is a witch who made his debut on the second episode of the second season of Legacies.

Early History

Throughout Legacies Series

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Dorian introduces Vardemus to his office

In This Year Will Be Different, Professor Vardemus is introduced to his position as Headmaster at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted. Dorian introduces him to his office and he is instantly repulsed, using a glamour to hide the disrepair and bland furniture. He gives a speech to the school, telling them that it is their time to shine and there will eventually be a time wherein they will no longer have to hide in the shadows. With this, he presents Landon Kirby with an award for defeating Malivore, thanking him.

Later, Professor Vardemus notices Josie Saltzman perform a spell to make a fellow student's nose bleed. He gives her a stern look, but does not discipline her. At night when she is making a snack before bed, he approaches her and gives her advice on spells and how she can easily get away with them by delaying their reaction. He further tells her that he is developing a new curriculum for advanced students that will be invite only and she is his first recruit.

In You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know, Professor Vardemus readies the Salvatore School for the Annual Charity Football Game with Mystic Falls High School. He tells them that they are free to use their magic this year, however, and must win the game at all costs — a notion that excites Kaleb but frightens Josie and Landon, who is selected as the quarterback. On the field, Vardemus is excited to see that the Salvatore School is finally winning the match, but is surprised when the game finally turns around as the students stop using their magic. He questions the students at half time, telling them that they must win the game, but is approached by Alaric, who questions his motives.

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Vardmeus eats the Shunka

Fearing that they will lose the game, Vardemus hands Josie a spell on the field. When she casts the spell, it snaps Ethan's arm, essentially throwing away his scholarship and surprises Josie herself. Alaric witnesses this, and later confronts Vardemus about it, who bans him from the school grounds. Alaric takes particular offense when Vardemus suggests that he should enroll Josie and Lizzie into public school, punching Vardemus and starting a fight between the Stallions and the Timberwolves. Vardemus is later seen at the end of the episode eating the Shunka killed earlier, providing evidence that he isn't who, or what, he says he is.

In Since When Do You Speak Japanese?,


Rupert is described as an urbane British sorcerer who is "a bit of a dandy, wins over the Salvatore students with his steadfast belief in the superiority of their supernatural world."[2]

Physical Appearance


Season Two


  • Rupert is of German variation meaning "bright fame."[3]
  • Vardemus comes from an unknown origin.


  • He wears a ring that glows bright red when he uses magic.
  • Professor Vardemus seems to want the students to make the humans feel less superior to their supernatural counterparts.



See also

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