|“||I'm the best binder and conjurer since Edward Spellman. If anyone can keep him trapped, it's me. [...] I love you, Spellman. You taught me how to love.||”|
Nicholas Scratch was initially a recurring character on Part 1 and Part 2 of Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He has since been promoted to a series regular for Part 3 onward. He is portrayed by Gavin Leatherwood.
He is a warlock who specializes in conjuring that befriends Sabrina Spellman at the Academy of Unseen Arts under the orders of the Dark Lord. However, he eventually develops genuine feelings for her and teams up with the Spellmans to dethrone the Dark Lord, which results in Nick acting as a flesh acheron to cage Lucifer. And though Sabrina eventually saves Nick from his Hell, his time spent with her father proved to have lasting effects.
Nicholas Scratch, a young and handsome warlock at the Academy of Unseen Arts who befriends Sabrina when she's a new student. An acolyte of Sabrina’s father’s teachings, Nicholas is drawn to Sabrina — and there are immediate sparks between them.
Nick has always been exceptionally gifted in magic. At a young age, Nick was given a werewolf familiar named Amalia. When his family died, she was all he had left. One day, Nick traveled down from the mountains and the woods into the Academy of Unseen Arts, bloody and disheveled, his clothes rent by claws. His entrance was witnessed by the Weird Sisters. Within a week of his acceptance into the Academy, Nick had read over half the books in the library and slept with half the witches who lived within its walls. Nick's reason for joining the Academy stemmed around his desire to make sense of the world he lived in.
After he began attending the Academy of Unseen Arts, he couldn't bring Amalia with him per the Academy rules. She became jealous and started stalking him. Eventually, he read every book in the library and became an admirer of Edward Spellman. He later began a relationship with the Weird Sisters, which he ended in the year of Sabrina's Dark Baptism. On the last day of the summer carnival, leading up to Sabrina’s birthday, Nick had a brief conversation with Harvey Kinkle, but he made him forget their encounter.
Throughout Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Nicholas has black hair, brown eyes and olive skin. He seems to prefer to wear dark clothing.
Nicholas appears as a cool and confident warlock with more progressive ideas than most other members of the Church of Night. Like Sabrina, he expressed his opinion that the Feast of Feasts was "bonkers" and was in staunch objection to the barbaric practice. Nicholas showed a laid back and confident demeanor most of the time while occasionally expressing a morose outlook towards the witch community, telling Sabrina that "Witches are aces at passion and lust but when it comes to love, not so much." Adding that "Our Dark Lord is a jealous lord. He won't allow us to love anyone but him. selfish isn't it?" Expressing envy towards Sabrina and Harvey's ability to "give themselves entirely to one another."
In terms of Nick's romantic and sexual interests, he seems to practice a polyamorous view of relationships. He was in a relationship with all three Weird Sisters at once before ending it due to not being sure what was real or suggested through their mind control magic and engaged in an orgy with Prudence Blackwood and several other witches and warlocks. When he expressed a romantic interest in Sabrina, she reminded him that she had a boyfriend, to which he suggested that she date both of them, further clarifying that he was "down with sharing." Nicholas has expressed an overall kindness and affection for Sabrina and a willingness to assist her with her mortal exploits with no expectation of anything in return. He suggested to Harvey that he forgive Sabrina because she truly loved him, despite having romantic feelings for her himself, showing that he is a true friend and ally to Sabrina.
Powers and Abilities
Nick is an expert binder and conjurer. He is self-proclaimed the greatest conjuror since Edward Spellman. He also seems to favor astral projection and teleportation, resorting to both on numerous occasions. However, alcohol has shown to negate this as seen when he and Dorian Gray were attacked by the Order of the Innocents. As a full warlock, Nicholas ages at an especially slower rate than mortals.
Nick befriends Sabrina rather quickly, even showing a romantic interest in her, but she declines his advances, often reminding him of her mortal boyfriend Harvey Kinkle. Nevertheless, they remain friends. However, when the mining accident occurs, and Agatha and Dorcas talk about the dead miners, he seems keen on knowing if Harvey was one of the unlucky ones, implying he's still enamored by Sabrina. They eventually become partners in crime, often coming to her aid at her times of need. In the end, for her happiness, Nick was willing to risk his safety and protect Harvey when Crimson Avenger roamed Greendale.
After Sabrina broke up with Harvey and officially enrolled into the Academy of Unseen Arts, she and Nick began to grow closer as they spent more time together. After starring in a play where Nick and Sabrina shared their first kiss and participating in Lupercalia together, the two eventually started dating. However, their relationship broke down after Nick revealed to Sabrina that he had been ordered by the Dark Lord to guide her down the Path of Night. Sabrina later comes to forgive Nick after he sacrifices himself to be Lucifer's prison, and she vows to bring her boyfriend back from Hell at any cost. And though she does manage to save Nick, he still suffers from the lasting effects of having imprisoned Lucifer within himself and breaks up with her.
Nick used to date Prudence, Agatha and Dorcas in a polyamorous relationship. However, he ended the relationship due to the sisters' mind-controlling abilities, making it impossible for him to determine what was real and what was a suggestion. Despite breaking off their relationship, Nick still remains somewhat cordial with the sisters, even engaging in an orgy with them and Sabrina's cousin, Ambrose.
- "Chapter Twenty-One: The Hellbound Heart"
- "Chapter Twenty-Two: Drag Me to Hell"
- "Chapter Twenty-Three: Heavy is the Crown"
- "Chapter Twenty-Four: The Hare Moon"
- "Chapter Twenty-Five: The Devil Within"
- "Chapter Twenty-Six: All of Them Witches"
- "Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Judas Kiss"
- "Chapter Twenty-Eight: Sabrina Is Legend"
- Nicholas Scratch's name has similarities to two traditional English names for the devil: "Old Nick" and "Mr./Old Scratch".
- In the tie-in novel "Daughter of Chaos (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Book 2)", Harvey brings up the connotation, asking Nick if that meant he really was the devil. Nick explained that it was common practice for witches such as himself to be given Infernal-linked names.
- In "Chapter Fifteen: Doctor Cerberus's House of Horror", it is revealed that Nick is bisexual.
- According to Tati Gabrielle, Gavin Leatherwood speculates that Nicholas is apprximately 50.
- In the animated film Sabrina: Friends Forever, Sabrina Spellman begins her education at Witch Academy, where she befriends a witch named Nicole. Coincidentally, the name Nicole is the feminine version of Nicholas.
- See also: Category:Images of Nicholas Scratch
- 25 Things You Need To Know About The New "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" Series - BuzzFeed
- Daughter of Chaos (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Book 2)
- Dictionary of American Regional English - Other Names for the Devil
- Tati Gabrielle on Prudence's Complex Relationships in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' | In Studio - YouTube