|“||In the town of Greendale, where it always feels like Halloween, there lived a girl who is half-witch, half-mortal, who, on her 16th birthday, would have to choose between two worlds: the witch world of her family, and the human world of her friends. My name is Sabrina Spellman, and that girl is me.||”|
|— Sabrina's opening narration[src]|
Despite not being a full witch, Madam Satan notes that Sabrina has the potential to become the most powerful witch of her generation. After completing her Dark Baptism, Sabrina's powers were magnified to far greater levels than ever before. Most notably, she summoned hellfire to burn the Greendale Thirteen, a feat only three other witches have ever been able to do.
As of the events of Chapter Twenty-Eight: Sabrina Is Legend, due to her traveling to the past in order to save everyone, there are two Sabrinas. The time-travelling one opted to remain on Earth with her family, while the other chose to remain in Hell and become its queen.
Sabrina is an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, struggling to reconcile her dual natures. She is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain some semblance of a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Sabrina’s intelligent, compassionate, and brave to the point of recklessness. She challenges witch-doctrine at every turn. She is fiercely loyal to her family and friends; wickedly funny; and in the middle of a star-crossed romance with her classmate Harvey Kinkle. Sabrina is all that stands between us and the Forces of Darkness that threaten our world.
Sabrina Spellman, an empowered young woman, half-human, half-witch, who is just beginning her dark education as a sorceress, even as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore at Baxter High. Intelligent, compassionate and brave to the point of recklessness, Sabrina is all that stands between us and the forces of darkness that threaten our world.
Sabrina was born to the fallen angel, Lucifer Morningstar, High Priest witch, Edward Spellman, and mortal, Diana Spellman. Edward and Diana had trouble conceiving a child and went to the Dark Lord for help. Diana soon became pregnant through the Dark Lord's intervention. Three days after her birth, Diana had Sabrina given a Holy Baptism with her aunt, Hilda Spellman, as a witness. A day later, Edward had signed Sabrina's name into the Book of the Beast with her other aunt, Zelda Spellman, as a witness.
Not long after, Sabrina's parents would die in a plane crash. Sabrina was the only survivor because she was transported to her aunts, leaving her in the care of Hilda and Zelda, though Diana's remaining family apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to obtain custody of Sabrina. Sabrina grew up with her aunts and her cousin Ambrose Spellman.
On her first day of school, she met and befriended Harvey Kinkle, Rosalind Walker, and Susie Putnam. A few years before her dark baptism, she was sought out by the Weird Sisters. Sabrina hoped that they would become her friends, but they only wanted to torment her as they felt she didn't belong at the Academy of Unseen Arts given that she was only a half-witch.
Throughout Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Sabrina is of medium height with a petite physique. She has wavy, short blonde hair, clear skin, and sparkling green eyes. She mostly forgoes makeup and typically dresses somewhat conservatively but comfortably so; she is not however above wearing eye-catching and/or alluring attire if the occasion calls for it. Since writing her name in the Book of the Beast and being empowered by the Dark Lord, Sabrina's look sports a similar appearance to her comic book counterpart, where her hair has become pure white, and her wardrobe and makeup preferences have also changed to reflect the more provocative look of the Weird Sisters. She did, however, go back to wearing her conservative clothes. Underneath her human appearance, Sabrina has a slightly more ghoulish appearance, consisting of grey skin, messy hair, and a noose around her neck.
Sabrina possesses incredibly sense of self and strong willpower, enabling her to resist psychological torture effectively. This was seen during her Harrowing by the Weird Sisters when she repeatedly withstood their attempts to break her. Similarly, Sabrina has a fierce sense of independence. An ardent feminist who believes in the advancement of women in society. She has no qualms over confronting anyone who demeans any female student. Sabrina is an uncommonly compassionate, caring, intelligent, thoughtful, rebellious, and spirited person, as well as an unwaveringly loyal friend and a loving girlfriend. She is quite popular in her mortal school but generally slighted in magic school. She lived daily with guilt over not being able to tell her friends about her true nature but learned to cope with it.
Having grown up in the world of mortals, Sabrina is the polar opposite of pure-blood witches in numerous ways. She has a very strong moral compass and doesn't look down on mortals or familiars as inferior. Her loved ones and belief in freedom of choice are by far the most important to her, traits which led her to reject the teachings of the Church of Night. She is quick to question witch traditions and will work tirelessly to find ways around the more barbaric practices. Talented, resourceful, brave and supported, Sabrina eventually developed a mild form of arrogance. This trait, paired with her dedication to her friends, has led her to make reckless and sometimes bad decisions that have unfortunately cost her greatly.
Powers and Abilities
- Hybrid physiology: As a part witch, Sabrina is capable of using magic. Before her Dark Baptism, Sabrina showed skill in witchcraft, but was still somewhat of a novice at it. After signing her name in the Book of the Beast, Sabrina gained an enormous amount of power, capable of summoning hellfire with only three other witches doing so and burning the Greendale Thirteen. After her ascension as the Herald of Hell, Sabrina became the most powerful witch in Greendale. She was able to kill two angels and resurrect Melvin and Elspeth without a cost. She later healed Ambrose's wounds and restored Roz's eyesight. After siphoning her magic in a mandrake, she became powerless, with Lilith later restoring her witch abilities. After she was released from her imprisonment, Sabrina became more powerful due to being in hell, effortlessly immobilizing the guardians of the Unholy Regalia. Her coven's power loss seemingly no longer affected her and she was able to cast several spells.
- Spell Casting: The power to change, manipulate and control objects, events, actions and phenomena through the use of incantations, rituals, potions or sheer force of will.
- Memory Manipulation: The power to scan and take away memories from people and/or add false ones. Sabrina used this power to take back her telling Harvey that she was a witch.
- Containment: The power to contain a being in a given area.
- Time Travel: Through the use of the time egg Ambrose hid from Father Blackwood, Sabrina manages to go back in time and save her loved ones from getting killed and prevent herself getting trapped in the ninth circle of hell by Caliban.
- Illusion Manipulation: The power to project highly realistic illusions into the physical world.
- Astral Projection: The power to project their astral form from their body, essentially becoming a ghost. Sabrina used this power to project herself to Jesse Putnam and Harvey Kinkle.
- Demonic Exorcism: The power to exorcise demons from mortals. Through an incantation created by her father, as well as her half-human, half-witch nature, Sabrina gained the ability to exorcise demons from mortals.
- Warding: The power to place protection spells and wards on places and people, shielding them from harm.
- Necromancy: The power to control, manipulate and resurrect the dead. Through an extremely dangerous rite given to her by Madam Satan, Sabrina gained the power to resurrect the deceased Tommy Kinkle, along with the assistance of the Weird Sisters and Nicholas Scratch and the use of the Cain Pit.
- Portal Opening: The power to open the portal to Mortal Limbo.
- Atmokinesis: The power to control the weather. By pooling together her powers with her cousin and aunts, Sabrina was able to summon a tornado. Sabrina was able to control the weather without the use of a spell.
- Hellfire Summoning: The power to summon hellfire. After signing the Book of the Beast, Sabrina gained the ability to summon fire from the pit of Hell. According to the Greendale Thirteen, only three witches in known history have been able to accomplish this, making Sabrina the fourth and marking her as an extremely powerful witch. Additionally, she is able to walk through hellfire unharmed, as was seen the night of her Dark Baptism.
- Enchantment: The power to imbue a person or object with a magical capability.
- Teleportation: The power to teleport from one location to another without occupying the space in between. (Incantation; Lanuae Magicae)
- Spell Casting: The power to change, manipulate and control objects, events, actions and phenomena through the use of incantations, rituals, potions or sheer force of will.
- Telekinesis: The power to move and control objects with the power of the mind alone.
- Mediumship: The ability to see and communicate with the spirits of the dead.
- Familiar Communication: The ability to converse with her familiar Salem and Ambrose's familiar Leviathan.
- Dream Walking: The power to enter another person's dreams. Sabrina used this power to get help from Zelda, Hilda and Ambrose Spellman for help stopping Batibat.
- Levitation: The power to propel oneself in the air and hover.
- Pyrokinesis: The power to generate, control, and manipulate fire.
- Resurrection: After dying and self-resurrecting as Dark Lord's sword, the Herald of Hell, Sabrina gained the power to resurrect the dead without the use of a spell or sacrifice. Sabrina resurrected both Elspeth and Melvin, after being killed by Jerathmiel, and Leviathan, to have him testify against Faustus Blackwood.
- Healing: The power to heal another person of their injuries and wounds. Sabrina was able to cure Ambrose's enchanted wounds and restore Roz's sight using merely water.
- Hydrokinesis: The power to generate, control, and manipulate water.
- Mind Control: The power to control the minds of others.
- Longevity: While not yet apparent due to her young age, since signing her name in the Book of the Beast, Sabrina ages at a slower rate than mortals.
Initially, Edward and Diana struggled to have a child as he was a witch and she was a human. So they sought the Dark Lord's help. With him, Sabrina was conceived, making her part-witch, part-human, and part-angel. Sabrina was a baby when her parents died in a plane crash, in fact, she was on the plan when it was going down, but Edward teleported her to her aunts for safety, so she doesn't remember much of them, having been raised by Zelda and Hilda. Although, she has had interactions with them both since their deaths, both Edward and Diana appearing to Sabrina as ghosts and tell her how much they love her.
Lucifer, or as he's known to his followers, Dark Lord, is Sabrina biological father. She wouldn't come to know this until well after her 16th birthday. Sabrina's mortal mother, Diana, and witch father, Edward, couldn't conceive on their own, so they went to the Dark Lord for help, and nine months later, Sabrina was born. However, the Dark Lord agreeing to help them was simply a part of his plan to instigate the apocalypse. He wished to pervert the Holy Trinity by siring a babe of witch, mortal, and infernal blood. Because of this, Sabrina is described as being the "Herald of Hell." She hates her father and wishes to be rid of him, viewing him as pure evil.
Though she loves her aunt dearly, Sabrina and Zelda often collide over differences of opinions of witch matters, specifically regarding what Sabrina perceives to be mostly sexist and barbaric laws and traditions. Moreover, for many years, Zelda had an unwavering love and loyalty for the Dark Lord, an entity that Sabrina would often question. However, they are similar is less notable ways; Sabrina and Zelda are both natural born leaders — Zelda the head of the Spellman clan and Sabrina with her friends, both mortals and witches. Despite Zelda's devout faith the Dark Lord, which no longer remains true, she has proven many times over that she will choose Sabrina above all.
Sabrina has a very close relationship with her aunt Hilda, with whom she is similar with in many ways. Sabrina and Hilda share many of the same views in regards to witch laws and tradition and the barbaric and/or sexist manner in which they're celebrated. However, unlike her aunt Hilda, who remains quiet about her feelings, Sabrina often denounces the ways of her coven and strives for better. It's Sabrina's caring nature that Hilda's wishes to protect and has even attempted to secretly guide Sabrina down the Path of Light against Zelda's wishes.
Sabrina has developed a very close relationship with her cousin, Ambrose, who often tries to steer her down the right path and give her useful advice. And when she finds herself in trouble or need of assistance, she often relies on Ambrose and his vast knowledge of witch laws and traditions. And while Ambrose may enjoy taking part in Sabrina's schemes and hectic endeavors, he is very much aware of the price to pay for breaking witch law and how merciless one's sentence can be. It's due to his past experience that he tries to keep Sabrina out of trouble, protecting her at the cost of his own life.
Sabrina and Harvey were high school sweethearts, deeply in love with one another. In fact, he was the first mortal to learn that Sabrina was a witch, but she quickly made him forget it with a memory-erasing spell after realizing that he wasn't ready to know the truth. Their relationship began to slowly collapse because of Sabrina's secrets, which became more and more apparent after her 16th birthday. Their relationship was severed when Sabrina performed an unsuccessful resurrection ritual on his brother, which resulted in Harvey learning the truth about Sabrina and him having to kill his brother. While the two remained attracted to each other after the breakup, they decided to move on with other partners. For some time after Sabrina's absence and Rosalind's blindness, Harvey blamed Sabrina, but they eventually reconciled and became friends again. Unbeknownst to Harvey, Sabrina performed a cord-cutting spell to sever all romantic ties between the two of them.
Roz and Theo are Sabrina's closet friends and confidants. They are her childhood friends, who Sabrina cares for deeply and would do anything to protect. The three of them formed WICCA at Baxter High to ensure the safety of their fellow classmates as well as themselves from their intolerable male classmates. Upon realizing her true potential and resurrecting from the dead, one of Sabrina's first acts were restoring Roz' vision after she had gone completely blind. Usually, such a spell would come at a cost, but Sabrina did so with ease. Just as important as restoring Roz' vision, Sabrina accepted Theo with open arms when he transitioned from Susie and even helped him claim a spot on the boys' basketball team.
Sabrina and Nick quickly became friends and then lovers. Initially, Sabrina declined Nick's advances, often reminding him of her mortal boyfriend Harvey Kinkle. Nevertheless, they remained friends. After Sabrina officially enrolled into the Academy of Unseen Arts, she and Nick grew closer as they spent more time together. They eventually became partners in crime, with him often coming to her aid at her times of need. After starring in a play where Sabrina and Nick shared their first kiss and participating in Lupercalia together, the two eventually started dating. However, their relationship was short-lived after Nick revealed to Sabrina that he had been ordered by the Dark Lord to guide her down the Path of Night. Sabrina would later come to forgive Nick after he sacrificed himself to be Lucifer's prison. With help from her friends, Sabrina would reclaim Nick and rescue him from Hell. However, his time trapped with the Dark Lord left him mentally scared and unable to maintain a relationship with Sabrina.
Sabrina was initially despised by Prudence and her sisters for being half-mortal. They'd refer to her as "half-breed." However, their relationship has grown to become less antagonistic over time. When Prudence was selected as the Queen of the Feast of Feasts, Sabrina tried to convince her to decline the opportunity as she didn't wish to see Prudence die. However, Sabrina's efforts were hindered by Prudence's stubborn faith in the Dark Lord, though Prudence backed out after learning the truth about Constance Blackwood and how she was trying to get rid of Prudence. Sabrina and Prudence have also teamed up on several other occasions, for instance to punish Agatha for killing Tommy Kinkle. Since then, the two have developed a mutual respect for one another, though they aren't above confrontation should a disagreement arise. While they may come together in times of need, Prudence insists that they aren't friends, reasoning that Sabrina only talks to her and her sisters when she needs something from them.
- "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"
- She is based on the main character of the same name from the Sabrina the Teenage Witch-series, which is published by the same company as the Archie comics.
- Even though several cast and crew members previously stated that Sabrina would make her debut in the season one finale, in her recent interview with AfterBuzz TV, Marisol Nichols denied those rumors and instead said that if Sabrina is going to be introduced, it would be 'seasons down the line'.
- Initially, Sabrina was said to be an upcoming character that was set to appear at some point in the future on Riverdale.
- Before Riverdale had found its footing as sort of a noir, crime, pulp show, there were potential plans of a genre switch to horror and the introduction of Sabrina as an antagonist in the second season, with season 1's cliffhanger being her arrival. Ultimately, Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and his team decided against it for various reasons.
- Sabrina didn’t learn about witch terms and traditions until the year of her dark baptism.
- Sabrina learned Latin and calligraphy from Zelda when she was 5 years old.
- Before her dark baptism, Sabrina was not permitted to attend the unholy service at the Church of Night.
- In Archie Comics, Sabrina Spellman is one of the most famous and beloved characters.
- Sabrina Spellman is firstly introduced in Archie's Mad House #22, in October 1962.
- She received so much appreciation from Archie's readers that she earned her own series, titled Sabrina the Teenage Witch, published since 1971, with numerous relaunches over the years.
- In 2015, New Riverdale rebooted the entire original Archie lineup. Sabrina debuted in Jughead #9.
- She later appeared in the Afterlife with Archie series, with Lovecraftian tones.
- Due to the success of the series, Archie Comics produced Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a horror retelling set in the 60s, featuring a much darker and sinister version of Sabrina.
- In the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic series, Sabrina's full name is "Sabrina Victoria Spellman".
- In the 1971 animated series produced by Filmation, Sabrina was created by a potion brewed by witches Hilda and Zelda. This character also appeared in the sister animated series, The Archie Show.
- In 2012, Hub Network produced a 3D-animated series, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch.
- Sabrina Spellman is best known to younger generations thanks to Melissa Joan Hart portraying her in the 90s sitcom, loosely based on the characters from Archie Comics. In fact, the sitcom has much more in common with the 60s sitcom Bewitched.
- The sitcom was launched by a 1996 made-for-TV movie, where Sabrina lives in the town of Riverdale and her surname has been changed to Sawyer.
- Melissa Joan Hart resumed her role as Sabrina Spellman in two other made-for-TV movies, titled Sabrina Goes to Rome (1998) and Sabrina Down Under (1999).
- In 1999, a spin-off titled Sabrina: The Animated Series was produced by DIC Entertainment, where Melissa Joan Hart voiced Hilda and Zelda.
- Along with Archie and Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina is the character with more TV adaptations.
- See also: Category:Images of Sabrina Spellman