|“||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]|
Sabrina Spellman is the main character on Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She is portrayed by Kiernan Shipka. She is the daughter of Edward and Diana Spellman and is half-human, half-witch. She resides in the town of Greendale, located on the opposite side of the Sweetwater River from Riverdale.
Despite not being a full witch, Madame 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.
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 was born to High Priest witch Edward Spellman and mortal Diana Spellman. As such, Sabrina does not possess the distinctive mark of a witch. Three days after her birth, Diana had given Sabrina a Holy Baptism with her aunt, Hilda Spellman, as a witness. One day after her Holy Baptism, 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, leaving her in the care of Hilda and Zelda, though Diana's remaining family apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to obtain custody of Sabrina.
Throughout Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Sabrina is of medium height with a petite physique. She has wavy, short blonde hair, clear skin, sparkling green eyes, and a delicate figure. 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.
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 does not look down on mortals as inferior or on familiars for that matter. Her family and friends are by far the most important to her as well as her fierce sense of independence and belief in freedom of choice, 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.
Sabrina is an uncommonly kind, thoughtful, caring, compassionate and spirited person, an unwaveringly loyal friend and a loving girlfriend. She is quite popular in mortal school but generally slighted in magic school. An ardent feminist who believes in the advancement of women and girls in society, she has no qualms over confronting anyone who demeans her female friends or indeed any female student. She lives daily with guilt over not being able to tell her friends about her true nature but has learned to cope with it. Her dedication to her friends and to an extent a mild form of arrogance has led her to make bad and even reckless decisions that have unfortunately cost her greatly.
Sabrina loves her family very much and is very close to her aunts and her cousin. She is doted on by Hilda and often butts heads with Zelda over witch matters and Zelda's zealotry but ultimately the two are still close. She is quick to anger if her parents or family, in general, are insulted as well as her half-breed status.
Sabrina possesses incredibly strong willpower and sense of self, enabling her to resist psychological torture and pain effectively as was seen during her Harrowing by the Sisters when she repeatedly withstood their attempts to break her.
Powers and Abilities
- 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.
- 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 Madame Satan, Sabrina gained the power to resurrect the deceased Tommy Kinkle, along with the assistance of the Weird Sisters and Nicholas Scratch.
- 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.
- Pyrokinesis/Hellfire Summoning: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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