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|“||Do not give in to despair. That is what you would tell me. We are not Puritans. Not anymore. We do not believe in this idiotic predestination. We make our own destiny.||”|
— Anne to Mary Sibley
Anne Hale is one of the main female characters of Salem. She is the daughter of the Magistrate and Countess Marburg, though she believed herself to be the daughter of Mrs. Hale. She takes care of the children in the orphanage after the death of her close friend Bridget Bishop and later discovers she is a Witch. She is also the wife of Cotton Mather and sister to Sebastian Von Marburg.
She is portrayed by British actress Tamzin Merchant.
Anne is the daughter of Magistrate Hale and the Countess Marburg, who sent her to Salem, Massachusetts with her father as a young child to escape the witch persecution in Europe, her father later married Mrs. Hale and as a child she was raised never knowing the truth of her true mother. Growing up her father would take her to a hidden room in their home where she learnt about music and art something that was not tolerated among the Puritans hoping that his daughter would not start out in life like them. She was also aware of her powers as she use to make her toy move telekinetically but her father made her forget until she was ready to remember (All Fall Down). At sometime she formed a friendship with Bridget Bishop but when that began is unknown.
Strong willed, somewhat stubborn, good hearted. She believes in what is right. Although having the rebellious side to her Anne is very caring and empathetic. She takes care of the children in the orphanage. She always tries to do the right thing.
Anne is a beautiful young woman with shoulder length red hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion. She has a slim physique and wears the typical Puritan black gowns. She often wears a necklace given to her by her father which protects her from witches and their spells.
During a visit carried out by Cotton Mather to search for the Mark of the Devil, Anne Hale took demonic features like blood red eyes and a forked tongue, like that of reptiles. It may be an hallmark of the born witches. She also bears the mark of a witch, a third nipple which is on her stomach used to feed her familiar.
Throughout The Salem Series
Powers and Abilities
Anne is a cradle witch, born from a witch bloodline, though she was unaware of her heritage until the events of Cat And Mouse. As stated by Tituba, Anne's bloodline is one of the oldest and highest among the witches. Her true mother is also the legendary ancient witch currently known as Countess Ingrid von Marburg, one of the last survivors of the true witches, making Anne a product of massive power. This is further proven when she demonstrates unusual physical attributes, such as blood-red eyes and a forked snake tongue in moments of fear or pleasure.
While Anne's abilities remained suppressed most of her life due to her father's memory spell, once activated, her abilities proved devastating and far greater than those of any other witch in the Essex Hive, including the leader of the Grand Rite and very powerful witch - Mary Sibley. The extent of her power is great enough that Tituba, a skilled and knowledgeable witch urged Mary to eliminate Anne, considering her a threat and claiming that her power would grow faster than even Mary's did. These suspicions came true eventually, when Anne's devastating power surfaced, though she quickly gained control over it, growing into a powerful witch in a short amount of time.
Anne's first notable magical feat was the murder of both her parents, after her father finally convinced her into believing of her witchcraft. In anger, her magic finally activated, causing her mother's head to combust and slamming her father into a wall, demonstrating a great strength in telekinesis. She would later on quickly learn how to control her telekinetic abilities, possibly from her father's Book of Shadows, as she was seen floating several objects simultaneously and sending a full grown man flying into the air. She also quickly learned how to use her telekinesis to achieve the effect of Puppetry with fluent movements, further demonstrating her talent and great magical heritage.
Her most impressive abilities include her biokinetic skills, which she learned to control towards the completion of the Grand Rite. She was first seen using these abilities when she attempted to kill herself, only for her blood to be drawn back into the sliced wrist, which healed itself. According to Mary Sibley, this act was fueled solely by Anne's actual desire to survive. She later on learned how to control, create and destroy life by practicing on a flower seed while following her father's instructions. It was also seen that her emotions had a colossal effect on the surrounding environment, as she managed to invoke rain several times simply by crying. This level of weather control was only previously done by the Countess, an ancient and powerful witch, thus it is possible that only cradle witches have such an effect on the weather. It is implied by Mary that after being raped by the Devil as a way of signing the deal, Anne is even more powerful.
Upon inscribing her book of shadows, she was immediatly gifted with a familiar demon, in the shape of a rat that grew exponentially throughout the series, possibly reflecting Anne's own growth in witchcraft and character. She would eventually learn to use her familiar in the same manner as Mary Sibley, in order to gain control over an individual, in Anne's case, with her own husband Cotton Mather. Anne is also capable of mild teleportation, which she can achieve by triggering it only with a mask that belonged to her father. It is unknown if she is capable of teleportation without the mask. She also demonstrated an aptitude for spells, casting a complex water charm on her first attempt. She later casts an effective love spell on Cotton, binding his will to hers and allowing her to manipulate him into marrying her.
During Season 3, Anne's powers developed exponentionally, allowing her to perform high-level feats of witchcraft through simple actions and gestures. She was fully capable of controlling any person under the possession of her familiar, allowing her to place limits on her victim in terms of what they are able to do, as seen with Cotton. By this point, her mastery of skills she could previously not control, such as the movement of objects was perfected as seen when she easily subdued John Alden after he came looking for Cotton. Her use of this ability also allowed her to place her victims into a physical paralysis of sorts, which is an advanced form of puppetry, as seen when she paralyzed Glorianna with a simple wave of her hand.
Following Cotton's escape from Salem after exorcising Anne's familiar, she magically located him by sending various astral projections to the forest where she surrounded him, with each of her projections trying to manipulate him by acting on different emotions. During this ritual, she simply entered a trance and did not seem paralyzed or completely unaware as many witches usually are while performing astral projection.
Soon after finding Gloriana, Anne performed her first truly dark spell and through the use of an old elaborate ritual, she stole Gloriana's unborn child from her womb. Following this, Anne's specter, a charred, blackened hag appeared, reflecting the corruption of Anne's own soul due to the dark forces of witchcraft. Another significant spell that Anne performed easily was her memory stripping spell when she completely deleted all traces of Glorianna's past life and memory from the latter's mind, simply by ripping it out through the eye socket of the victim, without any ritualistic requirements. During this process, Gloriana herself saw Anne in the form of her specter.
Following her use of magic against Gloriana, Anne's personality darkened even more, as she no longer tried to justify her actions and was at this point truly corrupted by witchcraft. Following Cotton's discovery of Gloriana's presence in Salem as well as his realisation of what Anne did to her, he attacked her, only for Anne to very nearly kill him by rendering him completely powerless under her abilities.
Anne's powers however truly flowered in the series finale, when she no longer justified any of her actions and instead completely subdued herself to her master - the Devil. She demonstrated an advanced form of bilocation - possibly the strongest demonstration of any form of astral projection in the show - when she entered a trance at the Sibley House while sending realistic projections of herself all over Salem, all done through a simple blood sacrifice. She easily killed both Hathorne and Mercy, with the latter being a powerful Essex witch by telekinetically choking both of them to death. During her conversation with Isaac, she was able to stop the movements of dozens of people of Knocker's Hole as if though the entire place was frozen in time, all while in an astral projection. She was also able to subdue Tituba, a formidable witch and seer, though it remains unclear if Tituba's fate was a vision or a realistic situation caused by Anne.
Following her elimination of all known Essex witches in Salem, Anne slaughtered her own mother after killing the Devil, only to promise to bring him back herself, revealing her true ambitions in process - to become the Dark Lord's bride herself. As such, Anne is the most powerful witch in Salem, possibly equaling her own mother, one of the first witches, in terms of raw magical power.
Main Article: Anne and John
|“||You're just like them! Happy to discuss and debate, but too afraid to take any real action. Why are you even in Salem? Where's that fire I saw in your eyes the night they killed your friend?||”|
— Anne to John in The Stone Child
Anne and John first meet at the dinner party hosted by Mary Sibely, where Anne shows to be clearly attracted to him. As time progresses they soon develop a friendship of a sort and later share a passionate kiss (only due to John being under Mary's dream spell) (Our Own Private America). John often comes to Anne's rescue saving her from thieves in the orphanage following the death of Bridget Bishop (In Vain) and when she is lost in the woods (The House Of Pain). Anne later watches helplessly when John is arrested by the selectmen for witchcraft. She is later coerced by Increase Mather into admitting during John's trial that he forcefully kissed her further damning him (Ashes Ashes).
Main Article: Anne and John Hale
|“||I know what you're doing, and I hate you for it.||”|
— Anne to her Father in In Vain
John had loved his daughter very much but was a man of many secrets. When the witch trials began it brought much conflict between him and Anne particularly when Anne's friend Bridget Bishop was hanged for being a witch (The Stone Child). He later revealed to Anne that like him she was a witch (Cat And Mouse), and after the Grand Rite had began locked himself, Anne and her mother in a hidden room in their house so that they were safe from the plague, A distraught Anne lost control of her powers when she discovered what lay in store for the people of Salem killing her Father and Mother telekinetically (All Fall Down).
Main Article: Anne and Cotton
|“||Your only failure is not becoming your father. And that is no failure.||”|
— Anne to Cotton in Cat And Mouse
Anne and Cotton relationship first began as being antagonistic towards each other due to Cotton having her friend Bridget Bishop hanged for being a witch. Originally Anne's parents had hoped to arrange a match between the pair much to Anne's dismay particularly as she had developed feelings for John Alden. After Cotton's lover Gloriana was banished from Salem, Anne began to see a different side to Cotton feeling more compassionate towards him but he mistook her empathy to mean something more leading him to kiss her much to Anne's surprise (Cat And Mouse). When Anne feared she was a witch, she turned to him for help requesting that he examine her for the devils mark (Ashes Ashes) but found nothing to suspect that she was actually a witch. After the death of her parent's Anne sought the aid of Cotton and persuaded him into returning to Salem and shows to have developed an affection for him. When Hathorne tries to convince her to marry him Anne clearly having a preference for Cotton casts a love spell on him so that he will marry her and spare her from becoming Hathorne's wife and the pair marry privately but when Cotton discovers that Anne is a witch, Anne has her familiar Mr. Brown Jenkin's incubated inside of him causing him to be incapacitated and in the same state the late George Sibley was leaving her in complete control of him.
|The Stone Child||Appears|
|The Red Rose and the Briar||Appears|
|Our Own Private America||Appears|
|Children Be Afraid||Appears|
|The House Of Pain||Appears|
|Cat And Mouse||Appears|
|All Fall Down||Appears|
|Book of Shadows||Appears|
|The Wine Dark Sea||Appears|
|Ill Met by Moonlight||Appears|
|The Beckoning Fair One||Appears|
|Wages of Sin||Appears|
|Til Death Do Us Part||Appears|
|On Earth as in Hell||Appears|
|Midnight Never Come||Appears|
|The Witching Hour||Appears|
|After the Fall||Appears|
|The Heart Is A Devil||Appears|
|Night's Black Agents||Appears|
|The Commonwealth of Hell||Appears|
|The Man Who Was Thursday||Appears|
- Anne: Living in Salem and not believing in witches is like living in London and not believing in fog.
- --Cat And Mouse
- Anne: Just because I may bear certain unasked for traits. Doesn't make me a witch! Any more than owing a knife makes one a butcher.
- --Cry Havoc
- Anne: They say that the most treacherous wolves may appear in a Lamb's cloak.
- --The Wine Dark Sea
- Anne: I will tell you a secret, little Brown Jenkins. I do not think I like being a witch.
- --in The Wine Dark Sea
- Anne: A kind woman once told me the problem with knowing things is that you can never unknow them.
- -- in The Witching Hour
- Anne (to John Alden): Did I choose to slaughter innocents? Choose to start a plague? Raise the Devil himself? No. Mary Sibley chose to do those things. Me? I had no choice. Didn't even realize I was born a witch, but Mary Sibley chose to become a witch. Why? Because you chose to leave Salem and left her no other course. So perhaps this is all your fault.
- --in After the Fall
- Anne is a feminine given name of Hebrew, French and English origin. It means favored or grace.
- Hale is a given surname. The possible origins of this name are either from the Old English language meaning nook, hollow or recess or from the Old Saxon language meaning hero with later connotations of strong, courageous, healthy, robust, etc.
- On WGN Salem official site, Anne Hale character is described as follow:
A fearless girl, Anne Hale is a beautiful, talented artist with a perilous attraction to the newly arrived John Alden. A passing vision that makes the ladies envious and men fall in love; Anne is always testing boundaries – so much so that it deeply concerns the Puritans. Since she is the daughter of the powerful Magistrate Hale, people expect her to behave in a certain way. However, Anne is a rebel who doesn’t like to play by the town’s old rules.
- The updated summary description of the character for the third season, released on WGNA Salem, is the following:
Anne struggles with her love for Cotton and her new powers. She continues to imprison Cotton using Brown Jenkins, but desperately wants to trust him. The Devil Boy demands that Sebastian and Anne learn to work together to achieve his vision or he’ll take away Cotton.
- It seems that she does not have a counterpart in real life historical Salem Witch Trials.
- She is the second cradle witch introduced in the show. The first being John Hale, her father.
- As told by herself in the episode Book of Shadows, she suffers from claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) since she was child. Nevertheless, Mary Sibley forced her to descend into a well.
- At San Diego Comic Con 2016, Brannon Braga has called Anne the living example of the phrase "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions".
- Tamzin Merchant is the only cast member to have never attended the San Diego Comic Con to promote Salem.
- The description given on Official Instagram to accompany the promotional photos of the third season is as follows: "Anne Hale: the pure witch tainted by dark powers."