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John Hale
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Biographical Information

Salem, Massachusetts


Cradle Witch





Cause of Death

Head Wound

Killed By

Anne Hale

Physical Information

6' (1,83 m)

Hair Color

light gray, almost white

Eye Color


Relationship Information
Significant Others
Supernatural Information


Character Information
Portrayed By

Xander Berkeley
Aiden Flowers (Young)


1, 2

First Appearance

The Vow

Last Appearance

Wages of Sin (Voice only)

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Am I a witch? Yes. But does that make me any less of a loving father? No. Most certainly not.
— John Hale to Anne Hale in Cat And Mouse

John Hale was a magistrate and also the chief policeman in Salem, thus being one of the town selectmen. Pureblood witch that has crept into high public positions to destroy the Puritans from the inside.

He was portrayed by American actor Xander Berkeley.

Early Life

As he tells to his daughter Anne, he is a witch by birth and as a child in Europe he saw his parents burned alive by witch hunters.

Welcomed by the survived witches, he emigrated to America coming to Salem where he joined the cause of the witches of the New World to bring Hell on earth.


He's a man of his time, calm and manipulator. Very protective of his family, he believes in his cause and is determined to carry on the Great Rite of witches in revenge for the abuses suffered by his family. Repeatedly clashed with the surge personality of Mary Sibley, however, he is a faithful servant of the witches. Being one of the few bloodline witches and not a witch for diabolical pact, we don't know the origin of his powers.

Physical Appearance

John Hale is a tall man well-proportioned, with long white hair that come over the shoulders and often binds to a tape. Because of his job and his social wears dark, processed and excellent shaped clothing. Several times he was seen wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Throughout the Salem series

In 1685, Magistrate Hale was the only one, along with John Alden, to express disappointment because of harsh punitive methods of Isaac Walton and Abigail Coook employed by George Sibley, head of selectmen. Seven years later, when the fear of witches was poisoning the minds of the citizens also through the intercession of Reverend Cotton Mather's sermons, Magistrate Hale was one of the few who sought rational explanations, because according to him a witch hunt would only have caused further economic and social problems to the town. To trouble him, instead, were Indians and French attacks, as he said at a dinner hosted at the House of the Seven Gables by Sibley and Mrs. This hesitancy to give rise to the witch-hunt was secretly moved in reality by the fact that the same Hale was a witch, in league with the very Mary Sibley and other undercover witches to take down the Puritans once and for all. (The Vow)

As the witch panic spread, magistrate Hale found himself increasingly powerless to contain the impact to a minimum, especially when his daughter Anne voiced his disappointment at not having done anything to prevent the hanging of the midwife Bridget Bishop, her friend . Meanwhile John Hale was also busy with the task entrusted to him by Mary Sibley: discover the identity of those who had disrupted the Sabbath in the woods. To do so he went into the woods to see Petrus, a local seer holed up in the dense forest.(The Stone Child) Once John Hale discovered that Isaac witnessed the Sabbath, he abducted him with the help of the Ghoul bewitching him so that Isaac was accused of witchcraft by having witches' tools found in his pockets. (In Vain)

Powers and Abilities

Basic Powers

Individual Powers


  • John and Anne Hale (family/allies/former enemies)
  • John and Mrs.Hale (married/allies)
  • John Hale and Mary Sibley (allies/ servant/ coven mates)
  • John Hale and Tituba (allies/ coven mates)
  • John Hale and Cotton Mather (former allies/enemies)
  • John Hale and John Alden (former allies/enemies)




  • John: English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן(Yochanan) meaning "God is gracious".
  • Hale: From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "nook, retreat" from Old English healh.


  • Magistrate Hale is based on the historic character of the same name, however, he was a minister, as described in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, another famous work dedicated to the Salem witch trials.
  • John Hale was the witch that was wearing the pork mask at the Sabbath in "The Vow".
    • In the western magical tradition the pig is associated with death, the chthonic deities of the underworld and among the Greeks was sacred to Persephone, the Queen of Hell.
  • John Hale is the first full-blooded witch introduced in the series.
    • According to Tituba in "Cry Havoc" the Hale are one of the highest and powerful witch bloodlines and his daughter, being a cradle witch, will arise sooner in full power than any other Essex witch.

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