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This article focuses on the second iteration of the Blind Witch from "Hansel and Gretel".
For the first iteration, see Blind Witch (True North).
For the Season One character with the same name, see Blind Witch (The Thing You Love Most).

Don't be shy, I made these just for you two. [...] Now, mangi! I need you to be plump and juicy for my full moon feast.
—The Blind Witch to Hansel and Gretel src

The Blind Witch, currently known as Hilda Braeburn, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the tenth episode of the seventh season and is portrayed by co-star Chilton Crane.

The Blind Witch is based on the Witch from the fairytale "Hansel and Gretel".


History

Before First Curse

The Witch lives in her Gingerbread House in Oz, where she frequently eats children. She somehow gains knowledge about starving children in Arendelle. At an unspecified moment in her life, she is recruited into the Coven of the Eight by Gothel. ("A Taste of the Heights", "Chosen")

One day, the Witch captures two children, Gretel and her brother, Hansel. She attempts to cook and devour them for her full moon feast but is interrupted by the Wicked Witch of the West, Zelena, who tries to banish her from Oz. Zelena knocks the gingerbread house Witch down but the Witch regains her strength quickly and throws Zelena from her house. Hansel and Gretel manage to escape the gingerbread house and return to their father, though Hansel becomes mentally unstable from the incident. The Wicked Witch, unaware of the children's escape, returns to help them and the Witch of the gingerbread house attacks her, only for Zelena to steal her sight, leading her to become known as the Blind Witch. After the incident, Gretel decides to teach herself magic in order to defend herself better in the future. ("Sisterhood", "Chosen")

At some point following this, the Blind Witch relocates to the New Enchanted Forest. ("The Eighth Witch")

After Fourth Curse
As a member of the Coven of the Eight, the Blind Witch is considered to be one of "the worst of the worst" witches of her time. Under the leadership of Gothel, the Blind Witch and the other members of the coven appear at Tiana's palace, during Lucy's birthday party. Then, they combine their magic to free fellow coven member Drizella, who had been turned into a statue via blood magic eight years earlier, before disappearing with her. Later, after Henry has been captured by the coven, the Blind Witch and the rest of the group appear at their lair, where they wait for Regina and her group to come to her son's rescue. When Drizella reveals that the witches poisoned Henry's heart, Regina is forced to help the coven to cast the Dark Curse, by adding her blood to the seven other ingredients, including the Blind Witch's. Then, everyone present at the coven's lair is taken by the curse to Hyperion Heights, where they start assuming new cursed identities. ("The Eighth Witch", "A Taste of the Heights")

During Fifth Curse

After Regina casts Drizella's curse to save Henry's life, the Blind Witch assumes the identity of a baker named Hilda and begins to run a bakery in Hyperion Heights. ("The Eighth Witch", "A Taste of the Heights")

The day of the murder of Andrea Sage, a fellow member of the Coven, Hilda sells the Doctor her usual teacake, as Dr. Sage tells Hilda that her test results came back clean. ("A Taste of the Heights")

After Sage's death, Rogers and Weaver, two detectives from the police station, ask Hilda about Dr. Sage on the day of her death. The baker tells the detectives all she knows, but as she is blind, she did not see anything out of the ordinary. Rogers tries to investigate the bakery but is stopped by Hilda from going in the back of the bakery. Hilda suggests the detectives ask the butcher next door and offers the duo a gingerbread man, revealing the tattoo on her wrist depicting the sign of the Coven of the Eight. The detectives leave, suspicious of the baker, planning to figure out what she is up to. Later, the detectives break into Hilda's bakery at night, in hopes of finding what Hilda is hiding. They find the kitchen filled with gas from the ovens and Hilda, unconscious and handcuffed to one of the tables from from the killer. ("A Taste of the Heights")

As Hilda recovers in Hyperion Heights Hospital, she is attacked a second time by the killer, this time being stabbed and left to bleed out on the floor. Rogers and Weaver find Tilly holding a bloody scalpel and standing above Hilda's corpse before she flees, but neither believe she is responsible. Tilly is, indeed, proven innocent due to a security camera in the Fremont Troll's eye placing her in front of it at Hilda's time of death, but her true killer remains unknown. ("Knightfall", "The Girl in the Tower")

Later, Gothel awakens the remaining Coven members in Hyperion Heights. Due to Hilda's death, Gothel recruits a replacement witch to fill her spot. ("Flower Child")




Magical Abilities

  • Energy Blasts - Ability to create magical blasts to harm the enemies and the objects in the most effective way.
  • Telekinesis - Ability to control the movement of the environment.
  • Teleportation - Ability to magically teleport oneself and/or others from one location to another.

Trivia

Etymology

Character Notes

  • The Blind Witch tells Hansel to mangi, which means "eat" in Italian (the word is an imperative form of the word mangiare, which is Italian for "to eat").[1] ("Chosen")

Fairytales and Folklore

Goofs

Appearances

References

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