The O'Farrell Family is a family of witches featured in the novel Inherit the Witch. The family originated from Ireland, but has traveled nonstop for centuries. Every family member receives their power at the age of thirteen. Members of this family had been hunted by the demon Gortag for six generations.

They were cursed by a warlock centuries to be unable to give birth to girls from a female family member, in order to negate a prophecy stating that Gortag could be vanquished by a mother and a daughter's combined powers.


The O'Farrell line first faced Gortag at a Summer Solstice bonfire in the 1800's, with a group of witches when the demon attacked. The head O'Farrell was able to contain him in a pit of fire long enough for everyone to escape. Since the demon was powerful enough to render witches unable to fight and turn on each other, the O'Farrells began traveling the world to avoid getting caught. Because of this, Gortag only ever managed to kill off a few family members every time he found them. One of the ancestors was able to entomb him in a cave for fifty years before he escaped.

In the late 20th century, Juliana O'Farrell succeeded in negating the curse and produce a female, thus activating the prophecy again, and the demon was vanquished in 2002.[1]

Notable Family MembersEdit

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • According to Juliana, not all male family members had powers, but they still inherited the magical gene. Females always did, though some weaker than others.
  • Unlike the Warren Line, the O'Farrells didn't keep a Book of Shadows and instead passed their knowledge down as stories. According to Juliana, "there was an old story that if you put a spell on paper then it could be used against you, plus three of our ancestors were burned at the stake in Ireland and it was forbidden from then on to have any records of our craft".


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