I have a love-hate relationship with The Vampire Diaries. I got hooked on it not because it's a great show but because of how evil the character of Damon is and how he continually got away with literal murder. What I do love about the show is the witches. I really love how most of the witches on the show are black. The main family of witches, the Bennett Witches, originally lived in Salem, MA, but during the witch trials they fled to Mystic Falls. The witches on the show can be bad asses. However, at the same time they are often nothing more than the slaves of vampires and that is the one thing I can't stand. If I were to rewrite the show I would have the focus on the Bennett witches and not the vampires!
The witches on the show all have supernatural powers and can do magic and spells. They can also communicate with spirits and have psychic powers. The witches possess other powers such as to levitate objects or to cause fires. One of the most often used power is to create an aneurysm by bursting blood vessels in the heads of vampires and even werewolves when necessary. This doesn't kill them because of their supernatural healing abilities but it does incapacitate them due to the pain. The only drawback to being a witch is that certain spells can be so draining of a witch's life-force that they can lead to the death of the witch. Another perk of being a witch on the show is that most tend to age very slowly. Many witches are in the later 80s or even older but look like they are only in their 40s and 50s.
Gloria Tortures Stephan
Damon vs. Sheila
Damon vs. Nandi
The Witches Power Of Pain Infliction
Bonnie Bennett - "I'm A Witch"