Southern Vampire Mysteries

Holly Cleary


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Last seen:
Family members:
2 children
Portrayed by:
Lauren Bowles (in True Blood)
As a Wiccan, not a witch, Holly has a great knowledge of Wicca and witchcraft along with the practicing of magic

Holly Cleary is a barmaid who works alongside Sookie at Merlotte's Bar and Grill. Introduced in the second novel, Living Dead in Dallas, Holly is a minor character throughout the books though her character is further developed in the fourth book, Dead to the World. She had married right out of high school and gotten divorced within five years.


As a Wiccan, not a witch, Holly practices a little witchcraft but is primarily interested in the Wiccan life. She has a son, Cody, who is five years old when Holly is introduced. None of the humans in Bon Temps know she follows the Wiccan religion. Later in the books, Holly starts dating Hoyt Fortenberry . Lauren Bowles portrays Holly on HBO's adaptation of the books, True Blood.

Powers and Abilities[]

Holly is a very capable Wiccan, but not a witch. She is a practitioner of Wicca and magic and has a great knowledge in the mystical world. She possesses no supernatural abilities such as the ones shown by Amelia Broadway and Hallow Stonebrook.

  • Knowledge in magic
  • Conjuring
  • Necromancy
  • Spell casting