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Madame Dorothea
Portrayed by CCH Pounder
Photo Dorothea 01
Biographical Information
Status: Deceased
Manner of death: Possession by Abbadon
Species: Mundane
Occupation: Charlatan
Residence: Park Slope, New York
Family: Unnamed witch (adoptive mother)
Physical Description
Gender: Female
Neither Clave nor Covenant have ever done anything for me. I owe them nothing.

–Madame Dorothea, City of Bones

Madame Dorothea was a mundane and the adoptive daughter of a witch who utilized half of the brownstone in Park Slope as a Sanctuary.

Biography Edit

Her mother was a Control who adopted her to ensure that there would be someone to look after the Sanctuary after she died. A Sanctuary is a hidden and protected space, perfect for rogue, on-the-run Downworlders to hide out in. A Five-Dimensional Door, also known as a Portal, can also be found in her apartment.

The other half of the brownstone was owned by Jocelyn Fray who purchased the site in order to have quick access to the Door. Jocelyn painted a set of tarot cards for her, with the Mortal Cup hidden inside the Ace of Cups card, and in return, Dorothea would give her Downworld gossip concerning Valentine. This eventually paid off, as it was her who warned Jocelyn of Valentine's sightings in New York in 2007.

Dorothea opened a psychic's shop called Madame Dorothea, Seeress and Prophetess in her half of the brownstone and used it as a sanctuary for Downworlders, whom the Clave called criminals, to be used at a price. Despite customers being infrequent, she rarely came out of her apartment. Presumably, she does have some mundane customers as she has a large collection of fortune telling spell books and other artifacts, but these things are only for show.

Clary once saw Magnus Bane, in the form of a cat, coming out of Madame Dorethea's apartment. She was perplexed, as she didn't think Dorethea had a cat.

Jace and Clary returned to Clary's house for some of her belongings, where they were attacked by Forsaken, which Jace ultimately killed. Madame Dorothea heard the racket and advised them not to go back upstairs as there were more Forsaken waiting there. She then invited them up to her apartment and served them cucumber sandwiches and tea, during which she explained that she was adopted by a warlock, who needed someone to look after the Sanctuary after her but, being a warlock, could not bear her own children. She attempted to read Clary's future and was the first to suggest there may be a block in Clary's memories. Clary then used the Portal to go to Luke's, against Jace's protests, forcing Jace to follow her through it.

She was later possessed by the demon Abbadon, who also wanted the Mortal Cup for Valentine, sometime after her visit from Jace and Clary. Abbadon then hid himself in the Portal so as to remain undetected by the Shadowhunters' Sensors. When Clary came to her apartment to retrieve the Cup from the tarot card, Dorothea opened the door of the Portal, only to be consumed and killed by Abbadon. Abbadon then proceeded to attack Jace, Clary, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood, just before Simon Lewis arrived and saved them by shooting out the skylight with an arrow, allowing light into the room and incapacitating the demon.[1]

Tarot deck Edit

At one point, Jocelyn painted a stack of tarot cards for Madame Dorothea.[1][2]

Trump cards (Major Arcana):

Suit cards (Minor Arcana):

Physical description Edit

She is said to look elderly, and she has badger-striped hair tied in a messy bun pinned to the top of her head. She dresses in masses of vibrant colored silk and wears gold chains on her wrists and throat, and chandelier earrings. She always wears faded carpet slippers and occasionally a turban in a neon color.

Trivia Edit

  • Though Madame Dorothea is admittedly a fake, or a "hedge-witch," she claims her adoptive mother to be a true witch. Whether her mother was a warlock or a mundane deeply into witchcraft is unknown.
    • In 1953, Magnus knew of a witch in Brooklyn who ran a Sanctuary. She was most likely the woman that would become Dorothea's adoptive mother.[3]

Appearances Edit

References Edit

Start a Discussion Discussions about Madame Dorothea

  • Tarot cards

    2 messages
    • Am I the only one noticed that the Nine of Penticals looks an awful lot like the Strength? The movies sure get a bit off sometimes.
    • yes.... like everything
  • Dorothea's Species/Witches

    6 messages
    • Aren't witches, sorcerers, and mystics humans with extensive knowledge about magic and the occult?
    • yeh, that's what has been said above. Although Withch is the feminine word for Warlock really.

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