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Yeah, she had powers all right. Lots of them. She set the neighbor's curtains on fire.

Pyrokinesis is the ability to create, control and manipulate fire. It is one of the Seven Wonders that appear in Coven and Apocalypse.


Witches skilled with Pyrokinesis can create and manipulate fires on their intended target. This ability is commonly demonstrated by Witches/Warlocks without using any spells, but Myrtle Snow is seen to have used a spell against Brock during the final fight with the Antichrist, Michael Langdon. Madison Montgomery accidentally used this ability when she set Joan Ramsey's curtains on fire after being humiliated by her. She then began to practice this ability and was able to light Fiona's cigarette and light the fireplace and candle at times throughout the season.

It is a somewhat dangerous power, as being shown that one can accidentally burn oneself if used improperly.[1]

Kaylee, a witch, was shown to have been born with this power. She also used it in times of anger and rage, such as when she set her boyfriend on fire and almost, or might have possibly, killed him after he broke up with her, telling her she was 'weird'. Fiona used this power to light wigs on fire at Cornrow City when she was talking to Marie Laveau and Leslie, a witch, mentioned that Fiona mastered the Trial of Pyrokinesis. Anna Leigh Leighton used this ability to light a cigar.

In a flashback to 1991, a young Hank Foxx is out witch-hunting with his father in Chattahoochee Forest. Whilst his father lures a witch to him, Hank spares her after the witch, dirty and tired, begs for mercy. She then shoots a column of fire at him, burning him and almost killing him until his father arrives and shoots the witch in the head, killing her.

Marie was seen using this power during a ritual that would reanimate the dead, where she lit the snake's blood on fire in order to inhale the fumes.

The Trial of Pyrokinesis was the only Trial not shown during the Seven Wonders. None of the girls demonstrated it, apart from Cordelia Goode. She managed to pass the test easily by setting fire to the candle and the fireplace in the room.

Mallory inflames the fire in the fireplace behind Michael Langdon in a moment of panic. Cordelia inflames the fire in the pyre in the entrance hall upon entering the Outpost 3.[2]

Ariel Augustus ignited the fireplace in Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men after Michael Langdon's Stiricidum Test.[3] Baldwin Pennypacker conjured a ring of fire around Michael Langdon to bless him before the test of the Seven Wonders.[4]

Cordelia sets the witch-killing concoction on fire in Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men. John Henry Moore ignited the torches that were used to kill Ariel, Baldwin, and Miriam Mead.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Episode: Go to Hell
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Episode: Forbidden Fruit
  3. 3.0 3.1 Episode: Could It Be... Satan?
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Episode: Boy Wonder
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Episode: Traitor
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 She was a Supreme, therefore she had to have this power because it is one of the Seven Wonders
  7. Episode: Bitchcraft
  8. Episode: Boy Parts
  9. 9.0 9.1 Episode: The Replacements
  10. 10.0 10.1 Episode: The Seven Wonders
  11. Episode: Fearful Pranks Ensue
  12. Episode: The Axeman Cometh
  13. Episode: Head
  14. Episode: Dollhouse
  15. Episode: Chapter 8
  16. Presumably given by Scáthach
  17. Episode: Return to Murder House
  18. Episode: Sojourn
  19. Episode: Fire and Reign
  20. Episode: Apocalypse Then
  21. It is presumable that the Old Gods have this power as they are able to presumably bestow Scáthach this power