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And, yes, at first, I thought that fooling children was a waste of my talents. But I realized that a true genius can find the art in everything and... Hey. Hey! [...] Yoo-hoo. Come on. Are you listening? This is my monologue.
—Adrian Graye to his troupe of Coven Scouts, "Labyrinth Runners"

Adrian Graye Vernworth is an antagonistic character of The Owl House. He is one of the nine Coven Heads, being the Head Witch of the Illusion Coven.



Adrian is a thin, fairly tall witch with light skin, pointed ears, cornflower eyes, thick eyebrows, and curled, slicked-back teal hair. He has a long, teal prehensile tail with a tan fur tuft at the end.

Following his folly at Hexside, Adrian now has facial hair, a rougher complexion composed of lines, and heavy bags under his eyes.


Adrian wears a light blue, tan furred vest over a teal jumpsuit with gold detailing and light blue shoes. A small mirror rests in the center of his vest, and a sky-blue bead at the end of his tail. Additionally, he wears a set of dark teal fingerless gloves with holes on the backs of the hands.

In "Hunting Palismen", he wore a white cape with the Illusion Coven sigil on the neck over his current outfit.

Up until "Labyrinth Runners", Adrian had a magic amplifier in the shape of a golden mirror that he wore as an earring on his left ear.


Akin to the nature of his illusion magic, Adrian possesses a dramatic and theatrical demeanor. All of his plans involve putting on a scripted performance using his minions and illusion magic, trying to trick his opponents in order to attack them once they have lowered their guard, such as when he tries to put the Hexside students in a coven by pretending he is trying to help them, or when he attempts to trick Gus and Hunter with an illusion of Willow.

However, despite being creative with his magic, he is also full of himself, as he tends to blame others for the failures of his own plans. His self-centered personality can also be shown through his love for monologues and dislike towards the ones who try (intentionally or not) to take away the spotlight from him. Adrian's pride also causes him to be cruel to those who dare to humiliate him in any way, such as when he tried to strip Gus of his illusion magic by forcibly putting him in the Abomination Coven for exposing his ruse. His arrogance often causes him to underestimate those he considers to be inferior to him.

Adrian is highly disparaging of those he considers lesser than himself. He is very demanding of his underlings, usually downplaying their accomplishments and focusing more on petty criticism. Even in his harsh judgment, he uses ambiguous, condescending, and even counterintuitive language, even to the point of telling them to find supposed deeper meanings in his words if his vague advice proves unhelpful, which is often the case, in order to avoid acknowledging his own fault. This attitude often confuses and misleads those he is talking to and causes him to be disliked by many of his peers.

After Belos is destroyed, and after the Collector turns everyone back to normal, he shows ambition to take the throne himself, along with Terra Snapdragon and Vitimir. He is, however, dissuaded by threats from Darius Deamonne and Eberwolf.


Early life[]

As Head Witch of the Illusion Coven, Graye is integral to the Day of Unity[1] and was present during the induction of the new Head Bard, Raine Whispers.[2] He had also made attempts to obtain Galdorstones for Emperor Belos but failed to locate them.[3]

Visit to Hexside[]

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Adrian trying to force Gus into the Abomination Coven after the boy sees through his ruse.

With the Day of Unity fast approaching, Adrian is tasked with branding the students of Hexside School of Magic and Demonics with coven sigils to further Emperor Belos' plans. To do this, he set up an elaborate ruse with the help of the Emperor's Coven in order to forcibly brand students against their will, but this ruse is discovered by Gus. With his plot exposed, furious, Adrian decides to punish Gus by branding him with the Abomination Coven sigil to take away his illusion magic. This causes Gus to unconsciously create a giant, hyper-realistic illusion that covers most of the school. Hunter then appears and saves him from Adrian. The Head Witch, noticing the elaborate details of Gus' illusions and his knowledge of the Looking Glass Ruins, orders his scouts to find and bring the boy to him so he can find the graveyard and present the galdorstones to Belos as a gift.

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Adrian being dragged away after being exposed to Gus' illusion field and being forced to relive his worst memories.

Adrian attempts to trick Gus by using an illusion to masquerade a scout as Willow to lure him into a trap, however Hunter sees through it. The head witch then has the Coven Scouts knock out Hunter and he takes Gus to the gym to interrogate the boy. After Adrian fails to get information on the Looking Glass Ruins through interrogation, he uses his magic amplifier to search Gus' memories for the location of the ruins. However, the move backfires and Adrian, along with the two Coven Scouts with him, are trapped in their worst memory. Adrian grips his head in agony and pleads for it to stop. After his forces are defeated by the staff and students of Hexside, and Gus regains stops the illusion, he is carried away in a vegetative state.[3]

Day of Unity[]

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Adrian dispelling the illusion masking Eda as Raine.

On the Day of Unity, Adrian is present along with the other eight Coven Heads, having recovered from his visit to Hexside. However, he is still shaken up from what happened to him, as he noticeably has facial hair, and he growls at "Raine" to not question it. Soon, he discovers that Raine is actually Eda, who was disguised as the Bard Coven Head, and along with the other Head Witches, Adrian captures her and the rest of the Covens Against the Throne.

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Adrian suffering the effects of the Draining Spell.

When the Draining Spell takes full effect, Adrian's magic is drained out of him, and he collapses onto the ground along with the rest of the Coven Heads. However, before he and the rest of the branded witches and biped demons are killed, the Collector stops the Draining Spell.[4]


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Adrian and the other Coven Heads, save for Terra, as puppets guarding Eda.

Adrian and the other Coven Heads, except Terra, are turned into puppets and placed in the Archives to guard Eda, who is believed to be trapped in her owl beast form, attacking her if she tries to escape.

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Terra, Adrian, and Vitimir being warned not to take the throne.

After Belos' death, Adrian is returned to normal along with the other puppets. Later, he, Terra, and Vitimir try to take the throne for themselves before getting quickly stopped by Darius and Eberwolf and leave without a fight.


Emperor Belos[]

Like all the Coven Heads, Adrian was loyal and supported Belos' plans for the Day of Unity to merge the Human and demon realms together and will be royalty in the new world. However, when the Draining Spell took effect, Adrian realized too late that Belos had lied to him and was going to kill him along with everyone else on the Isles. After Belos was finally destroyed, Adrian, along with several of the Coven Heads, planned to take the throne for themselves.

Gus Porter[]

Adrian sees Gus as an annoyance for interfering with his plans to brand the students of Hexside, and tries to force him into the Abomination Coven out of pettiness. Once he sees Gus' memory skills, he orders his scouts to bring him the boy in order to locate the Looking Glass Graveyard. His attempt to get answers out of Gus would be what led to his defeat and Gus claiming his magic amplifier.

Powers and abilities[]

  • Magic: As a witch, Adrian is able to use magic. Like all witches, his connection to magic comes from a sac of magic bile attached to his heart. Having earned the rank of coven leader, he is undoubtedly very powerful.
    • Illusion magic: As the leader of the Illusion Coven, Adrian can cast spells that allow him to create illusions. However, unlike other Head Witches, such as Darius and Terra, who can master their respective magic fields without any effort, it would appear Adrian needs a magic amplifying tool to boost his magic in order to use the more advanced forms of illusion magic.


Behind the scenes[]

Name and basis[]

Adrian's name is an allusion to the protagonist from The Picture of Dorian Gray.[5] His presumed surname, Vernworth, is not stated in the episode, but appears in the credits.


Adrian is voiced by Noshir Dalal.


Adrian can be seen on the Illusion Coven banner in "The First Day" before making his first on-screen appearance in "Hunting Palismen", albeit unnamed at the time. He was properly introduced and named in "Labyrinth Runners".

Foreign voice actors[]

Language version Actors Notes
Germany German Rene Oltmanns
Portugal Portuguese Diogo Mesquita (S2, Ep.18)
Peter Michael (S2, Ep.21)
It is not completely confirmed if Peter Michael is the voice actor for Adrian in Season 2, Episode 21.


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  • In "Eda's Requiem", Adrian's jumpsuit is designed with shorter legs for a few scenes.


  1. Dana Terrace (writer) and Bridget Underwood (director) (July 17, 2021). "Hunting Palismen". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 6. Disney Channel.
  2. Dana Terrace (writer) and Amelia Lorenz (director) (July 24, 2021). "Eda's Requiem". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 7. Disney Channel.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dana Terrace, Luz Batista (writers) and Bridget Underwood (director) (May 7, 2022). "Labyrinth Runners". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 18. Disney Channel.
  4. Zach Marcus, Dana Terrace (writers) and Bridget Underwood (director) (May 28, 2022). "King's Tide". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 21. Disney Channel.
  5. Cissy Jones (June 4, 2022). "PostHoot Season 2 Finale (42:43)". Instagram.
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