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However, it is necessary for the Original's spirit to cross the veil, in order for his or her bloodline to follow

suit. In the season three finale episode "The Departed", Klaus manages to switch bodies with Tyler
Lockwood before being staked and lives on; thus, even though his body supposedly burnt to ashes, none
of his bloodline is affected.
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Vampires are monsters in legends and stories. The first vampire stories
were told in Eastern Europe, but much of how modern people see vampires was created by Bram
Stoker in the famous novel, Dracula. Few people believe that vampires are real, but they are still
very popular in movies, television, and books.
Vampires were once people but have a supernatural curse. Some vampires must drink blood to
survive. They do this by biting people or animals on the neck with their two long fangs. People who
are killed by having their blood drank by vampires may also become vampires. Others can live off
the life energy of people. In many stories, vampires can change into other animals, usuallybats,
though also wolves, cats or rats.
Depending on the story, vampires may have some or all of these characteristics:
They cannot go out in sunlight, so they sleep during the day.
They can only be killed in certain ways:
being beheaded
having a stake driven through their heart
being set on fire
They can be weakened by crosses or other religious symbols, garlic, holy water, and silver.
They cannot cross the ocean unless they are in a coffin surrounded by soil from their homeland.
They cannot enter a house unless they have been invited in.
If a bag of rice, grain, seeds or other similar substance is spilled on the ground, a vampire will
have to count every grain.
They have no reflection in glass, mirrors, or other things.
Vampires in fiction[change | change source]


A vampire
Dracula is the most famous vampire in fiction, and many movies have been made about him, often
with Christopher Lee as Dracula himself.Bela Lugosi is another actor known for the role. Nosferatu is
also a famous vampire movie.
There is a popular series of books by Anne Rice about vampires. Stephen King also wrote about
vampires in the 1970s in Salem's Lot. The television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer featured a
young girl who fought vampires, but also befriended good ones. The series Twilight byStephenie
Meyer is also about "vampires". The movie The Lost Boys was about a band of vampires in (then)
modern California. Among many other stories about vampires are The Southern Vampire Mysteries,
which led to the show True Blood.
Protection[change | change source]
In stories, garlic is often used for keeping vampires away. A branch of wild rose or hawthorn are
said
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to hurt vampires, and in Europe, putting mustard seeds on the roof of a house was said to
keep them away.
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Though this is not traditional, mirrors have been used to make vampires stay
away (in some cultures, vampires do not have a reflection and sometimes do not have a shadow,
perhaps as a way of showing that they do not have souls).
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Not all vampires in stories have this
quality (the Greek vrykolakas/tympanios had both reflections and shadows), was used by Bram
Stoker in Dracula.