When it comes to supernatural dramas, there is often an abundance of articles bearing a sharp focus on our favorite leading men and women. But, what of the villains at the heart of the storylines?
Upon recently dissecting everything there is to know about the murderous Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series, let's turn our attention to another fantasy franchise that we've been obsessing over for years — Twilight.
While the Volturi at the heart of the series aren't exactly classified as villains, they do undeniably pose a dangerous threat to loved-up couples Edward and Bella. Yet, how much do you really know about the most powerful coven of vampires? Let's find out below:
Everything you need to know about the Volturi vampires in Twilight:
1. The Volturi are in charge of enforcing the laws in the vampire world
As one of the oldest operating vampire covens with a history spanning over 3000 years, they resemble the highest order in that dark world and are essentially the equivalent of royalty. From their residence is in Italy's Volterra, they are greatly feared by supernatural beings in all corners of the world and regulate the secret society of vampires, ensuring that it remains hidden from humans.
2. The coven is made up of three rulers and their wives
These include Aro (the official leader), Sulpicia, Caius, Athenodora, Marcus and Didyme. The rest of the members actually make up the guard but are equally as terrifying — they include Afton, Alex, Chelsea, Corin, Demetri, Felix, Heidi, Jane, Renata and Santiago, amongst others.
3. The Volturi laws are passed by word of mouth from vampire to vampire
They are not written down because that in itself would be a law break. Some of the regulations they enforce are that:
- Hunts must never be detected, with human remains to be disposed of without trace.
- Immortal children are not to be created as they are incredibly hard to control — defying this act is the ultimate taboo in the vampire world and is punishable by death.
- Any contact with Children of the Moon is strictly prohibited.
- Any hunting in Volterra is prohibited.
- Vampires should never be noticed by humans in broad daylight.
- Creators hold full responsibility for their newborn's actions.
- If a human becomes aware of a vampire, they must either silence them permanently or turn them into an immortal.
4. One human works for the Volturi
Her name is Gianna and she works in their reception area in full knowledge what the vampires do when they lure innocent tourists into that "hideous room" (as Bell puts it.) And as for why — well, it's all because she tragically hopes that they will one day change her into a vampire.
5. Carlisle Cullen once stayed with the coven
The Volturi were very welcoming and enjoyed his presence greatly. However, ultimately, they were unable to persuade him to remain and feed on humans rather than animals as was his personal choice. Carlisle eventually left them after two decades and started his own coven in America.
6. A famous Italian painter loved painting the Volturi
In the 17th century, Francesco Solimena worked on a number of portraits of Aro, Caius, Marcus, and Carlisle (who was living with the Volturi at the time). The artist regarded them as gods due to their incredible beauty.
7. Jane's power is horrifying
The high-ranking member of the guard is the twin sister of Alec and together, they bear the most powerful weapons of the entire coven. While he is able to cut off opponents' senses, she has the ability to induce crippling pain in other people's minds. Both work well together in maintaining order and instilling fear in those who fail to cooperate. Here she is using it on Edward in New Moon: