- "Usually I just light a candle and ask the spirits to make sure my boys don't end up in jail or knock somebody up. So far that's worked out okay."
- ―Holly Cleary[src]
Holly Cleary (née Darwin) is a wiccan on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American starring actress Lauren Bowles, Holly makes her debut on the episode "Night on the Sun" in the series' third season. A witch and waitress at the local hangout, Merlotte's Bar and Grill, she is the first witch to appear in the show. Playing a recurring role throughout the series' third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh seasons, she has two sons, Wade Cleary and Rocky Cleary. Currently engaged to Andy Bellefleur, sheriff of Renard Parish. Holly was last seen in the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
Holly is loving, supportive and a very devout Wiccan. In one of her first scenes, she is seen comforting Arlene who has just discovered her unborn child is the son of the serial murderer Drew Marshall a.k.a Rene. She has immense love for her children and every living and non living thing, she eventually becomes involved with local sheriff Andy Bellefleur.
Powers and Abilities
She performs a ritual to possibly abort Arlene's baby by herself. While being held hostage by Marnie, Holly had the insight to cast a spell with Tara that would break the entrapment spell cast by Marnie & Antonia. On Halloween of 2009 Holly (with the help of Sookie and Tara) created a mystical barrier so strong as to repel the combined power of Lafayette possessed by Marnie harnessing the power of Jesus' demon, making her perhaps one of the most powerful witches in Bon Temps.
It is not clear if Holly's potency as a witch stems from raw power or her experience and level-headedness; in either case, she has proven herself able to deal with the strange doings going on around Bon Temps with much greater competency than any of the other witches encountered.
- Holly, though completely different in personality, is good friends with Tara. They were both in the same rape victims help group and were both held hostage by Marnie.
- Holly quips that she prays to the Goddess so her two boys won't end up in jail or getting someone knocked up, suggesting her primary interest in magic is as a spiritual experience. ("And When I Die")
- Holly once stated that she smokes marijuana because it calms her nerves.
- "I'm a Wiccan."
- "Fucking chill, Roy!"
- "How about a hug. I could really use one tonight."
Holly Cleary: "I knew it was in here somewhere." Sookie Stackhouse: "You carry salt in your purse?" Holly Cleary: "Yeah, and sage and a lock of my aunt Josie's hair. It's like a Wiccan first aid kit."
Sookie Stackhouse: "Have you ever done anything like this before?" Holly Cleary: "Goddess no, usually I just light a candle and ask the spirits to make sure my boys don't end up in jail or knock somebody up. So far that's worked out okay."
Holly Cleary: "Hey, next time you're in Merlotte's I'll buy you a cheese burger." Andy Bellefleur: "You mean like a date?" Holly Cleary: "Oh, I wasn't exactly thinking that because my house almost burnt down and all."
Tara Thornton: "I am not going to die in a Wiccan shit store with them, I fucking refuse!" Holly Cleary: "There ain't no spell that can't be undone if you got the juice. Marnie or Antonia is just another witch." Tara Thornton: "A mother fucking ancient pissed off witch." Holly Cleary: "She ain't no more pissed off than I am. You?" Tara Thornton: "Yeah, I got some rage!" Holly Cleary: "We are strong, angry women Tara. All we have to do is force a crack in her wall."
|Season three appearances|
|"Bad Blood"||"Beautifully Broken"||"It Hurts Me Too"||"9 Crimes"|
|"Trouble"||"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"||"Hitting the Ground"||"Night on the Sun"|
|"Everything Is Broken"||"I Smell a Rat"||"Fresh Blood"||"Evil is Going On"|
|Season four appearances|
|"She's Not There"||"You Smell Like Dinner"||"If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?"||"I'm Alive and on Fire"|
|"Me and the Devil"||"I Wish I Was the Moon"||"Cold Grey Light of Dawn"||"Spellbound"|
|"Let's Get Out of Here"||"Burning Down the House"||"Soul of Fire"||"And When I Die"|
|Season five appearances|
|"Turn! Turn! Turn!"||"Authority Always Wins"||"Whatever I Am, You Made Me"||"We’ll Meet Again"|
|"Let's Boot and Rally"||"Hopeless"||"In the Beginning"||"Somebody That I Used to Know"|
|"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||"Sunset"||"Save Yourself"|
|Season six appearances|
|"Who Are You, Really?"||"The Sun"||"You're No Good"||"At Last"|
|"F**k the Pain Away"||"Don't You Feel Me"||"In the Evening"||"Dead Meat"|
|Season seven appearances|
|"Jesus Gonna Be Here"||"I Found You"||"Fire in the Hole"||"Death is Not the End"|
|"Lost Cause"||"Karma"||"May Be the Last Time"||"Almost Home"|
|"Love is to Die"||"Thank You"|