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'American Horror Story: Coven' teaser: Levitating witches!

FX has released its first teaser for "American Horror Story: Coven," and it looks like some student witches have been misbehaving.

The clip, titled "Detention," shows seven women facing the walls of a mansion's sitting room—but levitated in the air instead of standing in a corner. Is the mansion a witch school similar to Harry Potter's alma mater, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

Um, no. Co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has been slowly revealing plot details about the upcoming miniseries, which launches in October on FX.

In the clip, a haunting female voice sings "There is a house in New Orleans," indicating that the story will take place in the Big Easy. According to Vulture, Murphy told an event for Emmy voters that "Coven" will explore the "centuries-long feud" between the Salem witches and voodoo witches.

"The witches of Salem, the smart ones, got out very early and they were none of the ones who were burned," Murphy said, according to Vulture. "They all gravitated toward New Orleans, where they now live, and every generation has a great witch who has the most powers of them all, and that's called the Supreme. Ms. Jessica Lange is the Supreme."

Lange's character and Angela Bassett's character, Marie Laveau—a real-life practioner of voodoo in the 1800s who was called "the voodoo queen of New Orleans"—work to improve relations between the two groups.

Kathy Bates also plays a historical character, serial killer Marie Delphine LaLaurie, commonly called Madame LaLaurie when she was torturing and murdering slaves in the early 1830s.

Sounds nasty, doesn't it? But Murphy promised the season would many comedic moments.

Murphy is bringing back many of his "AHS" company from past seasons, including Frances O'Connor, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, Alexandra Breckenridge and Jamie Brewer. New to "AHS" are Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts and Patti LuPone.

Are you ready for this witches' brew?


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