The history of the Charmed Ones went all the way back to their ancestor, Melinda Warren, a powerful witch who unfortunately lived in the era of the Salem witch trials. She possessed all three of the Charmed Ones' original powers: telekinesis, molecular immobilization, and premonition, and was also the creator of the Warren Book of Shadows. When Matthew Tate, a warlock, exposed her secret to the villagers, she was burned at the stake. But before her death, Melinda Warren prophesied that each generation of the Warren line would grow stronger and stronger, culminating in the arrival of the Charmed Ones. Three sisters that would be the most powerful witches the worl
The Charmed Ones are a sisterhood of the three (actually four) most powerful good witches ever to walk the Earth, and are dedicated to protecting innocents and the world from the forces of evil. Each sister had a unique power along with the ability to cast spells and brew potions.
Prue, as the oldest sister, had the strongest power, telekinesis, which allowed her to move objects with her mind. Later she manifested the ability of astral projection, which allowed her to be in two different places at the same time by projecting her mind out of her body in a tangible state on the physical plane, leaving her body unconscious. Piper, the middle sister, has the power to manipulate molecules, at first to slow them down to the degree that they stop, and the people/object become frozen. As she grows more proficient, she can freeze only certain people or only certain objects or body parts as she wishes. Eventually, her powers grew to being able to make molecules move so fast that they explode, resulting dangerous explosions. Phoebe, the youngest, initially possessed the power of premonition, which evolves into being able to receive visions of both the future and the past. She later picks up the powers of levitation and empathy; which respectively work as means to float in midair and channel other people's emotions as well as their powers.
After the tragic and unexpected death of Prue, Piper and Phoebe discover that they have a half-sister, Paige Matthews, who is the daughter of their mother and her whitelighter, Sam. Paige's whitelighter blood mixes with her witchcraft heritage to give her a unique form of telekinesis - telekinetic orbing, though she has to verbally call for objects to "orb" them where she wants them. As she learns to control the dual sides of her ancestry, Paige also learns how to orb herself and others (the whitelighter form of teleportation) and to heal open wounds, and eventually she receives her own charges to train and protect as they learn witchcraft.
Although each sister is a powerful witch in her ow
The Original Charmed OnesEdit
n right, their combined might, which is known as the "Power of Three", is where their true strength lies, and is said to be the most powerful form of magic ever. Their powers are rooted in their bond as sisters, and it is their love for each other that makes them strong. Without supreme power and/or trickery applied, likely including some from an outside source, there is no demon, warlock, or magical being that can withstand the Power of Three. The Power of Three, the ancient magic and bond that is imbued with the sisters, is represented by the ancient symbol called The Triquetra. An embossed triquetra was placed on the front of the Book of Shadows, and would split whenever the Power of Three was split. Triquetra on book.jpg The Book of ShadowsCharmedTriquetra.jpg The Triquetra representing the Charmed CircleMelindaWarren.jpg Melinda Warren; the first witch of the Warren/Halliwell line Add a photo to this gallery
The original Charmed Ones: Piper, Prue and Phoebe
During their first three years as witches, they encountered countless manifestations of evil. By vanquishing these dark forces, they developed a reputation of untold power and fabulous destiny. In the beginning, the sisters only encountered warlocks, but as their powers grew and evolved, so did the evil beings they encountered, going from demons and ghosts to dark lords. Eventually, the sisters not only developed strength, but also willpower and an unusually strong bond with one another, enabling them to stand united despite their very notable differences. By the new millenia, the sisters stopped the Horsemen of the Apocalypse from ending the world, almost sacifricing one of them in the process.
In 2001, the Charmed Ones made the fatal mistake of exposing magic to the world, and had to resort to resetting time to amend the error. But by doing so they lost their strongest, most battle-hardened sister, Prue, who was killed by the demon Shax, who blasted her through a wall, resulting in brain damage and died before Leo arrived. With her death, the Power of Three was broken.
The Reconstituted Charmed OnesEdit
With Prue's death in 2001, the Power of Three was shattered. However, hope for its reconstitution was brought by the arrival of Prue, Piper and Phoebe's half-sister, Paige Matthews. Paige was the result of a forbidden, clandestine love between Patty Halliwell and Sam Wilder, a Whitelighter guardian angel. This ancestry and Prue's unexpected death resulted in the awakening of Paige's half-witch powers. ("Charmed Again")
The new Power of Three encountered many more magical creatures, and the sisters even fulfilled their first combined destiny by vanquishing the Source of All Evil with help from Cole and the Seer. After his final vanquish, their combined destiny became to protect and prepare the way for the next generation while also continuing to thin out the demon hierarchy and save innocents.
Throughout the five years where the Charmed Ones faithfully served their Wiccan duties, they rid the world of the most formidable and terrible demons and creatures of evil. By Season Six, the Underworld became increasingly scarce.
Piper has three children with her husband Leo Wyatt; Wyatt, Chris and Melinda. Phoebe has three little girls with her husband Coop. Paige has a son, Henry Jr. and twin daughters with her husband Henry Mitchell. ("The Day The Magic Died", "It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World, Part 2", "Forever Charmed")
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
As witches, the sisters have the basic skills of spell casting, potion making, scrying for something or someone, and cursing. Piper is known as the best potion maker due to her passion to cooking; and Phoebe the best spell writer due to her dedication to her Charmed life. Although Prue and Paige are good at these skills, they are not quite as skilled as their middle sisters. Prue was more capable of thinking and devicing plans while Paige had more skill in helping people with her whitelighter nature.
Aside from these standard abilities, the sisters each possess separate powers. The powers of each sister is connected with each other, this is how their advancements are selected. Prue Halliwell
Prue unknowingly uses her powers on Roger's pen for the first time. (Something Wicca This Way Comes)Prue again uses her powers on Roger unknowingly, causing him to choke. (Something Wicca This Way Comes)Prue channels her power through her eyes and flings Jeremy back. (Something Wicca This Way Comes)Prue learns to now channel her powers through her hands, just by raising them. (Out of Sight)She suspends two live people in the air by accident. (Out of Sight)Prue uses her powers to deflect bullets from her and her sisters. (Ms. Hellfire)Prue focuses......and transfers the cream to her coffee.Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this galleryWhen Prue felt the need to be in two places at the same time, she develops a new power (Ms. Hellfire)Prue uses astral projection for the first time. (Ms. Hellfire)Prue is powerless in astral mode (Just Harried)
Connection: Manipulation of Molecules.
Piper learns she can freeze things, by accidentally freezing Chef Moore, freezing people for the first time (Something Wicca This Way Comes)We learn that Piper's freezing power at first, is caused by fear. She froze Jeremy when he was about to attack her. (Something Wicca This Way Comes)Piper's powers advance, so now she can... (Déjà Vu All Over Again)freeze powerful demons like Rodriguez (Déjà Vu All Over Again)Piper freezing bullets from killing her. (Ms. Hellfire)Piper can also unfreeze one particular thing... (Ms. Hellfire)while the others stay frozen. (Ms. Hellfire)Piper can also freeze demons in mid-shimmer (Once in a Blue Moon)Piper can also freeze and unfreeze parts of an object (Run Piper, Run)Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this galleryHer powers grow to the point where she can actually blow things up... (Exit Strategy)... which can lead to significant explosions if highly emotional. (Cat House)Piper can use her powers to deviate magical attacks (Freaky Phoebe)Piper blowing up a Grimlock demon (Soul Survivor)
Connection: Seeing, sensing, and feeling what cannot be seen and felt.
Phoebe receives her first premonition. (Something Wicca This Way Comes)Phoebe starts out from seeing the future... (I've Got You Under My Skin)... to seeing the past. (The Witch Is Back)By season 5, she can see light colors. (the Eyes Have It)Phoebe communicates with her future self, by astral premonition. (Hulkus Pocus)Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this galleryPhoebe gets a new power, levitation, in Season 3 (The Honeymoon's Over)She can use it to dodge attacks and kick asses. (Hell Hath No Fury)Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this galleryPhoebe channeling Piper's pain and acting out. (Valhalley of the Dolls, Part 2)Phoebe using empathy to fight off fireballs. (Used Karma
Connection: Mind, sensing and helping charges and innocents.
Paige orbs herself out of her parents' car, right before it crashes. (A Paige from the Past)Like Piper at first, Paige's power is activated by fear, she orbs out when Shax tries to kill her. (Charmed Again, Part 1)She eventually learned how to orb at will. (Saving Private Leo)She can also take passengers with her. (Nymphs Just Wanna Have Fun)Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this galleryPaige learns by calling something.... (Charmed Again, Part 2)... it'll come to her. (Charmed Again, Part 2)Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this galleryAt first she couldn't heal at will, and had to channel her healing ability through Leo. (Charmed and Dangerous)Her love for Henry finally makes her able to heal. (Payback's A Witch)Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this galleryShe could also glamor into anyone... (Show Ghouls)... like Phoebe. (Show Ghouls)Paige is also able to sense her charges, or other whitelighters. (Saving Private Leo)Paige produces light to show Henry that she's a witch. (Repo Manor)Paige hovers a couple of feet off the ground to meditate. (Gone With the Witches)Add a photo to this galleryAdd a photo to this gallery
The Power of ThreeEdit
]The original Power of Three
Prue's death was what broke the Power of Three until Paige came to recreate it, taking Prue's place in the circle. The new Power of Three
On occasion, one sister can cast a Power of Three spell without necessarily needing all three of them together, as long as she uses the right chanting, proven by Phoebe when she cast the Dominus Trinus to re-awaken their bound powers. Also, Piper summoned the Power of Three while Paige is possessed and Phoebe mummified in order to expel the spirit from Paige.