Glamouring is the ability to change one's appearance to look like another person, though it can also be used to change a person's age, sex or clothing. It can be an independent power or accessed with a spell.
In the Book of Shadows, there is a specific spell To Change One's Appearance. The spell was used to change the appearance of Elise Rothman back into the way she looked when she was attacked by Cal Greene.
Paige first used this power 2003 to trick her friend Glen Belland into marrying her due to a hex. She abducted his fiancée Jessica and took her appearance. In the following years, she continued using this power.
Leo Wyatt used this power to help train the sisters to face Belthazor. Glamoured into the demon, Leo attacked the sisters to practice their strategy. He used it several times after this, most notably to approach Gideon glamouring as Barbas.
After faking their deaths in the battle against Zankou, the sisters used a spell to glamour themselves and Leo in order to live demon-free lives. They continued using different glamours over the next couple of months, until finally casting a spell to settle on new identities.
List of Beings who use(d) Glamouring
- Original power
- The Elders
- Leo Wyatt (As a Whitelighter and an Elder)
- Paige Matthews
- Spirit Killers
- Glamouring Demon
- Through spell, potion, power stealing, etc.
- Piper Halliwell (With a spell)
- Phoebe Halliwell (With a spell)
- Devlin (Stolen from an unknown source)
- Jackson (Stolen from the Glamouring Demon)
Notes and Trivia
- Unlike Shapeshifting, glamouring creates an illusion around the body, whereas shapeshifting causes a physical change.
- Prue Halliwell is the only sister that hasn't used the power of Glamouring.
- During Season 5 and 6, when Paige and Leo used this power, it didn't have the orb effect, and looked the same as Shapeshifting.
- In later seasons, whenever Paige glamours, it is accompanied by wiccan orbs.
- Unlike Paige who glamours with wiccan orbs, when Leo uses this ability it has whitelighter orb effect.
- Neena notes that she was the one who invented this power.
- Etymologically, glamour has its roots in a Scots English variant of 'grammar', since the ancient magic was based in learning and knowledge.
- When Leo was glamoured as Barbas, the sound effect of Flaming could be heard as he appeared off-screen. This would indicate that a glamoured person can also copy the teleportation effect of others.
- Many times this power is activated, the user will snap their fingers or slide their hand over their face. Considering that the majority of the time they don't do this, it's likely that they're only doing it for effect.
- Users have demonstrated the capacity to glamour into children ("Still Charmed and Kicking"), the opposite sex ("Morality Bites Back") and demons ("Power Outage"). However, it appears that they cannot glamour into spectral entities since Paige had to use a potion to glamour into a ghost ("Kill Billie: Vol. 1").