"The Woodsman failed, but I won't. I'll split the witches up and make sure none of them live happily ever after."
Evil Witch from the Magic Mirror

Happily Ever After is the 3rd episode of the fifth season and the 91st overall episode of Charmed.


For a complete plot of Happily Ever After, go here.
To read the full script of Happily Ever After, go here.

When an evil witch traps The Charmed Ones in warped classic fairy tales, Phoebe as Cinderella meets evil Prince Charming, Paige eats a poisoned apple, and Piper goes head-on with a big bad wolf.


Main Cast[]

Guest Stars[]



Magi​cal Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

Poison Antidote Spell[]

Hear our call,
for those who fall,
Purge her to awaken,
from this toxin taken.


To Trap Someone Inside the Mirror[]


The effect of the spell.

After she was freed from the Magic Mirror, the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror killed the Keeper of the Fairy Tales. She then cast this spell, trapping the Keeper's Apprentice in the Mirror. The spell also fixed the broken Magic Mirror.

Freedoms lost must be unwitting,
Into the glass to do my bidding.


5x03-WitchMelting 1

The Wicked Witch is melting.

Evil Witch Vanquishing Potion[]

Grams and Paige made a vanquishing potion for the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror. After Piper freed herself and Grams from the wolf, she put on Little Red Riding Hood's cloak and used the book with fairy tales to travel to the Fairy Tales Fortress. She there threw the potion to the Wicked Witch, who melted.


  • Telekinesis: Used by the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror on her mirror.
  • Catoptromancy: Used by the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror to spy on the sisters, Grams and Leo.
  • Conjuration: Used by the Wicked Witch to bring fairy tales' characters to life.
  • Summoning: Piper and Leo's baby (from the womb) summoned Grams.
  • Orbing: Type of Teleportation used by Paige and Leo.
  • Super Strength: Used by the Woodsman to hit Paige.
  • Healing: Piper and Leo's baby (from the womb) healed Piper's wound and Leo tried to heal Paige (failed).
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up the Woodsman and the wolf.
  • Smoking: Type of Teleportation used by the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror.
  • Transformation: Phoebe turned into Cinderella after putting on the Glass Slippers, Paige turned into Snow White after eating from the poisoned apple and Piper turned into the Little Red Riding Hood after putting on the red cloak.
  • Hypnosis: The Wicked Witch used this power on Adam Prinze to control him.
  • Swallowing: Used by the Big Bad Wolf to swallow Grams.
  • Shapeshifting: Used by the Big Bad Wolf to transformed into Penny Halliwell after he swallowed her.
  • Sensing: Leo felt Piper's pain (due to being her Whitelighter).
  • Molecular Deceleration: Cole slows down Adam and the pumpkin.
  • Fading: Type of Teleportation used by Cole. After the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror was vanquished, the Woodsman's axe and Snowwhite's apple faded back to the Fortress.
  • Sparkling: After the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror was vanquished, Cinderella's pumpkin, the Woodsman's axe and the poisoned apple sparkled back to the Fortress. Piper sparkled back to the Manor with the Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz, and later the Ruby Slippers and one of Cinderella's Glass Slippers sparkled back to the Fortress.


  • Book of Shadows: The Charmed Ones' tome of knowledge and magic.
  • Scrying Crystal: A magical pendant used for Scrying. Piper used it to scry for the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror. But thanks to the magic mirror, the witch knew what Piper was up to and lured her away from the house. She put some of her hair in the Little Red Riding Hood's cloak and hid it in a forest. Piper thought she found the Wicked Witch, but it was the cloak instead.
  • Fairy Tale artifacts: For all the fairy tale artifacts seen in this episode, see the Fairy Tales page.
  • Fairy Tales Storybook: A copy of the fables printed throughout history. The book itself is not magical, but can serve as a portal for fairytale characters.

Notes and Trivia[]

Charmed Promo season 5 ep

The WB promo

  • Dorian Gregory doesn't appear in this episode.
  • All the main cast members get new title clips, except for Dorian Gregory, who keeps the same one used in Season 4.
  • The WB title for this is A Charmed Fairy Tale.
  • Phoebe reconfirms that her favorite story is Cinderella. This was first mentioned in "The Three Faces of Phoebe".
  • Paige dies for the first time in this episode. This makes her the last sister to (temporarily) die.
  • This episode marks the first time Paige meets Grams.
  • Phoebe dreamed that Cole had made her Queen of the Underworld again. He will attempt this later in the season, though only after his demonic powers and her rejections have turned him evil again.
  • Grams asked Piper if she cast a spell to ward off demonic parasites. And indeed, later in the season, such parasites will attack Piper's infant child.
  • This episode scored 5.1 million viewers.
  • Sean Patrick Flanery and Alyssa Milano appeared together in the 2001 mini series adaptation of The Diamond Hunters.
  • Martin Klebba, who appeared in this episode as a dwarf, later appeared in season 6 episode, "Witch Wars", as a dwarf demon.
  • Piper does not use her Molecular Immobilization power, Phoebe does not use either of her powers and Paige does not use her Telekinetic Orbing power.

Behind the Scenes[]

  • In an interview with Gruemonkey, Jennifer Rhodes was asked if she had any funny behind the scenes stories to tell. Rhodes answered: "What happens on the Charmed set stays on the Charmed set. Actually a funny moment I remember: Holly and I were supposed to fall face down on the floor right next to the camera and when I landed, it hurt and I muttered some obscenity under my breath. Holly said, “Grams, did you say ____?” I said “No”. And the cameraman said, “Oh yessssss, you did”."

Cultural References[]

  • The title is a reference to the common ending of Fairy Tales; "And they lived happily ever after".
  • The entire episode is based on well-known fairy tales, most prominently Snow White, Cinderella and the Little Red Riding Hood.
  • When the Wicked Witch from the Magic Mirror is vanquished by Piper, she starts melting and screams: "Oh no, I'm melting!". The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz said exactly the same thing when she dies.
  • The scene in which Phoebe is crossing a street and almost getting hit by a taxi is an hommage to the movie "Midnight Cowboy". In this movie the protagonist Rizzo (played by Dustin Hoffman) is almost getting hit by a taxi and yells "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!" to the driver. Phoebe also screams "I'm walking here!".

Continuity Errors[]

  • When Piper is reading the Fairy Tales book at the beginning, you can see the pages she's reading. Piper then stops reading for a while, however, once she continues reading, you can see that she's reading another page. Additionally, the things Piper reads from the Fairy Tales book aren't written in the book. In fact, they aren't real fairy tales, but parodies of the stories.
  • When Piper and Paige talk in the attic at the beginning, Piper's position and the position of the book she's holding keep changing in between shots.
  • On the page on Snow White, the first two paragraphs are almost the same.
  • The second of the first two paragraphs it cut off at the end, not finishing the final sentence.
  • When the Keeper's apprentice is cleaning the glass slipper, he turns his head to the Keeper, however, in the next shot, he's looking at the slipper again. Also, when the Evil Witch strangles the Keeper of fairy tales, there's blood dripping down where she grasps him around the neck. However, when she drops him, there's no blood either on the corpse or on her hands.
  • When Phoebe and Adam bump into each other and Phoebe spills the coffee, the stains on their clothes keep changing and disappearing in between shots. Also, when Phoebe drags Cole into her office, she smiles at Adam, but in the next shot, you can see that she's not smiling.
  • When Grams is asking Piper about the things she did, Piper's hair keeps changing position.
  • Once Phoebe starts walking out of the attic because of Cinderella's slippers, when the shot changes, the positions of Piper, Phoebe and Penny change too. Additionally, Penny's position changes twice in the scene.
  • When the Wicked Witch tells Adam what she wants him to do, the position of her hand changes in between shots.
  • When Phoebe and Paige walk across the street, and when the horse-drawn carriage appears, their positions change in between shots.
  • When Grams, Piper, Paige and Leo are in the attic, and Grams says that she could help Paige with the protection potion, Paige's arms are crossed, however, in the next shot, her arms are not crossed anymore. Also, when Piper is scrying for the Wicked Witch, her hair keeps changing position.
  • When Phoebe arrives at the ball and stops walking, there is a close shot to her feet. However, her feet are closer to each other than they were in the previous shot.
  • When Grams is making the potion, her and Paige's positions keep changing in between shots. Additionally, when Grams asks Paige to hand her a potion vial, in one shot, Paige put the vial on the kitchen table, yet in the next one, Grams is holding it.
  • When Leo tells Phoebe about Paige being dead, Phoebe's hands change position in between shots.
  • When Phoebe "punches" Cole, if you look closely, you can see that she didn't really punch him.
  • When Cole stops the pumpkin from falling down and then picks it up, the position of the pumpkin changes.
  • When Penny, Piper, Leo, and later Cole are in the attic, the positions of Penny's hands and Piper's arms change in between shots. Also, when Penny hands Piper a vanquishing potion, Piper grabs it twice.
  • When Piper talks to the new Keeper, the position of her hair changes in between shots. Also, when she hands him the red cloak, in one shot, she's using her right hand, yet in another shot, she's using the left one.


Episode Stills[]

Screen Caps[]


Grams: Did you cast a spell to ward off demonic parasites? Sweetheart, what did you do?
Leo: We built a nursery in our bedroom closet.

Leo: Don't worry the dwarves are all over it.
Phoebe: The Dwarves!?
Leo: Piper cast a spell that wind up summoning the descendants of the Seven Dwarves. Actually, they prefer to be called little people now.
Phoebe: Snow White and the Little People.

Cole: Leo, he's evil! (referring to a possessed Adam)
Leo: Really? And what are you?

Cole: (to Adam, after Phoebe's turned into a pumpkin) Keep your hands off my Pumpkin!

Leo: (threatening the wolf with an axe) Where's my wife?! Where's my wife?! (The wolf leaps towards the story book) No!
(And blows up. Piper and Grams fall to the ground)
Leo: Piper, are you okay?
Piper: Yeah, I think so.
Leo: How did you...
Grams: She blew him up from the inside. Although it took her long enough.
Piper: Aw back off Grams. I just saved your ass.

Cole: (shimmering into the manor attic with the pumpkin) (gestures to pumpkin) Your sister. And, uh, I had nothing to do with this, I swear.

Wicked Witch: Well then, if I'm not the most powerful witch in the land who is?
(Piper appears.)
Piper: Take a wild guess.

International Titles[]

  • French: Miroir, gentil miroir... (Mirror, Amiable Mirror...)
  • Czech: A pak žili šťastně (And They Lived Happily Ever After)
  • Slovak: A žili šťastne (Happily Ever After)
  • Russian: И жили они долго и счастливо… [I žili oni dolgo i sčastlivo…] (And They Lived Happily Ever After...)
  • Serbian: Srećnije do kraja života (Happier For Life)
  • Hungarian: Tündérmese (Fairy Tale)
  • Spanish (Spain): {Y} vivieron felices ({And} They Lived Happily)
  • Spanish (Latin America): Y vivieron felices por siempre (And They Lived Happily For Always)
  • Hebrew: be-osher va-osher ad etzem ha-yom ha-ze (Happily Ever After)
  • German: Und wenn sie nicht gestorben sind... (And They Lived Happily...)
  • Italian: E vissero felici e contenti (And They Lived Happily Ever After)

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