High Spirits is the 39th book in the Charmed novel series.

It takes place during the Moon Festival (which is in September) placing it at the beginning of Season 8.


For a complete plot of High Spirits, go here.
She sang her telegram to a Hollywood star—now he entertains from afar.
Foe to friend, help in our quest to rid this mansion of an unwanted guest.

The Charmed Ones travel to Hollywood to attend a big bash hosted by Kevin Peterson, Paige's old flame. Kevin is holding the party at his recently purchased mansion, which he was able to afford because of rumors that it's haunted! Sure enough, ghostly goings-on begin almost immediately, but everyone believes that Kevin is the one behind the "haunting". He confides in Paige that he is not.

The ghost reveals himself to be Robert Maxwell, a star of stage and screen who vanished under mysterious circumstances in 1926—right after receiving a singing telegram. A friendly ghost, Maxwell just likes having an audience. But when people start to disappear and the house seals shut, the Charmed Ones realize something evil must also be lurking. It is only with the able assistance of their ghostly ally that they and the rest of the partygoers stand a chance.



  • Piper Halliwell: The eldest sister with the powers of Molecular Immobilization and Molecular Combustion. Invited to a weekend party in Hollywood's luxurious mansion, Piper is happy to agree. Unfortunately, as things always go for the Charmed Ones, something supernatural and sister is bound to come their way.
  • Phoebe Halliwell: The middle sister with the powers of Premonition, Levitation, and Empathy. Invited to a weekend party in Hollywood's luxurious mansion, Phoebe is happy to agree. Unfortunately, as things always go for the Charmed Ones, something supernatural and sister is bound to come their way.
  • Paige Matthews: The youngest half-sister with the powers of Telekinetic Orbing and Orbing. Invited to a weekend party in Hollywood's luxurious mansion by an old friend, Paige is happy to agree. Unfortunately, as things always go for the Charmed Ones, something supernatural and sister is bound to come their way.




  • Chef Nunzio: Chef at a fancy Italian restaurant.
  • Doc Phillips: Maxwell's physician back in 1926.
  • Leo Wyatt: The Charmed Ones' Whitelighter, and Piper's husband. He helps take the sisters to Emily DuChancey.
  • Wyatt Halliwell: Piper and Leo's son. He has powers beyond everyone's comprehension.

Magical Notes[]


Emily DuChancey's Telegram[]

From afar I have watched you, and seen your secret dreams.
I can grant you all you wish for, impossible though it seems.
You will not age, you will not fade, your legacy and your light,
Will be kept alive within these walls by
Emily's power and might.

To Vanquish M'Gohrathet[]

Power of Three spell
Demon of this, Demon of that,
Keep your illusions under your hat.
You've been a pest, but we're the best,
So we vanquish thee with all the rest.

To Vanquish X'ahroth[]

Requires a potion made with nightshade and the Power of Three
We sisters three will vanquish thee,
Your illusions will not avail.
By the Power of Three, we swear to see,
You pass beyond the veil.

To Empower the Charmed Ones with Maxwell Manor's Magic[]

To the Sisters Three, I give to Thee,
a boon I once granted, to You-Know-He.

Renewed X'ahroth Vanquishing Spell[]

Requires the Power of Three and a potion
Demon of Illusion, we Sisters Three,
Call upon the house and the Power of Three!
We see right through you, and don't you know,
Where you're heading, you don't want to go.


  • Channeling: Used by X'ahroth to channel Maxwell Manor's magic and empower himself.
  • Conjuration: Used by Robert to create objects out of thin air. Paige also somehow created a rain of ice cubes through her telekinetic orbing power.
  • Corporealization: Used by Robert to make his intangible body corporeal.
  • Dream Leaping: Used by X'ahroth and Emily to enter others' dreams and manipulate them.
  • Empathy: Used by Phoebe to sense others' emotions.
  • Empathic Projection: Used by Robert to make others feel his wanted mood.
  • Energy Ball: Used by X'ahroth to attack the sisters.
  • Force Field: Used by Emily to protect others.
  • Flaming: Used by X'ahroth to teleport.
  • Glamouring: Used by Robert to impersonate M'Gothrathet to distract X'ahroth.
  • Hologram Projection: Used by X'ahroth to create holograms.
  • Illusion Casting: Used by M'Gohrathet and X'ahroth to create lucid and solid illusions. X'ahroth also used the illusions to scare the Charmed Ones.
  • Intangibility: Used by X'ahroth and Robert become intangible and phase through solid objects.
  • Levitation: Used by Phoebe and Emily to hover in midair.
  • Manifestation: Used by Robert as a manifested spirit.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to attack her assailants and blow up a wall to enter Robert's secret room.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper.
  • Orbing: Used by Paige to teleport between places. Leo also orbs the sisters to Emily's location.
  • Possession: Used by X'ahroth to force his will on Robert's spirit and make him attack Cassie.
  • Power Extraction: Used by X'ahroth to steal Emily's powers.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe.
  • Pyrokinesis: Used by X'ahroth to create fire.
  • Reality Warping: Used by X'ahroth to manipulate everything inside Maxwell Manor.
  • Sensing: Used by Emily to identify Piper, Phoebe, and Paige as witches.
  • Telekinesis: Used by X'ahroth to move objects.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to move objects.
  • Telepathy: Used by Robert to read others' minds.
  • Teleportation Manipulation: Used by X'ahroth to manipulate Paige's orbing.
  • Wisping: Used by Robert to teleport.
  • Vortex Creation: Used by X'ahroth to create a vortex.


  • Vanquishing potion


Notes and Trivia[]

Differences from the Show[]

International Titles[]

  • Dutch: Verre geesten (Distant spirits)