Leo Rising is the 40th novel in the Charmed novels.

The novel takes place in 2005, specifically somewhere between the season 7 episodes "Imaginary Fiends" and "Death Becomes Them", based on the statement that Piper summoned future Wyatt a few days earlier and the fact that Inspector Sheridan and Zankou are still alive.


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The Power of Three has gone underground,
Clues and magic can't be found.
Grown-up sons, come quickly forth,
Help your father find his worth.

While a newly mortal Leo is out for a walk with Wyatt and newborn Chris, demons trap the Charmed Ones in the house and take them to the Underworld, where they are imprisoned by demon scientist Dr. Gnivik, who plans to steal the Power of Three. When Leo returns to find the house empty and in even more disarray than when he left, he tries to piece together what happened, but can't. Due to his recent fall from grace, the Elders ignore his calls. What is he to do? With no other options—and no magic of his own—Leo becomes desperate.

Using a spell from the Book of Shadows, his sons' magic, and a sliver of unicorn horn, he calls the future versions of Wyatt and Chris back to the present. Together, the Halliwell men go in search of the Charmed Ones. With Dr. Gnivik nearing success and the sisters powerless to stop him, it's up to Leo and the boys to save the day…



  • Piper Halliwell: The eldest sister with the powers of Molecular Immobilization and Molecular Combustion. Kidnapped and rendered powerless, Piper and her sisters need to find a way to escape the grasp of a mad scientist demon before they die.
  • Phoebe Halliwell: The middle sister with the powers of Premonition. Kidnapped and rendered powerless, Phoebe and her sisters need to find a way to escape the grasp of a mad scientist demon before they die.
  • Paige Matthews: The youngest half-sister with the powers of Telekinetic Orbing and Orbing. Kidnapped and rendered powerless, Paige and her sisters need to find a way to escape the grasp of a mad scientist demon before they die.
  • Leo Wyatt: Piper's husband. He was initially a Whitelighter with the powers of Orbing and Healing, but recently he became human and could no longer assist the sisters the way he used to. With the disappearance of his wife and sister-in-laws, Leo decides to call for reinforcement from unlikely areas—the future.
  • Wyatt Halliwell: Piper and Leo's firstborn son. He has powers beyond everyone's comprehension. He was called from the future by Leo to help save his mother. His powers include Orbing, Sensing, Telekinetic Orbing, Electrokinesis, Illusion Casting, and Force Field.
  • Chris Halliwell: Piper and Leo's second son. He once came back from the future to change it. He was once again called from the future to help help save his mother. His powers include Orbing, Sensing, and Electrokinesis.
  • Darryl Morris: Police inspector at San Francisco Police Department. He is well-aware of the sisters' secret. Learning the sisters had gone missing, he helps search for them, and later help Nisha fend off an evil witch attacking the manor.


  • Nisha Maksoud: A recent graduate and new professor at Magic School. She is an expert in herbal remedies and potions, but is not experienced with fighting demons. She assists Leo while the sisters are missing. Her power is Energy Blast.
  • Xandra: A rebellious blond witch who was one of Leo's first charges in the 1950s. She resisted her destiny and turned to the dark side when Leo was forced to give her an ultimatum.
  • Dr. Gnivik: A demonic scientist that is described as a typical mad scientist with bushy grey hair, glasses and a white lab coat. He is a renown scientist, though often referred to as a lunatic by people who have met him. He seeks to figure out how the powers of the Charmed Ones work exactly. His powers involved Projection.
  • Zankou: The upper-level demon who is planning on destroying the Charmed Ones to gain access to the Nexus. His powers include Flaming, Energy Ball, Power Absorption, Resurrection, Shapeshifting, and Particle Swarm.


  • Frick and Frack: Two demon guards nicknamed by Paige. Frick is female, while Frack is male and they are both very large and imposing. Frick possesses the power of Energy Blast.
  • Cameron: A very handsome and charming demon that reminded Phoebe somewhat of Cole Turner. He possessed some kind of seduction power. He manipulated Phoebe on behalf of the doctor, playing on her emotions.
  • Benzimar: A demonic snitch nicknamed Benji. Wyatt and Chris use him for information in the future by bribing him with catnip. The boys think he is six hundred years old, though Leo guesses he is actually over a thousand.
  • Mel: Seen in the bowl while Leo was calling Wyatt and Chris from the future. She was seen fighting demons with Wyatt and Chris.


Magical Notes[]


To Summon Future Wyatt and Chris[]

Mix ingredients in a cauldron, then add a Sliver of Unicorn Horn. The potion will turn from blood red to deep blue and swirl counterclockwise. The spell is to be cast when the swirling hits maximum speed.

Help this father save his wife,
So they can lead a happy life.
To ensure that this is done,
Send, from the future, both his sons.

To Return Wyatt and Chris to Their Time[]

Sons in the future, come to the past,
Seeing anew what once has passed,
Return them now to whence they came,
Back when they left, all now the same.

Nisha Maksoud's Protection Spell[]

It requires a broom to be swept in the direction of the evil at all times.
Protect us from the coming dark
With magic that provides a spark.
The evil lurking while we sleep,
I wisk away with a clean sweep.


  • Phoebe brews an improvised potion to gain control over a group of demons, though they are vanquished before it can take effect. One ingredient is vanilla.
  • Nisha gives Leo a sleeping potion that allows him to get a full night's rest in a half hour of sleep.
  • Phoebe uses several generic potions to vanquish demons.
  • A demon uses a sleeping potion on Phoebe.
  • Nisha makes a potion to freeze Xandra, which she describes as equivalent to a magically induced coma.


  • Blinking: Used by the demon with the video camera.
  • Electrokinesis: Used by Wyatt and Chris in a failed attempt to break down a metal door.
  • Energy Ball: Used by the demon with the video camera and Zankou's demons to attack the sisters.
  • Energy Beam: Used by demons to attack Phoebe.
  • Energy Blast: Used in unison by the attacking demons to knock down the sisters. Also used by Frick. Nisha also used it to accidentally blast at the grandfather clock.
  • Force Blast: Used by Xandra to blast through the door to Halliwell Manor.
  • Force Field: Used by Wyatt to protect his family from Zankou's army.
  • Geokinesis: A demon uses this power to defeat Piper by causing a small earthquake around her.
  • Hologram Projection: Used by Wyatt to create a crowd of fake people for a fake lecture and later used to create several glamours to sneak into the laboratory unnoticed.
  • Illusion Casting: Used by Dr. Gnivik to make the sisters experience a free fall by manipulating their sense of gravity.
  • Levitation: Used by Phoebe to avoid the Energy Beams and to kick the demons.
  • Enchanted Allure: Used by Cameron to seduce Phoebe.
  • Molecular Combustion: Used by Piper to blow up several demons and later blow up test tubes and scientific equipment.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze demons.
  • Optical Energy Blasts: Two demons use this power to attack Piper.
  • Orb Shield: Used by young Wyatt to protect him and his brother. Later used by Wyatt to protect his family from Zankou's forces.
  • Orbing: Used by Paige, Wyatt and Chris several times.
  • Portal Creation: The lecture hall of Magic School is reachable through a portal.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe in an attempt to get information from Cameron.
  • Projection: Used by Wyatt to repair the broken grandfather clock and by Dr. Gnivik to repair his destroyed lab.
  • Reconstitution: Used by a demon after bursting into orbs.
  • Remote Orbing: Used by Chris to orb his parents away.
  • Remote Teleportation: Used by Dr. Gnivik to teleport the sisters between labs.
  • Sleep Induction: Used on Paige as she arrives in the Underworld.
  • Technopathy: Used by Wyatt to make surveillance cameras display fake images.
  • Telekinetic Orbing: Used by Paige to orb a knife to her and silverware at demons. She later used it to make a demon burst into orbs and later stole an athame from Frick. Also used by Wyatt without spoken command to orb a jar of catnip back and forth.
  • Teleportation Manipulation: Used on Paige as she orbs, trapping her in the Underworld.
  • Thermokinesis: Used to rapidly heat the bars on Piper's cage.


  • Book of Shadows: The powerful tome of wisdom and magic from the Warren line of witches.
  • Broomstick: A regular broom induced with a spell by Nisha to ward off evil.
  • Morder's Book of Magic: A rare magical book containing many powerful spells. Leo traded it to Xandra in exchange for a sliver of unicorn horn.
  • Power Negating Serum: A serum developed by Dr. Gnivik from the sisters' blood, that temporarily prevents magical beings from accessing their powers.
  • Sliver of Unicorn Horn: The horn of a unicorn is pure magic. Leo acquired it from Xandra to cast a spell to summon his sons from the future.


Notes and Trivia[]

  • This novel is written by Paul Ruditis, the writer of the Charmed comic book series.
  • This is the third and final novel on which Leo Wyatt appears on the cover.
  • This is the only novel with Leo, Wyatt and Chris on the cover rather than the sisters.
  • When Leo summons Wyatt and Chris through a spell, he witnesses his sons battling demons with a dark-haired girl whose movements reminded him of Piper. Wyatt almost said her name ("Mel-"), but Chris cut him off. It is strongly implied the girl is Melinda Halliwell, the future daughter of Piper and Leo.
  • It is revealed that the lecture hall of Magic School is located on a different plane from the rest of the school, allowing guests and demons to enter for seminars.
  • It is mentioned that there is a class at Magic School called Modern Magic, which has a lesson plan based on the Warren witches.
  • This is the first book to feature Chris Halliwell, and the only one to feature his adult self as well as Wyatt's.


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International Titles[]

  • Dutch: Hulp uit de toekomst (Help from the future)