Photokinesis is the power to create and manipulate light. With the exception of its first appearance, this power is usually demonstrated by controlling orbs of light, rather than manipulating actual light. This ability is associated with good, as the only known possessors are the EldersWhitelighters and Whitelighter-Witches.


  • Leo Wyatt first used this ability to make a light bulb glow.[1]
  • Leo also used this ability at his and Piper's wedding. After they kissed, the orbs of light dispersed slowly in a romantic way.[2]
  • Natalie and Leo both used this ability to simulate energy balls while training the sisters.[3]
  • Wyatt Halliwell used this power to make orbs appear around his eyes, in an attempt to scare off his mother's dates.[4]
  • As witnessed by a time-traveling Paige, Leo used this ability in the sixties to make figures of orbs at a gathering.[5]
  • Paige used this power to prove to Henry Mitchell that she was a witch.[6]
  • Chris Halliwell manifested this power for the first time at Magic School.[7]
  • In the canonical comics, Leo used this power offensively against Rennek as if it were an Energy Beam.
  • The mortal Corinne Van Den Pelt took over this power from her witch grandmother to fight the evil queen.[8]

List of beings who use(d) Photokinesis[]

Angelic Beings


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Notes and Trivia[]


Chris manipulating orbs.

  • Only Elders, Whitelighters, and Whitelighter-Witches have demonstrated this power.
  • This power has been shown used in a passive, supportively, defensively and offensively. Leo Wyatt demonstrated the offensive aspect in the comics whilst fighting Rennek.
  • In the comics, Whitelighters can project orbs in offensive manners, evident by Leo's fight with Rennek. This was never demonstrated on the show.
  • When Leo and Wyatt demonstrated this ability, Whitelighter orbs appeared. However, when Paige used it, it showed more similarities to Wiccan orbs.
  • This power could be considered a polar opposite to Shadow Manipulation, which is the ability to manipulate dark and shadows.


  1. As seen in "Secrets and Guys".
  2. "As seen in "Just Harried".
  3. As seen in "Blinded by the Whitelighter" and "Power Outage".
  4. As seen in "Soul Survivor".
  5. As seen in "Witchstock"
  6. As seen in "Repo Manor".
  7. As seen in "Family Shatters".
  8. In the non-canonical novel, The Queen's Curse.