The Crucible is the 2nd of eight short stories in The Warren Witches. It is written by Micol Ostow.


For a complete plot of The Crucible, go here.

When Phoebe Halliwell seeks a student for an intern, she stumbles across Marissa Hargrave, a quiet goth chick who is hated by her peers. When Phoebe gets a vision of her being attacked by an angry mob, she sets out to discover Marissa's secret. But will she be able to save the girl from the quagmire that she put herself in?

The novel shares some thematic ties with its title, 'The Crucible,' in that Marissa is used as a scapegoat, and the angry high school mob quickly grows out of control. Grams makes an appearance to help the girls with the demon.





  • Matt Eding: Natalie's boyfriend, who tried to make a move on Marissa. When she told the guidance counselor about his advancement, Natalie turned her anger on Marissa instead.
  • Elise Rothman: The editor-in-chief of The Bay Mirror.
  • Miss Peterson: A teacher at Marissa's high school.
  • Chloe: Natalie's friend, who also likes to bully Marissa.
  • Warren James: Marissa's classmate who was tracing his hand onto a piece of loose-leaf paper in class.
  • Margaret White: Marissa's classmate, who liked to secretly text in class.


Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]

  • There is an entry about Hete. His name is Old English for "hatred". Hete is a demon who foments hatred among humans. His job is to sow discord. He has been responsible for most incidents of mob violence throughout history, including the Salem witch trials. He can be bound with a potion.


To Bring Out the Demon of Hatred from a Possessed Person[]

Mark of hatred, hear our plea,
Bring the demon forth, to be fully seen.

To Banish the Demon of Hatred[]

A potion needs to be tossed after the incantation is cast.
Demon of hatred,
be gone from this place,
remove your evil influence from our deeds.


  • Levitation: Used by Phoebe to dodge Hete's attack.
  • Molecular Combustion: Accidentally used by Piper when she tried to freeze Hete but accidentally blew up a white oak tree.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze an entire mob.
  • Orbing: Used by Paige to sneak into Marissa's bedroom with Piper and Phoebe. She later used it to dodge Hete's attack.
  • Possession: Used by Hete to possess Marissa.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe to witness Marissa being attacked by a mob.
  • Rage Projection: Used by Hete to create chaos and intensify anger and hate.
  • Sensing: Used by Leo to sense Marissa's distress.
  • Sonic Scream: Used by Hete to make the room shake.


  • Book of Shadows: The Halliwells' tome of knowledge and magic.
  • The Crucible: A book of a play under the same name. Marissa forgot it at The Bay Mirror, and when Phoebe picked it up, she had a vision.
  • Laurie's Spell Book: Laurie was given the spell book on her birthday. Marissa Hargrave and Laurie used one of the spells written inside as a prank, but it worked and went awry.
  • Scrying Crystal: Used by Phoebe in attempt to locate Hete.

Notes and Trivia[]


  • The title was based on the 1953 play of the same name, written by Arthur Miller.