Whispers from the Past is the 4th book of the Charmed novels.

The novel is set between "The Devil's Music" and "Awakened", as Piper mentions a 'Saturday dinner rush' at P3 in chapter 4, and Prue says that she still works at Buckland's in chapter 8. In chapter 3, Phoebe refers to coming from the 21st century, meaning it is the year 2000 already. 


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A shard of mirror for a broken reflection
A pocket watch with a cracked face
A cache of herbs to burn for protection
All will send me to another time and place.

Phoebe Halliwell is having a very bad day: A demon has pulled her centuries into the past. She has no way to tell her sisters she's alive, no way to get back to her own time—and the demon is trying to kill her.

Back in the present, Prue & Piper are devastated at losing their sister. But that isn't their only problem. Something is wrong with them, too. Somehow, they're turning… evil.

But why? And how can they stop it—without the Power of Three?



  • Prue Halliwell: The eldest sister with the power of Telekinesis. She and Piper work together to try and find Phoebe after she went missing, but as time progresses, she finds her powers turning toward darkness.
  • Piper Halliwell: The middle sister with the power of Molecular Immobilization. She and Prue work together to try and find Phoebe after she went missing, but as time progresses, she finds her powers turning toward darkness.
  • Phoebe Halliwell: The youngest sister with the power of Premonition. Phoebe accidentally got stranded in the 17th century when a demon sent her through a time ripple.




Magical Notes[]

Book of Shadows[]


Falcroft is very powerful, very evil.
He constantly tries to wreak havoc in the past, present, and future.

Phoebe's Message to Prue and Piper[]

This is a (frantic) message to Piper and Prue:
Help! It's me, Phoebe, and I'm alive and kicking in Salem, Massachusetts.
Yes, Salem, land of the witch-hunt. I've been told the year is 1676, and I'm staying with this chick named Prudence, who is actually our ancestor (and, I guess, your namesake, Prue). She's not a lot of help, though, since she's under an evil spell.
The thing is, that warlock who attacked us is actually a time demon (whatever that means) and he sucked me through a portal—some kind of time rift or something—and here I am.
The demon is here, too, planting seeds of evil to ruin our family. Oh, yeah—he's got a warlock helping him. Anyway, here I am up a river of evil without a good witch in sight—and I'm drowning! HELP!
Love you guys! And I miss you!

Unseen Entries[]

  • For Taming Beasts
  • For Maiming Beasts
  • Potions and Spells for the Warding Off and Ruination of Warlocks
  • To Make a Dry Cow Give Milk
  • To Be Revenged on One Who Has Done You Harm
  • To Cause Disease in One Who Crosses You
  • Spells for cursing enemies
  • Recipes to make children sicken
  • Spell to Take Away a Witch's Powers


A Spell for Summoning Warlocks[]

If you're looking for a particular warlock, the spell has to be cast where the warlock was last manifest.

Ingredients: Rose thorns, nail clippings, white candles, among a list of other ingredients.

A Curse for Someone Who Crosses You[]

This page is illustrated with the drawing of a lacerated deer.

Make an image of thy foe,
Slash it as I slashed the roe.
Then bury it beneath full moon
In the grave of one hanged too soon.

Tracking Spell[]

For this spell, something of the Lost One's father is needed, a lock of her hair and a piece of clothing dear to her.
A trace of paternity,
Clothing so dear,
A lock of hair
To track far and near.
Find (?)
[our Phoebe],
Point the way.
Track her spirit,
Find her today.

Spell for Banishing the Most Evil of Demons[]

The spell needs to be cast by at least two witches. The following ingredients are needed: a thimble, soil from the earth where three roads meet, a pinch of salt, a needle of pine, ground pepper, a tea leaf, a nutmeg kernel, two flat stones, a feather and Queen Anne's lace. The ingredients should be thrown in a fire before the spell is cast.
Friends of light and sister sun,
Winter moon & summer shower,
Send this demon back to darkness,
Banish him, destroy his power.

A Spell to Splinter Enchantment[]

The spell requires candles, an object of the Enchanted One, a sign of family, and an evil thing to cast away. Place the sign of family in the enchanted one's arms, then the other two objects in a bowl between the spell caster and the enchanted one. The spell must be cast by both.
Day to night,
Night to day,
Break the spell,
Cast it away.

The Power of Three Spell[]

The Power of Three will set us free.
The Power of Three will set us free.
The Power of Three will set us free.



  • Blinking: Used by Hugh and the Folding Warlock to teleport.
  • Chronokinesis: Used by Piper to reverse time and travel back to the late 17th century in conjunction with Prue's power of folding.
  • Fire Throwing: Used by Falcroft to shoot fire at a haystack next to Prudence's house.
  • Folding: Used by Prue to teleport and travel back to the late 17th century in conjunction with Piper's power of chronokinesis.
  • Glamouring: Used by Falcroft to assume human form.
  • Life Draining: Used by Prue and Piper to kill two warlocks while stealing their powers, respectively.
  • Molecular Immobilization: Used by Piper to freeze a dagger flying at Phoebe, two warlocks they found on separate occasions, stop Hugh from hurting Prudence, and finally to save Prudence from drowning.
  • Power Absorption: Used by Prue and Piper to steal two warlocks' powers, respectively.
  • Premonition: Used by Phoebe to see a disruptive vision of green smoke, of Melinda Warren, of Prudence being attacked by fire, and Prue and Piper turning evil. Prudence also used it to perceive herself being drowned.
  • Pyrokinesis: Used by Hugh to attack Prudence and Phoebe using fire from a hearth, and burn off his yarn binding.
  • Shapeshifting: Used by Falcroft to change his mouth and bite off Hugh's head.
  • Super Strength: Used by Falcroft kill Hugh.
  • Telekinesis: Used by Prue to remove a frozen dagger, save Prudence from Hugh, throw a chair at him, use a ball of yarn to tie him up, and save Prudence from drowning while faking her death. Prudence used it to defend herself against Hugh, but her powers were too weak.
  • Time Ripple: Used by Falcroft to open a hole in time to travel through. He also used it to pull Phoebe to Salem in 1676.


  • Athame: A dagger used to direct energy. Warlocks use those to absorb their victims' powers.
  • Book of Shadows: The Halliwell's tome of knowledge.

Notes and Trivia[]

Differences from the Show[]

  • Penny Halliwell was generally known as "Grams", but this book incorrectly called her "Gram".
  • Chapter 3 designates Phoebe landing in Salem, Massachusettes, 1676. This is canonically impossible as Prudence Warren is shown to be a woman in her twenties, when in fact she would not have been born yet.
  • Melinda Warren is incorrectly stated as having died in 1654, years before she was born according to the episode "All Halliwell's Eve" in 1670. Also in "The Witch is Back" was stated she died in 1692.
  • Prue is incorrectly referenced as having blue eyes when her eyes are green.
  • In this novel, the Book of Shadows is described as a thick tome in the 17th century. This is inaccurate because the Book was rather thin during that time. It became thicker over the centuries as more descendants added new entries to it.
  • The sisters retained their powers while back in time, whereas on the show, whenever a witch travels back in time, they would lose their active powers but retain their basic abilities.


International titles[]

  • Russian: Šjopot iz prošlogo (Whisper from the Past)
  • French: Quand le passé revient (When the Past Returns)