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TV Throwback: Charmed

Prue, Piper, and Pheobe. The Three P’s. THE CHARMED ONES.

The amount of mornings, noons, and evenings I spent  propped up on my kitchen counter (I was the age where I was little and nimble enough to do this) while being hypnotized by The Book of Shadows, The Source, Leo, and Grams’ is more than a lot. It is a lot a lot. My memories are so vivid that I even remember the outfits I was wearing while watching certain episodes – a pair of Gap green leggings with a matching headband during the episode where an old crone who wants to kidnap Piper’s baby weakens the sisters by stealing their senses. Blind, deaf, and mute, the sisters overcome their handicaps to defeat her.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Charmed was a television series that ran from 1998 to 2006 and followed three sisters, who were the most power good witches of all time, protect innocent people from evil creatures such as warlocks and demons. The first season began with the Prue, Piper, and Pheobe moving into their childhood home, The Halliwell Manor, after Grams, their grandmother, passes away. Shortly after moving in, Pheobe, the youngest sister, discovers The Book of Shadows in the attic and reads an incantation that activates the sister’s powers. Prue, the oldest sister, is given the power of telekinesis, Piper, the middle sister, is given the power of freezing people, and Pheobe, the youngest sister, is given the power of seeing premonitions. For the remainder of the seasons, the sisters use these powers to save the real world from the evils of the under world.

It would be easy to blame my inclination for the show on its theme of good versus evil but that would be a cop-out, way too easy of an answer. The reason I followed the three sisters for eight years was because… this is embarrassing to admit… I kind of wanted to be a witch just like them. One, because casting spells, mixing potions, and kicking ass seemed really cool and neat. Two, because I like helping others and I like helping other from afar and in secret. I’ve written this before and I’ll write it again. If my careers/hobbies weren’t in sewing and blogging, it would be in philanthropy or event planning. I like making someone’s day special. More so though, I like making someone’s day from afar and in secret. There’s a difference in handing someone $20 and placing $20 in front of someone’s path to discover. When a $20 dollar bill is handed to someone, the giver is known; when a $20 bill is placed in someone’s path, the giver is unknown. In my opinion, when the giver is unknown, it makes the receiver think the world is conspiring for them rather than a person.

11 Comments

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    Clare Mountain

    Ahhh, I loved this when I was a kid! My friend Olivia and I used to run around my garden pretending we were one of the sisters, ha!

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    oonaballoona

    i love that last bit about the world…

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      Ginger

      Me too! What a great sentiment!

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    Janice

    I started watching Charmed on Netflix a year or so ago. Phoebe annoys me but I love the rest of the series!

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    sallieforrer

    Yeah, I was into Charmed too. And there is no shame in secretly (or not so secretly) wanting to be a witch! I try and be as witchy as I can without tipping over into crazy-land! Your inclination to use your “powers” to help people is admirable, though – I’m not sure I could always be so noble!! Haha!

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    tianna @ suffocated bliss

    I looved Charmed and I too wanted to be a witch … once I saw Sabrina find out she was a witch on her 16th birthday, I secretly hoped it would happen to me too. haha! – You’re not alone on that one.

    – tianna 🙂

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    Nikki

    I never watched one episode of Charmed but a lot of my friends were hooked! I can relate to your wishes to be a witch though. I always wanted to be in Hogwarts because that school was way more awesome than my own 🙂 x

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    Becky Bedbug

    Oh my, I was obsessed with Charmed as a kid! I totally wanted to be Phoebe (even though she had the most useless power) but I think that’s just because I had a massive girl crush on her!

    I would totally want Piper’s power. Freezing time? Ooh yeah!

    Becky
    xx

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    blytheponytailparades

    Oh geez the memories…

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    Kailey

    For some reason I have never watched this show! I am definitely tempted to see it after this post 😀

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    Seraphinalina

    I loved Charmed. For a while there, my husband totally latched onto that for all of my birthday/Christmas presents. I now own not only all seasons on DVD but the soundtracks and even a few of the books too.

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