Halliwell Book of Shadows
Book information

Magical beings, objects, powers and history; spells and potions; advice (see list of entries)

Melinda Warren: "But obviously each generation of Warren witches has added to it over the years and has made it so. Have you added anything?"
Phoebe Halliwell: "Us? Are you kidding? We're new at this. We can't just make up our own spell. Wait, can we?"
Melinda Warren: "All things in time, Phoebe. The book will grow as you grow. Sometimes you add to it, sometimes it teaches you."
Melinda Warren and Phoebe Halliwell on the book[src]

The Halliwell Book of Shadows[1] was a book considered to be the most magical of all tomes.[1] Begun by Melinda Warren[2] before 1692,[3] it was passed down through the family, with each generation adding to it over the years.[4]


The Halliwell Book of Shadows was begun at some point between 1670 and 1692[3] by Melinda Warren.[2] She included in it the curse that she would use against Matthew Tate prior to her execution.[5] Following her death, her friend Elizabeth Hasting took her daughter Prudence to Boston, Massachusetts with the book, hiding it beneath a loose floorboard in her house. After a time-travelling Piper and Phoebe Halliwell and Paige Matthews told Prudence that she was a witch, Elizabeth gave the book to her.[6] Prudence kept the book and took it with her to Salem, adding entries to it, including dark magic whilst under an enchantment placed on her by Falcroft. The dark magic was later removed.[7]

The book was passed on to Prudence's daughter Cassandra Wentworth,[6] who presumably passed it on to her own daughter Pamela Bousquet, who apparently left it to her daughters Brianna, Mrs Baxter and Agnes after she moved to France.[8][9] The sisters' daughters - P. Bowen, P. Baxter and P. Russell - shared the book at 1329 Prescott Street.[10] As Bowen and Russell died childless, the book was handed down to Penny, who left it in a trunk after deciding to strip Prue, Piper and Phoebe of their powers.[11][12]

Notable contributorsEdit

Notable entriesEdit

Main article: List of entries in the Halliwell Book of Shadows

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dantalian: The Halliwell Book of Shadows is said to be the most magical of all tomes. (Bride and Gloom)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Melinda Warren: This book is your connection and it began with me. (The Witch is Back)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Although the year 1693 is on the title page of the book, according to The Witch is Back, Melinda was executed in 1692 and so must have been started earlier, at some point between her birth in 1670 and death in 1692.
  4. Melinda Warren: But obviously each generation of Warren witches has added to it over the years and has made it so. (The Witch is Back)
  5. The Witch is Back
  6. 6.0 6.1 Something Old, Something New
  7. 7.0 7.1 Whispers from the Past
  8. Mirror Image
  9. Samhain
  10. Pardon My Past
  11. Something Wicca This Way Comes
  12. Pre-Witched
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Family History
  14. That '70s Episode
  15. Penny Halliwell: Honey, I wrote the book. All the good potions anyway. (Happily Ever After)
  16. Piper Halliwell: Well, do mint jelly and Clark Gable movies count? She wrote it. (Necromancing the Stone)
  17. Prue Halliwell: Well, I found a page about him in the Book of Shadows in Mom's handwriting. (From Fear to Eternity)
  18. Phoebe Halliwell: Well, Mom wrote spells in it, right? And with three girls there has to be something in here about, you know, how to do... Oh, here it is. "Sometimes a baby just has to cry". (Reckless Abandon)
  19. Prue Halliwell: Every witch before us has added to the Book of Shadows. We need to warn who comes next. It's our turn. / Phoebe Halliwell: Who should do it? [Prue hands her a pen] (Is There a Woogy in the House?)
  20. Phoebe Halliwell: Well, Cole's a demon. We write about demons in the Book of Shadows, don't we? (Look Who's Barking)
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Forever Charmed
  22. Leo Wyatt: Prue's animal conjuring spell, huh? That's a tough one. (Sympathy for the Demon)
  23. The Seven Year Witch

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