High Spirits is the 39th book in the Charmed novel series.
It takes place during the Moon Festival (which is in September) placing it at the beginning of Season 8.
- She sang her telegram to a Hollywood star—now he entertains from afar.
- Foe to friend, help in our quest to rid this mansion of an unwanted guest.
The Charmed Ones travel to Hollywood to attend a big bash hosted by Kevin Peterson, Paige's old flame. Kevin is holding the party at his recently purchased mansion, which he was able to afford because of rumors that it's haunted! Sure enough, ghostly goings-on begin almost immediately, but everyone believes that Kevin is the one behind the "haunting." He confides in Paige that he is not.
The ghost reveals himself to be Robert Maxwell, a star of stage and screen who vanished under mysterious circumstances in 1926—right after receiving a singing telegram. A friendly ghost, Maxwell just likes having an audience. But when people start to disappear and the house seals shut, the Charmed Ones realize something evil must also be lurking. It is only with the able assistance of their ghostly ally that they and the rest of the partygoers stand a chance.
- Piper Halliwell: The eldest sister with the powers of Molecular Immobilization and Molecular Combustion.
- Phoebe Halliwell: The middle sister with the powers of Premonition, Levitation, and Empathy.
- Paige Matthews: The youngest half-sister with the powers of Telekinetic Orbing and Orbing.
- Leo Wyatt: The Charmed Ones' Whitelighter and Piper's husband. He has the powers of Orbing and Healing.
- Kevin Peterson: Paige's old flame on the rise to fame.
- Robert Maxwell: A "ghost" and former Hollywood star tethered to Maxwell Manor. His powers include Illusion Casting, Manifestation, Corporealization, Telepathy, Wisping, and Empathic Projection.
- Emily DuChancey: The witch who sang Maxwell her telegram. Her powers involved Levitation and Enchanted Singing.
- X'ahroth: M'Gohrathet's brother. His powers involved Illusion Casting and Channeling. He took over the magic that lied dormant in Maxwell Manor for his vendetta against the Charmed Ones.
- Cassie: Paige's old schoolmate who was on the wrestling team, and Kevin's love interest.
- Ryan Tobias: Heir of the Tobias Multinational Fortune, with facial features that resemble a Japanese anime character. Known to have a bad reputation.
- Karl: Kevin's friend and Ryan's henchman who works in graphic animation.
- Craig: Kevin's loyal friend and a comedian. He used to be a stripper before starting his comedy club.
- Tamara Banks: Cassie's friend. Nicknamed "She-vixen".
- Jessica Harlowe: An environmentalist. Dislikes Karl for his demeanor and business ideals.
- M'Gohrathet: A demon of illusions of the Clan Eesleviathan. His powers included Illusion Casting.
- Gino: Robert's manservant and driver.
- Chef Nunzio: Chef at a fancy Italian restaurant.
- Doc Phillips: Maxwell's physician back in 1926.
- From afar I have watched you, and seen your secret dreams.
- I can grant you all you wish for, impossible though it seems.
- You will not age, you will not fade, your legacy and your light,
- Will be kept alive within these walls by
- Emily's power and might.
To Vanquish M'Goharthet
- Power of Three spell
- Demon of this, Demon of that,
- Keep your illusions under your hat.
- You've been a pest, but we're the best,
- So we vanquish thee with all the rest.
To Vanquish X'ahroth
- Requires a potion made with nightshade and the Power of Three
- We sisters three will vanquish thee,
- Your illusions will not avail.
- By the Power of Three, we swear to see,
- You pass beyond the veil.
To Bind the Charmed Ones to Maxwell Manor
- To the Sisters Three, I give to Thee,
- a boon I once granted, to You-Know-He.
Renewed X'ahroth Vanquishing Spell
- Requires the Power of Three and a potion
- Demon of Illusion, we Sisters Three,
- Call upon the house and the Power of Three!
- We see right through you, and don't you know,
- Where you're heading, you don't want to go.
- Manifestation: Robert as a manifested spirit.
- Molecular Combustion: Piper to attack her assailants.
- Molecular Immobilization: Piper.
- Empathy: Phoebe.
- Telekinetic Orbing: Paige to move objects.
- Orbing: Paige to teleport between places.
- Illusion Casting: M'Gohrathet and X'ahroth to create lucid and solid illusions.
- Conjuration: Robert to create objects out of thin air.
- Wisping: Robert to teleport.
- Telepathy: Robert to read others' minds.
- Empathic Projection: Robert to make others feel his wanted mood.
- Premonition: Phoebe.
- Sensing: Emily to sense Piper, Phoebe, and Paige are witches.
- Channeling: X'ahroth to channel Maxwell Manor's magic.
- Hologram: X'ahroth to create holograms.
- Flaming: X'ahroth to teleport.
- Intangibility: X'ahroth and Robert become intangible and phase through solid objects.
- Teleportation Manipulation: X'ahroth to manipulate Paige's orbing.
- Telekinesis: X'ahroth to move objects.
- Pyrokinesis: X'ahroth to create fire.
- Levitation: Phoebe and Emily to hover in midair.
- Corporealization: Robert to make his intangible body corporeal.
- Reality Warping: X'ahroth to manipulate everything inside Maxwell Manor
- Dream Leaping: X'ahroth and Emily to enter others' dreams and manipulate them.
- Energy Ball: X'ahroth to attack the sisters.
- Force Field: Emily to protect others.
- Power Extraction: X'ahroth to steal Emily's powers.
- Possession: X'ahroth to force his will on Robert's spirit and make him attack Cassie.
Notes and Trivia
Differences from the Show
- The Halliwell Manor is mispronounced as "Halliwell Mansion".
- No mention of Chris or Wyatt Halliwell.
- Paige Matthews is still single.
- Phoebe Halliwell is not dating Coop.
- Paige has red hair in this novel despite the picture on the front.
- Dutch: Verre geesten (Distant spirits)