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P. Bowen
P. Bowen
Biographical information
Born

January 1895

Died

May 1971

Physical description
Species

Witch

Gender

Female

Hair color

Auburn

Eye color

Green

Skin color

White

Family information
Parents

Gregory Bowen & Lola M.

Magical characteristics
Active powers
Inactive powers
Basic powers
Magic items
Affiliation
Occupation
  • Photographer
Loyalty

Good

Character information
First appearance

Pardon My Past

Portrayed By

Shannen Doherty

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P. Baxter: "Must have cut off too much blood to her brain."
P. Bowen: "Must have."
Baxter and Bowen talking about P. Russell.[src]

P. Bowen was born January, 1895[1] and was a witch descended from Melinda Warren. She was born to Gregory and Lola M.[1], and lived with her cousins, P. Russell and P. Baxter at 1329 Prescott Street. She worked there as a professional photographer during Baxter's speakeasies, and proved to be exceptionally skillful at her work, given the numerous people lining up to get their portraits taken by her.

Bowen never married, nor had any children, and died at some point before 1970, being reborn as Baxter's eldest great-granddaughter, Prudence Halliwell.

History

Early Life

Bowen had two first cousins through her mother's family; P. Baxter and P. Russell. Bowen lived with Baxter and her husband Gordon Johnson, in a Victorian manor in San Francisco along with Russell.

Working at the Johnsons'

"We were all related. Cousins. And we lived here in the manor back in the '20s."
Phoebe Halliwell speaking about the cousins.[src]
Bowen working

Bowen taking a portrait.

In the Manor, Bowen took portraits during the speakeasies that the couple hosted there. Magic was, apparently, used openly at the speakeasies, as Russell made potions and cast spells for customers, and divined the future at a booth in the conservatory.

In 1924, Bowen and Baxter learned that Russell's lover, Anton, was an immortal warlock, and that she had been swayed to evil by him. For a small while, at least, the two cousins bided their time, perhaps hoping Russell would turn back.

Fighting Russell

"How does it feel to be powerless against me?"
—Russell taunting Bowen during their confrontation.[src]
Cousins talking

Bowen with Russell

In February 1924, Bowen told Baxter to get a spell to curse Russell and all of her future lives, as they planned to kill their cousin and could not risk her reuniting with the immortal Anton in any life.

At the speakeasy, Bowen tried to get Russell to talk to her, but she told her that they were done talking. Baxter then approached her and passed her the curse, which she then slipped into her garter.

Bowen: "Why is she running from us? Why isn't she just using her power?"
Baxter: "She's probably trying to lure us into another trap."
— Bowen and Baxter before following Russell upstairs.[src]
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Bowen and Russell fighting.

Later on, Russell asked Bowen to talk upstairs. Just before she could respond, Baxter was heard screaming from the hallway. Russell then shot a stream of fire out of her hand at Bowen, which she extinguished with her icy cold breath. She then tried to use her power directly on Russell, but Russell's Protection Amulet absorbed it. After a taunting remark from Russell, Bowen used her camera to blind her for a second and knocked her down. Baxter then arrived from the other room and began to choke Russell while Bowen got the spell out. However, before they could cast it, Russell's body was possessed by her next life, Phoebe Halliwell, who managed to escape the cousins' grip and ran upstairs. Bowen shot her icy breath at her on the stairs, which missed before following her upstairs with Baxter.

Cursing Pearl Russell

Past02

Bowen before casting the curse.

Phoebe Halliwell (in Russell's body): "Uh, I'm not who you think I am. I'm a different me. A me from another lifetime where we've evolved into sisters. Good sisters. H-happy sisters."
Baxter: "Must have cut off too much blood to her brain."
Bowen: "Must have."
— Bowen and Baxter dismissing Phoebe's claims.[src]

Bowen and Baxter followed Phoebe upstairs, but realized that she had snuck passed them and gone back down. They got down just in time to pin her down, tie a noose around her neck, and get the curse back out. The two of them cast it, though watching confusedly as Phoebe muttered a spell of her own, trying to return to her own body. The cousins killed Russell with the curse being successful while Phoebe escaped. It is unknown what the cousins did with her body.

Later Life

Bowen never married nor had any children, unlike Baxter who had a daughter, Penelope. Bowen died at some point before 1970, at which point she was reincarnated as Baxter's first great-granddaughter and the eldest Charmed One, Prue Halliwell.

Bowen's camera was kept in the attic of the house, currently known as the Halliwell Manor. Phoebe came across it while searching for the family tree. Finding the camera and knowing that her past life was a photographer, inspired Prue to quit her job at Buckland Auction House and pursue a job in photography, which she always had a passion for.

Physical Description

When Phoebe Halliwell went into Russell's body, she recognized her sister Prue's soul within Bowen, and so she appeared to look identical to Prue. Bowen had red-brown hair that was in a short bob and Phoebe saw her as having green eyes like Prue, so it unknown if this is Bowen's eye color.

Personality and Traits

Bowen Baxter Search Russell

Bowen and Baxter look for Russell

Bowen appeared to be a stern, intimidating, and powerful woman, very much like her cousin, Baxter. She was clearly capable of making difficult decisions to which she had no apparent regrets about, as seen when she - unlike Baxter - had no qualms about killing and cursing their evil cousin, Russell, after she refused her offers to have a chat with them. To her customers, however, she demonstrated a courteous and polite side, smiling happily to them and even helping them to look their very best before she took their photos.

Powers and Abilities

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Bowen projects a stream of ice to Russell. (Click for animation)

  • Basic Powers
    • Spell Casting: The ability to cast spells and perform rituals.
    • Potion Making: The ability to brew potions.
    • Scrying: The ability to locate a person or object by the use of a scrying crystal, a map, and sometimes other tools.
  • Active Powers
    • Cryokinesis: The ability to generate and manipulate cold and ice, generally to project streams or blasts of intense cold intended to freeze targets. Bowen activated this power by blowing on her hand.

Notes and Trivia

  • It is highly likely that Bowen's first name was Phoebe, as, in That '70s Episode, Patty Halliwell mentioned an Aunt Phoebe. As she had no aunts on her mother's side, this could mean that she was referring to Bowen, who was the only other Warren relation she could have been talking about. However, it is just as possible that Phoebe was a relation of Allen and Janice Halliwell, one of Penny Halliwell's sister-in-laws, or simply a surrogate aunt.
  • Another possibility is the name "Pearl", as Phoebe once mentioned an Aunt Pearl. However, this could have been a sister of Victor Bennett or some other relation, as it seems unusual that she would call a relative she had never met "Aunt".
  • According to the Halliwell family tree, Bowen died May 1971. However, as her future-life, Prue Halliwell, was born the year previously, this date must be inaccurate, as is much of the tree.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Information taken from the Halliwell family tree seen in Pardon My Past and Baby's First Demon.

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