Something Old, Something New
The Warren Witches
Novel Information
Written by

Paul Ruditis

Published by

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

ISBN Number



Season 6

Novel Guide

Patty's Awakening




Something Old, Something New is the 4th of eight short stories in The Warren Witches. It is written by Paul Ruditis.


When a vortex appears in the middle of the Charmed Ones' attic, they follow their instincts and land up in Boston in the 1700's. There they meet their ancestor, Prudence Warren, daughter of Melinda. But she wants to give up her powers. And the Charmed Ones in all this; what will they do to keep the magic alive in their family?

In this novel, it is said that Melinda bound her daughter's powers in order to keep her safe.





  • Melinda Warren: The sisters' ancestor who prophesized the Charmed Ones' existence. She had all three original powers.

Magical Notes


  • Telekinesis: Used by Prudence to extinguish fire with water.
  • Time Travel: Used by the Halliwell matriarchs to create a time portal.


  • Error in Timeline:
In this story, it is said that Prudence Warren left Salem with a friend of her mother's, Elizabeth, to go to Boston when she was still little. But in Whispers from the Past, it is clear that Prudence was still in Salem when Phoebe landed up there following which Prudence was labeled as a witch, thus necessitating her leaving the town. Additionally, in Whispers from the Past, Prudence's daughter Cassandra is already a young child, but in The Warren Witches, Prudence is getting ready for her marriage to Michael Wentworth (in fact, the story includes his discovery of magic).