Whispers from the Past
Old secrets never die.
Novel Information
Written by

Rosalind Noonan

Published by

Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing

ISBN Number

0743409280 / 9780743409285


Season 2

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The Crimson Spell


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Whispers from the Past is the 4th book of the Charmed novels.

The novel is set between "The Devil's Music" and "Awakened", as Piper mentions a 'Saturday dinner rush' at P3 in chapter 4, and Prue says that she still works at Buckland's in chapter 8. In chapter 3, Phoebe refers to coming from the 21st century, meaning it is the year 2000 already. 


A shard of mirror for a broken reflection
A pocket watch with a cracked face
A cache of herbs to burn for protection
All will send me to another time and place.

Phoebe Halliwell is having a very bad day: A demon has pulled her centuries into the past. She has no way to tell her sisters she's alive, no way to get back to her own time—and the demon is trying to kill her.

Back in the present, Prue & Piper are devastated at losing their sister. But that isn't their only problem. Something is wrong with them, too. Somehow, they're turning... evil.

But why? And how can they stop it—without the Power of Three?






Magical NotesEdit

Contents of the Evil Book of ShadowsEdit

  • Potions & Spells For The Warding Off & Ruination of Warlocks
Make an image of thy foe,
Slash it as I slashed the roe.
Then bury it beneath full moon
In the grave of one hanged too soon.

This page is illustrated with the drawing of a larcerated deer.

  • To Be Revenged On One Who Has Done You Harm
  • To Cause Disease In One Who Crosses You
  • A Spell to Splinter Enchantment


Tracking SpellEdit

For this spell, something of the Lost One's father is needed, a lock of her hair and a piece of clothing dear to her.
A trace of paternity,
Clothing so dear,
A lock of hair
To track far and near.
Find (?)
[our Phoebe],
Point the way.
Track her spirit,
Find her today.

To Remove an Evil EnchantmentEdit

Day to night,
Night to day,
Break the spell,
Cast it away.

To Banish a Demon and Destroy His PowerEdit

For this spell, the following ingredients are needed: a thimble, soil from the earth where three roads meet, a tea leaf, a nutmeg kernel, two flat stones, a feather and Queen Anne's lace. The ingredients should be thrown in a fire before the spell is cast.
Friends of light and sister sun,
Winter moon & summer shower,
Send this demon back to darkness,
Banish him, destroy his power.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • This is the first novel to feature Phoebe as the main character.
  • Chapter 3 designates Phoebe landing in Salem, Massachusettes, 1676. This is canonically impossible as Prudence Warren is shown to be a woman in her twenties, when in fact she would not have been born yet.
  • Melinda Warren is incorrectly stated as having died in 1654, years before she was actually born according to the episode All Halliwell's Eve in 1670. Also in The Witch is Back was stated she died in 1692.
  • Prue is incorrectly referenced as having blue eyes when her eyes are actually green.
  • In this novel, the Book of Shadows is described as a thick book. This is wrong, because the Book wasn't thick at the beginning, but it became thicker over in time. It is also confirmed that Prudence, Melinda's daughter, had the powers of Telekinesis and Premonition.


  • Penny Halliwell was generally known as "Grams", but this book incorrectly called her "Gram".

International titlesEdit

  • French: Quand le passé revient (When the Past Returns)
  • Russian: Šjopot iz prošlogo (Whisper from the Past)

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