Story last updated May 2023
Role Reversal is a series of stories based upon the Charmed television
show, which ran for eight seasons between 1998 and 2006.
Charmed Role Reversal is a large series - the printed
version runs over fifteen hundred pages - containing over fifty stories.
As with a book, it should be read in order from beginning to end,
which lays the foundation and sets the context of
To enjoy Charmed Role Reversal it's best
to be familiar with The Charmed series.
(If you are already familiar with it, you can skip down to the feedback paragraph at the bottom.)
The TV show
is about three sisters in their twenties -
Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell (and in later seasons, another sister, Paige Mathews) - living
in San Francisco. When Phoebe moves back home from New York, they discover that
they are witches. And not ordinary witches
but special witches known as The Charmed Ones. And that their mother Patty Halliwell, their grandmother
Penny - "Grams" - and their ancestors going back over three hundred
years to Melinda Warren in Salem had all been witches! But good witches.
They learned that they now had both the
responsibility to protect the innocent and the powers with which to combat
evil. Each sister has different individual powers. Prue has kinetic power to move
things and the power to astral project herself; Piper can freeze people and
objects; and Phoebe can get premonitions of the future - and of the past - and
has the best power for making up new spells. Their powers could be joined and
channeled together, when needed, into an even stronger power, The Power
Prue is the oldest sister - the most mature, the
"planner", the one who had to help take care of her younger sisters
as they grew up after their mother was killed by a demon when the sisters were
very young. Phoebe is the youngest, flighty and irresponsible. But she had changed
with her return home and the new responsibilities that came with her power, though
she was often still quirky. Piper, the middle sister, responsible but often
finding herself caught in that 'middle sibling" position.
The Charmed series was
not just about battles between good witches and evil demons and warlocks. It
was, at least as much, about the sisters' personal lives; about their internal
conflicts between their new, un‑asked for responsibility to defeat evil and their
desire to be normal, ordinary people again with normal, ordinary lives.
It was about their realistic ‑ not "soap opera" ‑ feelings and emotions that viewers could and did relate to.
Other series characters are Leo
Wyatt, a whitelighter who would appear and disappear ("orb") in a white light
and whose job was to guide and protect the sisters - he and
Piper fell in love - and who had the power to heal people; The Elders, who oversaw and often directed the sisters'
(and other good witches') activities and "missions" and to whom Leo
reported; and Inspector Darryl Morris of the San Francisco Police, who knew
there was some secret that the sisters had but didn't know - and didn't want to know - exactly what it was. There
was also a next door neighbor Dan, a mostly absentee father Victor Bennett (who became closer to them in later seasons), and Police Inspector Andy Trudeau who was killed by a demon,
who are briefly referred to in the story.
There is the Halliwell Manor,
the family home that the sisters inherited when Grams, their maternal grandmother who raised them after their mother was killed, died.
There is P3, the club that Piper had
opened and where the sisters would often get together.
And the Book of Shadows, which
contains spells, potions and directions on how to combat, and identify,
the evil they encountered. Handed down from,
and added to by, each generation from their ancestor Melinda Warren to the
Prue, Piper and Phoebe were played by Shannen
Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano respectively (and in later
seasons, Paige was played by Rose McGowan). Other actors included Brian Krause
as Leo and Dorian Gregory as Darryl Morris. (Greg Vaughan played neighbor Dan
and James Read played their father Victor Bennett.)
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